- When can we start to teach Cambridge IGCSE First Language Malay?
- When will the first examination be?
- I have a very strong foreign language candidate. Can I enter them for a First Language examination?
- What previous study is recommended?
- What topics should candidates study?
- What set texts are there for this syllabus?
- Can students take dictionaries into the Cambridge IGCSE First Language Malay examinations
- Should candidates use formal language? Is slang or foreign-influenced language acceptable?
- In the Writing exercises, how important is it for candidates to get the word count exactly right?
- Is Cambridge IGCSE First Language Malay recognised by local universities and professional bodies such as the Institute of Engineers Malaysia?
- What Curriculum Support is available?
- Is there an endorsed textbook for this syllabus?
- Is the syllabus available in my administrative zone?
When can we start to teach Cambridge IGCSE First Language Malay?
You can start to teach the syllabus in September 2019. The published syllabus and associated specimen papers are now available on our public website and the School Support Hub.
When will the first examination be?
The first examination is June 2021.
I have a very strong foreign language candidate. Can I enter them for a First Language examination?
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.
What previous study is recommended?
We recommend that learners starting this course should have studied a lower secondary programme of study in Malay at first language level.
What topics should candidates study?
There is no list of specific topics. Learners should be able to apply the skills they learn during the course to any text or topic. Teachers should make sure that learners are familiar with a range of text types for different purposes and audiences, across various genres and types, including fiction and non-fiction, plays, essays, reviews and articles. Candidates are encouraged to become appreciative and critical readers and writers of Malay.
What set texts are there for this syllabus?
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.
Can students take dictionaries into the Cambridge IGCSE First Language Malay examinations?
No, dictionaries are not allowed for any paper.
Should candidates use formal language? Is slang or foreign-influenced language acceptable?
The syllabus tests standard Malay. The main reference book for this is Tatabahasa Dewan by Nik Safia Karim et al. When candidates are writing, they should adopt the register most appropriate to the medium and audience of the task.
In the Writing exercises, how important is it for candidates to get the word count exactly right?
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 practise answering these types of questions before the exam, and take note of how many lines/pages they should write in order to answer within the word limits (this will be different for each candidate, depending on their handwriting).
Is Cambridge IGCSE First Language Malay recognised by local universities and professional bodies such as the Institute of Engineers Malaysia?
We are holding discussions with local universities and the relevant professional bodies in Malaysia, seeking to gain appropriate recognition for this qualification.
What Curriculum Support is available?
Here is a list of the teaching and learning support available online through the School Support Hub.
- Comparison guide – a brief comparison between the Cambridge IGCSE First Language Malay 0696 and the Cambridge IGCSE Malay as a foreign language 0546 qualifications.
- Scheme of work – a medium-term course plan including a possible teaching sequence, activities for the classroom as well as tips and advice to support you in your lesson planning.
- Specimen paper answers – develop your learners’ understanding of what is required to gain marks based on high-standard specimen examination responses.
- Suggested resources – provides a range of resources developed by publishers to support Cambridge IGCSE First Language Malay.
Is there an endorsed textbook for this syllabus?
Collins have published a text book to support the teaching of this syllabus. The textbook is endorsed by Cambridge. Read more on the Collins website
Is the syllabus available in my administrative zone?
From assessment in 2021, this syllabus will only be available in administrative zones 4 and 5. Check the administrative zones for your school.