IGCSE FLE-0500

Handbook

2021-23

Course Description

Cambridge IGCSE First Language English allows learners to:


  • develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively when speaking and writing

  • learn how to use a wide range of vocabulary, and the correct grammar, spelling and punctuation

  • develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed.

Learners are also encouraged to read widely, both for their own enjoyment and to further their awareness of the ways in which English can be used. Cambridge IGCSE First Language English also develops more general analysis and communication skills such as inference, and the ability to order facts and present opinions effectively.

Syllabus Overview

The aims describe the purposes of a course based on this syllabus.

The aims are to enable students to:

  • read a wide range of texts, fluently and with good understanding, enjoying and appreciating a variety of language

  • read critically, and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing

  • write accurately and effectively, using Standard English appropriately

  • work with information and with ideas in language by developing skills of evaluation, analysis, use and inference

  • listen to, understand, and use spoken language effectively

  • acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology and linguistic conventions.

Content Overview

Cambridge IGCSE First Language English offers candidates the opportunity to respond with understanding to a rich array of reading texts during the course as a whole. Candidates will use these texts to inform and inspire their own writing, and write in a range of text types for different purposes and audiences.

Candidates will develop both their speaking and their listening skills, delivering a presentation, and responding to questions and engaging in conversations.

Candidates are encouraged to become appreciative and critical readers, writers, speakers and listeners .

Assessment Overview

All candidates take two papers. Paper 1, and Paper 2. Candidates will be eligible for grades A* to G.

All candidates take:


Paper 1 2 hours

Reading 50%

  • 80 marks

  • Structured and extended writing questions

  • Questions will be based on three reading texts

  • Externally assessed


AND


Paper 2 2 hours

Directed Writing and Composition 50%

  • 80 marks

  • Extended writing question and a composition task

  • Externally assessed

Assessment Objectives

The assessment objectives (AOs) are:


        • Candidates will be assessed on their ability to:

        • R1 demonstrate understanding of explicit meanings

        • R2 demonstrate understanding of implicit meanings and attitudes

        • R3 analyze, evaluate and develop facts, ideas and opinions, using appropriate support from the text

        • R4 demonstrate understanding of how writers achieve effects and influence readers

        • R5 select and use information for specific purposes.

AO2 Writing

Candidates will be assessed on their ability to:

  • W1 articulate experience and express what is thought, felt and imagined

  • W2 organize and structure ideas and opinions for deliberate effect

  • W3 use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures appropriate to context

  • W4 use register appropriate to context

  • W5 make accurate use of spelling, punctuation and grammar.

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Subject Content

The skills covered in the syllabus are outlined below.

  • Demonstrate understanding of written texts, and of the words and phrases within them

  • Summarize and use material for a specific context

  • Develop, analyze and evaluate facts, ideas and opinions

  • Demonstrate understanding of how writers achieve their effects and influence readers

  • Select appropriate information for specific purposes

  • Recognize and respond to linguistic devices, figurative language and imagery.

In developing reading skills, candidates should engage with a range of genres and text types from the twentieth and/or twenty-first centuries, including literature, fiction and non-fiction, and other forms of writing, such as discursive essays, reviews and articles. This study should include focus on writers’ use of language and style and the ways in which writers achieve effects and influence readers. Candidates should study how influence may include fact, ideas, perspectives, opinions and bias.

  • Express what is thought, felt and imagined

  • Organize and convey facts, ideas and opinions effectively

  • Demonstrate a varied vocabulary appropriate to the context

  • Demonstrate an effective use of sentence structures

  • Demonstrate an understanding of audience, purpose and form

  • Demonstrate accuracy in spelling, punctuation and grammar.

As developing writers themselves, candidates should be introduced to a range of writing skills, including the ability to create and compose texts with a variety of forms and purposes, e.g. descriptive, narrative, discursive, argumentative and persuasive. This study should include focus on the following text types: letter, report, article, journal, speech, interview and summary.

Details of Assessment

Paper 1 Reading

Written paper, 2 hours, 80 marks

Candidates answer three compulsory questions on three texts which may be on a similar topic. Candidates write all their answers in the space provided on the question paper.

Text A and Text B will be 700–750 words in length and Text C will be 500–650 words in length. Candidates should spend approximately 15 minutes reading the texts.

The texts will be printed on the question paper insert. Dictionaries may not be used.

