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ETECT (English Teaching Competency Test)

English Language Teachers
Language:
English

The ETECT (English Teaching Competency Test) is a standardized examination for novice and more experienced Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Successful ETECT candidates are awarded a certificate accredited through the Hellenic Accreditation System (ΕΣΥΔ).

ΕΣΥΔ, the Greek national accreditation agency, is authorized to accredit certification and control agencies and is a member of the European Cooperation for Accreditation. ΕΣΥΔ has approved the Hellenic American Union to serve as a Persons Certification Body in the voluntary area. 

Developed by Hellenic American University, the ETECT is the first teaching certificate to be accredited in Greece. 

Who is the ETECT for?

The ETECT is useful for both novice and more experienced English language teachers.

Novice Teachers

If you are a novice teacher with little teaching experience or you have not yet been formally hired you will find that taking several methodology courses, attending training workshops and team-teaching a course in a language school will help develop your career. An accredited certificate in TESOL like ETECT is a way for you to demonstrate the skills and competence you have acquired.

Experienced Teachers

If you are a more experienced teacher you can also benefit from accredited certification. You may have logged hundreds of teaching hours and completed numerous training programs and seminars in continuing professional education but you may lack formal qualification at an advanced level. The ETECT provides an accredited qualification of your competence that is recognized throughout Europe.   

Description of the ETECT

The ETECT can be taken at level 5 or level 7 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). Adopted by the European Parliament in 2008 as part of the continuing effort to promote workers’ and learners’ mobility in Europe, the EQF is a framework of 8 qualification levels defined in terms of knowledge, skills and competence. This framework enables professional and vocational qualifications earned in one country to be related to those earned in another.

Level 5

At level 5 the ETECT assesses the candidate’s ability to apply sound principles and effective practices in TESOL. It also examines language awareness, the knowledge of how English functions, and the ability to convey that knowledge to students in a way that facilitates learning.

Certification at level 5 is appropriate for entry-level professionals. It signifies the acquisition of knowledge and skills that would be taught in a post-secondary teacher-training program of at least 120 hours that includes a Practicum.

Level 7

The Level 7 ETECT assesses the candidate’s specialized knowledge of contemporary theories of language acquisition and principles of language teaching. The test also certifies the candidate’s knowledge of the English language at an advanced level. Candidates must show that they can articulate links between research and practice in a coherent text supported by academic references.

Certification at Level 7 is for professionals with a recommended three years of teaching experience who wish to develop a critical awareness of knowledge issues in the field or begin graduate studies in TESOL. It signifies the acquisition of knowledge and skills that would be taught in a post-secondary teacher-training program of at least 200 hours that includes a Practicum.         



LEVEL 5

The ETECT – Level 5 consists of two 2-hour papers, one on Methodology and the other on Language Awareness.

Paper 1: Methodology [2 hours]

This Paper is comprised of multiple-choice questions and/or open-ended, short-answer questions and is divided into the following 5 sections:

  • Section 1: Reflecting on Classroom Scenarios
  • Section 2: Spoken Error Correction
  • Section 3: Lesson Planning
  • Section 4: Recognizing Strengths and Weaknesses in Students’ Writing
  • Section 5: Methods and Techniques in TESOL

In the open-ended questions, candidates are asked to apply their knowledge and skills to particular teaching situations. The scenarios and lesson extracts for these situations include factors such as the age and level of the learners, and the skill(s) being focused on. Candidates are also required to give reasons for the course of action they take.

The Methodology Paper examines the candidate’s competencies in areas such as classroom management; presentation and practice; lesson planning; knowledge of learner characteristics and needs; assessment of learning; and teaching reading, writing, listening, speaking, pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary.

Paper 2: Language Awareness [2 hours]

This Paper is comprised of multiple-choice questions and/or open-ended, short-answer questions and is divided into the following 6 sections:

  • Section 1: Verbs: Form and Use
  • Section 2: General Errors
  • Section 3: Pragmatic Competence
  • Section 4: Semantic Differences
  • Section 5: Grammatical Terminology
  • Section 6: Reading Comprehension

ETECT Level 5 Syllabus v.2.0

ETECT Level  5 Sample Test

Suggested Readings for ETECT Preparation

LEVEL 7

The ETECT – Level 7 consists of three papers, two 2-hour papers, one on Methodology and the other on Language Awareness, and a 1.5-hour paper of Essays.

Paper 1: Methodology [2 hours]

This Paper is comprised of multiple-choice questions and/or open-ended, short-answer questions and is divided into the following 5 sections:

  • Section 1: Reflecting on Classroom Scenarios
  • Section 2: Spoken Error Correction
  • Section 3: Lesson Planning
  • Section 4: Recognizing Strengths and Weaknesses in Students’ Writing
  • Section 5: Methods and Techniques in TESOL

In the open-ended questions, candidates are asked to apply their knowledge and skills to particular teaching situations. The scenarios and lesson extracts for these situations include factors such as the age and level of the learners, and the skill(s) being focused on.  Candidates are also required to give reasons for the course of action they take.

