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ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE 0510 IGCSE FOR EXAMINATION IN 2008

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ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
Syllabus code: 0510 CONTENTS
Page I II III IV V VI VII INTRODUCTION AIMS ASSESSMENT OBJECTIVES ASSESSMENT: SCHEME OF ASSESSMENT SUMMARY AND DESCRIPTION OF COMPONENTS CURRICULUM CONTENT NOTES ON CONDUCTING ORAL TESTS (0510/5) GRADE DESCRIPTIONS FORMS FOR ORAL COMPONENTS (0510/5 AND 0510/6) 1 1 2 5 16 17 21 23

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II AIMS The syllabus assesses students' ability to use English as a medium of practical communication. The kinds of settings to be used will be the ones that candidates are likely to encounter.g. school affairs. Candidates will be expected to understand a wider range of social registers and styles than they can produce and to communicate appropriately. They are not listed in order of priority. the world of work. travel. The rationale for English as a Second Language is based on the widespread use of English as the medium of instruction and as the language of commerce or entertainment. health and welfare. The IGCSE subjects have been categorised into groups.xtremepapers. It is presumed that most candidates for English as a Second Language will have a primarily instrumental motivation – that is they will be studying the language in order to promote their educational or employment prospects. and is aimed at students for whom English is not a first language/mother tongue but for whom it is a lingua franca or language of study. Languages.net . it will strive to be 'culture-fair' rather than 'culture-free'. The aims are to: 1 2 3 4 develop the ability to use English effectively for the purpose of practical communication form a sound base for the skills required for further study or employment using English as the medium develop an awareness of the nature of language and language-learning skills. The topics selected will relate to the interests and needs of the candidates in using English as a Second Language.ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE 0510 IGCSE 2008 I INTRODUCTION International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) syllabuses are designed as twoyear courses for examination at age 16-plus.g. other foreign languages. The aims set out below describe the general educational purposes of a course in an English as a Second Language IGCSE examination. However. e. along with skills of a more general application promote students' personal development. The main sections are: • • • • Aims Assessment Objectives Assessment Curriculum Content. 1 www. The subject matter of the examination material will reflect this international perspective. e. in places of work or in using public services. education. English as A Second Language (E2L) falls into Group I. and will use authentic or 'semi-authentic' material from a range of sources. current affairs. subjects within each group having similar Aims and Assessment Objectives. in dealings with official and semi-official bodies. All IGCSE syllabuses follow a general pattern. in studying for academic or occupational purposes. of the International Certificate of Education (ICE) subjects together with First Languages. and Latin. and are the same for all students.

and the productive skills of Writing and Speaking. but it is recognised that these are interrelated. understand and distinguish between facts. READING Candidates will be assessed on their ability to: R1 R2 R3 R4 understand and respond to information presented in a variety of forms select and organise material relevant to specific purposes recognise.ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE 0510 IGCSE 2008 III ASSESSMENT OBJECTIVES This syllabus assesses the receptive skills of Reading and Listening.net . accurately and appropriately convey information and express opinions effectively employ and control a variety of grammatical structures demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of appropriate vocabulary observe conventions of paragraphing. Assessment Objectives (AOs) have been grouped under skill headings. understand and distinguish between facts. ideas and opinions select and organise material relevant to specific purposes infer information from texts [Extended tier only] SPEAKING Candidates will be assessed on their ability to: S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 communicate clearly. punctuation and spelling employ appropriate register/style LISTENING Candidates will be assessed on their ability to: L1 L2 L3 L4 understand and respond to information presented in a variety of forms recognise. accurately and appropriately convey information and express opinions effectively employ and control a variety of grammatical structures demonstrate knowledge of a range of appropriate vocabulary engage in and influence the direction of conversation employ suitable pronunciation and stress patterns 2 www. ideas and opinions infer information from texts [Extended tier only] WRITING Candidates will be assessed on their ability to: W1 W2 W3 W4 W5 W6 communicate clearly.xtremepapers.

net .ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE 0510 IGCSE 2008 SPECIFICATION GRIDS PAPERS 1 (core) and 2 (extended): READING AND WRITING The overall balance of assessment of reading:writing is 50:50 in both Core and Extended tiers.xtremepapers. Exercise --------Objective Ex 1 Ex 2 Ex 3 Ex 4 Ex 5 Ex 6 Ex 7 R1 R2 R3 R4 W1 W2 W3 W4 W5 W6 b b b b b b b (paper 2 only) (paper 2 only) (paper 2 only) b b b b (paper 2 only) b (paper 2 only) b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b 3 www.

net .ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE 0510 IGCSE 2008 PAPERS 3 (Core) and 4 (Extended): LISTENING Objective Questions 1-6 Question 7 Question 8 Question 9 Question 10 L1 L2 L3 L4 b b b b b b b b b b b b b (paper 4 only) b b b b (paper 4 only) COMPONENTS 5 (Speaking) and 6 (Speaking Coursework) Objective S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 b b b b b b 4 www.xtremepapers.

