Pearson LCCI JETSET/ESOL qualifications

Pearson LCCI JETSET/ESOL qualifications

Pearson LCCI JETSET/ESOL international qualifications are intended for students who are not native speakers of English and who wish to achieve a high quality, internationally recognised qualification in English that is available and recognised world-wide. The qualifications are designed to reference the descriptions of language proficiency in the Common European Framework Reference for Languages (CEFR). The levels in the CEFR have been mapped to the levels in the National Qualifications Framework for England Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Pearson LCCI JETSET/ESOL international qualifications are skills-based English language qualifications that have been designed to develop and assess a student’s ability to communicate in English. The tests are taken under examination conditions at increasing levels of difficulty and cover the four skill areas of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

The qualifications are suitable for assessing pupils from the level of beginners at around age 6, to approximately the level defined in the Council of Europe Framework for Language Learning as ‘C2 – Proficient User’. The qualifications are used overseas and are now increasingly being taken up in the UK by centres teaching students from homes where English is not the main medium of communication,

The qualifications are available at eight levels as shown in the table on the following page.

Each level, except Foundation level, consists of three mandatory components (Listening comprehension test, Reading test and Writing tests) and one optional component (Speaking test).

JETSET Levels 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 qualifications have been aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) at levels A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2 respectively. These levels have also gained accreditation from Ofqual as ESOL International Qualifications.

The most recent alignment of these levels to the CEFR was conducted through the mapping of the JETSET syllabus and sample assessment material to the Pearson General English syllabus. The mapping was initially done by professional Pearson staff and then further validated by an independent external expert. The Pearson General English syllabus, which is robustly aligned to CEFR, acts as a reference for course and test designers to ensure learning and test materials are placed more precisely on the Global Scale of English; a common scale in use across Pearson’s English language products which is also robustly aligned to CEFR levels.

Overall the outcomes of the JETSET mapping show a satisfactory alignment to the CEFR