Of all the challenges imminent in the upcoming new matura, one appears particularly thorny: it is the amount and depth of language processing that a candidate will be required to perform. This is necessary to deal with a whole range of new types of open tasks, and as such concerns not just the extended level but also the basic level. In other words, no matura 2023 candidate can avoid facing this challenge, particularly as such tasks will be found not just in the use-of-English section, but across the entire written exam, including reading and listening comprehension, neither of can be treated as relatively unproblematic any longer.
This is what this session aims to address. I’ll identify particularly troublesome task types and analyse the kinds of cognitive and linguistic operations that they entail, including paraphrasing, summarising, micro-translating, and other forms of processing information, within the target language as well as across the two languages. Based on all this, I’ll offer a number of specific strategies and techniques that you can employ to go beyond the traditional teaching of grammar and vocabulary, creating conditions for grammar learning and thus truly helping new matura candidates tackle these new task types successfully.