Candidates who take the Extended tier are eligible for the award of grades A* to E. in addition. Certain categories of Centre are excluded from the requirement. Oral communication Candidates will normally. 30 – 40 mins OR 30% PAPER 4 Listening (Extended) Approx. offer Component 5 or Component 6. Component 5 Oral Approximately 10 – 12 minutes OR Component 6 Oral (Coursework .ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE 0510 IGCSE 2008 IV ASSESSMENT SCHEME OF ASSESSMENT SUMMARY Candidates will take: Duration of Examination PAPER 1 Reading and Writing (Core) 1 hour 30 minutes OR PAPER 2 Reading and Writing (Extended) 2 hours 70% Weighting 70% AND EITHER: PAPER 3 Listening (Core) Approx.xtremepapers.assessment) n/a n/a n/a 5 www.net . certificates record separately the achievement of grades 1 (high) to 5 (low) for Speaking. Marks for the Oral component do not contribute to the overall grade candidates receive for the written components. 45 mins 30% Candidates who take the Core tier are eligible for the award of grades C to G. where candidates perform to an appropriate standard. Instead.

Overview of Exercises on Paper 1 Marks for reading objectives Exercise 1 Exercise 2 Exercise 3 Exercise 4 Exercise 5 (linked to Exercise 4) Exercise 6 Exercise 7 Reading (1) Reading (2) Information transfer Note-making Summary Writing (1) Writing (2) 6 10 6 6 ----Marks for writing objectives ----4 --4 10 10 Total available marks 6 10 10 6 4 10 10 TOTAL 56 6 www.net . Exercises 4 and 5 are linked. The question paper is divided into 7 exercises.xtremepapers. Dictionaries may not be used. For all parts of this component. Candidates should attempt all exercises. The exercises have different total mark allocations. and some are broken down into a series of sub-questions. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes.ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE 0510 IGCSE 2008 DESCRIPTION OF COMPONENTS PAPER 1: Reading & Writing (Core Tier) General matters Total mark: 56 Assessment of Reading and Writing skills is equally weighted within the component. candidates write their answers in spaces provided in a question paper booklet.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE 0510 IGCSE 2008 Description of Exercises on Paper 1 Exercise 1 (Core tier) assessment objective task R1 Reading Exercise. manual. Candidates will be required to answer a series of questions testing skim-/gist-reading skills. Candidates will be required to make brief notes (under a supplied heading or headings) relating to a text printed in the question paper. R2. Text will take the form of a report/newspaper/ magazine article. R3 Note-making.xtremepapers. Candidates will be required to complete a form/notes template on the basis of information provided on the question paper. R2. based on a short text printed in the question paper. 10 total marks Exercise 4 (Core tier) assessment objectives task R1. instructions.net . which incorporates a graphical element. Candidates will be required to answer a series of questions testing more detailed comprehension. based on a text printed in the question paper. brochure. guide. Text will be one of the following types: advertisement. report. leaflet. total marks 10 Exercise 3 (Core tier) assessment objectives task R1. requiring short (single word/phrase) answers. 6 total marks 7 www. W1. total marks 6 Exercise 2 (Core tier) assessment objective task R1 Reading Exercise. W4 Information transfer.

W3. format and audience for the writing will be specified. W4. They will make use of the notes they made in Exercise 4.xtremepapers. total marks 10 8 www. A purpose. 10 total marks Exercise 7 (Core tier) assessment objectives task W1. W4. W5 Candidates will be required to write approximately 100-150 words of continuous prose. For example.net . W5 Summary writing. W2. W3. Note: the tasks for Exercise 6 and 7 will be distinguished by requiring different purposes/formats/ audiences/register. W2. in response to a short stimulus (which may take the form of pictures) and/or short prompts printed on the paper. W3. W5 Candidates will be required to write approximately 100-150 words of continuous prose. format and audience for the writing will be specified.ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE 0510 IGCSE 2008 Exercise 5 (Core tier) (linked with Exercise 4) assessment objectives task W1. in response to a short stimulus (which may take the form of pictures) and/or short prompts printed on the paper. Exercise 7 a formal article for a school newspaper arguing whether or not sport should be made compulsory. A purpose. Candidates will be required to write a paragraph-length summary about an aspect or aspects of the passage. 4 total marks Exercise 6 (Core tier) assessment objectives task W1. W2. W4. Exercise 6 might be writing an informal letter to a friend describing events during a holiday.

net .ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE 0510 IGCSE 2008 PAPER 2: Reading & Writing (Extended Tier) General matters Total mark: 84 Assessment of Reading and Writing skills is equally weighted within the component. candidates write their answers in spaces provided in a question paper booklet. Duration: 2 hours. For all parts of this component. Overview of Exercises on Paper 2 Marks for reading objectives Exercise 1 Exercise 2 Exercise 3 Exercise 4 Exercise 5 Exercise 6 Exercise 7 Reading (1) Reading (2) Information transfer Note-making Summary Writing (1) Writing (2) 8 14 6 8 6 --Marks for writing objectives ----2 --4 18 18 Total available marks 8 14 8 8 10 18 18 TOTAL 84 9 www. The question paper is divided into 7 exercises. Candidates should attempt all exercises. and some are broken down into a series of sub-questions. Dictionaries may not be used. The exercises have different total mark allocations.xtremepapers.

