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Cambridge IGCSE

About CIE

CIE ­ University of Cambridge International Examinations ­ is the world's largest provider of international qualifications for 14 ­ 19 year olds. Over 1.5 million students, in 160 countries, enter for CIE examinations every year. CIE is part of Cambridge Assessment, a not-for-profit department of the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge IGCSE in the UK

Cambridge IGCSE English Language, English Literature and English as a Second Language are accredited and funded in the UK state sector. The syllabus content is exactly the same as Cambridge IGCSE, but with prescriptions for assessment options in some subjects. For more information, contact us at [email protected]

Cambridge IGCSE is the world's most popular international qualification for 14 ­ 19 year olds.

Cambridge IGCSE

Cambridge IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) is the world's most popular international qualification for 14 ­ 16 year olds. Developed in 1985 and based on best practice in the UK, Cambridge IGCSE is available in over 70 subjects. It equips students not only with knowledge of specific subjects, but also with problem solving and critical thinking skills, and an ability to work independently and as part of a team. at www.cie.org.uk/recognition. Cambridge IGCSE is an excellent preparation for A/AS Level, for Cambridge Pre-U and for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The standard of the Cambridge IGCSE First Language English and Literature syllabuses is benchmarked to UK GCSE. CIE runs regular comparability checks through the Cambridge Assessment Research Division and shares examiners with its linked organisation OCR to make sure standards are the same. Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language at Grade C or above is recognised by almost all UK universities ­ and many in the USA, Canada and Australia ­ as evidence of English proficiency for undergraduate study. It is included in UCAS's list of qualifications that are acceptable as evidence of proficiency in English, and it is recognised by the British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes. Students must confirm entry requirements with the university of their choice.

International reach

Cambridge IGCSE is taken in 127 countries and suits both national and international teaching contexts. The syllabuses use international examples and avoid terminology only used in the UK. Non-native speakers of English are treated fairly.

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Recognition

Cambridge IGCSE is internationally recognised by universities in the UK and overseas as equivalent gradefor-grade to UK GCSE - learn more

Cambridge IGCSE English syllabuses encourage students to improve their language skills and appreciation of literature

The Cambridge IGCSE English suite

Cambridge IGCSE English qualifications provide an excellent foundation for students who: · wanttocontinuetheirstudies at a higher level (including AS or A Level, Cambridge Pre-U and International Baccalaureate) · needaliteratureorlanguage qualification (or both) to complement other subjects they are studying · needafinalqualificationinEnglish language or literature (or both). Cambridge IGCSE English syllabuses encourage students to improve their language skills and appreciation of literature. They develop students' ability to understand and respond appropriately and confidently to what they read, see, hear and experience. The syllabuses help students' personal development, and help them explore wider areas of human concern. The suite offers two language qualifications - First Language English and English as a Second Language (E2L). Literature is assessed in a separate syllabus. Students do not have to take both Language and Literature syllabuses - for example, they can take: · IGCSEFirstLanguageEnglish · IGCSEFirstLanguageEnglish and IGCSE Literature (English) · IGCSELiterature(English) · IGCSEEnglishasaSecond Language · IGCSEEnglishasaSecond Language and IGCSE Literature (English)

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Two exam sessions every year

Exams take place in May/June and October/November. Results in one session do not carry over to the next. Students can, however, carry forward marks in coursework options if re-taking the exam.

With or without coursework

Teachers can choose between 100% written terminal exam or exam+coursework options in both Cambridge IGCSE First Language English and Literature (English) syllabuses. There is no written coursework in English as a Second Language.

Cambridge IGCSE First Language English

Cambridge IGCSE First Language English develops successful readers, writers, listeners, speakers and thinkers. The emphasis is on language skills, and students will learn to understand and respond to what they hear, read and experience. It encourages students to use relevant vocabulary, correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and to demonstrate a sense of style and an awareness of audience. Speaking and listening is an optional part of the assessment. Performance does not affect the grade given for the rest of the exam, although the mark is recorded on the exam certificate. Cambridge IGCSE is an international exam, taken by students from English-speaking countries across the world. Examiners and moderators do not expect `British English'.

Core and Extended curriculum

Students follow a Core curriculum. Teachers can also stretch their students with an Extended curriculum. Students can change level during the course according to their progress. Core curriculumonly students are eligible for grades C through to G. Extended curriculum students are eligible for grades A* through to E.

