Sunday, June 19, 2016

Promoting Learner's Four Language Skills in the Primary while Preparing for Cambridge English Exams with the Help of Free Internet Resources - Report on Jake Delatolas-Saveris's Session

Preparing learners successfully for Cambridge English exams in the primary can promote all four language skills and thus bring learning to life. This is exactly the aim of real education as well the purpose of exams and degrees : to prepare the students for life. 

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In addition, the Internet is an amazing, innovative and powerful tool and provides a great number of opportunities to teach English,  especially when it provides free resources.
Nowadays young learners are digitally informed and aware and tjis means that we teachers are asked to use the Internet for their benefit.

Many Directors of Studies often wonder why they should integrate Cambridge English exams in their curricula. Having prepared candidates for Cambridge Exams for more than 20 years Jake Delstolas-Saveris would encourage them to do so for 4 main reasons. 
To begin with, Cambridge English exams help EFL teachers show their good work. It's one of the basic and important exams, which tests both students and their teachers. The skills needed to succeed demand a spherical approach to the language and prove that the work on this field must be innovative and powerful. 

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Secondly, learners not only get motivated but also enjoy their classes.By providing a great list of free Internet resources , Mr Delatolas-Saveris explained how learning can be fun in all levels of teaching and learning. Moreover by using the Internet platform students avoid boredom and routine and discover new aspects of their own learning potentials.  In addition, parents are pleased and trust the strong English programme of a school which is in line with Cambridge English’s internationally recognised exams. The resources provided by Cambridge university are accurate , aligned with the needs of both the trainer and the learner and they are to be trusted. 

Lest we forget the value of the Cambridge degrees not only in Europe but worldwide. It's well known that once we try to get a degree , we want it to be commonly valid and recognised .

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And last but not least, the exams are linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) – the international standard to describe language ability. The presentation focused on the promotion of learner’s four language skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking – in the primary while preparing for Cambridge English exams with the help of free Internet resources. Games and quizzes , retreats on vocabulary and vocal support for speak with the right pronunciation , visual sets and examples of padt papers along with the amusement of discovering new things via the Cambridge resources made a vivid point in this presentation. 

As Jake Delatolas - Saveris explained in these ways of working with one's pupils , stress stops existing as it's replaced by creativity . The knowledge transferred remains and evolves into life skills and not just dry amount of information which will be forgotten after the exams.

Some of the free resources that Mr Jake Delatolas-Saveris provided by giving examples in his presentation :

Report by Vassiliki Mandalou

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