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This syllabus is designed for students who are learning Malay 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 Malay 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.
The Syllabus Support syllabus year refers to the year in which the examination will be taken.
From June 2022, for the listening exam, candidates will submit their answers on a multiple-choice answer sheet. They will not submit them on the question paper. At the end of the exam candidates will have six minutes to transfer their answers from the question paper onto the multiple-choice answer sheet. Find out more information and view a sample multiple-choice answer sheet.
For some subjects, the syllabus states that Grade Descriptions will be made available after first assessment in 2020 or 2021.
Publication of grade descriptions for these syllabuses has been delayed. This is to make sure that grade descriptions reflect examination outcomes appropriately and are based on the full range of candidate performance after the 2020 and 2021 series.
From 2020, we have made some changes to the wording and layout of the front covers of our question papers to reflect the new Cambridge International branding and to make instructions clearer for candidates - learn more.
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 written and spoken texts in Malay. The changes help to standardise languages in our Cambridge IGCSE suite, making it easier for teachers to deliver more than one course.
These changes are for examination from 2022.
The 2022 syllabus develops language proficiency at Level 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 2022 onwards. Please see the 2022 syllabus above for full details.
We have a comprehensive range of materials to help you teach the 2022-2024 syllabus including:
These materials are available on our School Support Hub.
View supporting resources for Cambridge IGCSE Malay as a Foreign Language (0546).
Cambridge IGCSE Malay as a Foreign Language (Collins)
The only published course to offer full and comprehensive coverage of the Cambridge IGCSE Malay as a Foreign Language syllabus. This new edition has been comprehensively revised and updated to support the revised curriculum.
Read more on the Collins website
Vocab Express - Cambridge IGCSE Malay (Collins)
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 the Cambridge IGCSE Malay syllabus.