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Teachers' Newsletter

Welcome to your Preparation Centre newsletter for January.
In this issue, we have some new blogs with tips for teenage exam classes: the first provides inspiration for personalising speaking tasks to help with motivation; the second focuses on how to encourage learning beyond the classroom.
You can watch our video from Cambridge Live to discover top tips on using our free resources to prepare your learners for Cambridge English Qualifications, and you can download new Storyfun texts to support your dyslexic learners. And don’t forget to sign up for our February webinars for teachers!

Personalising teenagers’ speaking tasks

 

In teenage exam classes, lack of motivation is common during speaking activities – often because teenagers are self-conscious or don’t see how the topics are relevant to them. Our World of better learning blog post looks at ways teachers can personalise topics to bring activities to life.

Learning beyond the classroom

Making English a part of everyday life brings huge benefits to teenage learners preparing for exams. This World of better learning blog gives you inspiration for bridging the gap between inside and outside the classroom, including ways to embrace social media trends with memes and GIFs.

How to support exam preparation with our free resources

 

Watch this recorded session from Cambridge Live 2022 to discover ideas, activities and useful digital tools to help prepare learners for Cambridge English Qualifications. Our presenters share resources and ideas to develop students’ confidence and independent study skills in readiness for their exams.

Support for teaching dyslexic learners

 

Do you struggle to support your young dyslexic learners – or need some additional resources? Storyfun Second Edition brings you accessible texts that help dyslexic learners follow the narrative with minimal distraction. Download Storyfun texts below or speak to your local Cambridge representative for access to the full set. You can also read our blog: Using stories to reach and teach young learners with dyslexia.

Gamify your English classroom

 

Increasing students’ motivation and keeping their interest in class can sometimes be difficult. This World of better learning blog post shares our six top tips for making classroom activities more like games to help create a learning environment where students feel more engaged.

Our February webinars

 

Sign up to our next free webinars to get inspiration for teaching your school-age exam classes.

 

Using bite-sized digital content to prepare students for B2 First for Schools

Discover new ways to include digital tools more effectively in your classroom and keep your students motivated.

 

Monday 6 February 2023 at 11:00 (GMT)
Thursday 9 February 2023 at 16:00 (GMT)

 

N.B. The first date for this webinar is a Monday, rather than our usual Tuesday slot.

Why teach life competencies? Classroom activities for Pre A1 Starters, A1 Movers & A2 Flyers

 

Learn how to incorporate life competencies into exam preparation and provide young learners with skills and experiences beyond language learning.

 

Tuesday 21 February 2023 at 11:00 (GMT)
Thursday 23 February 2023 at 16:00 (GMT)

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Supporting you at the start of the school year

The start of the academic year is the perfect time to explain the benefits of Cambridge English Qualifications to both students and parents.

Whilst your sc

hool may have already decided to offer Cambridge English Qualifications, some parents will need more information to understand the value of learning and assessing English.

Our level-based exams provide a clear path for developing English language skills, step by step. This clear path for progression inspires learners to go further, opening doors to exciting higher education and workplace opportunities.

Helpful timeline

Don’t forget to use our helpful timeline to plan your school year!

It includes useful tips and links to resources for teachers preparing students for Cambridge English Qualifications.

Teaching activities

Autumn has just started and in Cambridge Assessment English we want to celebrate this new season with activities for students, from Pre-A1 Starters up to C1 Advanced.

Happy teaching!

New! Fun poster activities help prepare school students for the revised exams

Our updated A2 Key, A2 Key for Schools, B1 Preliminary and B1 Preliminary for Schools exams will be going live in January 2020.

To help you prepare students, we’ve created colourful classroom posters that include words from the updated wordlists. They encourage students to develop their speaking, listening, pronunciation and vocabulary. Each set of posters also includes a range of classroom activities.

Here are some examples of the classroom activities you can try – they’re fun and require no preparation!

20 questions
Put students in groups of three or four. One student chooses a word from one of the posters but doesn’t tell anyone what it is. The other group members take it in turns to ask questions to guess the word. Example questions for the food poster: Is it a feeling? ‘No.’ Is it a place? ‘No.’ Do you eat it? ‘Yes.’ Is it sweet? ‘Yes.’ Is it healthy? ‘No.’ Is it ice cream? ‘YES!’

Quick stories
Challenge your students to write a story in 35 words using as many words from the poster as possible. You could adapt this and ask students to make a dialogue instead – they could then act them out!

Student-created memory cards
Students cut up paper to make 20 squares (this could be more or fewer). In pairs, students choose ten words from the poster to draw as pictures on different squares. They then write the vocabulary to match the pictures on the other 10 squares. Once they have finished, they can play Pelmanism together by turning the squares over so the pictures and words are not visible. Each person takes it in turns to choose two squares. They must find the word that matches the picture. If they find a pair, they keep it. This can be adapted depending on the level of the class – students could make a complete sentence using the word when they find the matching pair.

Download the posters and classroom activities for:

Teaching resources

Digital banners for your website

Using the same style and artwork as in the campaign, we have created some digital banners for Authorised Exam Centre websites.

They feature stats about the benefits of our qualifications. Thanks to the feedback gathered in previous campaigns, we have noted that you prefer to link them to your own sites, so we are happy for you to link these banners to any relevant page showcasing information for new Preparation Centres.

A4 Flyers in English and Spanish

We have A4 Flyers that include all the benefitsfacts and resources schools and PLSs will get from working with us once they start preparing for our exams. Take them with you to schools and language centres. We have them in two languages, in English or Spanish, choose the one you want!

The perfect hook to convince schools and PLSs!