Students will take a Placement Test when they first enter ICAM. The Placement Test assesses students’ abilities, regardless of their age and the grade they are in. It will suggest the level which students should take, though the students and the parents have the final decision on choosing the level for the course. They can view the sample test papers of all three levels and make an informed choice.
All lessons are devised according to the updated syllabus of the YLE. The seven weeks' lessons will essentially cover the items on the YLE structure list and vocabulary list.
Every week, there are 3 lessons, namely Reading and Writing, Listening, Speaking. Students are advised to go through the 7 steps one by one in every lesson in order to have a progressive learning experience. The learning pattern is also flexible as students can re-visit any steps in a lesson to refresh their memory.
|3 Lessons / Week
|Reading and Writing
The teaching part has voice-overs that guide students to read the teaching part efficiently. This aims to simulate the teachers-to-students classroom learning.
While vocabulary of a specific theme will appear in the teaching part, it will also be taught in a separate section, which is right before students read the main teaching part. It is found in research that students will benefit most by learning the vocabulary before reading the main teaching part.
- Illustrations of vocabulary
Pictures will be used to illustrate the meaning of the vocabulary. Instead of drawing one picture for EACH vocabulary item, a bigger picture that includes the graphical representation of ALL vocabulary items will be shown. This helps to familiarize students with pictures that show a lot of objects inside. Students will come across this kind of picture in all three test papers. The sample sentences that illustrate the use of the vocabulary items will be similar to the sentences that students will come across in the tests.
- Warm-up story
A 4-picture story that aims to familiarize students with the vocabulary and grammar structure themes of that lesson before they proceed to the main teaching part.
At the end of each page, students will attempt a question under Checkpoint. This will not only create a more interesting learning experience, but also act as an indicator of students’ understanding of the teaching parts. Students will be asked to read the sub-parts again if they cannot get the correct answer.
The Practice is made up of 10 questions and the scores students get will be recorded in the Progress Report. Similar to the Cambridge YLE Tests, students will be awarded shields for their achievement.
- Print-out Mock Paper
The mock papers will help students get familiar with what the papers look like and the requirements before taking the tests.