WHAT IS TKT (TEACHING KNOWLEDGE TESTS)?
TKT tests knowledge about English language teaching. The tests are designed to encourage teachers in their professional development and provide a step in their progression on the Cambridge English Teaching Framework. Candidates can also use TKT to access further training and enhance career opportunities.
WHAT IS TKT:YL (YOUNG LEARNERS) ?
TKT:YL (Young Learners) 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 suited for:
- teachers of young learners who already teach other curriculum subjects in their first language
- specialist young learner teachers who teach only English
- 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 and extend their teaching knowledge
ENTRY CRITERIA AND REQUIREMENTS
Candidates are not required to fulfil any specific criteria for TKT: YL but we recommend candidates have a minimum B1 Intermediate level in English language on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL).
Candidates are expected to be familiar with language relating to the practice of English language teaching. A non-exhaustive list of teaching terminology and definitions is provided in the TKT Glossary.
WHAT CAN SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES DO WITH TKT ?
TKT increases teachers’ confidence and enables them to progress to other Cambridge English Teaching Qualifications.
TKT is recognised as an English language teaching qualification by many organisations and institutions around the world.
The TKT: YL module consists of a timed pencil-and-paper test featuring 80 multiple-choice questions.
It tests candidate’s knowledge of concepts related to language teaching and learning rather than their proficiency in the English language, or their performance in classroom situations.
Results for TKT are described as being in one of four band scores, 1-4. There is no Pass or Fail. Every candidate receives a certificate for each Module taken.
- Band 1: Demonstrates limited knowledge of TKT content areas
- Band 2: Demonstrates basic but systematic knowledge of TKT content areas
- Band 3: Demonstrates breadth and depth of knowledge of TKT content areas
- Band 4: Demonstrates extensive knowledge of TKT content areas
Results for TKT are not released online. The certificates are available 4 weeks after the exam day.
APPROACHES TO TEACHING AND LEARNING
A range of approaches to teaching and learning may be covered in the test material. Materials are successfully selected so that they are fair to candidates from all backrounds and teaching contexts. Knowledge to communicative and other approaches to teaching is expected, as is familiarity with the common terminology of English language teaching ( a non-exhaustive list of teaching terminology and definitions is provided in the TKT Glossary).
SOURCES AND TEXT TYPES USED IN TKT: YL
Extracts, original or adapted, from the following sources may feature in TKT: YL:
- young learners’ coursebooks, activity books or supplementary materials, including young learner materials found online
- the TKT Glossary
- articles relating to young learners from journals, magazines and internet
- diagrams or other visuals
- descriptions of classroom situations.
PREPARING FOR TKT: YL
TKT Preparation Course:
- Course: 10 hours of one to one tuition
- Mode: Visioconference
- Trainer profile: TKT Teacher Trainer
- Cost: 800 euros TTC
It is not necessary to complete a course to enter for TKT: YL. Candidates can prepare for their exam independently.
TKT: YL DATES
TKT: YL sessions:
Session : 28th April 2021