The expiration of Cambridge degrees

The expiration of Cambridge degrees

One of the main and biggest concerns when taking an official English exam is to know if it will last a lifetime or, on the contrary, if it will have an expiration date. In this article we tell you everything you need to know about it and what you will need it for.

When will I need the official Cambridge qualification?

The first thing you should know is that Cambridge English qualifications (KET, PET, FCE; CAE, CPE) do not expire. However, they indicate the date on which they wereThe title of the title, if it is an old one, may suggest that you have lost some knowledge over time. This may have repercussions in some jobs or job interviews, where adn addition to asking for your title, they will want it to be as recent as possible. You should know that, in order to apply for many jobs, you will only need to prove your language skills by speaking the language.

Another of the reasons why it is common to accredit the language officially, apart from for personal satisfaction and to build a resume, is to be able to graduate in some careers or to go to live in a foreign country. This is very common in ERASMUS students, as it guarantees that the student will have a sufficient level to understand and follow the classes. Although in most countries your Cambridge certificate will be valid, regardless of its date of issue, there are others where the regulations are somewhat more rigid, so it is essential that you inform yourself and contact us if you have any doubts.


As is common, there is always the exception (or exceptions in this case) that proves the rule. Cambridge IELTS and BULATS qualifications are valid for two years. In other words, they expire every two years.

  • IELTS: known as International English Language Testic System, it is one of the most important English certifications in the world and is very useful for studies, job opportunities, migration and even tourism.
  • BULATS: is the acronym for Business Language Testing Service and is an exam that tests your knowledge through real-life situations. There are more than 20,000 organizations that accept this qualification.

Why is it necessary to obtain an official English language qualification?

Nowadays, the majority of companies require the ability to speak another language, with English being the most demanded language. If you have an official qualification, such as the ones you can obtain through our
exam preparation classes
If you have an official qualification, it will surely help you to pass a first filter in any pre-selection and, in addition, it will show your effort and predisposition for having accredited the language. However, you should keep in mind that just having the degree on your resume is not enough. In fact, it is very likely that you will be asked to take an English test to prove that you really have the level.

Frequently asked questions about Cambridge English qualifications

What are the Cambridge exams?

The exams issued by Cambridge certify your level of English. They are one of the most demanded official exams in Europe and worldwide.

Do Cambridge exams have an expiration date?

No. Cambridge exams do not expire, but they indicate the date of issue, so some places may ask you for a more current accreditation. There is an exception for IELTS and BULATS, which expire every two years.

What levels of English are assessed by the Cambridge exams?

The official Cambridge exams range from A2 to C2 level, as follows: KEY (A2), PET (B1), FCE (B2), CAE (C1) and CPE (C2).

How can parents encourage their children to learn English?

How can parents encourage their children to learn English?

Different ways to help your child learn English

Parents often wonder what they can do to support their children’s learning at home. Whether it is math, science or English as a second language, parental involvement in their child’s education is essential to the child’s success in school and in the learning process. This is especially true when the child is learning English, as he/she has very little opportunity to listen to, practice and use English outside of the 3-4 hours per week spent in English class. So, if you’ve been wondering what you can do to help your child learn English, here are some tips you can do at home (or anywhere, really!) that will advance your child’s English skills even faster.

Motivate them through technology

Similarly, and also for older children and teenagers, make sure that your devices and game consoles are set to English and, more importantly, that the game is in English. Few things motivate children and teenagers more than technology. And no wonder: as digital natives, our children’s generation was born into a world where technology is not only everywhere, but indispensable in our daily lives.

Teaching English to your children National GeographicWhere there is motivation, there is interest and, therefore, better learning. Buy your child’s next video game in English and create the need for him to learn the words used and understand the language being spoken. For older teens, multiplayer video games are a great way for them to practice their English speaking skills with other gamers from around the world who do not speak their language.

Here are a few websites where your children can play games, watch interactive videos and even write stories in English while
while having fun:


Music is deeply linked to memory

Finally, I want to share one of the most effective yet simple English teaching methods that teachers use in their classrooms: !the songs and rhythms! The music is repetitive and rhythmic, which helps us to learn English more easily and in an enjoyable way.

