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IGCSE Exam Expectations

The IGCSE English Language Syllabus is attached at the bottom of the page.

The following is our course requirements:

Paper 2: Reading Passages (Extended)

2 hours
Candidates answer three questions on two passages of 600–700 words each, linked by a common theme.
Eligible for Grades A*–E.
50% of total marks.

Component 4: Coursework Portfolios
Candidates submit three assignments, each of 500–800 words.
50% of total marks.

Assessment Objectives:

AO1: Reading
Candidates will be assessed on their ability to:

R 1 Understand and collate explicit meanings 
R2 Understand, explain and collate implicit meanings and attitudes 
R3 Select, analyse and evaluate what is relevant to specific purposes 
R4 Understand how writers achieve effects

AO2: Writing
Candidates will be assessed on their ability to:

W 1 Articulate experience and express what is thought, felt and imagined
W2 Order and present facts, ideas and opinions
W3 Understand and use a range of appropriate vocabulary
W4 Use language and register appropriate to audience and context
W5 Make accurate and effective use of paragraphs, grammatical structures, sentences, punctuation and spelling

Grade descriptions
Grade descriptions give a general indication of the standards of achievement likely to be shown by candidates awarded particular grades.

To achieve a Grade A, a candidate will be able to:

• understand and communicate information at both a straightforward and a complex level.
• understand facts, ideas and opinions, and order and present in detail what is relevant for specific purposes.
• describe and reflect upon experience and detail, analysing effectively what is felt and what is imagined.
• recognise implicit meanings and attitudes of a writer.
• show a clear sense of audience and an understanding of appropriate uses of language.
• write in well constructed paragraphs, using a full range of appropriate sentence structures, and show accuracy in spelling and punctuation.
• select and use appropriate spoken styles and registers. Candidates will vary their sentence structure, vocabulary and expression confidently for a range of purposes, sustaining discussion through the use of a variety of contributions, listening with sensitivity, and occasionally taking the initiative.

To achieve a Grade C, a candidate will be able to:

• understand and convey information both at a straightforward level and at a more complex level.
• understand basic facts, ideas and opinions, presenting them with a degree of clarity and accuracy.
• evaluate material from texts and select what is relevant for specific purposes.
• describe and reflect upon experience and express effectively what is felt and what is imagined.
recognise the more obvious implicit meanings and attitudes of a writer.
• show a sense of audience and an awareness of appropriate uses of language.
• write in paragraphs, using a variety of types of sentence and taking care over spelling and punctuation.
• use varied vocabulary when speaking, and organise their Individual Task to communicate clearly, engaging the interest of the listener. In discussion, candidates make significant contributions, mostly in response to the directions of the speaker(s), showing a readiness to listen to others and to respond appropriately.
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