IGCSE English / ESL 2018-03-17T01:56:56+00:00

IGCSE English / ESL

This two-year IGCSE course focuses on the language skills of reading, writing speaking and listening, preparing students for the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) IGCSE examination.

IGCSE English as a First Language

We offer two tiers of study at Uplands, with the majority of our students following a course that prepares them for the extended tier of entry (grades A* – E). The core tier examination is also available, with students working towards grades in the C – G range in the final examination.

We approach this course in a dynamic way at Uplands, and our hope is that by providing a range of teaching styles we are able to find a way to engage all students in their study of the English language. Using a variety of media, we aim to equip students with the means to read effectively and write skilfully; collaborative planning within the department allows us to share both good practice and resources en route to this target.

The course text book is IGCSE English First Language by Marion Cox and Peter Lucantoni, published by Cambridge University Press and endorsed by CIE. Students are equipped with a workbook, written by Marion Cox, which is used in conjunction with the course text.

The assessment objectives in reading and writing are listed below; they are identified as part of the CIE syllabus for IGCSE English as a First Language.

Assessment Objectives

Reading

  • understand and collate explicit meanings
  • understand, explain and collate implicit meanings and attitudes
  • select, analyse and evaluate what is relevant to specific purposes
  • understand how writers achieve effects

Writing

  • articulate experience and express what is thought, felt and imagined
  • order and present facts, ideas and opinions
  • understand and use a range of appropriate vocabulary
  • use language and register appropriate to audience and context
  • make accurate and effective use of paragraphs, grammatical structures, sentences, punctuation and spelling

Final Examination

Core:

  • Paper 1 – Reading Passages (50%)
  • Paper 3 – Directed Writing and Composition (50%)

Extended:

  • Paper 2 – Reading Passages (50%)
  • Paper 3 – Directed Writing and Composition (50%)

IGCSE English Literature

The aims of this course are to build on the foundations of literary study that are established in the Lower School curriculum and prepare our students for the rigours of an external examination in literature. Underpinning these aims there is also an intention to nurture amongst our students a real enjoyment of literary texts; CIE publishes a list of set texts for the examination, but in addition to these texts we encourage our students to read widely and frequently in pursuit of a regular reading habit that might continue throughout life.

Poetry, prose & drama

During the two-year course, students will read poetry, prose and drama texts. The teaching methods around these texts are diverse, with approaches varying from traditional lecture-style analysis to student-centred activities such as panel presentations, role-playing and writing based on empathic responses to a work.

Of particular importance in our programme of study is our goal to help students develop an informed critical voice; in essay and commentary writing tasks, we encourage students to develop analysis through well-chosen reference to the text, and we reward personal interpretation that is supported in the same way. Our aim is to prepare students to meet the criteria identified by CIE as the hallmark of an A grade student. Such a student should have the ability to:

  • sustain a perceptive and convincing response with well-chosen detail of narrative and situation
  • demonstrate clear critical/analytical understanding of the author’s intentions and the text’s deeper implications and the attitudes it displays
  • make much well-selected reference to the text
  • respond sensitively and in detail to the way language works in texts
  • communicate a considered and reflective personal response to the text

Set texts

Set texts for examination in 2015 include:

Drama:

  • All My Sons‘ – Arthur Miller
  • An Inspector Calls‘ – J.B. Priestley
  • The Merchant of Venice‘ – William Shakespeare

Prose:

  • Northanger Abbey‘ – Jane Austen
  • Stories of Ourselves‘: The University of Cambridge International Examinations Anthology of Short Stories in English

Poetry:

  • Songs of Ourselves‘: The University of Cambridge International Examinations Anthology of Poetry in English

Assessment objectives

The assessment objectives for the course are listed below; they are identified as part of the CIE syllabus for IGCSE English Literature.

Knowledge With Understanding

Students should be able to:

  • acquire first-hand knowledge of the content of literary texts
  • understand the literal meanings of texts and the contexts of those meanings

Critical Interpretation

Students should be able to:

  • understand literary texts beyond their literal meanings in terms of the issues and attitudes they raise
  • recognise and appreciate ways in which writers use language to create their effects of narration, description, characterisation and literary structure

Judgement and Personal Response

Students should be able to:

  • explain and discuss evaluations
  • communicate a sensitive and informed personal response to what is read

Final examination

There is one level of entry for all students.

  • Paper 1 (Open Books): 70%
  • Paper 3 (Unseen): 30%

Of particular importance in our programme of study is our goal to help students develop an informed critical voice; in essay and commentary writing tasks, we encourage students to develop analysis through well-chosen reference to the text, and we reward personal interpretation that is supported in the same way.

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