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This syllabus is available only to Centers participating in the NCEE Excellence for All initiative in the USA. Cambridge IGCSE First Language English (US) is designed for learners whose first language is English. Cambridge IGCSE First Language English (US) learners develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively in both speech and writing. They learn how to employ a wide-ranging vocabulary, use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed. Learners are also encouraged to read widely, both for their own enjoyment and to further their awareness of the ways in which English can be used. Cambridge IGCSE First Language English (US) also develops more general analysis and communication skills such as synthesis, inference, and the ability to order facts and present opinions effectively.
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We revise qualifications regularly to make sure they continue to meet the needs of learners, schools and higher education institutions around the world. This syllabus has been reviewed and revised for examination in June and November 2020 and 2021.
These changes are for examination in June and November 2020 and 2021. For full details, please refer to the 2020-2021 syllabus above, including the ‘Changes to this syllabus’ section, as well as the new specimen paper.