Cambridge English Announces Exam Discontinued

cambridge-english-language-assessmentOffering over 20 different exams for learners and teachers in more than 130 countries around the world, Cambridge English Language Assessment is one of the biggest names in English proficiency assessments. In fact, last year more than four million people sat for one of their exams. Thus, it will come as a surprise to many,  Cambridge English announced a number of exams will be discontinued come December 2016.

The discontinued exams are as follows:

Students

The Cambridge English: Legal, made famous for the International Legal English Certificate (ILEC) it confers, is a high-level, student-centered qualification designed to demonstrate that candidates have the language skills necessary for a successful international law career.

Similarly, the Cambridge English: Financial is another high-level exam which confers the International Certificate in Financial English (ICFE) and, as the name suggests, enables candidates to demonstrate that they have the language necessary for English-language accountancy and finance.

As both of these exams were targeted at higher-ability students in specialized fields, Cambridge English recommends the Cambridge English: Advanced and Cambridge English: Business Higher as alternatives within their existing portfolio that will continue to demonstrate an advanced level of English in a professional context.

Teachers

Teachers, meanwhile, will be affected by the discontinuation of the Young Learner (YL) Extension to CELTA, an add-on to their popular CELTA certification course designed to impart the unique skills necessary to teach English to children, adolescents, and teenagers with confidence. Although no substitute exists, Cambridge will be continuing with its CELTA courses without.

If you are interested in (or already registered for) any of these exams, you don’t need to worry. Cambridge English made the announcement early enough to give everyone a chance to prepare for the final, December 2016 test dates. There is sure to be a surge in demand by then, however, so plan accordingly to make sure you can find a spot at a test center near you!


3 Tips to Use IELTS Exam Prep for English Success

indexSince 67 sovereign states and 27 non-sovereign entities declare English as an official language, the IELTS is a pathway to much more than formal admission procedures. Though educational institutions and professionals view the test as adequate proof of English language skills, students who prepare for the IELTS as if it is more than just a test will not only receive better scores, but will be granted with years of English success.

Berni Wall, a teacher who has helped many IELTS students earn a 7 or 8 band score, states that the three golden rules for the IELTS are to 1) remember that you will be tested on your English language ability, 2) better these skills, and 3) understand that you will need to be immersed in the language (not just read practice books) in order to be successful. Continue reading “3 Tips to Use IELTS Exam Prep for English Success”


Phrasal Verbs About Bullying

bullyingEveryone remembers that one kid in elementary school. He was always mean to the skinny kid with glasses, laughing with his friends at the kids that weren’t popular. Recently, there has been a growing public discussion about these “bullies” and their abusive behavior, known as “bullying.” Our entry today will give you some useful expressions to participate in this discussion.

Beat … Up/ –  to intentionally (and in some cases seriously) hurt someone, usually with several punches/kicks

  • Bobby didn’t like it when Dan corrected him in math class, so he beat him up at the playground at recess.

Note: this phrasal verb is most commonly used in its separated form, as in the example above. However, when it is used in its unseparated form, it is usually in an informal passive voice construction with the auxiliary verb “get,” like in this example: Continue reading “Phrasal Verbs About Bullying”