2012 English Language Examination: Success Criteria

Getting to grips with the IGCSE Language Paper

First Language English

Paper 2 Reading Passages (Extended) 2hrs

Part 1

Passage A

Read the passage carefully and then answer the two questions.

Question One (20 marks) will ask you to respond to passage one, in the format of an article, an interview, a report, a dialogue, or a letter.

You will write between 1 1/2 to 2 sides, depending on the size of your handwriting.

15 marks are available for the content, and up to 5 for the quality of your writing (objectives 1-5).

Question Two (10 marks) will ask you how writers achieve effects (R4), and will ask you to use words and phrases from the text to explain and analyse. This section usually has a part (a) and a part (b).

Part 2

Passage B

Read the passage and re-read passage A.

Question Three (20 marks) will ask you to summarise material from each of the passages, using your own words as far as possible. This section usually has a part (a) and a part (b).

You will write about 1 side, depending on the size of your handwriting.

15 marks are available for the content, and up to 5 for the quality of your writing (objectives 1-5). 

Reading Objectives

  • R1: Understand and collate explicit meanings
  • R2:  Understand, explain and collate implicit meanings and attitudes
  • R3: Select, analyse and evaluate what is relevant to specific purposes

 

Writing Objectives

  • W1 Articulate experience and express what is thought, felt and imagined
  • W2 Order and present facts, ideas and opinions
  • W3 Understand and use a range of appropriate vocabulary
  • W4 Use language and register appropriate to audience and context
  • W5 Make accurate and effective use of paragraphs, grammatical structures, sentences, punctuation and spelling
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