Children's Program (CP)
Length of Program
The ACE Children's Program (CP) is specifically designed for
children from 8 to 10 years of age. The program is conducted
part-time. The full duration of the program is 8 terms (2 years).
Children take an oral placement test with a trained children’s
testing specialist and the outcome of the test determines their
English level for ACE (from Beginner to Pre-intermediate). As most
young students already know some English when they arrive at ACE,
few need to follow the full program from CP levels 1 to 8. When the
children in the program turn 11 years of age, they move into the
ACE Young Learners’ Program at the appropriate level.
The Children’s Program includes materials and teaching methods
that suit the needs of young children. Important skills such as
phonics and English literacy are part of the program for beginners
to give students a sound foundation in their language studies. The
students then progress to develop their range of vocabulary,
understanding of English grammar, reading skills and much
more! The lessons are highly visual and incorporate movement
and staged activities which support the students in their learning.
It is not a requirement for CP students to be literate in English
before they start classes at ACE.
All of the learning takes place in a supportive and fun
atmosphere. The students enjoy learning English through practising
interesting educational tasks. At this age children not only need
to acquire language, but also need assistance with developing their
cognitive abilities, motor skills and social interaction. By
focusing on the whole child, the ACE program helps students to
build the skills needed for successful study at a later stage.
ACE uses an innovative and fun series of textbooks for the
Childrens’ Program. This series ensures the students receive a
comprehensive start to their language learning, in a fun
environment. The material takes advantage of young students’
enquiring minds and engages them in exciting activities in a
A maximum of 18 students is permitted in the Children’s Program
at ACE Phnom Penh and 22 at ACE Siem Reap.
Teachers on the Program
Students are taught by Cambodian national teachers. All of the
teachers have a university degree in Teaching English as a Foreign
Language and so are well-trained and knowledgeable in the
specialised area of teaching English to young children. ACE ensures
that teachers have high quality skills and ability by providing
regular professional development for all teaching staff. The focus
of this professional development for CP teachers is on the skills
needed to teach this young age group.
Upon completion of the program, all CP students receive an ACE
certificate and can advance to the appropriate level in the ACE
Young Learners’ Program.