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IGCSE in MFL

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by quinnc4, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. The school I'm teaching at is contemplating introducing the IGCSE in French, Spanish and potentially German. I was just wondering if anybody who is currently teaching the IGCSE in any MFL could share their experiences of it. Our chief concern would be the difficulty level, i.e. are the weaker kids going to struggle with it? and, consequently, not get the C grade they might have with controlled assessment. Looking at the papers, a good percentage of it does seem to be very accessible, though the last section appears very difficult and a lot of our average ability kids really struggled in the sample paper we gave them, particularly as these questions are in the target language and the texts seem tricky.
    Our second concern would be that children living abroad i.e. in Spain or Germany might sit the exam and consequently achieve much better results.
    Can anyone shed any light on how they have found it? All contributions are welcome but particularly those relevant to the areas of concern raised.

    Thanks!
    C x
     
  2. The school I'm teaching at is contemplating introducing the IGCSE in French, Spanish and potentially German. I was just wondering if anybody who is currently teaching the IGCSE in any MFL could share their experiences of it. Our chief concern would be the difficulty level, i.e. are the weaker kids going to struggle with it? and, consequently, not get the C grade they might have with controlled assessment. Looking at the papers, a good percentage of it does seem to be very accessible, though the last section appears very difficult and a lot of our average ability kids really struggled in the sample paper we gave them, particularly as these questions are in the target language and the texts seem tricky.
    Our second concern would be that children living abroad i.e. in Spain or Germany might sit the exam and consequently achieve much better results.
    Can anyone shed any light on how they have found it? All contributions are welcome but particularly those relevant to the areas of concern raised.

    Thanks!
    C x
     
  3. I used to teach it in Egypt and it was MUCH harder to get even a C than an A at GCSE (which I susequently taught). i doubt it has changed much - more like AS standard! Not for weaker students.
     
  4. Hi there
    We have prepared pupils for the CIE iGCSE this year. We are a selective school, but our weaker pupils struggled particularly with the longer listening and reading sections. The writing and speaking can be prepared to a certain extent, and pupils can learn ways of scoring ticks in the writing paper. I will let you know after results day, but we anticipate a drop in the number of As and A*s.
    Best wishes
     

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