CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL EXAMINATIONS
International General Certificate of Secondary Education
MARK SCHEME for the October/November 2012 series
0500 FIRST LANGUAGE ENGLISH
Paper 2 (Reading Passages – Extended),
maximum raw mark 50
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Cambridge is publishing the mark schemes for the October/November 2012 series for most IGCSE, GCE Advanced Level and Advanced Subsidiary Level components and some Ordinary Level components.
IGCSE – October/November 2012
Note: All Examiners are instructed that alternative correct answers and unexpected approaches in candidates’ scripts must be given marks that fairly reflect the relevant knowledge and skills demonstrated. Nonetheless, the content must be clearly related to and derived from the passage. Question 1
This question tests Reading Objectives R1-R3 (15 marks):
understand and collate explicit meanings
understand, explain and collate implicit meanings and attitudes select, analyse and evaluate what is relevant to specific purposes.
AND Writing Objectives W1-W5 (5 marks):
articulate experience and express what is thought, felt and imagined order and present facts, ideas and opinions
understand and use a range of appropriate vocabulary
use language and register appropriate to audience and context make accurate and effective use of paragraphs, grammatical structures, sentences, punctuation and spelling.
You are Dean Potter being interviewed for an extreme sports magazine. You answer the following three questions only:
Explain your practice walks in preparation for the Lost Arrow Spire challenge. Describe your feelings as you walk the slack-line.
What advice would you give to people wanting to take-up this daring and exciting sport? Write the words of the interview, beginning with the first question. Base your interview on what you have read in Passage A. Be careful to use your own words. Write between 1½ and 2 sides, allowing for the size of your handwriting. Up to 15 marks are available for the content of your answer, and up to 5 marks for the quality of your writing.
General notes on likely content
Candidates should select ideas from the passage and develop their own, supporting what they write with details from the passage and judging the appropriate register for the genre and context. Bear in mind the difference between copying facts and giving opinions. Look for a clear response which covers the three areas of the question, is well sequenced, and is in the candidate’s own words.
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IGCSE – October/November 2012
Candidates might use the following ideas:
A1: Explain how and why you practise walks in preparation for the Lost Arrow Spire challenge. How
• used controlled breathing
• got to know about the unpredictability of the rope
• kept focused (on something bright)/eyes ahead/didn’t look down • practised at a lower level/lesser width
• used a harness/tether rope to gain confidence
• practised over and over again/for months
• determined not to be beaten by fear
• determined to master skill for this challenge
Describe your feelings as you walk the slack-line.
fear of falling
has to steel himself
internal debate/tempted to look down
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