This international GCSE is designed for students whose first language is not English, but who use English for their studies. The course will enable students of all abilities to develop the four essential language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking to support effective communication in their further study or career.
Students will read, understand and analyse a variety of texts, presented in different styles covering a range of topics, including factual and literary text. The course aims to develop students’ ability to write and communicate clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures.
Our ESL qualification recognises the importance students place on verbal communication in English, which is why 20% of the qualification focuses on the assessment of speaking skills.
This qualification is available for teaching from September 2017 in Bahrain, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.
AO1 Reading: Understand and respond to written language
AO2 Writing: Communicate in writing
AO3 Listening: Understand and respond to spoken language
AO4 Speaking: Communicate and interact in speech
Identity and culture
Local, national, international and global areas of interest
Current and future study and employment
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