En­rich­ment through en­gage­ment

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BRIGHT KIDS -

WHEN learn­ing a new lan­guage, chil­dren are bet­ter mo­ti­vated to use the lan­guage in a learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment that is not stress­ful. When chil­dren com­plain that an English class is bor­ing, it is usu­ally be­cause their at­ten­tion is not en­gaged.

Games and other ac­tiv­i­ties are ef­fec­tive media for chil­dren to ac­quire lan­guage in a non- stress­ful way.

At Cam­bridge English For Life ( CEFL), the com­mu­nica­tive method of teach­ing helps stu­dents ac­quire English pro­fi­ciency and pre­pare them for the Cam­bridge English Lan­guage As­sess­ment ex­am­i­na­tions.

Cour­ses are catered for chil­dren as young as four years old and progress by stages to a high level of pro­fi­ciency, which brings enor­mous ben­e­fits to in­di­vid­u­als study­ing for ex­am­i­na­tions, pro­gress­ing to ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion or get­ting a job.

It is im­por­tant for chil­dren to be­gin learn­ing English at an early age. With the right meth­ods, they can learn the lan­guage quickly and ef­fec­tively.

The Cam­bridge Young Learn­ers English Tests are de­signed to re­ward young stu­dents for their ef­forts and, at the same time, fa­mil­iarise them with sit­ting for an in­ter­na­tional ex­am­i­na­tion ( although these tests for young learn­ers are con­ducted less for­mally).

The Cam­bridge Young Learn­ers tests are de­signed to be prac­ti­cal. Be­ing skill- based, the fo­cus of learn­ing is on prac­ti­cal English lan­guage skills used by na­tive speak­ers.

As the tests con­sist of read­ing, writ­ing, lis­ten­ing and speak­ing com­po­nents ( ev­ery child has an oral test with a trained ex­am­iner), chil­dren in CEFL’s classes are en­cour­aged to speak English and use it ac­tively in class­room ac­tiv­i­ties to help them gar­ner more prac­tice and con­fi­dence.

The Cam­bridge Young Learn­ers tests are made en­joy­able to chil­dren by in­clud­ing tasks such as draw­ing, colour­ing and speak­ing to the ex­am­iner.

In ad­di­tion to de­vel­op­ing English lan­guage pro­fi­ciency and pre­par­ing stu­dents for the Cam­bridge ex­am­i­na­tions, CEFL’s cour­ses are also en­rich­ment pro­grammes.

The up- to- date course ma­te­ri­als in­clude top­ics of global in­ter­est such as his­tor­i­cal, en­vi­ron­men­tal, cul­tural sub­jects to broaden the minds of stu­dents.

To be the best they can be, chil­dren need the right learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment – non- threat­en­ing and con­ducive to learn­ing and fun.

Not only will they keep com­ing back for more, they will also learn that learn­ing it­self is fun and seek out learn­ing them­selves.

For more in­for­ma­tion on CEFL cour­ses, call 03- 7883 0912, e- mail info@ cam­bridge­for­life. org or visit www. cam­bridge­for­life. org.

At Cam­bridge English For Life, chil­dren are en­cour­aged to learn English through fun and en­gag­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

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