Akasaka on Sunday
On Sunday 15th April I travelled down to Tokyo to a school of English in Akasaka to be an oral examiner for the Cambridge ESOL YLE speaking tests. “YLE” stands for Young Learners English i.e. children between the ages of 7 and 12. The three levels (Starters, Movers and Flyers) cover all four language skills: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking and are standard tests taken all over the world at reputable language schools.
Although it takes some time to get to Tokyo from Aizu, I enjoyed doing the speaking tests for two main reasons: One is that these tests are stimulating for the children. There are many colour pictures and the tasks are more like enjoyable quizzes than formal tests. Some of the tasks include spotting and describing differences and telling a story from a series of pictures, in English, of course. This makes taking Cambridge YLE tests a very positive experience for children.
The other reason is that most of the children I interviewed were cheerful and confident speakers of English of various nationalities including some Japanese children who had lived abroad.
At the Windmill English Centre we are also very pleased to organize Cambridge ESOL YLE tests for children studying at our school and also for other children who might like to enjoy taking stimulating and international standard English examinations.
Please contact us for more details about our schedule for Cambridge YLE tests.
For more details of Cambridge YLE tests: www.cambridgeesol.org/exams/yle/index.html (in English)