GCE ‘O’ Level English NEW Syllabus 1128

Candidates are required to sit for all four papers.

Paper 1 Writing [70 marks]= 35%

Duration of Paper 1:    1 hour 50 minutes

This paper is divided into three sections.

Section A:Editing [10 marks]

Identify and then edit grammatical errors by writing the corrections in the spaces provided. Errors in punctuation and spelling will not be tested in this section.

GCE O Level Paper 1

Paper 1 - Section A: Editing

Section B: Situational Writing [30 marks]

Write a text of 250-350 words based on a given situation which will involve viewing a visual text. Candidates are required to write the text (e.g. an email, a letter, a report and a speech) to suit the purpose, audience and context.

GCE O Level Paper 1

Paper 1 - Section B: Situational Writing

Section C: Continuous Writing [30 marks]

Choose one out of four topics to write a text of 350-500 words in continuous prose. The topics set may cover different types of texts, e.g. narrative and exposition.

Paper 2 Comprehension [50 marks] = 35%

Duration of Paper 2:        1 hour 50 minutes

This paper is divided into three sections.
Section A [5 marks]

This section contains Text 1 which will include visuals. Based on the visual text, to answer a variety of questions testing comprehension, and on the use of visuals as well as the use of language for impact.

GCE O Level Paper 2

Paper 2 - Section A

Section B [20 marks]

This section contains Text 2, which is narrative in nature, based on which to answer questions testing comprehension, vocabulary in context and the use of language for impact.

GCE O Level Paper 2

Paper 2: Section B

Section C [25 marks]

This section contains Text 3, which is non-narrative in nature, based on which to answer questions testing comprehension, vocabulary in context and the use of language for impact. Candidates are also required to write a summary of about 80 words (excluding the introductory words that will be provided).

Paper 3 Listening [30 marks] =10%
Approximate duration of Paper 3:    45 minutes

This paper comprises two sections.

Section A [24 marks]

To respond to a variety of listening tasks that will assess a range of listening skills. The audio texts, which will consist of a variety of types of texts, e.g. narrative, recount, exposition, and information report, may come with visuals where appropriate. A variety of question types, e.g. multiple choice, matching, fill-in-the-blanks, true/false/not stated, and filling in a graphic organiser, may be set.

Section B [6 marks]

To listen to an informational text and complete a simple note-taking task.

GCE O Level Paper 3

Paper 3

Paper 4 Oral Communication [30 marks] = 20%

Approximate duration of Paper 4: 20 minutes per candidate (including 10 minutes of preparation time) This paper comprises two parts which are thematically linked.

Part 1: Reading Aloud [10 marks]

To read aloud a short text bearing in mind the purpose, audience and context. A short instruction will guide candidates on the context in which the given text is to be read aloud. The text may be a short narrative, news report, speech, or an announcement, or a mixture of types and forms. Pupils are assessed on their ability to accurately pronounce and clearly articulate the words in the text, and read fluently and expressively, showing an awareness of purpose, audience and context.

Part 2: Spoken Interaction [20 marks]

To view a visual stimulus, which is thematically linked to the text in Part 1, in order to engage in a discussion with the examiners.

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