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Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language (third edition)

Written by an experienced IGCSE teacher and trainer and endorsed by Cambridge, this series is up to date and comprehensive in its coverage.

Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language (third edition) matches the requirements of the Cambridge syllabus. The series is written by an experienced Cambridge IGCSE teacher and trainer and is endorsed by Cambridge International Examinations, ensuring that it is up to date and comprehensive in its coverage.

Cambridge International Examinations is making changes to the English as a Second Language syllabus for first examination in September 2015. For your information, key syllabus changes are listed below.

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  • Endorsed by Cambridge International Examinations.
  • Interesting stimulus material based on topical themes.
  • Focus on developing the four key language skills.
  • Plenty of discussion activities to practice speaking skills.
  • Audio CDs for use with the listening activities.
  • Examination practice units, including genuine sample examination questions and others in exam-paper style.
  • Coursebook 1 is a preparatory one-year, theme-based intermediate English course, ideal for students who are not yet ready to start a demanding, exam-focused course such as Cambridge IGCSE ESL.
  • Coursebook 2 follows on from Coursebook 1, and is a more demanding and exam-focused resource which must be completed before a candidate can be considered ready for the IGCSE examination.
  • Workbooks accompany each Coursebook, each reinforcing the topic and theme from the corresponding Coursebook unit, providing additional practice in reading, writing and listening.
  • Teacher's Book providing comprehensive guidance and practical support for teachers of the ESL course in both the preparatory (Level 1) and examination (Level 2) years.
  • Exam Preparation Guide: Reading and Writing (written by Peter Lucantoni with Brian Dyer), which can be used independently to revise for the IGCSE, or in the classroom alongside Coursebook 2 and Workbook 2, as part of a two-year course.

Are you looking for guidance on how to get the best results in the classroom from Peter Lucantoni’s IGCSE English as a Second Language Coursebook 2?

Peter travelled from his home in Cyprus to our head office in Cambridge to create this short video, designed to help teachers fully understand how the various components of the coursebook work together to provide a comprehensive and engaging learning experience.

This next video explains how Peter's IGCSE English as a Second Language Exam Preparation Guide can take the stress out of the revision period and bring clarity and focus to the exam preparation process.

Cambridge International Examinations is making changes to the English as a Second Language syllabus (0510/0511) for first examination from 2015.

The key changes are:

  • Assessment Objective revisions for AO1 Reading and AO3 Listening.
  • Two new task type additions to Papers 3 and 4.
  • Increase in total number of marks available for Listening Paper 4.
  • Changes to total number and distribution of marks available in Reading/Writing papers 1 and 2.

So, there are no changes to:

  • The way in which reading and writing should be taught to learners.
  • The skills being assessed.
  • The examination length, grades available, overall percentage available for each paper.

To see the new syllabuses visit the Cambridge International Examinations website.

 

What do these changes mean for the Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language textbook and CD-­‐ROM resources from Cambridge?

Essentially very little as these changes are not about what is being assessed or the skills and competencies required to pass the examinations, rather how these skills are assessed and the distribution of the marks across the different papers.

Furthermore, the most important changes are happening for examination from 2015, not 2013.

 

How will Cambridge be supporting you?

Whilst we are confident that you can continue to use this edition to fully support the teaching of this course, we also understand that in the absence of a fully mapped new edition, which will be following shortly, you will need some clarity and reassurance as to the impact each change has on the existing edition.

We have addressed each change below and will be building on this with a new, enhanced edition in 2014. More details to follow shortly.

 

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HOW TO USE THE CAMBRIDGE IGCSE ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE RESOURCES   

Assessment Outcomes

For the 2015 examinations, the AO’s for AO1 Reading and AO3 Listening have been revised.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The AO’s have been revised as follows:

AO1 Reading

R1 identify and retrieve facts and details
R2 understand and select relevant information

R3 recognise and understand ideas, opinions and attitudes and the connections between related ideas
R4 understand what is implied but not actually written (e.g. gist, relationships, writer’s purpose/intention, writer’s feelings, situation or place)

AO3 Listening

L1 identify and retrieve facts and details.
L2 understand and select relevant information.

L3 recognise and understand ideas, opinions and attitudes and the connections between related ideas.
L4 understand what is implied but not actually stated (e.g. gist, relationships between speakers, speaker’s purpose/intention, speaker’s feelings, situation or place).

The core knowledge and skills encompassed in these outcomes are still supported and fully covered in the existing edition.

 

Task Types

Two new task types have been added to Papers 3 and 4: multiple matching and multiple choice.

 

The new edition will provide further support and practice for this new task type in good time for its first assessment.

 

 

Listening marks

From 2015, total number of marks available for Paper 4 increased from 36 to 40.

 

Continue with the current edition and our fully mapped new edition will be ready in time to support your understanding of the new marking in time for first examination.

 

 

Reading/Writing marks

From 2013, there are changes to
(a) the total number
of marks available
(b) the distribution of those marks across the Exercises, in both Papers 1 and 2.

 

 

Whilst the marking distribution is changing, there are NO changes to the task types so the current edition can be used to develop and embed the necessary skills for assessment.

The new editions will clearly signpost these new mark allocations. In the meantime as long as you are clear on which papers carry more weighting the existing resources are still exactly what you need to deliver the skills teaching and prepare your leaners for assessment.

Please visit the Cambridge International Examinations syllabus for exact marking details.

 

 

If you currently use our Success International English Skills for IGCSE by Marian Barry, or you are thinking of purchasing these resources the message remains the same.

There is no need to use this book differently because the skills assessed have not changed and are already fully covered. This book is not specifically exam directed; rather supports the student in developing progressive and transferable skills.

Whilst the book supports the development of the overall outcome requirements the units are not tightly tied to specific individual assessment outcome wording, and the exam tips support how best to display skills competencies rather than focusing on precise mark distribution.

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Peter Lucantoni has had a long career in English language teaching and teacher training in Europe, the Middle East, and, since 1993, in Cyprus. He is the author and co-author of several popular coursebooks for students, including IGCSE English as a Second Language Levels 1 and 2, IGCSE English as a Second Language Exam preparation Guide, and Our English Levels 1-3 and has written a book of practical classroom ideas for teachers and teacher trainers. Peter regularly speaks at conferences and trains teachers internationally, and is a course tutor for Cambridge CELTYL, CELTA & DELTA, and an assessor for Cambridge CELTYL, as well as a classroom teacher.

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