Newsletter, September 2016

Newsletter September 2016

 
 

Cambridge English School Ambassador Award

Netland School, Chile, wins prestigious 2016 Cambridge English School Ambassador Award

Netland School in Antofagasta, Chile, has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Cambridge English School Ambassador Award – an award given by Cambridge English and Cambridge University Press. The award recognises the ways the school engages teachers, students and parents in their English programme and the support they provide before, during and after exams.

Head Of Department Juan Morales received the Award at a special ceremony held in Cambridge in July. Cambridge English Global Manager Schools Angela Wright, who was also part of the judging panel, commented: ‘This Award recognises the valuable contribution made by Netland School when preparing its students for Cambridge English exams; Juan’s entry clearly showed the various ways the School supports its teachers, and its students and their parents.’

Entrants for the Ambassador Awards – all Cambridge English Schools - must show how they engage students, parents and teachers with their English programme. Netland School encourages English skills from an early age, and prepares students for a range of Cambridge English exams. The School has launched a number of support initiatives for students, parents and teachers, including a close collaboration with experts from the Instituto Chileno Británico de la Cultura.

 
 
 

Help shape our future digital products

Curious about our future products? Interested in playing a role in shaping them? Cambridge Beta is the place to find out about our latest digital developments and get early access to trial versions of our English language learning products. Review our latest developments from MOOCs (online courses) to game apps and much more.

 
 
 

Students of the COAR Network (High Performance Schools Network) can now obtain international English certificates

High Performance School COAR, Colegio Mayor, in Lima, has been authorized as an internal assessment centre by Cambridge English Language Assessment

Cambridge English Language Assessment, has authorized the High Performance School Colegio de Alto Rendimiento, COAR, in Lima to function as a new internal assessment centre, where students who are members of the COAR Network will be assessed in order to obtain an international English certificate.

“There are over 2,800 assessment centres in 130 countries worldwide. All centres follow strict quality requirements and are regularly inspected by Cambridge English Language Assessment. There exist 24 authorized centres in Peru; COAR Lima is one of them and, following use policies by our Institution, will be able to organize Speaking examiners training as from August 2016,” stated Mercedes Muratorio, Regional Director for the Southern Cone and Andes, Cambridge English Language Assessment.”

COAR Lima teachers had to undergo a challenging training programme on procedures implementation by Cambridge English Language Assessment in order to be awarded this certificate. They were certified as Speaking examiners for Cambridge exams at levels A2 Key for Schools, B1 Preliminary for Schools and B2 First for Schools, under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and the British organization requirements.

According to Marilú Martens, Managing Director of Servicios Educativos Especializados, Digese (Specialized Education Services), now network students will be able to expand their opportunities and access educational exchange and international scholarships.

“COAR’s course of study is aimed at guiding student’s life-time ambitions to turn them into ambassadors for a culture of peace. Being able to take Cambridge English exams while fulfilling strict quality requirements by the Organization will enhance student’s learning and thus their competitiveness in an entrepreneur world,” affirmed the Director of Digese.

She explained that COAR students in Amazonas, Arequipa, Ayacucho, Cusco, Huancavelica, Junín, La Libertad, Lima, Moquegua, Pasco, Piura, Puno, San Martín and Tacna will take their first English exam to be awarded the certificate this year and COAR students in Apurímac, Cajamarca, Huánuco, Ica, Lambayeque, Loreto, Madre de Dios and Ucayali will take it the following year.

Please note that Cambridge English Language Assessment prepares English exams under CEFR guidelines, which are accepted by a range of Universities, companies and governments around the world.

COAR students follow a study plan of 60 hours a week, which comprises regular courses, personal consulting and optional workshops such as robotics, oratory, dance, among others, as well as co-curricular activities. They study 10 hours of English a week to accomplish B2 level, in which they are able to communicate using the language independently.

 
 
 

What do Cambridge English results look like?

A question we are often asked by universities is what do Cambridge English exam results look like, and what should they be asking for from applicants with our exams?

We recommend that you ask applicants to share their Statement of Results with you. This details their overall Cambridge English Scale score for the exam and their individual scale scores in each of the four skills (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), plus Use of English. It also shows their letter grade and CEFR level.

Use the links below to view a sample Statement of Results for each of our exams designed for higher education:

You can verify the applicant’s results securely using our Results Verification Service. For this you should ask them to supply you with their Candidate ID number and Candidate Secret Number. They receive both those numbers when they register for the exam. Download a guide to the Results Verification Service here.

 
 
 

Teaching and learning resources (Cambridge International Examinations)

Each Cambridge syllabus is supported by a customised support package. We offer a wide range of teaching and learning resources to help teachers plan and deliver our programmes. We improve and add teaching and learning resources in line with on-going developments in the Cambridge curriculum.

We work with a range of publishers to provide a choice of high-quality resources for Cambridge teachers and students. The core team publishers are currently: Collins; Hodder Education; Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press. We are looking at a broader range of publishers and the list may change for January 2017. These publishers receive details of our new and revised syllabuses and qualifications at the early stages of development so they can plan and develop resources to support them. These resources will be published well in advance of first teaching.

All Cambridge endorsed resources have been through a detailed quality assurance process to make sure they closely reflect the syllabus and are appropriate for Cambridge schools worldwide. 
Resources may be ‘endorsed for full syllabus coverage’ or endorsed to cover specific sections, topics or approaches as indicated by the specific ‘endorsed for…’ logo on the resource. Examples include 'Endorsed for revision', 'Endorsed for teacher support' or 'Endorsed for programming', to name just a few.

 

Details of the updated publisher resources can be found here: 
www.cie.org.uk/programmes-and-qualifications/whats-new/teacher-support/teaching-and-learning-resources/endorsed-resources/

 
 
 
 

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