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IGCSE Cambridge Curriculum

Discussion in 'English' started by sebedina, Feb 3, 2019.

  1. sebedina

    sebedina Occasional commenter

    I have a pupil whom I tutor and his school is doing the IGCSE Cambridge Curriculum. Is anyone teaching this and knows what book and play they will be studying in year 10? He is in year 9.

    I have been looking on their website but don't find it helpful at all.

    If you know anything about this I would much appreciate any advice.

    Many thanks
  2. allygator78

    allygator78 New commenter

    It depends upon which options his teacher has chosen and there is also a range of books to choose from. Does his school publish a book list?
    The first literacy exam paper involves a range of fifteen poems, two sets are chosen from the Cambridge anthology Songs of Ourselves, and one set for the 2020 exams is by Carol Ann Duffy. There is also a novel study - for 2020 the options are:

    Charlotte Brontë Jane Eyre
    Anita Desai In Custody
    Charles Dickens Hard Times
    Zora Neale Hurston Their Eyes Were Watching God
    John Knowles A Separate Peace
    George Orwell Nineteen Eighty-Four
    Alan Paton Cry, The Beloved Country

    or from Stories of Ourselves, the following 10 stories:
    no. 2 Edgar Allan Poe, ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’
    no. 7 Stephen Crane, ‘The Open Boat’
    no. 8 Edith Wharton, ‘The Moving Finger’
    no. 18 Ray Bradbury, ‘There Will Come Soft Rains’
    no. 23 Alex La Guma, ‘The Lemon Orchard’
    no. 32 Bernard MacLaverty, ‘Secrets’
    no. 33 John McGahern, ‘The Stoat’
    no. 36 Patricia Grace, ‘Journey’
    no. 37 Janet Frame, ‘The Bath’
    no. 48 Tim Winton, ‘On Her Knees’

    The second part of the exam is either two plays tested in a closed book paper or one play tested in an open book exam plus an unseen literary analysis paper. I think more schools tend to go for the second option. In either case, the plays are chosen from this list:

    Lorraine Hansberry A Raisin in the Sun
    Arthur Miller The Crucible
    Terence Rattigan The Winslow Boy
    William Shakespeare Macbeth
    William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet

    I hope this helps.
  3. tb9605

    tb9605 Established commenter

    If he's in Year 9 now then you want the 2021 options (the books change) - ask his school is the best option...
  4. sebedina

    sebedina Occasional commenter

    Thank you so much. This is very helpful. I have downloaded the syllabus but there are two. One for 2019 and another one.The next poster answered this question as well. I have copied over your list so at least I can see if I have all these Schemes of Learning on my already bulky hard drive.
  5. sebedina

    sebedina Occasional commenter

    Many thanks

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