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Cambridge IGCSE French Syllabus 0520

Cambridge IGCSE French Syllabus 0520 (French as a Foreign Language) for 2019, 2020 and 2021 examination. Includes Assessment, Topic Areas and Grade descriptions. Free PDF Download. 

1. Assessment

The Cambridge IGCSE French Syllabus 0520 consists of 4 papers assessing the 4 language skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing). 

PAPER
 SKILL
 Duration
 Marks
%
Description
Paper 1
 Listening
 45 min
 45 marks
 25%
Candidates listen to a number of recordings and answer questions testing comprehension
Paper 2 
 Reading
 60 min
 45 marks
 25%
Candidates read a number of texts and answer questions testing comprehension
Paper 3 
 Speaking
 15 min
 100 marks
 25%
Candidates complete two role plays, a topic presentation/conversation and a general conversation
Paper 4 
 Writing 
 60 min
 50 marks
 25%
Candidates respond in the target language to three tasks 

2. Topic areas

The Cambridge IGCSE French Syllabus 0520 is divided into 5 topic areas:

1. Everyday Activities
Details
 1.1. Home life and school
 Home life
 Helping around the house  
 School routine
 1.2. Food, health and fitness 
 Eating and drinking 
 Health and fitness
 Accidents, injuries, common ailments and 
 health issues
2. Personal and social life
 Details
 2.1. Self, family and personal relationships
 Self, family, pets, personal relationships 
 House and home Leisure
 Entertainments
 Invitations 
 Eating out
 2.2. Holidays and special occasions
 Festivals and special occasions 
 Holidays
 Getting around 
 Accommodation
3. The world around us
 Details
 3.1. Home town and local area
 Home town and geographical surroundings
 Shopping 
 Public services
 3.2. Natural and made environment
 Natural environment 
 Weather
 3.3. People, places and customs
 Finding the way 
 Meeting people 
 Places and customs 
 Travel and transport
4. The world of work
 Details
 4.1. Continuing education
 Further education and training
 4.2. Careers and employment
 Future career plans 
 Employment
 4.3. Language and communication in the work place
 Communication 
 Language at work
5. The international world
 Details
 5.1. Tourism at home and abroad
 Holiday travel and transport    
 Geographical surroundings    
 Weather 
 5.2. Life in other countries and communities
 Places and customs
 Food and drink
 Meeting people
 5.3. World events and issues
 Current affairs and social issues 
 Environmental issues
 The media (eg TV, film, radio, newspapers)
 Information and communication technology 
 (e.g. internet, mobile phones, email)

3. Grade descriptions

A Grade A Cambridge IGCSE French as a Foreign language candidate will be able to:
Listening: 
• understand gist and identify main points and detail in texts drawn from a variety of contexts and topic areas • recognise points of view, attitudes and emotions and draw conclusions 
• show an ability to extract meaning from more complex language.
Reading: 
• understand gist and identify main points and detail in texts drawn from a variety of contexts and topic areas • recognise points of view, attitudes and emotions and draw conclusions 
• show an ability to understand unfamiliar language and to extract meaning from more complex language.
Speaking: 
• develop conversations and discussions and narrate events 
• express and justify ideas and opinions, and produce longer sequences of speech using a variety of vocabulary, structures and verb tenses • speak confidently with good pronunciation and intonation 
• ensure that their messages are clear, although there may still be some errors, especially when using more complex structures.
Writing: 
• give information and narrate events • express and justify ideas and opinions 
• use a range of vocabulary, structures and verbs/tenses 
• demonstrate generally accurate spelling and grammar 
• use style which is appropriate to purpose.
 

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IGCSE French (0520) is a Cambridge examination designed for secondary school students who are learning French as a foreign language. 

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