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​KS4 English

English Language at Cambridge IGCSE is a two year programme and follows the English as a First Language IGCSE. Students are assessed through the course and, if appropriate, they move to a 2nd Language programme of study.  Both courses are globally recognised qualifications and can be studied at core or extended level. Both courses develop the students’ fluency, although there is more emphasis or oral fluency at English as a Second Language. Articulate, coherent and structured written communication is an essential skill for both courses, but the English as a Second Language has Listening and Speaking components as well.


Students will read a variety of non-fiction texts and develop their skills of understanding explicit and implicit meaning, factual retrieval, the effect and meaning of language, the selection of relevant material, and summary writing.

The aims of IGCSE First and Second Language English at MIS are to:

·         enable students to understand and respond to what they hear, read and experience

·         enable students to communicate accurately, appropriately, confidently and effectively, both in writing and orally.

·         encourage students to enjoy and appreciate reading, writing and speaking language

·         complement students’ ability to work with information and ideas in other areas of study, for example, by developing skills of analysis, synthesis and the drawing of inferences

·         promote students’ personal development and an understanding of themselves and others.


Methods of Assessment:

There are a variety of course options in both English as a First Language and English at a Second Language and these can be tailored, to some extent, to suit student need. In essence assessment will be the following:


First Language English

50% - Reading Paper Examination (Tiers Core or Extended)

50% - Directed Writing Paper (Tier Core and Extended)


English as a Second Language (Tiers Core and Extended)

One 2 hour Reading and Writing examination (1 hour 30 minute Core)

One 50 minute Listening examination (40 minute Core)

One 15 minute Speaking examination.

 (The Speaking is internally marked and then externally moderated) 


In a global economy, the ability to use English effectively is an essential tool. At MIS we understand the differing needs of our students, and we strive to make them life-long effective communicators to the best of their ability. Skills in English allow our students to deconstruct the world around them; effective communication is vital in virtually all employment.  


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