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CIE English Language Reading Anthology 0990 (9-1) | Reading Passages 1

Richard Gent | Wednesday February 19, 2014

Categories: KS4, 9-1 IGCSE, 9-1 IGCSE English Language , IGCSE English Language CIE 0990

For Paper Two- Reading Passages (Extended)


From the CIE English Language specification (0990):

The skills covered in the syllabus are outlined below for the different areas of language developed.


  • demonstrate a precise understanding of extended texts
  • synthesise, develop, analyse and evaluate facts, ideas and opinions
  • effectively summarise, paraphrase and re-express
  • demonstrate understanding of how writers achieve their effects
  • recognise and respond to sophisticated linguistic devices
  • extract appropriate information for specific purposes

Candidates should engage with a range of genres and types, including literature, fiction and non-fiction, and other forms of writing, such as essays, reviews and articles. This study should include focus on writers’ use of language and style and the ways in which writers achieve effects and influence readers. Candidates should study how influence may include fact, ideas, perspectives, opinions and bias.

The sample texts that have been produced in this Anthology are paired around similar themes to allow for comparison and they illustrate the range of genres described above. Students should build up in their learning a wide portfolio of sources that they can use beyond this in preparation for the exam.

How to use the reading material effectively in the classroom

Some general tips:

  • the assessment of reading skills in this paper is based entirely on unseen texts. Consequently whenever possible students should practice analysing texts as ‘unseens’ as the norm in their study of both English Language and English Literature.
  • try to harness good reading skills from Key Stage 3 onwards by introducing students to a range of reading texts from the 19th to 21st centuries across a range of genres and increasing the challenge of these texts up into Key Stage 4
  • as modern texts are prominent in this unit your students should build up a clear understanding of the modern context, the sort...

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