The Methodology Paper examines the candidate’s competencies in areas such as classroom management; presentation and practice; lesson planning; knowledge of learner characteristics and needs; assessment of learning; and teaching reading, writing, listening, speaking, pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary.

Paper 2: Language Awareness [2 hours]

This Paper is comprised of multiple-choice questions and/or open-ended, short-answer questions and is divided into the following 6 sections:

  • Section 1: Verbs: Form and Use
  • Section 2: General Errors
  • Section 3: Pragmatic Competence
  • Section 4: Semantic Differences
  • Section 5: Grammatical Terminology
  • Section 6: Reading Comprehension

Paper 3: Essays [1 hour and 30 minutes]

Candidates are asked to write 3 essays: one essay in the section on Language Awareness and Language Acquisition, and two essays in the section on Teaching Skills and Grammar. They are given a total of 90 minutes to write the 3 essays.

Section 1: Language Awareness and Language Acquisition

Candidates select one of two essay topics in this section and write a 200- to 250-word essay on the question they have selected.

One of the two essay questions in this section deals with a topic in linguistics such as morphology, phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, language variation, and pragmatics. The other question concerns first or second language acquisition.

Section 2: Teaching Skills and Grammar

Candidates select two of the four essay questions in this section. For each of the two questions they have selected, they are expected to write a 200- to 250-word essay. The questions are related to teaching listening, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar.

ETECT Level 7 Syllabus v.1.0

ETECT Level 7 Sample Test

Suggested Readings for ETECT Preparation     ⌟


Fees, Dates and Test Venues

The ETECT is administered by the Center for Examinations and Certifications once a year. The test is administered at centers throughout Greece by the Hellenic American Union Center for Examinations and Certifications.

Examination Schedule 2021

Examination

Date

Exam fees

Registration Period

ETECT Level 5

July 4, 2021

150 €

15/02/2021 - 04/06/2021

ETECT Level 7

225 €

Administrations upon request

The ETECT Level 5, ETECT Level 7 examinations are also administered for groups of candidates, upon request, at designated test centers in Greece as follows:

  • The specific administrations are offered only upon request. (A minimum number of candidates applies.)
  • The schedule of the specific administrations is subject to modifications, depending on the needs of examination stakeholders. (Please visit this webpage for updates.)
  • The specific administrations are identical in format, allotted time, and procedures to the regular administrations. They are organized in their entirety by the Hellenic American Union Center for Examinations and Certifications, which is responsible for selecting the venues, registering candidates, providing non-standard test accommodations, and selecting and training examinations personnel.

Language School Owners/English language teachers

Online Registration

To register online your students for the ETECT examinations, you can submit the applications and examination fees online through the ORFEAS Online Registration System. Registering candidates through the ORFEAS system is straightforward and requires only a few simple steps. At the same time, using ORFEAS to register your candidates also allows you to:

  • check at any particular time the status of your candidates’ applications
  • securely pay for the examination fees using your credit card
  • select your students’ examination building and sitting
  • change or correct personal information on your students’ applications
  • change or correct information about your school (e.g. address, telephone numbers)
  • find out the examination schedules of your students
  • receive e-mail announcements on when exam results will be available
  • have access to and print overall and individual examination results for all examinations
  • have access to preparation material

All you need is to log in the school code and password you have been given by the Hellenic American Union Center for Examinations and Certifications.

Registering by Post

You can submit your application form by post, observing the procedures and deadlines set by the Hellenic American Union Center for Examinations and Certifications.

Download the application form:

Registering in Person

You can also submit your application form in person, at the offices of the Hellenic American Union in Athens and Thessaloniki, on weekdays, from 09:00 to 20:00.

Individual candidates

Online Registration

You can register online for the ETECT examinations by using ORFEAS for Individual Candidates and charging your credit card. Registering through the ORFEAS Online Registration System is straightforward and requires only a few simple steps. At the same time, registration through ORFEAS allows you to:

  • check at any particular time the status of your application
  • securely pay for the examination fees using your credit card
  • select your examination's building and sitting
  • check your examination schedule
  • have access to and print your examination results

To use the online registration system ORFEAS for Individual Candidates, you will need to have a valid e-mail address.

Registering by Post

You can also submit your application form by post, observing the procedures and deadlines set by the Hellenic American Union Center for Examinations and Certifications.

Download the application form:

You can also submit your application form in person, at the offices of the Hellenic American Union in Athens and Thessaloniki, on weekdays, from 09:00 to 20:00.

Nonstandard Test Accommodations

The Hellenic American Union is committed to ensuring that every applicant is able to demonstrate his or her language and teaching ability under circumstances that are fair and that do not alter the construct being measured. To this end, Hellenic American Union allows exam applicants with disabilities to request special accommodations. The reason for this is to minimize the effect of the disability on test performance and to obtain the most accurate measure possible of the skill being tested. The purpose of making accommodations or modifications to an examination for individuals with disabilities is to minimize the impact of test-taker attributes that are not relevant to the construct that is the primary focus of the assessment. In other words, the intent and goal of accommodation is to minimize the impact of a disability on a candidate’s test performance.

Accommodations are used in an attempt to make the test results accurately reflect a candidate’s proficiency in the area the test purports to measure. That is, the Hellenic American Union wishes to measure English teaching language ability rather than sensory, manual, speaking or perceptual ability.

