International GCSE English

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IGCSE English overview

The emphasis in this course is on language skills. Students are encouraged to use relevant vocabulary, correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and to demonstrate a sense of style and an awareness of audience in their use of language.

Through reading, students will learn to understand and collate meanings, summarise, paraphrase, and understand how writers achieve effects.

Through writing students will learn to articulate their own experience; express thought, feelings and imagined ideas clearly; order and present facts, ideas and opinions; understand and use vocabulary and register appropriate to audience and context; use grammatical structures, paragraphs, sentences, punctuation and spelling accurately and effectively.

English IGCSE subject content

Each lesson of the English International GCSE course begins with a set of clearly stated aims and an explanation of its place in the overall programme of study. Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self-assessment questions, and there is guidance for the preparation of the Anthology to be used in the exam.

The English International GCSE course is divided into modules as follows:

Part 1: Language Skills

  • Personal Experience
  • Poetry and Prose
  • Essay Technique
  • Reading and Response
  • Content and Form

Part 2: Anthology Texts

To access the Edexcel Anthology texts via the link above, click on the link to ‘Teacher Resource Materials’ on that page. This will open a list of resources and from that list you can click to download the Anthology texts.

The English IGCSE edexcel specification

Oxford Open Learning’s English IGCSE course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel international GCSE in English Language (Specification A ) exam in June 2017 and later years.

The syllabus also promotes students’ personal development, and helps them explore wider areas of human concern.

This course is suitable for students who aim to continue their studies at a higher level (including AS or A Level), need an English language qualification to complement other subjects they are studying or need a final qualification in English language.

Examination and Assessment of the English IGCSE course

Assessment is by two written examinations. Paper 1 lasts 2 hours 15 minutes, and Paper 2 lasts 1 hour 30 minutes. There is no coursework.

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