which incorporates a graphical element. Text will be one of the following types: advertisement. based on a short text printed in the question paper. guide. requiring short (single word/phrase) answers. R4 Reading Exercise. 8 total marks 10 www. Text will take the form of a report/newspaper/ magazine article. brochure.ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE 0510 IGCSE 2008 Description of Exercises on Paper 2 Exercise 1 (Extended tier) assessment objective task R1 Reading Exercise. total marks 14 Exercise 3 (Extended tier) assessment objectives task R1. Candidates will be required to complete a form/notes template on the basis of information provided on the question paper. leaflet.xtremepapers. W1. based on a text printed in the question paper. report. R4.net . total marks 8 Exercise 2 (Extended tier) assessment objectives task R1. manual. W5 Information transfer. Candidates will be required to answer a series of questions testing more detailed comprehension. instructions. R2. Candidates will be required to answer a series of questions testing skim-/gist-reading skills.

in response to a short stimulus (which may take the form of pictures) and/or short prompts printed on the paper. Exercise 7 a formal article for a school newspaper arguing whether or not sport should be made compulsory. W1. W4. W3. W5 Summary writing. W6 Candidates will be required to write approximately 150-200 words of continuous prose. total marks 18 11 www. R2.ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE 0510 IGCSE 2008 Exercise 4 (Extended tier) assessment objectives task R1. Note: the tasks for Exercise 6 and 7 will be distinguished by requiring different purposes/formats/ audiences/register. W2. W3. Exercise 6 might be writing an informal letter to a friend describing events during a holiday. For example.net . in response to a short stimulus (which may take the form of pictures) and/or short prompts printed on the paper. W2. format and audience for the writing will be specified.xtremepapers. W5. Candidates will be required to make brief notes (under a supplied heading or headings) relating to a text printed in the question paper. W4. W5. W3. A purpose. W4. R3 Note-making. 8 total marks Exercise 5 (Extended tier) assessment objectives task R1. A purpose. 18 total marks Exercise 7 (Extended tier) assessment objectives task W1. R2. 10 total marks Exercise 6 (Extended tier) assessment objectives task W1. W6 Candidates will be required to write approximately 150-200 words of continuous prose. Candidates will be required to write a paragraph-length summary about an aspect or aspects of a text printed in the question paper. R3. W2. format and audience for the writing will be specified.

checking the CDs in advance and guidance on acoustics. Assessment Objectives: L1. L3 Six scenarios based on a series of short spoken texts (e. talk).g. 30 – 40 minutes For all parts of this component. dialogues.xtremepapers. conversations. L3 Two exercises testing listening for understanding based on longer spoken texts (e. conversation. L2. interview. The CD is controlled by the invigilator of the examination. brief dialogue).net .g.ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE 0510 IGCSE 2008 PAPER 3: Listening (Core Tier) General matters Total mark: 30 Duration: approx. announcements. travel announcement. Assessment Objectives: L1.g. not the candidate(s). acoustics. Candidates should attempt all questions. interview.g. L2. equipment. answerphone message. Assessment Objectives: L1. Questions 7 and 8 – 12 marks. 12 www. L3 Two exercises based on longer spoken texts (e. teachers/invigilators should consult the relevant sections of the Handbook for Centres about the conduct of listening tests. For details about room. L2. Questions will have a true/false or box-ticking format. candidates write their answers in spaces provided in a question paper booklet. requiring short answers. Overview of Paper 3 Questions 1 to 6 – 7 marks. Each text is heard twice on the CD. Dictionaries may not be used. talks) on a compact disc (CD) played in the examination room. monologue. Each question tests listening comprehension of recorded texts (e. talk) requiring completion of gaps on forms/charts printed in the question paper. conversation. monologue. Questions 9 and 10 – 11 marks.

net . L2. L4 Two exercises based on longer spoken texts (e. talk).xtremepapers. L2. Each question tests listening comprehension of recorded texts (e. brief dialogue). L3 Six scenarios based on a series of short spoken texts (e. equipment. Each text is heard twice on the CD.g. The CD is controlled by the invigilator of the examination.g. For details about room. checking the CDs in advance and guidance on acoustics. L3. conversation. Questions 7 and 8 – 16 marks Assessment Objectives: L1. requiring short answers. Candidates should attempt all questions. talk) requiring completion of gaps on forms/charts printed in the question paper. conversations. requiring short or sentence-length answers. L3. travel announcement. Overview of Paper 4 Questions 1 to 6 – 8 marks Assessment Objectives: L1. monologue.ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE 0510 IGCSE 2008 PAPER 4: Listening (Extended Tier) General matters Total mark: 36 Duration: approx. monologue. talks) on a compact disc (CD) played in the examination room. answerphone message. dialogues. not the candidate(s). Dictionaries may not be used. announcements. L4 Two exercises testing listening for understanding based on longer spoken texts (e. interview. L2. 13 www. interview.g. Questions 9 and 10 – 12 marks Assessment Objectives: L1.g. acoustics. candidates write their answers in spaces provided in a question paper booklet. conversation. 45 minutes For all parts of this component. teachers/invigilators should consult the relevant sections of the Handbook for Centres about the conduct of listening tests.

