Cambridge IGCSE

Our main goal for the English program is to take kids to a bilingual level by the end of year 9. There are challenges doing this within the time frame and the rules of Skolverket. We can teach students to love the language, and we can teach the students to use the language and become fluent but we don’t have enough time to bring them to the academic English level necessary to further their studies in English in the future. The Cambridge course gives us the opportunity to reach this academic level.

There are two Cambridge tests, English for Second Language, and English as a First Language. The ESL test is the easier of the two, it is approximately 1 or 2 grade levels tougher than the Y9 National test.

This test will be available for all senior school students. These classes will be mixed together. This class will be once a week after school for 90 minutes. There will be approximately 2 hours of homework per week, some of which will tie in with work in other subjects, or can be tied into subject assignments.

The English as a First Language test is a more advanced test that requires essay writing, analytical and reading in depth skills. This class will only be available for Y9 students and Y8 students who have been recommended by their parents & teachers. This class will be held once a week for 90 minutes. There will be approximately 3 hours of homework per week, some of which will tie in with work in other subjects, or can be tied into subject assignments. English projects will be streamed into

Social - connecting with the SO department
Environmental energy production - connecting with Science
Environmental Transportation - connecting with Mr. Madden

What’s New?

Academic year 17/18 there will be:

  • Modern Language for YEAR 9’s (once every two week extra class): French, German & Spanish
  • Math (Y8-9) & Cambridge International Math (Y9 only) (once every two week extra class)
  • Mother Tongue (First Language Arabic, FL Chinese, FL Czech, FL Dutch, FL French, FL German, FL Japanese, FL Korean, FL Portuguese, FL Russian, FL Spanish, FL Thai, FL Turkish, Bengali (o), Urdu (o), Nepali (o), Sinhala (o), Swahili (o), Tamil (o)

This will be SELF-STUDY connecting with Mr. Smith. This is a written exam only, no spoken component. It will be at a high academic language, and we cannot offer support beyond printing practice tests.

How much is it?

It costs 780 kr in March to take the May exams. The class is free and you do not need to write the examination.

Cambridge is an internationally recognized certificate to help further studies

  • Can be used to apply for college level courses in most English speaking countries (not university level, unless combined with other Cambridge courses for certain schools).
  • Excellent preparation for IB, AP or A level courses.
  • Equivalent to British GCSE (also know as the leaving cert)
  • Can be used as an English Language Requirement for Universities (English fluency), like IELTS, TOFEL or TOIEC (but not as a CREDIT course, that’s Cambridge A level)

What it is not...

  • University Entry Grade
  • Acceptable for Immigration purposes (to an English speaking nation).

What is going to happen...

In May of 2018 students will write a number of tests in two day, similar to, but longer than, the national tests. They will also be responsible for a speaking test in April.

What we expect...

Cambridge programmes and qualifications are designed to support learners in becoming:

  • confident in working with information and ideas – their own and those of others
  • responsible for themselves, responsive to and respectful of others
  • reflective as learners, developing their ability to learn
  • innovative and equipped for new and future challenges
  • engaged intellectually and socially, ready to make a difference

What the test will look like...

Native Speaker

Paper 1: Reading Passage (Core) 1 hour 45 minutes Candidates answer two questions on one passage of 700–800 words. Eligible for Grades C–G. 50% of total marks.

Paper 2: Directed Writing and Composition 2 hours Candidates answer one question on a passage or passages totalling 700–800 words. Candidates also answer one composition task from a choice of 6 titles. Eligible for Grades A–G on this component.* 50% of total marks.

English as a Second Language

Reading Comprehension and Writing skills Test 1h 45min
Listening Test 45min
Speaking test - NP style conversation with examiner (teacher) 10min

How we will do it…

This will be run as a class with regular writing assignments done outside of class. Students will be focusing on writing technique, grammar, and academic format.

Because it is outside of the regular curriculum, it gives more room for experimentation in teaching techniques. There will be some days out of the classroom, some library days, some guest speakers and guest assignments.

What I expect...

This is a serious course for young adults who are serious about achieving a high level of academic English. As it’s not a regular class, we can be tougher. If you hand in two late assignments or miss more than 3 classes (unless there is a remarkable circumstance) you will not be asked to continue studying with us. Foolish behaviour is not tolerated, we are expecting a mature attitude towards studying.

The websites listed below are useful resources to help you study for your IGCSE. Please note that there are no websites which are specifically for the IGCSE ESL course. The recommended sites below are therefore useful for practising the main skills that you will need to do well in the examinations, and to keep you up-to-date with some of the topics and articles you can expect to read and discuss.
Useful for news articles, interactive listening activities, an updated daily grammar exercise, and word quizzes.
The British Council’s main learning English as a Second, or Foreign Language site. Lots of activities, designed to suit the different levels of language ability. It also has particularly useful grammar exercises, as well as tips for exam listening and speaking.
Follow the link to the Student Zone for interactive exercises, listening articles and vocabulary building.

/Mr. Madden, English Department Head