English Language IGCSE CIE

Length of course: 5 half-day sessions
Boards: CIE 0500

This course is suitable for Year 11 students sitting English IGCSE with CIE. This specification has two options. For students who are submitting coursework, only sessions Monday-Wednesday are appropriate. Students who are not submitting coursework should attend all five sessions. Students attending Monday-Wednesday only will be charged a pro-rata rate.

Monday - Wednesday

Paper 2: Reading Passages (Extended)

Thursday - Friday

Paper 3: Directed Writing and Composition

Students will revise how to answer questions that test the ability to produce an extended response, how to answer the language question and how to answer the summary question.

Writing skills associated with letters, reports, journals, speeches, interviews, newspaper reports and magazine articles will be covered.

Please note that Paper 1 (Core) covers the same skills but at a lower level. Students are entered into either Paper 1 or Paper 2. Students entered for Paper 1 are welcome to attend but must be aware that the content of this course is aimed at students sitting Paper 2.

Students will revise how to tackle both the Directed Writing section and the Composition section of the examination

Revision of how to use, develop and evaluate the information in a discursive/argumentative letter or article as well as how to answer questions related to both descriptive and narrative titles.

Please note that Paper 3 is not compulsory. Students who have completed written coursework will not sit this exam and therefore will not need to attend this part of the course.

In all sessions, students will revise the following skills:


  • R1: demonstrating understanding of explicit meanings
  • R2: demonstrating understanding of implicit meanings and attitudes
  • R3: analysing, evaluating and developing facts, ideas and opinions.
  • R4: demonstrating understanding of how writers achieve effects.
  • R5: selecting for specific purposes


  • W1: articulating experience and express what is thought, felt and imagined
  • W2: sequencing facts, ideas and opinions
  • W3: using a range of appropriate vocabulary
  • W4: using register appropriate to audience and context.
  • W5: making accurate use of spelling, punctuation and grammar.