These may be carried out at any time during the year preceding the written examination to suit the individual situations of Centres. At least five Oral Assessment Cards will be issued. but could be someone local from outside the Centre. Each candidate will be examined using one Oral Assessment Card selected by the teacher/examiner from the range provided. Each student will be assessed on three oral tasks. but a taped sample and the relevant documentation must be submitted to CIE by the advertised deadline (which is the same as that for Paper 5). leaving sufficient time to ensure that material for external moderation is received by the advertised deadline. the teacher/examiner must have been accredited by CIE to conduct oral tests. Centres are free to devise other appropriate tasks which will help candidates demonstrate the skills outlined in the Assessment Criteria grid. In some cases. interviews. with an accompanying set of teacher's notes. The teacher/examiner will usually be someone from the Centre's English Language department. and will submit a recorded sample of candidate's performances for external moderation by CIE. The total duration of the oral test should be approximately 10-12 minutes. for this. available from CIE Publications. Full instructions on the administration of the oral will be found in the Teachers/Examiner's Notes accompanying the Oral Test cards. together with suggestions for the development of the conversation. permission should be sought in the first instance by writing to CIE enclosing a CV detailing relevant experience. made up of: • non-assessed ‘warm-up’ conversation (approximately 2-3 minutes) • time for the candidate to read the Assessment Card and to prepare a response (no written notes are permitted) (approximately 2-3 minutes) • assessed conversation (6-9 minutes) Internal assessment will be conducted by a teacher/examiner at the Centre using the Oral Assessment Criteria grid (see the Notes on Conducting the Oral Tests section later in this booklet).ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE 0510 IGCSE 2008 COMPONENT 5: Oral Oral tests are conducted during a period before the main examination session (see relevant session's timetable). The teacher/examiner will conduct and internally assess the tests. Further guidance on suitable types of task is given in the Distance Training Pack obtainable from CIE Publications. paired or group discussions. A summary is provided later in this booklet. Materials for the test are despatched to Centres before this period. debates. telephone conversations.net . and should be read in conjunction with general advice on submission of samples for moderation in the CIE Handbook for Centres. In either case.xtremepapers. 14 www. and once these have been opened the tests must be conducted as soon as possible. accreditation may be granted on the basis of prior experience of conducting similar tests. COMPONENT 6: Oral coursework [alternative to Component 5] Centres will devise their own oral tasks. which will be internally assessed using the Oral Assessment Criteria grid (see the Notes on Conducting the Oral Tests section below). usually through successful completion of a Distance Training Pack (DTP). Centres will receive a brief report on the outcome of moderation. Examples of suitable tasks include: role play situations. Each card will introduce a topic for discussion between the teacher/examiner and the candidate.

for this. 15 www. In either case. and will submit a recorded sample of candidate performances for external moderation by CIE. the teacher/examiner must have been accredited by CIE to conduct oral tests.xtremepapers.net . accreditation may be granted on the basis of prior experience of conducting similar tests.ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE 0510 IGCSE 2008 The teacher/examiner for the tests will usually be someone from the Centre's English Language department. In some cases. but could be someone local from outside the Centre. permission should be sought in the first instance by writing to CIE enclosing a CV detailing relevant experience. Internal assessment and submission of samples for moderation must be conducted in accordance with the instructions in the CIE Handbook for Centres. The teacher/examiner will conduct and internally assess the tests. usually through successful completion of a Distance Training Pack (DTP). Centres will receive a brief report on the outcome of moderation. available from CIE Publications.

xtremepapers.demonstrate understanding of specific details. Speaking .g. current affairs .demonstrate the ability to identify the important points or themes within an extended piece of writing . letters. information and semiformal announcements. Students aiming for grades A* to C must follow the Extended curriculum. brochures and examples of imaginative writing considered likely to be within the experience of and reflecting the interests of young people from varied cultural backgrounds .identify. topical ideas . organise and present given material in a particular form . respond to questions on topics within a defined range such as past and present schooling. ASSESSMENT OBJECTIVE CORE All students should be able to: SUPPLEMENT In addition to what is required for the Core. e.demonstrate greater flexibility in dealing with new.demonstrate general comprehension of the speaker's intentions where appropriate 2. organise the relevant information and present it in a logical manner/given format . including attitudes .g. weather. such as completing forms.demonstrate the ability to recognise public notices and signs (including timetables and advertisements) .demonstrate competence in a range of speech activities.carry out simple writing tasks.draw conclusions from and identify the relationships between ideas within the material they hear .demonstrate the ability to extract relevant specific information from forms.scan for particular information.net . and in interviews. e. writing postcards or short letters in an appropriate and accurate form of English in response to a written stimulus . travel. dialogues and telephone conversations .show awareness of major variations in register . news.ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE 0510 IGCSE 2008 V CURRICULUM CONTENT Students may follow the Core curriculum only or the Extended curriculum which includes both the Core and the Supplement.take notes from material they have heard . give personal information . students taking Extended level papers should be able to: .identify the important points or themes of the material they hear. Reading . Writing . Listening .draw conclusions from and see relations within an extended text 1. future plans.demonstrate the ability to extract relevant information from a wider range of texts.demonstrate the ability to describe. report.conduct a sustained conversation 16 www.show a sense of audience 4.carry out longer writing tasks on a wider range of topics in response to a written stimulus 3. including magazines and newspapers likely to be read by young people .

