Monday, 4 February 2013

Why YLE?

Hi there.  I own English Adventure, a one teacher school in Okaya, Nagano Prefecture.  For the first time two of my students took the YLE Starters exam at Luna International last October.  

They were a little nervous on the day of the exam, but the friendly atmosphere at Luna soon made them feel better.  Afterwards they both smiled and said, “Fun!” (even though the Reading & Writing section was challenging). 

When they got their results, they looked really excited, and their mums were very pleased too!  One of these students sometimes lacked confidence in his English ability, but it was great to see how much taking this exam boosted his confidence and made him realise what he could do.

I think this is one of the best things about YLE – students can have fun AND improve their English.  The YLE is well-designed, too, and children can understand the point of the questions.  Even though it has lots of pictures and fun activities, it is a reliable, high quality exam that is also suitable for children who are not suited to taking more traditional exams yet. 

Moreover, unlike Jido Eiken (Junior Step) or lower levels of Eiken (STEP), it examines all the four skills of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing, and it contains more natural English.

Like Jim, I hope that more school owners in Japan will embrace it and realise that integrating it into your school can make it more special and eye-catching.