What do we mean by language level?
Nowadays, we often come across the terms “European framework”, “levels A1, B1…” and the like. They refer to determining the language level in a foreign / non-native / language for adolescents and adults, according to certain knowledge created for the citizens of the European Union.
This framework can hardly be applied to determine the level of a child or teenager. Therefore, it is necessary to approach all children from 6 to 14 years of age in a completely different way.
How to most easily determine the level of your child?
In order to determine any level, we must first orient ourselves in the “scale” for determining language levels in children.
It usually includes three to four levels:
- beginners level
- intermediate level
- advanced level
Here are some of the main characteristics of the levels, in a very general aspect –
Beginner level: basic vocabulary with concepts that are thematic – family, presentation, professions, colors, basic set of animals, numbers, days of the week, months, seasons, weather (about 1000 – 2000 words), now simple, future simple and past simple tense, basic grammatical categories.
Pre-intermediate level: expanding the basic vocabulary to 3000 – 5000 words, enriching the vocabulary with new topics and terms, supplementing grammatical knowledge with new tenses / present continuous, past continuous /, other grammatical categories, reading with comprehension of texts and answers to questions to them.
Intermediate level: vocabulary up to 7000 words, grammatical knowledge of perfect tenses, new grammatical categories such as conditional inflection, etc., reading texts with comprehension from various works and answers to questions to them.
Advanced level: vocabulary up to 10,000 words, consolidation and mastery of all verb tenses, use fluently of all grammatical categories, reading comprehension of complex and different types of texts of different genres.
The parent can determine the level according to these specific characteristics. We recommend that you fully trust the professional assessment of our specialists at LuckyKids.
Specifics in children
Learning for children in early school and preschool age has its own specifics, which need to be taken into account by parents and professionals.
– The age of the child is important. Even a few months difference is important.
– Each child learns differently. One needs repetition and work with written texts, another remembers immediately by ear, a third needs to work out or draw what he is learning. These are some of the main types of learning – visual, auditory, kinesthetic.
– Motivation is essential. If a child learns inappropriately or is not in a group appropriate to his or her age and abilities, he or she will give up and lose interest.
– The teacher is also important – the true professional will take into account all the above factors, motivating the child and working with understanding for ways of learning that are convenient for him.
The preliminary test
There are tests on the net that can help to some extent if you have the patience and skills to introduce them to the child. However, they can only give you a partial idea of your toddler’s level.
The opposite effect can also occur – the child is stressed unnecessarily. That’s why we don’t recommend this method.
It is much better for this to happen in camp conditions, in LuckyKids, where professional language teachers have prepared an entrance test, and at the end of the camp an exit test for your child.
You can trust them, because they are taught by native speakers. The tests are evaluated according to a point system and give a complete picture of the child’s knowledge, as they are age-appropriate.
Tests for beginners
These include basic vocabulary, which can be thematic – colors, animals, professions, family members, mode of presentation, simple verb tenses, presentation.
Intermediate level tests
They include extended basic vocabulary, with more words. It is supplemented with more verb tenses – such as present continuous, past continuous tense, etc. Additional grammar categories are added.
They include an enriched vocabulary, a large set of grammatical categories, terminology from various fields.
The tests give us information about the knowledge, the ways of learning of a child, as well as the rhythm with which he works in a language environment.
Is it important to determine the level when entering the LuckyKids International Language Children’s Camp?
Our groups are formed on age principle and level of language proficiency / level /. In order to form the groups in the camp, our campers take an entrance test in English at the beginning of the camp.
Teachers review it, assess it and determine which child can be included in which group.
Another important detail is that we rely to some extent on your assessment of whether your child is – beginner, in the middle or advanced / very advanced so we can give him the correct entrance test.
We believe that every parent has an idea when sending their child to a language camp, about their level, after attending language schools, taking language lessons or being a student in a bilingual school.
We expect from you a realistic assessment of where it is as knowledge and level. From there, our work with the child begins. It has been shown that groups in which children have the same or at least a close language level progress more successfully.
They are motivated because they see that they manage to do the tasks and projects they require without being shy. There they manage to reach their potential, because they know that they are on the same level, that no one will laugh at their mistakes, because everyone is tolerant of such.
Then and only then does real progress take place. We, LuckyKids professionals, take these facts into account.
Types of English language groups in LuckyKids
As we have already defined the levels of language proficiency , so in the same way we determine the language level of the children in the camp.
At LuckyKids we form the following groups:
- beginner level
- intermediate level
- advanced level
It happens that we have two groups of one level, because sometimes there are many campers. This type of classification is easy and creates convenient for learning and work children’s groups.
Usually the age in these groups is important and natural selection is obtained when solving the entrance test.
- Beginner level are children from 6 to about 7 years old
- Intermediate level is the most diverse and consists of children from 8 to 10 years old
- Advanced level includes children over 10 years old
Of course, there are exceptions. These are children who have attended language schools, other language courses, students are in special language classes or schools. They automatically move to a more advanced group.
So far, our assessment has been quite accurate. There have been cases where the children have progressed at a high rate. Then we give them the opportunity to change the group. I reiterate that these cases are the exception rather than the rule.