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Choosing the right international English exam

LANGUAGE TESTS FOR CHILDREN

 

Global Language Training - Bears, Dolphins and Lions Exams for young learners are developed specifically for children around 5 – 10 years of age. There are three levels, called Pre-A1-1 Bears, Pre-A1-2 Dolphins and Pre-A1-3 Lions, and each level comprises three components testing different language skills: listening, reading and language use. The tests are designed to make learning English fun and enjoyable, and give children and their families a chance to celebrate their achievements in English. For this reason, the tests use age-appropriate activities and colourful images,

Tests that match learners’ goals

 

Children see Pre-A1-1 Bears, Pre-A1-2 Dolphins and Pre-A1-3 Lions as being linked to their goals in life. For example, research suggests that most young learners agree that learning English will be useful for them when they ‘learn new things’, for study abroad, or to improve their job prospects. Teachers recognize that setting the tests as learning goals is highly motivating for learners. This increase in motivation is also observed in classroom behavior – children become more positive about learning English, work harder and pay more attention when faced with the opportunity of taking Global Language Training Bears, Dolphins and Lions Exams for young learners.

 

Learners’ abilities can vary across the three skills. For example, a learner may be strong in listening, but weaker in reading. One advantage of Global Language Training Pre-A1-1 Bears, Pre-A1-2 Dolphins and Pre-A1-3 Lions is that performance on each part of the test (listening, reading and language use) is reported separately.

 

Research in educational psychology indicates that feedback is most effective when it relates to specific tasks and focuses on how to improve performance. Likewise, research has shown that introducing exams such as Global Language Training GEP Pre-A1-1 Bears, Pre-A1-2 Dolphins and Pre-A1-3 Lions Exams for Young Learners, makes learners’ strengths and weaknesses clear in concrete ways that help teachers and learners know what to focus on.

 

Global Language Training GEP Pre-A1-1 Bears, Pre-A1-2 Dolphins and Pre-A1-3 Lions English Exams for young learners are also in tune with children’s cognitive development. Young learners differ markedly from adults in how they think and learn. For example, children’s memory capacity and processing are more limited than those in adults. Children have less mature reasoning abilities and are less able to make inferences than adults. They are also less consciously aware of their own learning, which is important for information processing, acting strategically and efficient decision making. They also have more limited world knowledge and experience than adults. Importantly, young learners’ first language abilities and interactional skills are also not fully developed. Our GEP Pre-A1-1 Bears, Pre-A1-2 Dolphins and Pre-A1-3 Lions English Exams for children fully take these factors into consideration.

 

Global Language Training Pre-A1-1 Bears, Pre-A1-2 Dolphins and Pre-A1-3 Lions English Exams for young learners are designed in the following fashion:
• Visual cues and colorful illustrations are used throughout the tests.
• The listening tests use visual multiple-choice questions that are appropriate to the age-group.
• Topics include content that is familiar to young learners e.g., everyday objects, animals, food.

 

In essence, the items in Global Language Training GEP Pre-A1-1 Bears, Pre-A1-2 Dolphins and Pre-A1-3 Lions English Exams for Young Learners have been carefully designed and targeted to the appropriate ability level for young learners, the topics are suitable, and the tests are easy to prepare for. Teachers also value the tests as a gentle introduction that helps prepare students for taking more difficult exams in the future.

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