One of the major benefits of the Cambridge Advanced class is to build the students’ confidence in using English and in working individually or as a team. Besides, the class helps to prepare the German Abitur, so pupils often choose their CAE speaking partner as a tandem partner in their Kommunikationsprüfung. Joining the class also proves that students are not only interested in achieving the highest possible score of Notenpunkte but to invest a considerable amount of extra time and energy in studying a language which will be essential for their further studies. Finally, the exam also broadens their horizon, showing them that there are other expectations and exam rules than the German ones, so candidates become more flexible and open towards new ideas.
All in all, the Cambridge Advanced class is an extremely rewarding experience, not only for the students but also for their teacher, who can help them to take up a real challenge and to discover some hidden potential they did not even know about before.
Ina Engelhardt, Elly-Heuss-Knapp-Gymnasium Heilbronn