English Language IGCSE

Length of course: 5 half-day sessions
Boards: Edexcel (4EA0) and CIE 0500/0522

This course provides help with skills useful for IGCSE English Language exams and is suitable for Year 11 students sitting English IGCSE with Edexcel (Specification A) and CIE. Examples of exercises will be taken from a variety of past papers.

Sessions will teach students to:

  • 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 effect
  • 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
  • Write to inform, explain and describe
  • Write to explore, imagine and entertain
  • Write to argue, persuade and advise

The following areas will be covered and will take into account the specific needs of the students within a particular group:

  • Different types of exam question: An explanation of the different sections of the papers
  • Exam technique/ Essay skills: Timing and structure
  • What examiners are looking for: The different assessment objectives will be explained
  • Writing from a stimulus: Short stories, novel extracts, biography/autobiography/speeches, newspaper/magazine articles, travel writing, diaries/letters, advertisements/leaflets/brochures, web pages
  • Revision tips: Preparing for the exam, advice for the final weeks of revision

The aims of the revision course are to:

  • Enable students to communicate accurately, appropriately and effectively in speech and writing
  • Enable students to understand and respond appropriately to what they hear, read and experience
  • Encourage students to enjoy and appreciate a variety of language
  • Complement students’ other areas of study by developing skills of a more general application (eg analysis, synthesis, drawing of inferences)
  • Develop the ability to read, understand and respond to material from a variety of sources, and to recognise and appreciate themes and attitudes and the ways in which writers achieve their effects
  • Develop the ability to construct and convey meaning in written language, matching style to audience and purpose
  • Organise ideas into sentences, paragraphs and whole texts using a variety of linguistic and structural features
  • Use a range of sentence structures effectively, with accurate punctuation and spelling