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Cambridge O Level English Language is designed for learners who speak English at home or at school, at near first language level.
The course enables learners to:
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 O Level English Language also develops more general analysis and communication skills such as inference, and the ability to order facts and present opinions effectively.
The syllabus complements other areas of study by encouraging skills of more general application.
The syllabus year refers to the year in which the examination will be taken.
We revise our qualifications regularly to make sure that they continue to meet the needs of learners, schools and higher education institutions around the world and reflect current thinking.
To support teachers and learners, we have:
The updated syllabus is for examination from June 2024 onwards. Examinations are available 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 O Level English Language (Second edition) (Hodder Education)
Written by renowned expert authors, our Cambridge O Level English Language Student’s Book enables learners to effectively and successfully master the content of the revised syllabus (1123) for examination from 2024.
Read more on the Hodder Education website
Cambridge O Level English Language (Third edition) (Cambridge University Press)
Work through the Cambridge O Level English Language syllabus with clear and accessible resources. Includes ‘Language support’ boxes for quick and easy tips, as well as exam-style questions and sample answer.
Read more on the Cambridge University Press website
Find out more about our range of English syllabuses to suit every level and ambition.
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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