Music and EnglishWhen a person listens to a song over and over again, he or she begins to learn the words little by little, then the structures, and during this process is learning pronunciation, intonation, rhythm and pitch. In addition, listening to music and singing is fun and motivating for children, as well as a good way for them to gain confidence and practice their speaking skills. Cambridge suggests “for children aged 5 to 11, choosing songs with lots of rhyming words and rhythms that are repeated. This makes it easier for children to learn new words and start singing along.” On the other hand, for older teenagers, songs are the perfect opportunity to combine their interests with learning English. They will definitely be motivated to understand and learner a song in English if you enjoy listening to it. Take a look at Lyrics Training to find a fun and interactive music listening game.

And if you want to go further…

If you are already doing all of the above or just want more ideas to help your child improve their English even more, here are some out-of-the-ordinary ideas you may not have considered:

  • Sometimes the simple things are the most effective. Simply talking about English classes or learning English helps your child reflect on what he or she has learned and consolidate his or her memory. Ask him about a word he learned that day or a game or activity that made him happy and encourage him to talk.
  • Get out the label maker (or just use post-its) and help your kids learn the words for the most common objects in English by labeling them. rEnglish workshops Barcelonaepetition is key to memory retention, so if every time your child wants to use his favorite toy truck, he sees “TRUCK” written on it, he’s sure to remember it and start using it in the future.
  • Fancy spending some time with your child on a nice Sunday morning? Prepare with them a delicious recipe or a nice craft following the instructions in English. Go to the Highlight Kids youtube channel and search for your favorite recipe or craft; help your child learn basic English instructions and vocabulary, while having fun and learning life skills. Active learning, or learning by doing, is one of the best ways to help your child learn English.
  • Learning English yourself is the best way to help your child make progress in learning English. Being able to use the language with them is a great opportunity for them to practice their speaking and listening skills. In addition, learning together can be a very motivating experience for children.

And of course… let’s see it in English.

We’ll end with the easiest but also the one that will end up influencing your child quite a bit: put the TV (or streaming platform) in English. During the early development of the child, the brain acquires and develops all the sounds that belong to its mother tongue, so that the child is able to use them in vocal speech.

Streaming in EnglishThe brain does this by analyzing everything the child hears and transforming it into mouth movements that the child can imitate to produce a specific sound. How many times did you repeat “mommy” or “daddy” to your child before he or she was able to say it? They have to hear a word said on different occasions, by different people, before they try it. You can help your child learn English by exposing him to the sounds and rhythm of the English language so that it will be easier for him to repeat them in the future. If you think that changing the scenario is not enough, you can try more practical strategies. Help your child become aware of sounds by playing with refrigerator magnets: start with “cat” and then change one letter to make “mat” or “bat.” Children also love silly tongue twisters that unknowingly help them differentiate and practice similar sounds. Another alternative that will be great fun for your children is to make letters with pipe cleaners, plasticine or even food, and practice the sounds with them.

In the end, everything counts and anything you can do at home will help your child develop their English language skills, so try at least one of our tips.


Johns Vaseekaran, D.J. (2018). Educational psychology.

Active Learning

Active Learning

“Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I will remember. Involve me and I will learn.”

Learning with elearning

The way we are taught determines how we retain and consolidate what we learn. With traditional methods, the learner is a passive subject in their own learning process. John Dewey, the prominent American educator, proposed that “if knowledge comes from the impressions that we have of ourselves, then we should be able to know what we know. natural objects do, it is impossible to obtain knowledge without the use of objects that impress the mind”. This approach has been the inspiration for the innovative English teaching method applied at FunTalk.

As children we learn by exploring our surroundings, and many of us continue to learn in this way. Babies do not learn from “tokens” or parental instructions, but from interacting with their environment and having enriching experiences. That is why it is so important in the teaching process to present the student, regardless of age, with situations in which they must take an active role in their learning. And by this we mean teaching through activities where the student must carry out actions or tasks with a certain purpose; in this way, learning is not a destination to be reached, but the road traveled.

This approach is called active learning and has proven to be a particularly effective teaching method, especially in language teaching. H. Active learning W. Reese (2011), expounds that “languages are best learned by their use rather than by formal rules”. We can know all the grammatical rules of a language but if we do not apply it to authentic situations, we will not be able to use it as a communicative form. In addition, by engaging in activities where they can create things, use their hands, solve problems, etc., students are much more motivated (Owens, Sadler, Barlow, & Smith-Walters, 2017), which in turn positively affects attention and memory consolidation (Cavenagh, 2016).