Centres must ensure well in advance of the tests that a suitably quiet room is available and that recording equipment is in good order. The Oral Test Cards must remain confidential and must be kept in a secure place by the Centre until the end of the examination period. with marks spaced as evenly as possible from the top mark to the lowest mark. (c) Oral Examination Summary Form This is a document on which marks for each candidate are to be entered in detail. See (iv) below. Teachers/Examiners responsible for conducting the oral tests should familiarise themselves with these materials before the tests are held. not just those selected for the sample. Centres with more than 30 candidates may use more than one Examiner (applying the ratio of an additional Examiner for each 30 candidates).net . The size of the sample required is given in the instructions on the back of the Oral Examination Summary Form. Cassettes/CDs must be clearly labelled with details of the candidates whose interviews have been recorded. Please be careful to check all mark additions.ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE 0510 IGCSE 2008 VI (i) NOTES ON CONDUCTING ORAL TESTS (0510/5) The oral tests take place in the period before the main examination session as notified on the timetable. Each Centre will select its own Examiner. in such a case each Centre is still responsible for submitting properly completed forms and samples.xtremepapers. Please do not wait until the end of the assessment period before sending them. (b) completed MS1 Forms. This is normally a teacher within the English language department. For instructions on recording the samples see section (xv) below. The teacher responsible for internal standardisation at the Centre must ensure that the sample covers the whole mark range of the candidates at the Centre. Each Centre decides on a convenient period within these dates for its oral tests. Please ensure that you do not send the recordings of all the candidates (unless there are 10 or fewer). (b) Form MS1 This is a computer-printed mark sheet which is completed by transferring the mark for each candidate from the Total Mark column on the Oral Examination Summary Form. Ideally the sample should be transferred to one or two cassettes or CDs. (vi) (vii) The sample cassette(s)/CDs along with completed MS1 and Oral Examination Summary Form should be returned as specified as soon as the oral tests have been completed at the Centre. Instructions for its completion will be found on the reverse of the form. the sample must include in equal number candidates tested by all teachers. but could be someone local from outside the Centre. Each Centre must send to CIE the following: (a) tape-recorded sample on cassette(s) or CDs. A group of neighbouring Centres might choose the same teacher to conduct all their tests. GENERAL (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) Centres entering candidates for the examination will receive a set of Oral Test Cards. It is vital that material does not arrive late. For Centres with 30 or fewer candidates. It is recommended that the tests are conducted within one week to allow sufficient time for a single Examiner to conduct all of the tests. The Oral Examination Summary Form must show the breakdown of marks for all the candidates. Please put an asterisk (*) against the names of candidates whose interviews have been recorded on the cassette/CD. If using more than one Examiner. to be recorded on cassette(s) or CDs. internal moderation must be carried out by the Centre so that a common standard is applied to all candidates. (a) Tape-recorded sample Each Centre must provide a sample of oral tests. Where there is more than one teacher involved. Please be careful to adhere to instructions given on the forms about their completion and return. there should normally be just one examiner. (c) completed Oral Examination Summary Form(s). Centres must adhere to dates for completion of the oral tests and for the receipt of mark sheets and recordings to allow sufficient time for external moderation. notes about administration and forms for entering marks. 17 www.

The Examiner should indicate this by saying ‘the tape/CD will now be paused’ so that the External Moderator knows that the candidate is being given time to study the card. Candidates may be examined singly or in pairs. If paired examining is used. Give the candidate's name and number. The purpose of this section of the test is to put candidates at their ease. It is best not to pair a strong candidate with a weak one. Do not give different Topic Cards to each candidate. Note that only (D) is to be assessed. should be approximately 10-12 minutes. (x) (xi) • • • • • • 18 www. Try to pair candidates of roughly equal ability. Welcome the candidate(s) and explain briefly what is going to happen in the course of the test. It is not appropriate for the Examiner to just ‘sit back’ and let the candidates get on with it. from the beginning of (B) to the end of (D).xtremepapers. Adequate supervision must be provided to ensure that candidates leaving the room for the oral tests do not communicate with those waiting to enter. (C) Hand the Oral Assessment Card to the candidate. Moderator or representative of CIE. In this respect. This should be achieved by pairing two candidates whose voices are clearly dissimilar. No other person should be present during the oral test. Do not let the candidates enter into an informal ‘chat’ at any time. the school. Any necessary explanation should be given at this point. As a guide. followed by a short preparation period (approximately 2-3 minutes). about 2-3 minutes should be spent on this section. etc. The conversation must be equal (in terms of contribution) and at no time should one candidate proceed to interview the other.net . with the exception of another Teacher/Examiner. Do not let a candidate ask a series of questions. when the candidate is at liberty to ask questions. This must take place AFTER the warm-up has taken place. Avoid pairing candidates with the same first names. and to maintain the thread/topic. Think again if you are examining in pairs simply to speed up the process of completing the Oral Tests.ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE 0510 IGCSE 2008 CONDUCTING THE ORAL TESTS (viii) The oral tests should proceed along the following lines: (A) Start the recording. It may be that the Examiner needs to intervene more often to ensure appropriate and fair discussion. The Examiner should maintain a stronger presence in pair-examining. Either the Examiner or the candidate may start the conversation. then please note the following: • It is important for the External Moderator to know which candidate is speaking at any one time. The recorder should be paused by the Examiner while the candidate considers the Topic Card. This section of the test should last approximately 6-9 minutes. The candidate may not make notes during this period. The conversation must be a threeway conversation based on a single topic. The Examiner needs to direct/control/monitor the conversation more than when examining candidates singly. The total duration of the oral test. (D) Main part of the test: conversation based on the Oral Assessment Card. The oral test must be conducted in English throughout. it may be best not to pair good friends. Please recognise that the candidates should be given their best chance of success which might not occur when talking in a pair with an unsuitable partner. to give candidate(s) time to get used to the examination situation. (B) Warm-up section: conduct a general conversation by asking the candidate(s) a few questions about herself/himself. (ix) Examination conditions must prevail in the area where the oral tests take place. A conversation must be maintained.

