Kids can find
English challenging given its various twists and turns but let’s face it,
English is a must-have skill in the world today. It’s one of the most widely
spoken languages in the world coming in third after Mandarin Chinese and
Spanish. It’s also the language many of us use to express ourselves when we
write or speak.
Suffice to say
that it’s a very integral part of our lives and going forward, the new generation
must be aware of the language and everything about it for them to thrive.
Fun Fact: Did you know that a new word is added to the English language every
two hours?! *
Quality English learning opens up different
options for kids at varying levels of education. So how would you feel about a
programme that not only teaches English but makes kids fall in love with the
language right from the word ‘Go’?
The Cambridge English:Young Learners
series is targeted at lower secondary and primary school children. It comprises
a series of interesting English language tests designed to help them improve
their language skills.
Kids who are
currently enjoying their summer break will find this programme both enriching
and entertaining. Why, you ask? Think of it as a great way to introduce and
strengthen the child’s language skills while proactively learning something new.
is a part of the not-for-profit wing of the University of Cambridge and intends
to help children communicate effectively in English and enjoy the learning
experience in the process through fun games and activities.
Here are some
details about the programme that will help you understand it better.
What does it test:
All the four
core skills for language development, namely, reading, writing, listening and
speaking are covered in these tests.
What’s the format?
The tests are
either computer-based or paper-pencil tests. Each test is for an hour and 15
What does it contain:
tests are of three types: Starters, Movers and Flyers. As the names imply, they
are designed keeping in mind the level of comfort the child has with the
Cambridge English Starters:
Starters is for
kids who have little or no knowledge of the language and who are looking to
improve the same. Familiar topics and concepts are introduced to make them comfortable.
Cambridge English Movers:
Level 2 of the
Young Learners programme, Movers,tests children on their spoken and reading
skills, while helping them build confidence in their own abilities.
Cambridge English Flyers:
Flyers is for
the advanced group of children who have achieved sufficient mastery over the
basics of the language and can now be tested on how well they do in the four
core skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Who can take the tests:
all over the world can attempt the tests since they are now available on
computers and tablets worldwide. Here’s a short
video to give you a quick overview of the programme.
What’s great about the tests:
extremely intuitive and adaptable to the learning level of the child.
There is no pass
or fail where these tests are concerned. Anyone who attempts the test gets a
What is rewarded
is learning, which ideally, should be the focus of all education.
Day to day
situations are used to bring out language learning scenarios. Kids can relate
to them instantly.
and British English are covered in the tests.
It is fair to
students of all linguistic and national backgrounds
Helpful resources for parents:
Here are some
things you can do to get your child started.
To register for
the Cambridge English young learners programme and find out if your region has
an exam centre for the Young Learners programme, please click here.