- What set texts are there for this syllabus?
- I have a very strong foreign language candidate. Can I enter them for a First Language examination?
- How important is it for candidates to get the word count exactly right?
- Are my candidates at a disadvantage if they don’t take the Speaking and Listening component?
- When will I receive the materials for the Speaking and Listening test?
- Who marks the Speaking and Listening tests?
There aren’t any set texts for this syllabus as IGCSE First Language does not have questions on set texts. However, literary material may be used in classroom preparation for the Reading paper as candidates will benefit from exposure to a variety of types of writing.
You can, but the level of sophistication, accuracy and fluency required in a First Language examination is that of a native speaker. The assessment objectives for Foreign Language examinations are quite different, rewarding communication and giving opportunities for Listening and Speaking.
Candidates should not be excessively worried if they are slightly over or under the word count.
However, if an answer is significantly longer or shorter than the word count, it will most likely be self-penalising. Answers that are too short are very likely to be penalised for lack of content, whilst answers that are too long will probably not be written with concision and precision, and so be penalised for style and possibly for repetition.
We suggest that candidates should practice answering these types of questions before the exam, and take note of how many pages they should write in order to answer within the word limits (this will be different for each candidate, depending on their handwriting).
The Speaking and Listening component is optional, and is separately endorsed on a scale of 1 (High) to 5 (Low). The ‘main’ grade is not affected in any way by the result of the Speaking and Listening component.
No question paper is required. Marking instructions and the Oral Examination Summary Form for conducting and assessing the Speaking and Listening test must be printed as required. Instructions on how to conduct and mark the Speaking and Listening test are in the syllabus. The Oral Examination Summary Form can be downloaded from the Samples database. Centres must provide their own recording materials and must record tests for moderation.
The Speaking and Listening tests are marked by the teacher/examiner who conducts the tests. The tests should be marked as they are being conducted.
For more information and materials on this syllabus, please visit our School Support Hub here.