The contents of each cassette/CD must be clearly labelled.g.] AZ 999 Abcxyz Academy English as a Second Language Ms Z. (xiv) The Examiner should be positioned so that s/he is facing the candidate.g.] Candidate Name [e. As wide a variety as possible of the cards should be used during the oral tests at the Centre.xtremepapers. RECORDING THE SAMPLE (xv) Centres must ensure that their recording equipment is in good working order. The warm-up may give the Examiner an indication of the best card to select.g.] [e. Checks should be made throughout the oral testing session to ensure that voices are clearly audible. nor are they allowed to consult dictionaries.ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE 0510 IGCSE 2008 (xii) Candidates are not allowed to bring any notes into the examination room. The recorder and the cassette(s)/CDs should be tested on site. Remember that the test is one of spoken language not subject knowledge: if it becomes apparent that the candidate finds the topic difficult or inappropriate it is perfectly permissible to move into more productive areas. The warm-up section of the test also provides an opportunity to check audibility. and the Examiner (not the candidate) chooses the card to be used for each candidate. If only one microphone is used it should be placed facing the candidate. Where possible it is advisable to use a recorder with external microphones so that separate microphones can be used for candidate and Examiner.net . A candidate's oral test should not be started on one side and continue over to the second side. Abced 1 October 2008" Each candidate recorded on the sample should be clearly indicated by the teacher as follows: “Candidate Number [e. At the end of examining on each side of a cassette the Examiner should state "No further recordings on this side". For Centres using cassette tapes. Care should be taken to avoid extraneous noise and long gaps. spot checks must be made to ensure that every candidate is clearly audible. some time before the actual oral tests.g. Cassettes should be rewound to the start of Side 1. with a table or desk in between.g. and both sides of the cassette should be used before beginning a new cassette.g. It is important to check audibility levels before recording begins. Candidates should not be able to see notes made on Oral Examination Summary Forms or similar paperwork. There is no need to stick rigidly to the Examiner prompts in such cases. once the oral test has begun the recording should continue without interruption. adjustments to the volume control during an examination should normally be avoided. (xiii) A range of Oral Assessment cards is provided. the Assessment Card should be selected with care. ideally with one of the candidates. the recording must begin at the start of Side 1. Each cassette/CD should begin with a clear statement by the Examiner as follows: "Centre Number: Centre Name: Examination: Examiner Name: Date: [e. Before the cassette/CD is despatched. In order that candidates are given every chance to do themselves justice. 19 www.] 0510 [e. With the exception of a permitted pause between the warm-up and the main part of the test.] 1234 Abdi Zachariah” At the end of the sample the Examiner should state clearly "End of Sample".] [e.

The candidate can respond to change in direction of the conversation. which will restrict communication. limited and with errors. Completely limited/no attempt at a response. Pronunciation and intonation is clear.xtremepapers. but will not be used entirely accurately or with consistent confidence. However. Completely limited/no attempt at a response. The candidate has a sufficient range of vocabulary to convey information and ideas with competence. development and fluency). Shades of meaning are achieved and some sophisticated ideas are communicated. There will be some errors in attempting to use more complex sentences. Pronunciation and intonation is generally clear. and then add these marks to give an overall total out of 30. Effort will need to be made to develop the conversation. The candidate hardly engages in a conversation. vocabulary. Pronunciation and intonation patterns cause difficulty for even the most sympathetic listener. 5-6 Structures will generally be very simple. There is some lack of clarity of pronunciation and intonation. 0 Completely limited/no attempt at a response. though it is not wide or varied. 1-2 Attempts at structured sentences will rarely achieve communication. 9-10 7-8 Structures will be generally sound. only partial success will be achieved. Use of single words is the norm and there will be long gaps. Development and Fluency The candidate shows sustained ability to maintain a conversation and to contribute at some length. Errors are noticeable. Responses are so brief that little is communicated. Vocabulary will generally be inadequate to convey simple ideas. The candidate makes an attempt to respond to questions and prompts. some attempt at a response will be made during the discussion. resulting in a competent conversation.net . Vocabulary The candidate shows enough command of vocabulary to respond with precision. when attempting to use more complex and precise vocabulary. Pronunciation and intonation causes some communication difficulty. The candidate has to be encouraged to go beyond short responses and struggles to develop a conversation. however. The candidate is confidently in control of the structures used. Mark Structure The candidate demonstrates ability to use a variety of structures accurately and consistently. Vocabulary conveys simple ideas and information clearly. but it is unlikely to impede communication. 20 www.ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE 0510 IGCSE 2008 ORAL ASSESSMENT CRITERIA GRID (0510/5 and 0510/6) Give a mark out of 10 for each category (structure. 3-4 Responses tend to be brief and widely spaced. The candidate responds relevantly and at length which makes frequent prompting unnecessary. There may be hesitation. repetition and searching for words. The candidate can use simple structures securely but has difficulty venturing beyond them.

