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Cambridge IGCSE First Lang English Component 5: Speaking and Listening Scheme

Paul Merrell | Wednesday September 02, 2015

Categories: KS4, Cambridge iGCSE, English 0500, English 0522, Hot Entries, Language and Linguistic Analysis, Speaking & Listening, Individual, Group

Component 5 - Speaking and Listening Test Overview

If you follow 0500, Speaking and Listening is an optional component. If you so wish, you may choose to enter candidates for either the Speaking and Listening Test (Component 5) or for the Speaking and Listening Coursework (Component 6). Your students’ marks do not contribute to the overall grade they receive for the written components. Instead, this is separately endorsed on the certificate with a numerical grade: 1 (high) to 5 (low).

If you follow 0522, you again choose between either Component 5 or Component 6 - however in this case the mark the student receives counts towards 20% of their English mark.

This guide will focus on Component 5 - which is the Speaking and Listening Test.

The student will speak for 3 to 4 minutes about a topic that is of interest to them, followed by a discussion of 6 to 7 minutes with the teacher examiner. This guide comprises of three lessons that should help support pupils through the process of developing ideas for both the topic and the discussion – you should note that there are a wide range of ways in which your students might choose to meet the demands of Component 5. What has been put together here is based on the experience of a traditional 3 minute speech – of course, there are more creative and flexible approaches that you may wish to try.

How is this Assessed?

Component 5 is assessed in two different ways: firstly, a mark out of 10 for the Individual Task, followed by a mark out of 20 for the Discussion phase.

You can find the marking grid for both the Individual Task and the Discussion on the CIE website.

If you opt to complete the Speaking and Listening Test, it can only be completed within a particular date window. It is very important that you check that you are seeking to complete the Test at the correct time of the course – your exam’s office will be able to help you. For info, in 2015, this window was 1 March to 30...


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