Newsletter, August 2016


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Try our new-look Handbooks for Teachers


We’ve launched a new, colourful design for our Handbooks for Teachers, starting with Cambridge English: Preliminary,Preliminary for SchoolsKey and Key for Schools.

The new design still includes essential information about the exams, tips for preparing learners and sample paper material.

What's new?

  • New, brighter design
  • Built-in links to useful information, websites and resources
  • two sample papers (digital version only)

Download the digital versions using the buttons below, or by selecting Qualification and Resource in the drop-down menu on the Teacher’s Resource page.

Preliminary for Schools
Key for Schools

We’d love to know what you think of our Digital Handbooks for Teachers, so that we can continue to improve them. If you have a few minutes, we’d be really grateful if you could complete our short online survey.

Tell us what you think

Inside IELTS – free online course starting on 12 September

  IELTS online course

If you’re preparing learners for IELTS, they can now register for a free 5-week online course from the experts who produce the test here at Cambridge English. The course involves 3 hours' work a week and learners can take part in their spare time.

Inside IELTS: Preparing for the Test with the Experts will give test takers a clearer idea of what and how to study, both to prepare for the IELTS test and to develop their academic English skills. It is especially useful for learners who want to take IELTSAcademic and go to university.

Over the 5-week course, participants will find out:

  • what skills are important for success in the IELTS Academic test
  • how IELTS examiners assess their level
  • what they need to do in order to improve their IELTS band score.

Participants can interact with experts and with other learners from around the world, and will also have the chance to try authentic IELTS practice tasks.

Let your students know that they can register today!

IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.


Learn English with football

  Cambridge English FC

Euro 2016 may be over but you can still use our free football-based English learning game app, Cambridge English FC, with your students.

The latest update to the app features 100 new questions and a new, against-the-clock mini-game, Dribbling.

Answer English grammar and vocabulary questions to get to the goal, shoot and score. There are three cups to play for and the questions get harder as students progress.

  • Exam level: Cambridge English: FirstFirst for Schoolsand Advanced
  • CEFR: B2–C1
  • Skills practised: Vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation

The game is free for iOS and Android devices.

Get iOS app
Get Android app

New YLE classroom posters and activities

  YLE poster  

New classroom posters are now available to download for Cambridge English: Young Learners Starters,Movers and Flyers.

Large double-sided A1 printed copies, like the one above, are available to order from your local Authorised Examination Centre. These posters are based on topics from the Young Learners Word List Picture Books, adding to our range of learning resources and activities for children. Accompanying classroom activities forStartersMovers and Flyers are also available to download from our website.

You can also motivate your students with free progress charts, which you can download for StartersMoversand Flyers.


Confused about test scoring?


Why aren’t score outcomes expressed in percentages?
Is there a reason why the Cambridge English Scale starts at 80 and goes to 230?


These are some of the frequent questions we receive about how to score tests.

Do you have questions like this? Wonder what all those numbers mean? Unsure about your own marking practice in the classroom? Share your questions with us, and we’ll try to answer them at our live webinar on test scoring on Monday14 and  Wednesday16 November.

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