At Grade F the candidate has demonstrated a basic level of competence by: • • • • • • • • understanding and communicating information at a basic level. writing with some knowledge of style and the possibility of varying it according to different types of writing. varying style straightforwardly in different types of writing and giving evidence of a good range of language. showing a readiness to listen to others and to respond. with some regard to everyday grammatical conventions. structuring work overall so that the reader can follow the argument from the beginning to the end. ensuring that all work has a basic sequence. selecting material from texts in answer to questions and providing basic explanations. recognising and explaining underlying meaning and the writer's attitude to the subject matter. speaking clearly and confidently in response to other speakers and occasionally taking the initiative. ideas and information at a straightforward level. using adequate paragraphing and some variety of sentence construction. if any. spelling and punctuating so that weaknesses do not seriously impair communication. 21 www. selecting material from texts and developing it in relationship to the question. but usually in response to the directions of other speakers. using language adequate to some of the tasks set. writing at least in single sentences with the possibility of sentence variety according to different types of writing. using well constructed paragraphs and sentences (of average complexity) and obeying standard grammatical conventions. spelling and punctuating accurately. showing a readiness to listen to others and to respond appropriately. using occasional paragraphing and variety of sentence construction. speaking with some confidence. recognising more obvious meanings and attitudes. spelling and punctuating with accuracy so that communication is not impaired. speaking clearly with some confidence. mistakes. ensuring that all work has a clear beginning. ideas and information both at a straightforward and a more complex level.xtremepapers. describing and reflecting upon experience and expressing effectively what is felt and imagined. middle and ending. mostly in response to the directions of other speakers.net . using a range of language adequate to all the tasks set. with few. At Grade C the candidate has demonstrated competence by: • • • • • • • • understanding and communicating arguments. At Grade A the candidate has demonstrated expertise by: • • • • • • • • • understanding and communicating arguments. recognising straightforward meanings and attitudes. and may conceal weakness in one aspect of the examination that is balanced by above-average performance on some other. and that ideas generally follow on from one another. selecting material from texts in answer to questions and providing straightforward explanations and developments to show relevance. The grade awarded will depend in practice upon the extent to which the candidate has met the assessment objectives overall.ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE 0510 IGCSE 2008 VII GRADE DESCRIPTIONS Grade descriptions are provided to give a general indication of the standards of achievement likely to have been shown by candidates awarded particular grades. sufficient to show some independence of thought.

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Centre Number June/November 2 0 0 8 Externally Moderated Mark (max 30) Candidate Number Candidate Name www.ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE Oral Examination Summary Form IGCSE 0510/5 Centre Name Teaching Group/ Set (max 10) (max 10) (max 10) Oral Assessment Card Structure Vocabulary Fluency and Development Total Mark (max 30) Please read the instructions printed overleaf and in the Instructions and Mark Scheme before completing this form.net Signature Signature 23 Date Date Name of teacher completing this form Name of internal moderator (where appropriate) WMS065 0510/05/CW/S/ .xtremepapers.

with marks spaced as evenly as possible from the top mark to the lowest mark. B. 3. INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING ORAL ASSESSMENT SUMMARY FORMS 1. PROCEDURES FOR EXTERNAL MODERATION 1.e. 2. University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) sends a computer-printed mark sheet MS1 to each Centre showing the names and index numbers of each candidate. Show the teaching group or set for each candidate. and no later than 30 April for the June session and 31 October for the November session. The initials of the teacher may be used to indicate group or set. see item B. Indicate the Oral Assessment Card (Card with Oral Topics) used. where this is known. in candidate index number order. www. Complete the information at the head of the form.A. 4. Where more than one teacher is involved in marking the work. the sample must include candidates marked by all teachers.net Number of candidates in sample all candidates 10 15 20 10% of candidates 0-10 11-50 51-100 101-200 above 200 24 3. to CIE as soon as possible. Transfer the total mark for each candidate from the Oral Examination Summary Form to the computer-printed mark sheet MS1. Despatch the top sheet of the computer-printed mark sheet MS1 to CIE as soon as possible. Send samples of the candidates’ work covering the full ability range together with this Summary Form and the first copy of MS1 (marked ‘This copy is to be sent to the Moderator). the individual marks for each section and the total mark in the appropriate column. Candidates must be selected so that the whole range is covered. 2008 0510/05/OR/S/08 . 5. The final column on the form is for the use of the External Moderator only. The size of the sample should be as follows: number of candidates entered 5. and no later than 30 April for the June session and 31 October for the November session. 2. CIE reserves the right to ask for further samples of oral examinations. 6. Indicate the candidates whose recorded oral tests have been selected for external moderation by means of an asterisk (*) against the candidates’ names on the Oral Examination Summary Form. The teacher completing the form and the internal moderator (where appropriate) should check the form and complete and sign the bottom portion. List the candidates in an order which will allow ease of transfer of information to a computer-printed mark sheet MS1 at a later stage (i.xtremepapers.1 below). 4.