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Syllabus content

Reading Understanding and collating explicit meanings Understanding, explaining and collating implicit meanings Summarising, paraphrasing, reexpressing Understanding how writers achieve effects

Assessment (examination in 2012)

Title

Paper 1 Reading Passage (Core Tier)

Brief description

Exam duration Weighting

50%

Questions relating to one 1 hour 45 mins passage of approx 750 words printed on question paper (includes summary exercise)

OR

Paper 2 Reading Passages (Extended Tier) Questions relating to two 2 hours passages, linked by theme of approx 600-700 words each printed on question paper (includes summary exercise) 50%

Writing Articulating experience and expressing what is thought, felt and imagined Ordering and presenting facts, ideas and opinions Understanding and using a range of appropriate vocabulary Using language and register appropriate to audience and context Making accurate and effective use of paragraphs, grammatical structures, sentences, punctuation and spelling

Paper 3 Directed Writing & Composition

AND

One directed writing task based on a stimulus printed on the exam paper, and one composition task chosen from a range of narrative/ discursive/descriptive options. 2 hours 50%

OR

Paper 4 Coursework Portfolio Three assignments (approx 500-800 words each) engaging with a range of functions, purposes and audiences. Assessed by teacher and moderated by CIE. ­ 50%

Speaking and Listening (assessment optional) Presenting facts, ideas and opinions Communicating clearly and fluently Using language and register appropriate to audience and context Listening and responding appropriately to the contributions of others

Optional oral component

This is assessed by the teacher, moderated by CIE and certificated separately on a scale of 1 (high) to 5 (low). Performance does not affect the grade given for the other components of the exam.

Paper 5 Speaking & Listening Individual task (eg a presentation/talk) followed by a discussion (approx 10 to 12 minutes)

OR

Paper 6 Speaking & Listening Coursework Three tasks (individual, pair-based and group) devised and assessed during the course

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Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language

Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language is designed for students who are not native English speakers, but who need English to improve their educational or career prospects. A pass at grade C or above (with A* being the highest grade) is recognised by almost all UK universities ­ and by many in the US, Canada and Australia ­ as evidence of English proficiency for undergraduate study in an Englishspeaking institution. The syllabus assesses students' ability to use English to communicate in writing, reading and listening and speaking. It develops ability to use English effectively in a variety of contexts and provides a sound language base for further study, or for employment in an environment where English is used. Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language is an international exam and students come from English and non-English speaking countries ­ `British English' is not expected. A compulsory speaking test also forms part of the assessment. Performance in the oral test is recorded separately on the final certificate on a scale of 1(high) to 5 (low).

Syllabus content

Reading

Understanding and responding to information presented in a variety of forms Selecting and organising material relevant to specific purposes Recognising, understanding and distinguishing between facts, ideas and opinions Inferring information from texts (Extended only)

Core and Extended curriculum

Students follow a Core curriculum. Teachers can also stretch their students with an Extended curriculum. Students can change level during the course according to their progress. Core curriculum-only students are eligible for grades C through to G. Extended curriculum students are eligible for grades A* through to E.

Writing

Communicating clearly, accurately and appropriately Conveying information and expressing opinions effectively Employing and controlling a variety of grammatical structures Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of a range of appropriate vocabulary Observing conventions of paragraphing, punctuation and spelling Employing appropriate register and style

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Assessment (examination in 2012)

Listening

Understanding and responding to information presented in a variety of forms Recognising, understanding and distinguishing between facts, ideas and opinions Selecting and organising material relevant to specific purposes Inferring information from texts (Extended only) Paper 1 Reading and Writing (Core)

Exam duration

1 hour 30 minutes

Weighting

70%

OR

Paper 2 Reading and Writing (Extended) 2 hours 70%

AND EITHER

Paper 3 Listening (Core) Approx. 30-40 mins 30%

Speaking

Communicating clearly, accurately and appropriately Conveying information and expressing opinions effectively Employing and controlling a variety of grammatical structures Demonstrating knowledge of a range of appropriate vocabulary Engaging in and influencing the direction of conversation Employing suitable pronunciation and stress patterns

OR

Paper 4 Listening (Extended) Approx. 45 mins 30%

AND EITHER

Component 5 Oral Approx. 10-12 mins Separately endorsed

OR

Component 6 Oral (Coursework assessment) n/a Separately endorsed

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Cambridge IGCSE Literature (English)

Students following the Cambridge IGCSE Literature (English) course will learn to enjoy the experience of reading literature by interpreting and evaluating English literary texts from different periods and from different cultures. Students study prose, drama (Shakespeare is optional) and poetry through a range of set texts written originally in English. They develop their ability to appreciate the different ways in which writers achieve their effects, and communicate their personal response to the texts studied. Students also consider the contribution English literature has made to our wider understanding. `Open book' and `closed book' examinations are available, as well as coursework and unseen options.

