Cambridge Assessment English
The objective of English lessons in FBS is to develop learners’ speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in English. The curriculum has been developed in conjunction with Cambridge Assessment English and is based on the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), used across the world to map learners’ progress in English.
At FBS elementary, students are targeted to take Young Learners English Tests (YLE) to assess their language progress.
The suite includes three qualifications, each targeted at a different level of the CEFR. Cambridge English: Starters (YLE Starters) at pre-A1 Level, Cambridge English: Movers (YLE Movers) is targeted at CEFR Level A1, and Cambridge English: Flyers (YLE Flyers) at CEFR Level A2
At FBS middle school, students are given targets according to their initial English level when they enrolled in FBS. Students are prepared for the tests of Cambridge English KETfs (Key English Test for Schools), PETfs (Preliminary English Test for Schools) and FCEfs (First Certificate in English for Schools).
The qualifications of KETfs shows that students can communicate in basic English in everyday situations, which is equivalent to CEFR level A2. PETfs exam shows that students can communicate in English in practical, everyday situations, which is equivalent to CEFR Level B1. FCEfs qualification proves that students can speak and write English well enough to work or study in an English-speaking environment. The level of qualification is CEFR B2.
At high school, students are also divided according to their initial English level when they enrolled in Grade 10 and given different targets at the end of the year. Students prepare for Cambridge English PETfs and FCEfs. In Grade 11 or 12 students will take more advanced qualifications of TOEFL iBT or IELTS which is equivalent to CEFR C1 and C2 Level.