xtremepapers.ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE Coursework Assessment Summary Form IGCSE 0510/6 June/November Teaching Group/ Set Structure (max 10) Vocabulary (max 10) Fluency and Development (max 10) Total Mark (max 30) Please read the instructions printed overleaf and the General Coursework Regulations before completing this form. Centre Number Centre Name 2 0 0 8 Internally Moderated Mark (max 30) Candidate Number Candidate Name www.net Signature Signature 25 Date Date Name of teacher completing this form Name of internal moderator (where appropriate) 0510/06/CW/S/ .

e. 7. University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) sends a computer-printed Coursework mark sheet MS1 to each Centre showing the names and index numbers of each candidate. see item B. www. average the marks to present a mark out of 30 awarded before internal moderation took place. 2.1 below). to reach CIE by 30 April for the June session and 31 October for the November session. B. the sample must include candidates marked by all teachers. 4. 3. Candidates must be selected so that the whole range is covered. this summary form and the second copy of MS1. in candidate index number order. where this is known. 6. (c) In the column headed ‘Internally Moderated Mark’. 2008 0510/06/CW/S/08 . With the sample work. Indicate the candidates who are in the sample by means of an asterisk (*) against the candidates’ names overleaf. (b) In the column headed ‘Total Mark’. Transfer the total internally moderated mark for each candidate from the Coursework Assessment Summary Form to the computer-printed Coursework mark sheet MS1. CIE reserves the right to ask for further samples of Coursework.A.xtremepapers.e. before internal moderation took place). 4. enter the marks initially awarded (i.net Number of candidates in sample all candidates 10 15 20 10% of candidates 0-10 11-50 51-100 101-200 above 200 26 3. The size of the coursework sample should be as follows: number of candidates entered 5. and information as to how internal moderation was carried out. with marks spaced as evenly as possible from the top mark to the lowest mark. Complete the information at the head of the form. Send samples of the candidates’ work covering the full ability range together with the corresponding Individual Candidate Record Cards. The initials of the teacher may be used to indicate group or set. List the candidates in an order which will allow ease of transfer of information to a computer-printed Coursework mark sheet MS1 at a later stage (i. please enclose some notes about instructions given to candidates (written or verbal). Where more than one teacher is involved in the marking. The top copy of the computer-printed Coursework mark sheet MS1 must be despatched in the specially provided envelope to arrive as soon as possible at CIE but no later than 30 April for the June session and 31 October for the November session. 2. Transfer each candidate’s marks from his or her Individual Candidate Record Card to this form as follows: (a) Where there are columns for individual skills or assignments. PROCEDURES FOR EXTERNAL MODERATION 1. Show the teaching group or set for each candidate. enter the total mark awarded after internal moderation took place. Both the teacher completing the form and the internal moderator (where appropriate) should check the form and complete and sign the bottom portion. INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING COURSEWORK ASSESSMENT SUMMARY FORMS 1.

net (max 10) (max 10) (max 10) (max 10) Average of above marks Average of above marks 27 (max 10) (max 10) TOTAL Average of above marks Marks to be transferred to the Coursework Assessment Summary Form (max 10) Signature (max 10) (max 10) Date (max 30) Name of teacher completing this form 0510/06/CW/S/ .ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE Oral – Coursework (0510/6) Individual Candidate Record Card IGCSE June/November Teaching Group/Set Structure Vocabulary Fluency and Development Please read the instructions printed overleaf and the General Coursework Regulations before completing this form. Centre Number Candidate Name Centre Name 2 0 0 8 Candidate Number Description of task (max 10) (max 10) (max 10) www.xtremepapers.

4.INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING INDIVIDUAL RECORD CARDS 1. 28 2008 0510/06/CW/I/ . the internal moderator). See the instructions on the Coursework Assessment Summary Form (0510/06/CW/S). 3. Mark the Coursework assignment for each candidate according to the criteria sheet attached. www. This means that the marks awarded to all candidates within a Centre must be brought to a common standard by the teacher responsible for co-ordinating the internal assessment (i. 7.xtremepapers. and a single valid and reliable set of marks (EACH OUT OF 30) should be produced which reflects the relative attainment of all the candidates in the Coursework component at the Centre. It is essential that the marks of candidates from different teaching groups within each Centre are moderated internally.e. Complete all other sections of the form required.net Retain all Individual Candidate Record Cards and Coursework which will be required for external moderation. 6. 5. Transfer the marks to the Coursework Assessment Summary Form in accordance with the instructions given on that document. 2. Ensure that the addition of marks is independently checked. NOTE THAT THE FINAL TOTAL MARK FOR EACH CANDIDATE SHOULD BE PRESENTED AS AN AVERAGE OUT OF 30. Complete the information at the head of the form. Enter marks and final marks in the appropriate spaces.