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Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language is for learners who already have a working knowledge of the language.
Marks for the speaking component in this syllabus do not contribute to the overall grade candidates receive for the written components. A count-in speaking component is offered in Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language (0511).
The syllabus year refers to the year in which the examination will be taken.
We have updated this syllabus to make it clearer and more accessible for both teachers and learners and to make sure that it reflects current educational thinking.
Please see the 2024-2026 syllabus document above for full details on the changes.
To support teachers and learners, we have:
The updated syllabus is for examination from June 2024 onwards. Examinations are available in June and November, and in March 2024 for India only.
Please see the 2024-2026 syllabus above for full details.
We are developing a comprehensive range of resources to help teachers deliver this updated syllabus.
We aim to provide a scheme of work and other relevant classroom resources. Example Candidate Responses will be available following the first examination in 2024. Visit the School Support Hub from June 2022 onwards for details.
Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language (Third edition) (Collins)
This course provides complete coverage of the updated syllabus for examination from 2024 and features a wide variety of topics, authentic texts and creative activities that cover all four skills.
Read more on the Collins website
Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language (Sixth edition) (Cambridge University Press)
Build key English reading, writing, speaking and listening skills through exciting topics such as fashion and food with clear and accessible guidance. Also includes step-by-step writing activities and language/grammar tips. CEFR Exit Level B1/B2.
Read more on the Cambridge University Press website
Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language (Second edition) (Marshall Cavendish Education)
The series focuses on building strong communication skills and linking language in real-world contexts to prepare students to be future-ready.
Read more on the Marshall Cavendish Education website
Success International English Skills for Cambridge IGCSE (Fifth edition) (Cambridge University Press)
Explore ten engaging topic-based units whilst advancing English writing, speaking, reading and listening skills. Guidance to help students understand how they learn and exam-style activities are also included. CEFR Exit Level B2+/C1.
Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language (Second edition) (Hodder Education)
Confidently navigate the Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language syllabus with an all-encompassing course companion. Expertly formulated to ensure students develop practical language skills and key cultural knowledge, it provides real-world, internationally focused guidance.
Read more on the Hodder website
Find out more about our range of English syllabuses to suit every level and ambition.
For some subjects, we publish grade descriptions to help understand the level of performance candidates’ grades represent.
We paused the publication of grade descriptions in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the temporary changes to the awarding standard in 2020, 2021 and 2022.
As the awarding standard has now returned to the pre-pandemic standard, we are working to produce up-to-date grade descriptions for most of our general qualifications. These will be based on the awarding standards in place from June 2023 onwards.
Check the Submit for Assessment page and the samples database for information and guidance on submitting moderated and examined work using Submit for Assessment.
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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