SYLLABUSCambridge O LevelEnglish Language1123For examination in June and November 2014

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Contents1. Introduction . choose Cambridge?Why choose Cambridge O Level?Why choose Cambridge O Level English Language?How can I find out more?2. Assessment at a glance . 43. Syllabus aims and objectives . 63.1 Aims3.2 Assessment Objectives4. Description of components . 84.1 Paper 1: Writing4.2 Paper 2: Reading5. Marking band descriptors for Paper 1 . 106. Additional information . learning hoursRecommended prior learningProgressionComponent codesGrading and reportingAccessSupport and resources

Introduction1.Introduction1.1Why choose Cambridge?University of Cambridge International Examinations is the world’s largest provider of international educationprogrammes and qualifications for 5 to 19 year olds. We are part of the University of Cambridge, trusted forexcellence in education. Our qualifications are recognised by the world’s universities and employers.Developed for an international audienceCambridge O Levels have been designed for an international audience and are sensitive to the needs ofdifferent countries. These qualifications are designed for students whose first language may not be Englishand this is acknowledged throughout the examination process. The Cambridge O Level syllabus also allowsteaching to be placed in a localised context, making it relevant in varying regions.RecognitionEvery year, thousands of learners gain the Cambridge qualifications they need to enter the world’s universities.Cambridge O Level is internationally recognised by schools, universities and employers as equivalent to UKGCSE. Learn more at in educationWe understand education. We work with over 9000 schools in over 160 countries who offer ourprogrammes and qualifications. Understanding learners’ needs around the world means listeningcarefully to our community of schools, and we are pleased that 98% of Cambridge schools say they wouldrecommend us to other schools.Our mission is to provide excellence in education, and our vision is that Cambridge learners becomeconfident, responsible, innovative and engaged.Cambridge programmes and qualifications help Cambridge learners to become: confident in working with information and ideas – their own and those of others responsible for themselves, responsive to and respectful of others innovative and equipped for new and future challenges engaged intellectually and socially, ready to make a differenceSupport in the classroomWe provide a world-class support service for Cambridge teachers and exams officers. We offer a widerange of teacher materials to Cambridge schools, plus teacher training (online and face-to-face), expertadvice and learner-support materials. Exams officers can trust in reliable, efficient administration of examsentry and excellent, personal support from our customer services. Learn more at, part of the University of CambridgeWe are a part of Cambridge Assessment, a department of the University of Cambridge and a not-for-profitorganisation.We invest constantly in research and development to improve our programmes and qualifications.2Cambridge O Level English Language 1123

Introduction1.2 Why choose Cambridge O Level?Cambridge helps your school improve learners’ performance. Learners develop not only knowledge andunderstanding, but also skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem solving, helping them to perform welland prepare for the next stage of their education.Schools worldwide have helped develop Cambridge O Levels, which provide an excellent preparation forCambridge International AS and A Levels.Cambridge O Level incorporates the best in international education for learners at this level. It develops inline with changing needs, and we update and extend it regularly.1.3 Why choose Cambridge O Level English Language?Cambridge O Levels are established qualifications that keep pace with educational developments andtrends. The Cambridge O Level curriculum places emphasis on broad and balanced study across a widerange of subject areas. The curriculum is structured so that students attain both practical skills andtheoretical knowledge.Cambridge O Level English Language is accepted by universities and employers as proof of linguistic abilityand understanding. The Cambridge O Level English Language syllabus encourages students to developlifelong skills, including: the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively the use of a wide range of vocabulary and correct grammar, spelling and punctuation a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed.Students are also encouraged to read widely, both for their own enjoyment and to further their awarenessof the ways in which English can be used. Cambridge O Level English Language study also develops moregeneral analysis and communication skills such as synthesis, inference, and the ability to order facts andpresent opinions effectively.Students may also study for a Cambridge O Level in Literature in English. In addition to CambridgeO Levels, Cambridge also offers Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge International AS and A Levels for furtherstudy in English as well as other languages. See for a full list of the qualifications you cantake.1.4 How can I find out more?If you are already a Cambridge schoolYou can make entries for this qualification through your usual channels. If you have any questions, pleasecontact us at [email protected] you are not yet a Cambridge schoolLearn about the benefits of becoming a Cambridge school at us at [email protected] to find out how your organisation can become a Cambridge school.Cambridge O Level English Language 11233

Assessment at a glance2.Assessment at a glanceThe Cambridge O Level English Language syllabus has been developed in response to customer feedback.2011 was the first year of examination of the revised syllabus.All candidates take two papers.Paper 1: Writing1 hour 30 minutesPaper 2: Reading1 hour 45 minutesMarks60 weighted to 5050Weighting50%50%CandidateresponseOn the question paperOn the question paperFocusTaskLanguageTaskLanguageSection titleDirected WritingCreative WritingReading for IdeasReading forMeaningMark allocation30 marks(15 marks fortask fulfilmentand 15 marks forlanguage)30 marks(combinedlanguage andcontent)25 marks(15 marks forcontent points ofnotes, 5 marksfor language ofsummary; 5 marksfor main ideasquestions)25 marks(content only)Weighting forwriting skills:50%20%25%5%-Weighting forreading skills:50%5%-20%25%AssessmentobjectivesW1, W2, W3, W4W1, W2, W3, W4R3, R4R1, R2AvailabilityThis syllabus is examined in the May/June examination series and the October/November examinationseries.This syllabus is available to private candidates.Cambridge O Levels are available to Centres in Administrative Zones 3, 4 and 5. Centres in AdministrativeZones 1, 2 or 6 wishing to enter candidates for Cambridge O Level examinations should contact CambridgeCustomer Services.4Cambridge O Level English Language 1123

