Starters is the first of the three Cambridge English: The test is designed to be fun and motivating to give your child the confidence to show what they can do in English.
History[ edit ] Cambridge English: Young Learners was first introduced infollowing extensive test development and piloting during the early s. There was immediate interest in the tests, and by worldwide candidature had reached nearly , with large numbers of candidates in countries such as China, Spain, Argentina and Italy.
The increase in teaching of English to young learners aged approximately 7 to 12 years old had led to growing demand for assessment. The key question for Cambridge English Language Assessment was whether it was possible to create an international English language test for children which was accurate, fair and had a positive impact on future language learning.
Development work began in The planning phase involved extensive research and consultation, since relatively little research had been carried out into the assessment of second language learning in children. Research focused on three related fields: This helped inform the choice and treatment of test topics and tasks.
For example, tasks involving scanning were rejected since children only demonstrate search and stop strategies from around age The research also recognised that children are motivated by and perform best on tasks directly related to their own experiences of teaching and learning; a wide range of course books and teaching materials were reviewed to identify the main content areas topics, vocabulary, etc.
Draft specifications and sample materials were developed, covering all four skills — speaking, listening, reading and writing — with greater focus on oral skills because of the emphasis on spoken language over written language among young children. The trial feedback was used to construct the live tests.
For example, schools need to enter children when the children are ready, which could be at any time in the year. In10 years after the initial development work, the tests were reviewed again. This involved further consultation with test centres, teachers and examiners.
The consultation indicated high levels of satisfaction with the tests in general, but identified several tasks where changes might be made to improve the tests. A total of 4, trial tests were taken.
Following analysis of the results, the Young Learners tests were revised and went live in January From Januarythe paper-based tests feature new graphics designed to motivate and engage young learners. In addition, computer-based tests are being launched on a country-by-country basis.
Each of the exams has three papers: Each paper is worth a third of the total marks. Results are reported using shields as an indication of how well the candidate has done in each skill. A maximum of five shields are available per paper and a maximum of 15 shields are available in total.
The exams are available in pen-and-paper format. From January there are updated paper-based tests with new graphics designed to motivate young learners. Cambridge English Language Assessment has also launched computer-based tests in some countries.
This provides learners with a wider availability of test dates and faster results. Both formats of the exams have the same task types, topics, number of questions, timings and marks. And both formats lead to the same certificate. Where the computer-based test differs is the speaking paper — in the computer-based Speaking test, children respond to audio and visual prompts, rather than to an examiner.
Children answer a few warm up questions to get them used to interacting with an animated character. Starters[ edit ] Paper 1. Listening 20 minutes The Listening paper has four parts and 20 questions in total. Each part begins with one or two examples.
The children will hear each recording twice. Part 1 has a big picture and pictures of seven small objects. Children listen to five short conversations between a man and a woman.
Children listen to information in the conversations and draw a line from each of the objects to the place where it should be on the big picture. Part 1 tests listening for words and prepositions. Part 2 has a set of questions and a short conversation between a child and an adult.
Children listen to information in the conversation to answer each of the questions. The answer will be a name or a number.Webinar: Storytelling and story-writing for Cambridge English: Young Learners Watch the video In this webinar, Karen Saxby discusses how we can use stories with children to .
Cambridge English: Starters is the first of the three Cambridge English: Young Learners tests. The test is designed to be fun and motivating to give your child the confidence to show what they can do in English.
Part 1 – 6 questions – Look and read. Choose the correct words and write them on the lines. There is one example. flowers a monkey a jungle a school. Aug 23, · A new test from the next level – Movers! The tasks are taken from Cambridge Young Learners English Test- Movers.
Cambridge Young Learners English Tests . A2 Flyers is the third of three Cambridge English Qualifications designed for young leslutinsduphoenix.com tests introduce children to everyday written and spoken English and are an excellent way for them to gain confidence and improve their English.
Cambridge English: Young Learners, also known as Young Learners English Tests (YLE), is a suite of English language examinations specially designed for children in primary and lower-secondary school.
The tests are provided by Cambridge English Language Assessment (previously known as University of Cambridge ESOL .