English as a Second Language

IGCSE English as a Second Language - Cambridge Syllabus

A preview of my book - "IGCSE ESL Revision Guide"

 

For enquiries about this book please write to the author at johnpeterchristie@gmail.com

 

Chapter 1 

Overview of the syllabus

 

The IGCSE (International General Certificate for Secondary Education) was developed in September 1985 by CIE (Cambridge International Examinations) and is taken in 120 countries and has approximately 450,000 entries each year.

 

This book is intended for those students and teachers for whom IGCSE English as a Second Language is new and who are preparing to sit for this examination or teach this syllabus.

 

CIE uses paper codes to identify the different papers it sets. For ESL IGCSE, the paper codes are as follows:

 

 

Paper code

Remarks

ESL IGCSE (Oral Endorsement)

0510

 

ESL IGCSE (Count-in Oral))

0511

Not the purview of this book

 

You can either take 0510 as a core examination or an extended examination.

 

Students who take the core examination would be those whose reading, writing and listening skills are lesser than average and use the language with difficulty. Such candidates are eligible for grades C-G. It’s important for the teacher to advise/counsel the candidate before the candidate pays the fee, about the necessity of being ‘graded’. I have spoken to many students who refuse to take the core examination because they find it humiliating, shameful and insulting. It would be great if you can convince your student that getting a G is still a grade than entering for the extended examination and being awarded a U (Ungraded). It’s important to review whether your student has the necessary skills to be correctly entered into either the core tier or the extended tier….and you as the teacher should be able to counsel your ward at least eight months before the examination.

 

Students who take the extended examination would be those whose reading, writing and listening skills are average or above average. Such candidates would find the extended tier more demanding, challenging and rigourous and the degrees of difficulty within each exercise would bring about differentiation between the average and the above average candidate. Candidates entered for the extended syllabus are eligible for grades A* - E.

 

Extended

A*

A

B

C

D

E

U

 

 

Core

 

 

 

C

D

E

F

G

U

 

 

Given below are the paper codes for ESL IGCSE (Oral Endorsement)

 

Paper

Code

Remarks

Reading and Writing

0510/01

Core

Reading and Writing

0510/02

Extended

Listening

0510/03

Core

Listening

0510/04

Extended

Oral

0510/05

Separately Endorsed

Oral Coursework

0510/06

Separately Endorsed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In ESL IGCSE, the weightage given to the skills reading, writing and listening are almost equal. 

 

 

 

Description

Reading

Writing

Listening

Total

Exercise 1

Reading exercise

8

 

 

8

Exercise 2

Reading exercise

14

 

 

14

Exercise 3

Information transfer

6

2

 

8

Exercise 4

Note-making

8

 

 

8

Exercise 5

Summary writing

6

4

 

10

Exercise 6

Writing 1 – response to a short stimulus (pictures or prompts)

 

18

 

18

Exercise 7

Writing 2 - response to a short stimulus (pictures or prompts)

 

18

 

18

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part 1

6 short scenarios

 

 

8

8

Part 2

Complete the gaps

 

 

16

16

Part 3

Short or sentence length answers

 

 

12

12

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

42

42

36

120

Weightage

 

35%

35%

30%

100%

 

 

Please refer to the detailed syllabus at www.cie.org.uk

 

 

For enquiries about this book please write to the author at johnpeterchristie@gmail.com

 

Past paper download

Past papers from 2002 are available for download at www.freeexampapers.com

Once you open the page look for IGCSE and select 'English (2nd Language)' after which you click on 'CIE'. Choose the year you want to view or download and then 'click here to download manualy' (u dont have to enable popups and javascript). Sometimes you will be asked to do some simple arithmetic to ensure that you are a human :)

Update - August 11th, 2010 - The http://www.freeexampapers.com/ doesnt seem to be working anymore. Probably they have other mirror sites. a more patient search might yield results.

Update - August 29th, 2010 - Ok the link for free download of all IGCSE E2L past papers, examiners reports and answers keys can be found at http://www.xtremepapers.com/ Thanks 'Gahaa' Saeed for the tip

Motivating your students is so important

For or Since

For is used for general periods of time - 3 hours, four days, six months.
Since is used for a specific time - 2001, January, last week, one month ago

Exercise 1

I have studied Russian……

1.  …………………… seven months

2.  …………………… June.

3. …………………… the beginning of last year.

4. ……………………about 20 minutes!

5. ……………………… I was a child in play school.

6. ……………………. ten months.

7. ……………………… a long time.

8. ………………….. five days.

9. ……………………. I was 17 years old.

10. ……………………. two years ago.

11. ……………………….a year

12. ……………………….eleven days

13. …………………………….1999.

14. ………………………………. I came to Maldives.

15. ………………………….. 2 hours a day for three years.

Now check your answers:

1. for   2.since   3.since    4.for     5.since     6.for     7.for     8.for   9.since    10.since   11.for     12.for    13.since   14.since    15.for

 

Top Tips for the Exam

Read the question.

Highlight words on the question paper

Write a plan for all of the longer questions(writing)

Always write in the margin which question you are doing

Always leave a space between questions

Write in paragraphs

Writing in sentences, use full stops or commas

Make your sentences interesting – put in a few short statements or use some interesting joining words, like ‘consequently’.

Write what YOU think about

Be sensible and defend your ideas (support) and don’t be too negative

Use your time properly – the exam paper will usually tell you how long you should spend, so when this is up, switch to the next question. And try to save a few minutes at the end to read through and make any last minute changes.

 

Summing up - Read the question, highlight key words, plan your answers, and write down the question numbers with your answers, use paragraphs and interesting sentences, and try to be original. Time yourself and work till the end of the exam. Check your work. When you’ve left the room, forget about it. And plan something nice for after the exams.

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