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A new impact study has highlighted the positive attitudes of English language students preparing for Cambridge English Qualifications in Moscow state schools. The research by Cambridge Assessment English found students to have high levels of motivation, confidence and an awareness of the benefits of preparing for international exams.
Students aged between 11 and 15 took part in the study from 12 Moscow state schools which offer Cambridge English exam preparation classes. Key findings showed that students are positive towards English and English-speaking cultures and are motivated to learn English, which they see as an enabler of future travel, study and employment. Students also view the Cambridge English preparation classes as beneficial to their learning and place a lot of value on the focus of real-life communication skills.
‘It’s so encouraging to see such positive attitudes amongst Moscow state school students preparing for Cambridge English Qualifications as it’s clear they see the long-term benefits of learning English,’ commented Hanan Khalifa, Director of Education Transformation & Impact at Cambridge Assessment English. She continued: ‘Our mission in Cambridge is to help people to learn English and prove their skills to the world, and all of our learning and assessment materials are designed to have a positive impact on teaching and learning. We regularly carry out impact studies so that we can really understand the impact our qualifications have on peoples’ learning and life opportunities. This allows us to develop and design more personal learning journeys for the millions of people around the world who learn English.’
The study also surveyed teachers and school managers who reported positive attitudes towards the Cambridge English qualifications. One of the key findings from this part of the study was that teachers highlighted the importance of fun, communicative activities to engage students.