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IGCSE English Second Language ESL Course

IGCSE English as a Second Language (ESL) will enable you to communicate effectively in English in everyday situations and more specialised contexts, depending on your needs and goals.

ESL has become a tool for enabling communication and bridging the gap between different cultures and societies. It has empowered communication in a globalised world and has become a crucial element in the workforce, providing many benefits of learning it.

IGCSE English Second Language ESL Course

Enrolment Fee:

£395.00

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Description

This IGCSE English Second Language (ESL) Course is designed to help non-native English speakers develop their language skills, including speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

English Second Language refers to the learning or acquisition of the English language by individuals who speak a different language. It is common when English is not spoken in a particular region or country.

People may pursue ESL education for various reasons, such as immigration, work, education, or personal interests. The goal is to enable individuals to communicate effectively in English in everyday situations and more specialised contexts, depending on their needs and goals.

Learners who are proficient in English as their First Language should select the IGCSE English First Language option.

Support

The course will be delivered online including Tutor Support for two years. All assignments are marked by one of our professional Tutors who will offer regular feedback and guide you through your course. Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor and you must have access to email in order to contact your Tutor.

Throughout your course, you'll have the support of a Tutor to guide you. Additionally, you can reach out to the Student Support Team for help with any other questions you may have. You can be assured that you will receive unlimited support for your home study course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.

Assessment

The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. You will also have access to a range of online resources.

Students will be required to arrange and pay for their examinations at an approved centre when an examination forms part of the course. We can provide an extensive list of these centres for you.

Differences between Cambridge and Edexcel Exam boards.

Cambridge and Edexcel IGCSEs are international qualifications. Cambridge and Edexcel IGCSEs can be taken worldwide including the United Kingdom. Both exam boards offer a similar specification however different courses can have a different structure. Both the Cambridge and Edexcel courses are full International GCSE qualifications.

Fees

Course fees for payment in full include:

  • Assessment and feedback on all assignments.
  • Access to your personal Tutor via our online portal.
  • Access to a range of online resources, student materials, assessments, assignments, eBooks etc
  • Practice exam papers to prepare you for the real thing.
  • Tutor references and predicted grades once a satisfactory amount of work has been completed.
  • Help finding an exam centre for you to sit your exam

Cambridge

Cambridge Course Code(s):

IGCSE English Second Language (9-1): 0991  

IGCSE English Second Language: 0511

(Please note, there is no difference in the course teachings for the two specifications, there only difference is the grade you will receive once you have taken the exams. 0991 is graded 9-1, 9 being the highest while 0511 is graded A* to G, A* being the highest.)

Cambridge Exams: June & November

Cambridge Study Hours: 130 Hours


This IGCSE English Second Language Course is suitable for learners whose first language is not English, but who study through the English-medium.

Cambridge Modules

Reading

Learners will be introduced to a range of different text types on a variety of topics:

  • identify and understand factual information, ideas and arguments in a range of texts
  • identify and understand ideas, opinions and attitudes, in a range of texts and the connections between them
  • understand what is implied but not directly stated
  • select relevant details when reading for a specific purpose

Writing

Learners will practise writing for different purposes and different audiences. Learners will understand the features of different text types and will be encouraged to plan, draft and check their writing:

  • communicate factual information, ideas and arguments clearly and with expansion
  • produce written texts that show control of language
  • select and organise relevant information and ideas into coherent text using appropriate linking devices
  • produce written texts with a range of grammatical and lexical structures
  • respond to a written stimulus and use appropriate register, style and format for the given purpose and audience

Listening

Learners will be introduced to a range of different text types on a variety of topics:

  • identify and understand factual detail and specific information in a range of spoken contexts and from a variety of sources
  • identify and understand speakers’ ideas, opinions, feelings and attitudes in a range of spoken contexts and from a variety of sources
  • show understanding of the connections between ideas, opinions, feelings and attitudes in a range of spoken contexts and from a variety of sources
  • show understanding of what is implied but not directly stated

Speaking

Learners will be encouraged to speak in a range of different situations and for different purposes, including brief transactions, conversations, expressing their opinions, and giving short talks on a range of topics:

  • communicate factual information, ideas and opinions with expansion
  • produce coherent and relevant responses
  • engage in different types of interaction (e.g., conversation, short talk, interview)
  • produce responses using a range of grammatical and lexical structures
  • communicate showing control of pronunciation and intonation

