Last year, with support from Cambridge English Australasia, CCEL invited staff from local high schools to an information session about ‘For Schools’ exams. The session was a success, and in November 2015, CCEL held a Cambridge: Preliminary for Schools exa
Rosemary Allison (Curriculum Leader ESOL at Middleton Grange School) decided to offer a PET preparation course for some short-term students who would not be there long enough to study NCEA (New Zealand’s standards-based secondary qualification).
“I had to think about what course of study would be meaningful for them. I remembered that the Cambridge courses give well-balanced English preparation. In schools there is an emphasis on the academic skills of reading and writing, but I knew that Japanese students are often weaker at listening and speaking. Therefore, the PET course suited their needs. The students will receive a certificate which stays valid and which they can use for future employment.”
CCEL hopes to encourage other local high schools to enter their students for the internationally recognised Cambridge For Schools examinations, which will validate their preparation courses and motivate their students.
Indeed, Rosemary felt that the programme worked extremely well for her students, who “became very focused in Term 3 and 4 without being burned out. I plan to repeat the programme next year.”