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Cambridge IGCSE First Lang Speaking and Listening Scheme

Paul Merrell | Monday September 02, 2019

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

The point of this guide is to give you some thoughts and approaches to lessons that might assist you in preparing your students for this test. It should be stressed that you do not need to deliver these lessons in sequence unless you so wish, nor at a particular time of the course.  As you study the Literature texts and prepare for the First Language English examination you will, naturally, be conducting exercises and undertaking tasks that will help prepare your pupils for the Speaking and Listening test. Indeed, the way in which the English Literature and First Language English courses from CIE work is that the skills that are developed across different elements of the programme of study all feed into each other. I have tried to highlight below how, in conducting some useful Speaking and Listening work, you might also be developing skills that can be used in the examination or the coursework portfolio.

Lesson One: Engaging the Listener

Learning Objective

  • To be able to make use of techniques to engage a listener
  • To be able to use these techniques in speech.

Starter Activity

Show Malala Yousafzai‘s acceptance speech on winning the Nobel Peace Prize to the class:

As they watch, ask to students to note down as many presentational techniques that Malala uses to make her speech engaging for the audience. Perhaps give students a few minutes to discuss after showing the video.

Take feedback on the board - highlighting particularly effective choices. This could, of course, particularly in thinking about Assignment 2 in the coursework portfolio, develop into a more general discussion of the way in which writers use rhetorical features in order to ensure an audience is interested in what they have to say. Ideally, end up with a list on the board that resembles the following:

  1. Rhetorical questions
  2. Using anecdotes or stories to prove a point
  3. Humour
  4. Emphasis on individual words/phrases
  5. Eye contact
  6. Gesture
  7. Emotive language
  8. ...

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