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This syllabus is designed for students who are learning Arabic as a foreign language. The aim is to develop an ability to use the language effectively for practical communication. The course is based on the linked language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, and these are built on as learners progress through their studies.
The syllabus also aims to offer insights into the culture of countries where Arabic is spoken, thus encouraging positive attitudes towards language learning and towards speakers of other languages.
The syllabus year refers to the year in which the examination will be taken.
We provide a wide range of support so that teachers can give their learners the best possible preparation for Cambridge programmes and qualifications. For teachers at registered Cambridge schools, support materials for specific syllabuses are available from the School Support Hub (username and password required).
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We review all of our syllabuses regularly to make sure they continue to meet the needs of our schools. We have updated this syllabus and all assessment materials to improve how learners demonstrate their ability to understand and produce both written and spoken texts in Arabic. These changes are for examination in 2021.
The 2021 syllabus develops language proficiency at levels A2 with elements of B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR).
For more information on the framework and language proficiency levels, visit the CEFR website.
The updated syllabus is for examination from June 2021 onwards. Please see the 2021 syllabus above for full details.
We are developing a wide range of support to help you plan and teach the 2021 syllabus.
Look out for a comprehensive range of materials to help you teach the 2021 syllabus including a scheme of work, Example candidate responses, Learner and Teacher Guides as well as specimen paper answers. These resources will be available from April 2019 onwards (before first teaching) through our School Support Hub.
Vocab Express Cambridge IGCSE Arabic (Collins)
For learner support. Vocab Express is an online platform for schools that encourages students to learn foreign language vocabulary independently. This course is based on the vocabulary list for Cambridge IGCSE Arabic.
Read more on the Collins website