Exam Papers:

Paper 1: Reading and Writing

Written examination: 2 hours

Availability: June and October

Candidates respond to six exercises: four reading and two writing Structured and essay style questions

60 marks

50% of grade

Paper 2:  Listening

Written examination: 50 minutes

Availability: June and October

Candidates listen to five exercises of short and longer texts

40 marks

25% of grade

Paper 3:  Speaking

Written examination: 50 minutes

Availability: June and October

Candidates take part in an interview, short talk and discussion

40 marks

25% of grade

 

Edexcel

Edexcel Course Code(s): 4ES2

Edexcel Exams:  June and November

Edexcel Study Hours: 130 Hours


Edexcel Modules

Reading

Listening

Writing

Speaking

Exam Papers

Paper 1: Reading

Written examination: 1 hour

Availability: June and November

 

Paper 2: Listening

Practical examination: 45 minutes

Availability: June and November

 

Paper 3: Writing

Practical examination: 1 hour 15 minutes

Availability: June and November

 

Paper 4: Speaking

Practical examination: 22/23 minutes

Availability: June and November

Q&A

You do not need any prior learning knowledge or experience to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone who wishes to take part in a highly rewarding home study course, although you would be expected to have a reasonable standard of literacy.

You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 2 years from initial registration with the full support of your Tutor. You do not have to wait until September, when a traditional school starts. 

Once you enrol, you will be asked to fill in an enrolment form. On the form it will ask when you wish to complete by, so we can ensure you are supported right up to when you take your exams.

Once you enrol, you will have access to our online portal 24/7. Here you will find study materials that have been specially prepared by your tutor, there will be assessments, study notes, eBooks and assignments all relating to your course. Everything in this course is structured to follow the course specification, so all topics and units cover everything you need to learn. Your tutor will mark your work and give you written feedback on areas you need to improve or explain what you have done well. You can also ask your tutor questions if you get stuck on a topic or need something explaining a little more. 

When you approach the exams, your tutor will set you a series of practise exam papers so that you can know what to expect in your exam, and you can go into them feeling confident.

You will be provided with eBooks for this course. If you want to purchase physical books in addition, then we can provide you with the book ISBN numbers.

Students will be required to arrange and pay for their examinations (including any practicals they wish to take) at an approved centre. We can provide an extensive list of these centres for you.

All of our IGCSEs are available world wide. Meaning you can study with us from anywhere.

Cambridge, and Edexcel both have international exam centres, so you may be able to take the exams locally to you. Should you need any help finding a centre, then please do get in touch and we can assist you on this. 

We recommend that you are able to dedicate between 120 and 130 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.

Yes, you can work at your own pace to complete this course. Despite having 24 months Tutor Support, once you enrol you will be asked when you wish to complete, and your tutor can work along side you to achieve this.

With online learning, having the flexibility is a real advantage. This allows you to set the pace. Take your time or Fast-track, get the qualification when you need it.

Cambridge and Edexcel IGCSEs are international qualifications. Cambridge and Edexcel IGCSEs can be taken worldwide including the United Kingdom. Both exam boards offer a similar specification however different courses can have a different structure. Both the Cambridge and Edexcel courses are full International GCSE qualifications.

It is recommended that you aim to book your examinations 4/6 month prior to sitting them to avoid late entry fee charges.  Additionally, we would advise that you contact a few exam centres and find out the best price, as they can fluctuate greatly. 

You will sit the same exam as thousands of students across the country in an exam centre, and achieve the same qualification as everyone else. IGCSE qualifications are recognised by universities employers, colleges and sixth form colleges, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career.

Just like sitting your IGCSEs in a school, your tutor will be able to provide you with predicted grades, transcripts, certificate of graduation, and references for further education applications. 

Of course, all of our courses are tailored to cover the entire specification and are split into topics. You will have assignments to complete on every topic where your tutor will give you feedback. If you are struggling with an aspect then you can message your tutor and they can provide more information for you.

As your exams approach, your tutor will set a series of exam papers for you to take, so you can get a feel for the real thing.

If you complete all of your assignments, and your practise exam papers then there is no reason why you shouldn’t achieve a top grade.