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What are the benefits of studying Cambridge IGCSE First Language English?

The First Language English syllabus will develop students' ability to communicate accurately, appropriately and effectively in speech and writing. Students will be encouraged to use relevant vocabulary, to employ correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and to display a sense of style and audience. While there is a strong emphasis on reading and writing skills, an optional test or school-based assessment in speaking/listening is available.

The syllabus will help students to understand and respond appropriately to what they see, hear and experience, and to enjoy the full variety of the English language. In addition, it will complement their other studies by developing general skills such as the ability to analyse, synthesise, make inferences, order facts and present opinions.

A study of First Language English will promote personal development and an understanding of self and others. The aims of IGCSE English as a First Language are to:

  • enable students to communicate accurately, appropriately and effectively in speech and writing;
  • enable students to understand and respond appropriately to what they hear, read and experience;
  • encourage students to enjoy and appreciate variety of language;
  • complement students' other areas of study by developing skills of a more general application (e.g. analysis, synthesis, drawing of inferences);
  • promote students' personal development and an understanding of themselves and others.
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