Question 1 Comprehension and summary task (30 marks)

Comprehension task: this question requires candidates to respond to Text A.

Candidates respond to a series of sub-questions. These include short answers testing understanding of both explicit and implicit meanings.

This question tests the following reading assessment objectives (15 marks):

R1 demonstrate understanding of explicit meanings

R2 demonstrate understanding of implicit meanings and attitudes

R5 select and use information for specific purposes.


Summary task: this question requires candidates to respond to Text B.

Candidates answer a selective summary task in their own words. Candidates write their summary as continuous writing of no more than 120 words.

This question tests the following reading assessment objectives (10 marks):

R1 demonstrate understanding of explicit meanings

R2 demonstrate understanding of implicit meanings and attitudes

R5 select and use information for specific purposes.

This question also tests the following writing assessment objectives (5 marks):

W2 organize and structure ideas and opinions for deliberate effect

W3 use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures appropriate to context

W5 make accurate use of spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Question 2 Short-answer questions and language task (25 marks)

Short-answer questions: this question requires candidates to respond to Text C.

Candidates respond to a series of sub-questions which require answers of different lengths. This question tests the following reading assessment objectives (10 marks):

R1 demonstrate understanding of explicit meanings

R2 demonstrate understanding of implicit meanings and attitudes

R4 demonstrate understanding of how writers achieve effects and influence readers.

Language task: this question requires candidates to respond to Text C. Candidates write about 200–300 words.

This question tests the following reading assessment objectives (15 marks):

R1 demonstrate understanding of explicit meanings

R2 demonstrate understanding of implicit meanings and attitudes

R4 demonstrate understanding of how writers achieve effects and influence readers.

Question 3 Extended response to reading (25 marks)

This question requires candidates to respond to Text C.

Candidates write about 250–350 words, responding in one of the following text types: letter, report, journal, speech, interview and article.

This question tests the following reading assessment objectives (15 marks):

R1 demonstrate understanding of explicit meanings

R2 demonstrate understanding of implicit meanings and attitudes

R3 analyze, evaluate and develop facts, ideas and opinions, using appropriate support from the text.

This question also tests the following writing assessment objectives (10 marks):

W1 articulate experience and express what is thought, felt and imagined

W2 organize and structure ideas and opinions for deliberate effect

W3 use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures appropriate to context

W4 use register appropriate to context

W5 make accurate use of spelling, punctuation and grammar.


Paper 2 Directed Writing and Composition

Written paper, 2 hours, 80 marks

Candidates answer two questions, one from each section. The texts will be printed on the question paper insert.

Dictionaries may not be used.

Section A Directed Writing (40 marks)

Candidates answer one compulsory question on one or two texts totaling 650–750 words in length.

Candidates use, develop and evaluate the information in the text(s) to create a discursive/argumentative/ persuasive speech, letter or article.

Candidates write about 250–350 words.

This question tests the following writing assessment objectives (25 marks):


W1 articulate experience and express what is thought, felt and imagined

W2 organize and structure ideas and opinions for deliberate effect

W3 use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures appropriate to context

W4 use register appropriate to context

W5 make accurate use of spelling, punctuation and grammar.


This question also tests the following reading assessment objectives (15 marks):


R1 demonstrate understanding of explicit meanings

R2 demonstrate understanding of implicit meanings and attitudes

R3 analyze, evaluate and develop facts, ideas and opinions, using appropriate support from the text

R5 select and use information for specific purposes.

Section B Composition (40 marks)

Candidates answer one question from a choice of four titles: two descriptive and two narrative. Candidates use the title to develop and write a composition.

Candidates write about 350–450 words.

This question tests the following writing assessment objectives (40 marks):


W1 articulate experience and express what is thought, felt and imagined

W2 organize and structure ideas and opinions for deliberate effect

W3 use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures appropriate to context

W4 use register appropriate to context

W5 make accurate use of spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Appendices

Specimen Paper 1- Reading 0500/12- Qs Paper, Insert & Mark Scheme

0500_y20_sp_1.pdf
0500_y20_si_1.pdf
0500_y20_sm_1.pdf

Specimen Paper 2- 0500/22- Directed Writing & Composition- Qs Paper, Insert & Mark Scheme

0500_y20_sp_2.pdf
0500_y20_si_2.pdf
0500_y20_sm_2.pdf