Teaching Knowledge Test Young Learners

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Teaching Knowledge Test – Young Learners – Overview:

This is a test of knowledge of teaching English to young learners.

It tests knowledge of concepts related to:

• the learning and development of young learners
• planning lessons for young learners
• teaching strategies, practice activities and resources used to support and challenge language learning in young learners.

It also tests knowledge of informal classroom assessment of young learners’ work.


Who is TKT: YL suitable for?

TKT: YL is suitable for teachers of young learners who already teach other curriculum subjects in their first language, specialist young learner teachers who teach only English, or teachers of
older learners or adults who also wish to teach young learners.

It can also be taken by:

• pre-service teachers
• teachers who wish to refresh their teaching knowledge
• teachers who are moving to teaching English after teaching
another subject.

Entry criteria and language requirements:

Candidates are not required to fulfil any specific entry criteria for TKT: YL.

There are no formal English language requirements; however, candidates are expected to be familiar with language relating to the practice of English language teaching.

A nonexhaustive list of teaching terminology and definitions is provided in the TKT Glossary, which can be downloaded from cambridgeenglish.org/tkt

Test structure:

The TKT: YL module consists of a timed pencil-and-paper test, featuring 80 multiple-choice questions.
It tests candidates’ knowledge of concepts related to teaching young learners, rather than their subject knowledge, proficiency in the English language, or their performance in classroom situations.


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