IGCSE English Language (1st Language) 9-1


Exam Timetable


Quoted from the IGCSE website:

Cambridge IGCSE (9–1) First Language English is designed for learners whose mother tongue is English. The course allows learners to: 
develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively when speaking and writing 

learn how to use a wide range of vocabulary, and correct spelling, punctuation and grammar 

develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed. 

Learners are also encouraged to read widely, both for their own enjoyment and to further their awareness of the ways in which English can be used. 

Cambridge IGCSE (9–1) First Language English also develops more general analysis and communication skills such as synthesis, inference and the ability to order facts and present opinions effectively.
This syllabus builds on our 0522 First Language English syllabus, taken widely in the UK. It retains popular features such as assessment of all four language skills, a separate paper for Reading and Writing, and a focus on ‘real life’ examples to allow learners to develop skills needed for further study and employment.


The student guide is on this link




Vocabulary,  Google search


Past Papers


Textbook preview on googlebooks:-

These may be books to older specifications,  the first link is the 2013 for first exam 2015

They will have relevant info 



Summary of the 9-1 Spec

 •Demonstrate understanding of extended texts, and of the words and phrases within them 

• Synthesise, develop, analyse and critically evaluate facts, ideas and opinions 

• Extract appropriate information for specific purposes

 • Summarise and use material for a specific audience and purpose

 • Demonstrate understanding of how writers achieve their effects and influence readers 

• Recognise and respond to linguistic devices, including figurative language

 • Compare writers’ ideas and perspectives and how these are conveyed. 

Candidates should engage with a range of genres and types from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, 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.

• Express what is thought, felt and imagined

 • Organise and convey facts, ideas and opinions effectively

 • Demonstrate use of imaginative and varied vocabulary 

• Demonstrate a sense of audience, purpose and context

 • Use effectively a variety of sentence structures. 

• Demonstrate accuracy in spelling, punctuation and grammar
 As developing writers themselves, candidates should be introduced to a range of skills – including the ability to compare, summarise and change perspective. 

Candidates should develop the skills of summarising within the context of the following text types: 

letter, report, newspaper report, magazine article, journal, words of a speech. 

They should also learn to create a discursive/ argumentative letter or article and a (descriptive/narrative) composition. 

Speaking and Listening 

• Describe and reflect on experience, and express what is thought, felt and imagined 

• Understand and convey complex information 

• Order and present facts, ideas and opinions effectively

 • Respond appropriately to questions

 • Communicate with clarity, focus and purpose 

• Communicate appropriately for the audience and context 

• Evaluate and reflect on what is heard. 
As speakers and listeners, candidates should also study using language devices and language appropriately, and develop presentation skills in employing and organising content. They should develop skills in listening to, and responding to, questions appropriately.
Textbook on Google books,  endorsed by Cambs International Exam Board


The info from latest Specification update at Feb 2017

  Paper 1 Reading Passages has been revised. It is 2 hours 10 minutes, has 80 marks and is worth 50% of the total marks. There are three unseen passages and these are taken from the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries. – 

Paper 1, Question 1, Comprehension, is based on Passage A. Passage A will be up to 600 words long and will be from the nineteenth century. The question is worth 30 marks. Candidates are required to respond to a series of sub-questions requiring answers of different lengths. – – 

Paper 1, Question 2, Summary, is based on Passage B. Passage B will be up to 550 words long and will be from the twentieth or twenty-first century. The question is worth 25 marks. Candidates are required to respond in a specified text type to one extended question. Candidates are advised that their response should be no longer than 250 words. 

Paper 1, Question 3, Comprehension and comparison, is based on Passage B and Passage C. Passage C will be up to 550 words long, and will be thematically linked to Passage B. Passage C will be from the twentieth or twenty-first century, and will be from a different century to Passage B. The question is worth 25 marks. 

Candidates are required to respond to a series of sub-questions requiring answers of different lengths. • 

 Paper 2 Directed Writing and Composition has been revised. It is 2 hours, has 80 marks and is worth 50 per cent of the total marks. There are two unseen passages. – 

Paper 2, Section 1, Directed Writing, is based on Passage A and Passage B. Passage A and Passage B will be a combined total of up to 950 words long, and will be thematically linked. Passage A and Passage B may be taken from either the twentieth or twenty-first century, and could be from the same century. The question is worth 40 marks. – 

Paper 2, Section 2, Composition, is now worth 40 marks. • 

 Component 3 Speaking and Listening Test has been revised and is now separately endorsed. – 

The Speaking and Listening Test is now approximately 8–10 minutes long, with each part taking approximately 4–5 minutes. – – – – 

Part 2 of the Speaking and Listening Test is now called ‘Questions’. The band descriptors have been revised. See Section 4, Component 3 Speaking and Listening Test, Table A and Table B in the syllabus. 

The section ‘Additional information for Component 3’ has been removed from the syllabus and teachers must refer to the relevant sections of the Cambridge Handbook (UK), available at http://www.cie.org.uk 

The Speaking and Listening grades will be reported as Pass, Merit and Distinction. 


Specimen papers


Useful AQA Reading Support Booklet 1 With story beginnings and endings


Publishers student book zip file


The past papers link on the IGCSE English as a First Language appear to only have 2015 and specimen papers.
On the subject page there appear to be different versions of the IGCSE English as a first language. Your school or college will need to advise the Specification number of the examination.