For these reasons we are convinced that at FunTalk we have designed an effective, motivating and fun method for all ages to learn English in a memorable and meaningful way. Our dynamic classes offer students communicative contexts in which to learn and practice relevant language. And what makes us unique, our signature workshops, offer students opportunities to learn in real-life situations, not just English, but tools that they can then apply in other contexts in their lives.

Active learning through workshops

In short, our students are happy because they learn in a natural and meaningful way. In addition, our youngest students come with enthusiasm because they do not come to sit in front of a book but to talk, play, create, think, reflect and develop their skills; and parents appreciate that! We are grateful to be able to share our vision with so many families and to see the progress of all our students over time.


Reese, H. W. (2011). The learning-by-doing principle. Behavioral Development Bulletin, 17(1), 1-19.




We are starting an innovative international cooking workshop totally in English, and on the occasion of our first culinary trip we are offering a SUPER DISCOUNT of 50% off the price of our first workshop.

At FunTalk, we are always looking for new ways to offer you different and enriching experiences where you can practice English while participating in fun and interactive activities. That is why we have decided to create a Cooking Workshop for which we follow our own methodology of “learning by doing”. During our workshops you will learn the vocabulary of cooking, as well as the different ingredients used in each workshop because… our workshops will be international! Each month we will present a dish from different cuisines around the world. Our first trip will be to warm and cheerful Mexico: we will prepare homemade tortillas, chipotle mayonnaise, mango salsa and pico de gallo, all this to prepare shrimp tacos. Of course, accompanied by margaritas, as it should be!

The workshops will be held once a month, and will have a duration of 2.5 hours.

Our international cuisine workshop:

  • January 24 from 19:30-22h.
  • The price is according to the activity, and for the first workshop it will be 38€/person with 50% DISCOUNT!


SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2018 5pm – 7pm

Next Saturday, September 29, an event will take place at FunTalk to raise funds for two charities through the sale of second-hand children’s and babies’ items: clothes, toys, books, etc.

We will have:
-Storytelling with actress Marieta Sanchez!
-Sale of second-hand baby and children’s items
-Sale of homemade cakes and Thai sweets
-Sale of children’s books in English

It is a very special and close organization, “Karen Morris Memorial Trust”. organization founded by a friend to help families with LEUKEMIA.

I will be grateful for your cooperation:
-You can donate items (drop them off at FunTalk . c/ Arago 119 from today until September 28th)
-Participate in a table for 10€ to sell your second hand products, you must confirm before the event.
-Come and buy! Admission 5€ / Family

Saturday, 29th September 5-7pm

On Saturday, 29th September, FunTalk will hold a charity event to raise money for two charities by selling second hand baby and kids items, such as clothes, toys, books, etc.

There will be:
-Story time with the actress Marieta Sanchez!
-Sale for second hand baby and kids items.
-Sale for homemade Thai cakes and sweets.
-Sale for second hand English kids books.

All proceeds go to charities for Leukemia(Karen Morris Memorial Trust) and to disadvantaged children in Kenya.

We would appreciate any type of collaboration:
-Items can be donated (at FunTalk – C/ Arago 119 from today until the 28th September)
-Participate and get a table for 10€ to sell your second-hand items.
-Eat shopping and get yourself a bargain!

Price: Sellers €10 (for a table) Entrance €5 / Family



We will hold a Thai cooking class on Saturday, September 29th from 5pm to 7pm.

The class will be taught by Liz Kalnin, a Thai girl originally from ChaingMai, Thailand.
The class will be in English and Spanish.

– Thai pad thai noodles with bean sprouts and ground peanuts, lime and green onion
– Fried bananas and vanilla ice cream.
– Red wine and white wine included in price

Recipe book included and all the ingredients. You can bring the tupperware to take what is left over.

Price: 35€ per person for the 2-hour course.

Places are limited, so if you want to come you have to contact us.

FunTalk will be hosting a Thai Cooking Class on Saturday, 29th September 5-7pm.


The class will be done by Liz Kalnin a Native Thai Lady from
ChaingMaiThailand. The class will be in English and Spanish.

– Shrimp and tofu pad Thai noodles topped with bean sprouts, ground peanuts, lime and green onions.
– Fried bananas and vanilla ice cream
– Red and white wine included

Recipe book included and all the ingredients. Please bring Tupperware for any leftovers.

Price: €35 per person (Deposit €10) For the 2-hour course and includes a glass of wine.

Places are limited so please contact us to confirm your place.