Assessment at a glanceCombining this with other syllabusesCandidates can combine this syllabus in an examination series with any other Cambridge syllabus, except: syllabuses with the same title at the same level 0500 Cambridge IGCSE First Language English 0510 Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language 0511 Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language (count-in oral) 0522 Cambridge International Level 1/Level 2 Certificate First Language English 1119 Cambridge O Level English Language (Malaysia) 1120 Cambridge O Level English Language (Brunei) 1125 Cambridge O Level English Language (Mauritius) 1126 Cambridge O Level English Language Syllabus B (Mauritius) 1127 Cambridge O Level English Language (Singapore)Please note that Cambridge O Level, Cambridge International Level 1/Level 2 Certificates and CambridgeIGCSE syllabuses are at the same level.Candidates for Cambridge O Level English Language MUST enter as follows: Candidates in Brunei must enter for Subject 1120 Candidates in Mauritius must enter for Subject 1125 or 1126 Candidates in Singapore must enter for Subject 1127 Candidates elsewhere (including previous subject 1115) must enter for Subject 1123.No candidate may enter for more than one English Language subject.Cambridge O Level English Language 11235

Syllabus aims and objectives3.Syllabus aims and objectives3.1 AimsA qualification in this syllabus demonstrates to universities and employers that candidates can communicateeffectively in Standard English through: communicative competence: the ability to communicate with clarity, relevance, accuracy and variety creativity: the ability to use language, experience and imagination to respond to new situations, createoriginal ideas and make a positive impact critical skills: the ability to scan, filter and analyse different forms of information cross-cultural awareness: the ability to engage with issues inside and outside own community,dealing with the familiar as well as the unfamiliar. (This is not an assessment objective but forms thecontext of writing tasks and reading passages.)Writing to:Reading to:CommunicativecompetenceCommunicate precisely andappropriatelyUnderstand exact and impliedmeaningCreativityDevelop ideas effectivelyCritical skillsIdentify and respond to mainideasCross-cultural awarenessReflect on the familiarHave strategies to deal withthe unfamiliarSpeaking and listening are not tested but the development of these vital communication skills isencouraged across the curriculum.Reflecting the communication demands facing candidates in the real world, the syllabus distinguishesbetween task and language as the focus of Section 1 and Section 2 respectively in each paper:6SectionFocusWritingReading1TaskDirected WritingReading for Ideas2LanguageCreative WritingReading for MeaningCambridge O Level English Language 1123

Syllabus aims and objectivesThe Task aspect of Paper 1 is Directed Writing, where communication of key information is required toachieve a specific purpose for a certain audience in a particular situation. Language (as well as content)is tested in the Creative Writing section, where candidates have an opportunity to display their Englishlanguage skills in order to express their opinion, experience or imagination.The Task aspect of Paper 2 is Reading for Ideas, where, for example, scanning for and summarisingspecific information is required to achieve and convey a global understanding of a text. Language is testedin the Reading for Meaning section, where there is a greater demand for English language skills in order todemonstrate more in-depth understanding of a text.In this way, it is hoped that candidates will develop strategies to be able to transfer these communicationskills to other subjects and to their future careers/studies as they encounter a variety of texts and arerequired to make a positive impact through the written word.3.2 Assessment ObjectivesReadingR1 Understand explicit meanings, through literal and vocabulary questions.R2 Understand implicit meanings and nuances of language, through inferential questions and questions onwriter’s craft.R3 Scan and analyse text, by identifying and summarising required information, such as similarities anddifferences, or advantages and disadvantages, or problems and solutions, or causes and effects, oractions and consequences.R4 Identify and respond to main ideas of a text, such as follow a sequence or argument, identifyconclusion, distinguish fact from opinion, and give a personal response to a theme in a text.WritingW1 Communicate appropriately, with a clear awareness of purpose, audience and register.W2 Communicate clearly and develop ideas coherently, at word level, at sentence level and at whole textlevel.W3 Use accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar.W4 Communicate creatively, using a varied range of vocabulary, sentence structures and linguistic devices.Cambridge O Level English Language 11237

Description of components4.Description of components4.1 Paper 1: Writing1 hour 30 minutes, 60 marksThis paper has two sections and candidates answer on a separate answer sheet.Section 1: Directed Writing (30 marks) Candidates are presented with a task, e.g. write a letter, speech, report, article, fit for purpose andrelevant to the world of study, work or the community. Candidates should write 200–300 words to inform or persuade a particular audience. 15 marks are allocated for task fulfilment and 15 marks for language.Section 2: Creative Writing (30 marks) This is an essay, testing language and content combined. Candidates answer one question from a choice of 5 narrative/descriptive/argumentative essay titles andshould write 350–500 words.Both sections test Assessment Objectives W1, W2, W3, W4.4.2 Paper 2: Reading1 hour 45 minutes, 50 marksThis paper has two sections and candidates answer on

On the question paper On the question paper . 1120 Cambridge O Level English Language (Brunei) 1125 Cambridge O Level English Language (Mauritius) 1126 Cambridge O Level English Language Syllabus B (Mauritius) 1127 Cambridge O Level English Language (Singapore) Please note that Cambridge O Level, Cambridge International Level 1/Level 2 Certificates and Cambridge IGCSE .