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Cambridge International
AS and A Level English Language
Paper 1: Passages
Paper 2: Writing
Paper 3: Text Analysis
Paper 4: Language Topics
Three questions
Answer Q1 and either Q2 or Q3
Equal marks (25+ 25)
25% of A Level, 50% of AS
Two sections, A and B
Answer one question from a choice of three for each section
Equal marks (25 + 35)
25% of A Level, 50% of AS
Two questions
Answer both
Equal marks (25 + 25)
25% of A Level
Three Questions on separate topics
Answer two
Equal marks (25 + 25)
25% of A Level

Key Concepts
Imaginative Writing
refers to the organisation of a text or passage, its shape and development and how this contributes to meaning and effect: for example, the way in which a written passage or spoken language may develop using different techniques and moods.
refers to the relationship between a text and its background – for example, historical, social,
cultural, and economic – and the ways in which it may influence the meaning and interpretation of a
particular extract.
the ingredients which may help to form different
types of creative responses: for example, these may include aspects of structure (such as the opening
to a short story) and particular linguistic skills and forms of expression (for example, establishing
character and motivation; varying sentence structures; selecting effective vocabulary for different
When we say the characteristics of written and spoken texts, we are referring to the ways in which
constructed and spontaneous language are either consciously or unconsciously formed and shaped by
different means for a variety of purposes and effects.
Persuasive and Argumentative Writing
encompass the different techniques and devices employed in conveying points of view, exemplification and cohesive reasoning in different formats (for example, newspaper articles, magazine features, letters, diaries, scripted speeches) for different types of audiences (such as those based on age or interest).
Spontaneous Speech
differences to shaped and scripted speeches and dialogue; the characteristics which mark spontaneous speech out (for example, hesitation, fillers, use of non-standard grammar) as being unrehearsed.
Language acquisition
refers here to the ways in which children and teenagers learn to recognise, understand and construct language at different times in their development. It also explores how these processes shape their different uses of both written and spoken language as they grow.
Spoken Language and Social Groups
the ways in which different groups (defined, for example, by gender, occupation, age or culture) construct language (with its own terms, sounds, vocabulary and expression) to form a distinct identity of their own (for example, to include or exclude others or to create power and status).

Global English
Different debates about and reactions and attitudes to the rise of English as an ‘international’ means of communication, its cultural effects, the varieties of English
created, its impact on local languages in terms of speech and writing and the threat it may pose to such languages.
Available June and November, plus March in India only.

Candidates are assessed on their ability to:

read with understanding and analyse texts in a variety of forms

demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of English language (including, at A Level, spoken language) and its use in a variety of contexts

write clearly, accurately, creatively and effectively for different purposes/audiences, using different forms.

Assessment Objectives
Paper 1
Paper 2
Paper 3
Paper 4
Section A:
Imaginative Writing (imaginative/descriptive)

Section B:
Writing for an Audience
Topic A: Spoken Language and Social Groups

Topic B: English as a Global Language

Topic C: Language Acquisition by Children and Teenagers
Question 1:
a) directed writing related to a text
b) comparison of own and original texts

Question 2:
Two longer texts, compare language etc
All questions:
One passage or thematically linked shorter ones

a) Commentary on use of language in the passage(s)
b) Directed writing based on the passage(s)
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