Types of Accommodations or Modifications

  • extended testing time
  • additional rest breaks
  • reader
  • scribe
  • recorder to mark answers
  • headphones
  • alternate test formats, e.g. enlarged print
  • alternate response formats, e.g. computer
  • wheelchair access

Documentation

  • Documentation must be issued by a licensed or certified public-sector professional who is qualified to evaluate the examinee's disability.
  • Either the original certified documentation or a certified copy of the original can be submitted.

Submission of Requests

  • To make a request for Nonstandard Test Accommodation, interested candidates should complete the Nonstandard Test Accommodation Request Form and submit it to the Hellenic American Union Center for Examinations and Certifications with all relevant documentation.
  • All materials should be submitted to the Hellenic American Union Center for Examinations and Certifications. Materials concerning administrative modifications (extended time, reader, scribe) should be submitted at least two weeks in advance of the test date. Materials concerning other modifications (large font), should be submitted at least three weeks in advance of the test date.

Download the form:

Denial/modification of Requests

Requests for accommodation may be denied or modified, or test results may be invalidated if:

  • The documentation is submitted at the time of the examination or after the examination.
  • The documentation is not from a qualified professional.
  • The disability is not clearly described and does not clearly define the extent of the disability (“poor eyesight” or “psychological difficulties” are too vague).
  • The documentation does not describe the examinee’s current functioning.
  • The disability does not affect the examinee’s test performance.
  • There is disagreement between the individual requesting accommodation and Hellenic American Union regarding the type of accommodation requested (e.g. amount of time by which test can be extended or mode of presentation).

Hellenic American Union’s decision concerning any accommodation is based on its desire to obtain the most accurate measure possible of the examinee’s English language ability.


Results

Candidates first receive a score report and then the ETECT Certificate. Candidates should note that they receive the ETECT certificate only if they have obtained passing scores in all papers; if this is not the case then they just receive a score report.

Rescoring

The scoring of the exams administered by the Hellenic American Union is consistent with the latest principles of evaluation that have been adopted by the examining bodies. Quality control at every stage of the scoring procedure certifies the credibility, as well as the validity of the results.

However, if you still wish to have your exam rescored, you may do so at a fee, within 15 calendar days after the official announcement of results.  First, you will have to submit the appropriate Rescoring Request Form. Then, all rescoring requests are sent to the respective examination bodies. You will receive by post the rescoring result upon completion of the rescoring procedure.

Please note the following:

  • Rescoring Request Forms may be submitted within 15 calendar days after the official announcement of results. After this period, no rescore requests are accepted.
  • Any scores resulting after rescoring are final and irrevocable.
  • In the case that scores after rescoring are higher than the initial ones, rescore fees are refunded and a new candidate score report is issued.

ETECT Rescoring Request Form             


Language Schools recognizing ETECT as an employment qualification

Following ETECT’ s accreditation by the Hellenic Accreditation System (ΕΣΥΔ), see below for  a list of Language Schools that accept the ETECT as evidence of an applicant’s knowledge of English and TESOL principles and practices.

Institution

City

Arvaniti Zafiroula

Agrinio

Aslani Elfi

Ioannina

Big Ben - Samantha Louise Neal

Chania

CosmoDialogos Language Studies - Ch. Tsolakos - M. Kostinos

Thessaloniki

Educational Dynamics - E. Papaioannou & C. Kanellopoulou - Kyriakopoulou

Syros

English Language Centre - Spiridakou Rania

Patra

English School - Rigas Antoniou & Eleni Dimaki

Volos

Epikoinonia - G. Kalogirou Boutza - V. Letsiou Kosma

Ioannina

Foreign Language Centers Lambraki - Irene Lambraki

Iraklio

Galinaki-Barnia - Afoi Barnia O.E

Iraklio

Glossomatheia - Sachpatzidis Aristeidis

Ptolemaida

Ionian-Katsimpoki Vasiliki

Preveza

Kalogirou-Boutza Georgia

Ioannina

Kokkali Spyridoula

Kerkyra

Kouniakis Dimitrios

Patra

Kouros Antonios

Agrinio

M.C.S (man-centered studies) - Katsardis Ioannis

Peristeri

My English family - Antonopoulou Anthoula - Gakopoulou Peggy

Trikala

Ntavou M. & SIA O.E.

Pallini

Planet Language Centre - Skodra Maria & SIA O.E.

Ptolemaida

Polychronaki-Kapaidonaki Evgenia

Rethymno

Sigouna Anna

Preveza

Siolios - Kougioumtzoglou - AXON Kozani

Kozani

Siolios Dimitrios - AXON Ptolemaida

Ptolemaida

Tzikou Evangelia & SIA E.E.

Mesolongi

Tzouvara Maria

Arta

Vitalaki Charikleia

Rethymno

Please note the following:

  • If your school or institution uses the ETECT for employment purposes but is not on this list, please contact the Center for Examinations & Certifications.
  • We have made every effort to ensure that this list was accurate at the time of its publication. However, changes may have occurred following its publication that may render some of this information inaccurate.
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