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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.
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:
students to understand and respond to what they hear, read and experience
students to communicate accurately, appropriately, confidently and effectively,
both in writing and orally.
students to enjoy and appreciate reading, writing and speaking language
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
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
First Language English
50% - Reading Paper Examination (Tiers Core or
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
One 50 minute Listening examination (40 minute Core)
One 15 minute Speaking examination.
(The Speaking is internally marked and then
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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