Understanding Cambridge Exams For School Learners
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Teaching English as a Foreign Language means wearing many hats inside the classroom. You may be asked to teach English for a variety of purposes, some of which you may be prepared for and others which you may not be. You might need to teach English for Academic Purposes, English for Specific Purposes, Content and Language Integrated Learning or Business English – would you be able to teach any of those?
Of course, if you are asked to teach a class you know nothing about, there’s no need to confess your ignorance to the entire staff room and hang your head in shame. Instead, you can admit to not having all that much experience, go away and do your homework and come back prepared for your class.
Which is where we come in.
Here is a cheat sheet for if you need to teach any of the Cambridge exams.
In general: Cambridge exams are a range of exams for school learners or adults. Cambridge exams are based on real-life situations and prepare learners to be able to use English in the real world. The exams are aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference and the Cambridge English Scale can be used to define a learner’s ability at every level.
In this post we will look at the Cambridge exams for school learners. These exams are often undertaken at school or, if not, at a language centre students attend after school and/or on weekends.
- the first of three tests for Young Learners
- helps learners understand basic English on the Internet, and enjoy books, songs, television and movies in English
- there’s no pass or fail – every child receives a Cambridge English certificate
- Pre-Level A1
- 45 minutes in length
- the second of three tests for Young Learners
- helps learners understand basic instructions and notices, take part in basic conversations and complete basic forms
- there is no pass or fail – each child receives a Cambridge English certificate
- Level A1
- about an hour in length
- the third of three tests for Young Learners
- helps learners understand simple written English, use and understand basic expressions and interact with English speakers
- there is no pass or fail – each child gets a Cambridge English Certificate
- Level A2
- about 75 minutes in length
- helps learners to understand and use basic English expressions, introduce themselves and interact at a basic level
- aimed at the same level as the KET but with content appropriate for school learners
- CEFR level A2
- About 2 hours
- helps learners read simple textbooks and articles in English, write letters and emails, understand facts and become aware of opinions in written and spoken English
- Level B1
- About 2 hours 20 minutes
- helps learners express opinions and present arguments in spoken and written English, communicate effectively face-to-face and understand the news
- Level B2
- About 3 and a ½ hours
Preparing school learners for exams can be challenging because of the nature of exams. Many students have negative associations with exams and special care needs to be taken to ensure they are not put off learning English because they are preparing for exams. Luckily, the Cambridge exams for school learners incorporates content which is appropriate for this age group and there are loads of resources available to ensure your lessons are fun and enjoyable.
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Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.