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International GCSE English as a Second Language

Level: International GCSE Examination board: Cambridge Specification: Cambridge IGCSE (9-1) English as a Second Language (Count-in Speaking) (Code: 0991)

Course outline

Cambridge IGCSE (9-1) English as a Second Language is for learners who already have a working knowledge of the language. This is a core subject which is offered to many of our international pupils to enable preparation for IELTS exam.

This course:

  • is suitable for learners whose first language is not English, but who study through the English-medium
  • develops learners’ ability to understand and use English in a range of situations
  • builds learners’ awareness of the nature of language and the four language-learning skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • focuses on practical communication for everyday use, which can also form the basis for further, more in-depth language study
  • develops transferable skills to complement other areas of the curriculum
  • is recognised by many universities as the English language entry requirement for international students

Assessment method

All candidates take three exams. There is no coursework.

Paper 1:

  • Reading and Writing 50%
  • Candidates respond to reading texts and essay style questions

Paper 2:

  • Listening 25%
  • Candidates listen to exercises of short and longer texts, answering a range of multiple choice and short answer questions

Paper 3:

  • Speaking 25%
  • Candidates take part in an interview, short talk and discussion

The speaking component is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Get in touch

For more information contact the Head of EAL & ML.

Name: Dr Jirina Roucka-Brown

Email: Jirina.Roucka-Brown@lvs.ascot.sch.uk