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Teachers' Newsletter - March 2023

Welcome to your preparation centre newsletter for March.

In this issue find out how to get the most from mock tests, build exam-day confidence, improve your students’ employability, access our latest webinars for teachers and talk to parents about registering their child for a Cambridge exam – and more!

Prepare. Action. Feedback. Get the most from mock tests

Mock tests can help give students an authentic experience of taking Cambridge English Qualifications. Our website gives you lots of ideas for using mock tests to identify students’ strengths and areas to develop while building exam-day confidence.

Are your students ready?


Deciding when learners are ready to enter for their Cambridge English exam often relies on the judgement of their teachers.
This webinar covers a wide range of resources to help teachers decide when students are ready for exam day.

Computer-based exam preparation

If you are preparing students for our computer-based exams, Teaching Tips for the Computer-Based Cambridge English Qualifications has lots of ideas and activities.

The booklet helps you familiarise students with completing tasks on the Cambridge exam platform and covers practising English reading, writing and listening tasks on-screen and with headphones.

Developing exam confidence


Boosting learners’ self-confidence is an important way your teachers can ensure students shine in their exam.

This World of Better Learning blog has some great tips for exam preparation to help learners build their exam confidence.

Exercises in class: writing to gain fluidity


Writing for fluency is writing as a way of discovery, of finding out one’s opinions. In order to better prepare our students for writing, we must spend time writing for fun and exploration. In this article, Jade Blue shares some hands-on classroom activities you can try with your students to help them develop writing fluency.

Unpacking the Exam Journey – building Complete confidence for, and success in, Cambridge English Qualifications


The journey to test-day can often seem like a long and twisting road. Teachers make sure they cover all elements of the syllabus and students work diligently completing tasks set. But what are the component parts of the journey, moving through the CEFR level and building exam skills along the way? Join us for a series of three webinars. Our expert guides are ready to unpack the exam journey, pointing out the important waymarks in developing students’ language, skills and confidence as they move forward towards exam day.

Wednesday 22 March 2023 at 15:00 (GMT)

Tuesday 4 April 2023 at 15:30 (BST)

Tuesday 25 April 2023 at 15:00 (BST)

Essential skills for career success

Employability Skills is a short online module to give your young adult learners essential soft skills for career success.

The module has eight, one-hour units and can be taken alongside any regular English course. It’s delivered through the Cambridge One platform so you can track students’ progress and find content for teachers and students all in one place.

Our next webinars


Our next webinars feature more tips and strategies for preparing older children for their exams:


Exam day countdown B2 First for Schools to C2 Proficiency

Last-minute exam preparation tips and teaching ideas for preparing older and more advanced students.

Book your place:

Tuesday 28 March 2023 at 11:00 (BST)
Thursday 30 March 2023 at 16:00 (BST)

Top tips for B2 First and C1 Advanced

These sessions look at useful approaches to each paper of the B2 First and C1 Advanced exams to help you do your best on the day.

Book your place:
B2 First session: Tuesday, March 28th at 17h:00 (BST)
C1 Advanced session: Thursday, March 30th at 17h:00 (BTS)

Mindfulness and well-being to help prepare learners for Cambridge English exams

In the weeks before their exam, it’s essential to take care of students’ well-being and boost their confidence.

Book your place:
Tuesday 11 April 2023 at 11:00 (BST)
Thursday 13 April 2023 at 16:00 (BST)

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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

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!