Syllabus content

Studying set texts drawn from the three main forms of literature: · prose · poetry · drama Details of the set texts are in the syllabus. You can find the syllabus on the CD contained in this brochure. Gaining detailed knowledge of the content of texts Understanding meanings of literary texts and their contexts Exploring texts beyond surface meanings to show deeper awareness of ideas and attitudes Appreciating writers' use of language, structure, form, characterisation Empathetic response work (optional) Responding to unseen poetry and prose texts (optional)

Assessment ­ three options (examination in 2012)

Component

Paper 1: Set Texts ­ Open Books Paper 2: Coursework

Duration

2 hours 15 mins Assessed by the Centre; externally moderated by CIE

Weighting

75% 25%

OR

Paper 1: Set Texts ­ Open Books Paper 3: Unseen 2 hours 15 mins 1 hour 20 mins 75% 25%

OR

Paper 4: Set Texts ­ Closed Books Paper 5: Set Texts ­ Closed Books 2 hours 15 mins 45 mins 75% 25%

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What curriculum pathways are possible with Cambridge IGCSE English syllabuses?

Pathway Age 11­14 Age 14­15 Age 15­16 Post 16

Cambridge International Curriculum

A Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme or Cambridge Checkpoint Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme or Cambridge Checkpoint Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme or Cambridge Checkpoint Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme or Cambridge Checkpoint Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme or Cambridge Checkpoint IGCSE First Language English No further English study

B

IGCSE First Language English and IGCSE Literature (English) IGCSE First Language English and IGCSE Literature (English) IGCSE English as a Second Language

International A/AS Level Literature in English Cambridge Pre-U English

C

D

No further English study

E

IGCSE English as a Second Language and IGCSE Literature (English)

International A/AS Level Literature in English

Other international and national programmes

F G UK KS3 UK KS3 IGCSE First Language English IGCSE First Language English and IGCSE Literature (English) IB Middle Years Programme, culminating in IGCSE First Language English IGCSE First Language English or IGCSE English as a Second Language IGCSE Literature (English) IGCSE First Language English IGCSE First Language English, IGCSE English Literature and IGCSE English as a Second Language No further English study A/AS Level in English Language and Literature Cambridge Pre-U English IB Diploma Local curriculum + 2 qualifications in English US Advanced Placement tests AS/A Level English Literature, AS Level English Language and AS English Language & Literature

H I

IB Middle Years Programme India: local curriculum

J K

USA: local curriculum New Zealand: local curriculum

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Standards

Standards are of great interest and keenly debated among teachers, parents, government bodies and many other interested parties. Cambridge IGCSE is benchmarked to UK GCSE and recognised by universities in the UK and worldwide as equivalent grade-for-grade to UK GCSE. You may find it useful to refer to question papers, mark schemes, examiner reports and exemplar student answers at particular grades ­ all available on the Cambridge Teacher Support website.

Support for Teachers and Centres

CIE offers access to world-class support services, designed to help teachers deliver engaging, effective courses. CIE also helps teachers develop as professionals. · www.learncie.org.uk Access to thousands of pages of up-to-date resources, written by teachers and ready for classroom use. The learnCIE Teacher Test Centre enables teachers to create tests for students to take online, or as homework. · www.cambridgestudents.org.uk Information and reference materials for students following Cambridge international courses, designed to complement classroom teaching.

Expert advice

You can send us queries about any element of Cambridge IGCSE in English. Our subject experts will advise you further.

Teacher Resources

· Textbooks and resources A wide range of textbooks is available for Cambridge IGCSE English syllabuses - a full resource list is in the syllabus at www.cie.org.uk. It includes materials relevant to both classroom teaching and professional development. · Teacher Support website Registered CIE Centres can access all the materials they need to teach CIE syllabuses, including past question papers, mark schemes, examiners' reports, schemes of work (lesson plans) and online progress tests.

Easy to administer

CIE offers simple, fast, efficient and friendly administration. Centres receive comprehensive assistance from CIE's Customer Support team and local representatives. Administration and results can be handled online. CIE aims to respond in full to all queries within two working days.

Training

CIE offers regular face-to-face training on Cambridge IGCSE English syllabuses, giving teachers the knowledge and skills they need to help students perform well in examinations. Online training is also available, increasing access for teachers who have limited time or are a long way from training events.

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Learn more!

Learn more about Cambridge IGCSE English (First Language), English (Second Language), English Literature, or about becoming a CIE Centre. Visit our website at www.cie.org.uk Contact us at [email protected], or telephone +44 1223 553554.

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