All Students are entered to sit theCambridge English Language IGCSE in June 2012
Whats an IGCSE?• An International General Certificate in Secondary Education (IGCSE) is a qualification specifically designed for use in international schools.• The content of the qualification is developed by the same exam board as the OIB:
Why are we changing to the IGCSE?• The IGCSE is a more appropriate qualification for our cohort of students than the current GCSEs.• The IGCSEs still allow coursework, rather than making the students sit Controlled Assessments; coursework better suits the needs of our students.• In Britain the IGCSE is seen as a more prestigious qualification than the GCSE. Therefore UK and US universities will be more impressed by students who have passed an IGCSE.
What coursework will my son / daughter complete in 3eme?• Three coursework assignments: I. one creative writing. II. one persuasive argument. III. one analytical.• Each piece will be drafted, marked by the teacher giving pointers to the student as to how it can be improved and then redrafted before being awarded a mark and grade.• The coursework accounts for 50% of the total award.
What exams will my son/daughter sit in June?• All the 3eme students will sit the Cambridge IGCSE English Language exam at the beginning of June.• There is just one paper to sit that has a variety of Reading and Writing tasks.• The exam lasts for two hours.
What will the 3eme students be doing after the IGCSE exam?• We will begin work on the literature texts that the students will be studying in 2nde.• The whole of 2nde will be focused on preparation for the Cambridge English Literature IGCSE.• The students will complete 2 more pieces of coursework and prepare for an exam that will test their critical appreciation of drama, poetry and prose.• The exam will be in June 2013.
What does my son / daughter gain from getting good grades (C – A*)?• A feeling of pride in their achievements, boosting their self- esteem and confidence.• They have had the experience of sitting a rigorous exam in English – excellent preparation for the OIB.• English Universities require students to have a C grade or above at GCSE, irrespective of the course they wish to study.• American Universities look very closely at anything on applications that demonstrates extra effort on the part of the students.
Where can I find out more?For the Cambridge IGCSE English Language syllabus: http://www.cie.org.uk/ Are there any questions?