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Suitable Age Levels

What age or language level is MaxNewz most suitable for?

MaxNewz is not aimed at a particular age level or grade. Instead it has been carefully designed to be suitable for students in the following English-language stages of development (at both local and international schools).

Becoming Familiar: At this stage the reader will be challenged and will need to listen to the spoken text and use the dictionary extensively. They will learn many new words and develop their understanding of what they hear.

Becoming Competent: Readers at this stage will find MaxNewz ideally suited to them. They will learn many new words and while the reading will be challenging they should find the content quite easily understandable. Their listening skills will also develop greatly. They will be able to answer questions about the news articles presented.

Becoming Fluent: By this stage MaxNewz will be a great way to extend vocabulary and grasp a deeper understanding of what is happening worldwide. These readers will use MaxNewz to maintain and develop their fluency, especially through listening to the spoken text. These readers will be able to form their own views on the news topics presented and be able to discuss them in their own words.

How can you tell at what stage your young reader is positioned? Look through the following chart and answer the questions. The section with the most “yes” answers is where your child is currently placed on the language-learning spectrum.

Becoming Familiar

Becoming Competent

Becoming Fluent

I can pay attention when I listen to someone speaking English.

I sometimes participate in discussions and say what I think.

I can pay attention to someone speaking English.

I follow directions without help.

I can retell what someone says with my teacher's help.

I listen to others and share my ideas and opinions.

I like to speak to others in English and ask questions.

I like to speak in English and ask people questions.

I can usually retell what someone else has said.

When people ask me questions, I can answer in English.

I can sometimes answer harder questions (like "Why do you think some parents won't let their kids have pets?")

I use English in different subject areas for different reasons (such as to predict or explain).

I can answer questions with more than one word.

I can easily ask for things and give information.

I can answer difficult questions (such as, "why will the rock sink if I throw it in a bucket of water?)

I know what to say if my teacher asks me different types of questions (like, "What will happen if...?" or "What does it look like?”)

I sometimes ask questions when I don't understand.

I ask questions when I don't understand something.

I usually understand what we are learning in class.

I can talk about what we are studying in class, sometimes saying what might happen and why.

I know how to speak in different ways to different people (such as to other kids vs a report or to adults).

I can talk about things that are not in the classroom.

I can talk about feelings and use new words about what we are studying in class.

I sometimes speak in front of a group without getting nervous.

People usually understand me when I speak English.

I usually understand what we are learning, but sometimes need some help or explanations.

I can talk about feelings and use new words about what we are studying in class.

I use short and easy sentences when I talk.

I speak English clearly and others understand me.

I understand what we are learning in class in English.

I can speak in sentences, even though my grammar is not yet correct (e.g, "Yesterday I go pool and I swam.”)

I use longer sentences and connecting words (like "next" and “then”).

I speak English almost as easily as my home language.

I often ask questions in the right way.

I usually change my voice when I ask questions or to show excitement.

I can speak using the present, past, and future verb tenses.

I ask questions the right way.

I want to speak better English so people can understand me more easily.

I speak with confidence and try new words and phrases.