The table below give some examples at each Cambridge English: Young Learners level (Starters) of typical general ability, plus ability in each of the skill areas and in a range of contexts (Social & Leisure and School). These statements are linked to the CEFR.
|Typical Abilities||Listening & Speaking||Reading & Writing|
|Overall General Ability||CAN understand simple sentences about things around them, like ‘This is a chair’, ‘I like my school’, ‘That’s my pen’. |
CAN respond to personal questions on topics such as age, family and their home.
|CAN recognise the letters of the English alphabet. |
CAN write the letters of the English alphabet and spell their name and simple words.
|Social & Leisure|| CAN understand simple expressions of communication, such as ‘Hello’, ‘How are you?’, ‘Thank you’. |
CAN respond to simple expressions of communication with ‘Yes, please’, ‘Sorry’, ‘I don’t understand’.
| CAN read short, simple words and the names of some objects, such as animals, toys, clothes. |
CAN write simple sentences about themselves and their family.
|School|| CAN understand and follow simple classroom instructions given by the teacher, such as ‘Open your book’, ‘Read the question’, ‘Listen to me’. |
CAN listen to and repeat words and phrases appropriate to the level after their teacher.
| CAN understand simple written instructions, for example how they should do an exercise in their coursebook. |
CAN recognise and copy words, phrases and short sentences from a text, a book, or the board in the classroom.