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Learner Guide for Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language

Learner Guide for Cambridge IGCSE® English as a Second Language How to use this guide
The guide describes what you need to know about your IGCSE English as a Second Language) examination. It will help you to plan your revision programme for the examinations and will explain what we are looking for in your answers. It can also be used to help you to revise by using the tick boxes in Section 4, ‘What you need to do’, to check what you have revised. The guide contains the following sections:

Section 1: How will you be tested?
This section gives you information about the different Examination Papers that you will take.

Section 2: Examination tips
This section gives you advice to help you do as well as you can. Some of the tips are general advice and some are based on the common mistakes that learners make in exams.

Section 3: What will be tested?
This section describes the areas of knowledge, understanding and skills that the examination papers will test you on.

Section 4: What you need to do
This section shows the syllabus in a simple way so that you can check that: • You have practised each skill. • You can understand and respond, in English, in a variety of contexts and situations. • You are well prepared for the level of examination (Core or Extended) you will be taking. • You have covered enough topics and themes to be able to show your skills in writing and speaking English.

Section 5: Useful websites Section 6: Appendix
This section shows you the importance of the command words and phrases that are used in examination questions. It also gives you additional hints and details, which will help you feel more confident when you take the examination.

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Learner Guide for Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language

Section 1: How will you be tested?
You will probably take three parts: • Reading and Writing question Paper • Listening question Paper • Speaking Test

There are two different options for IGCSE: Option 1: The first option is detailed below: you take two papers – the Reading and Writing paper, and the Listening paper, which together make up your grade. Let’s look at the first two papers you will take. If your teacher thinks you should enter for the Core examination, you will take Papers 1 and 3. If your teacher thinks you should enter for the Extended examination, you will take Papers 2 and 4. Your teacher will assess your skills towards the end of your IGCSE course and will discuss with you which Papers and which level of examination (Core or Extended) you should take. You may also wish to discuss the decision with your parents.

Paper number and level of examination Paper 1 (Core) OR:↓ Paper 2 (Extended).

How long and What’s in the paper? What’s the % of How many Which skills are being the total mark? marks? tested? 1 hour minutes (70 marks) 2 hours (90 marks) 30 Exs.1,2,4 – Reading Ex.3 – Reading & Writing combined. Exs. 5,6,7 – Writing Exs. 1,2,4 – Reading Exs. 3,5 – Reading Writing combined Exs. 6 & 7 – Writing

70%

& 70%

Paper 3 (Core)

30 minutes (30 marks)

OR:↓ Paper 4 (Extended).

1) Listening and responding to short conversations. 2) Listening and responding to longer talks and interviews. 1) Listening and responding to short conversations. 2) Listening and responding to longer talks and interviews.

30%

45 minutes (36 marks)

30%

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Learner Guide for Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language

You will also, normally, take an Oral test, either Paper 5 or Paper 6, which tests your speaking skills.

Paper Number Paper 5 Speaking Test

How long and How many marks? Up to 15 minutes 30 marks

What’s in the Paper?

What’s the % of the total mark? Not included in your grade. A separate result is given.

A conversation with the Examiner and a discussion of a topic on a card chosen by the...
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