Cambridge Life Competencies Framework

How do we prepare our students to succeed in a fast-changing world? To collaborate with people from around the globe? To create innovation as technology increasingly takes over routine work? To use advanced thinking skills in the face of more complex challenges? To show resilience in the face of constant change? These are questions educators around the world are trying to address and to determine the skills and competencies our students need for the 21st century - each relating to different contexts.

At Cambridge, we have been working on how we can help you with this and are responding to educators that have asked for a way to understand how all these different approaches to life competencies relate to English language programmes. We have set out to analyse what the basic competencies are. This is to help us create an underlying framework to interpret different initiatives. We have also started work on examining the different stages of the learning journey, and how these competencies vary across each stage. Click on the images below to view the introduction booklet and the booklets for each of the 7 competencies (pdfs).

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CLC Intro


CLC Collaboration


CLC Communication

Critical Thinking

CLC CriticalThinking

Creative Thinking


CLC CreativeThinking

Emotional Development

CLC EmotionalDevelopment


Learning to Learn

CLC LearningtoLearn

Social Responsibilities

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