O’level English 1123 – Standards Booklet

December 15, 2015

Here you can download the Standards Booklet for O’level English 1123 Syllabus.

This is a very useful document for examination preparation. It contains example candidate responses which are students’ actual answer scripts from O’level examination session 2012. along with the awarded grades and examiner’s detailed comments. You will get a clear idea of what is the standard required of your answers in the examination and how your answers will be marked.

O’level English 1123 – Standards Booklet


Changes to O’level English 1123 Paper Pattern

December 15, 2015

The paper pattern of O’level English 1123 Syllabus will change from 2018.

There are minor changes in the format of Directed & Creative Writing tasks in the Writing paper, but the tasks remain essentially the same. Creative Writing topics will be given genre wise, i.e. descriptive, narrative and argumentative topics will be explicitly categorised.

The reading paper has major changes in terms of format and marks. Note-taking task in the summary section will be of 12 marks now and paragraph summary task will be of 10 marks, instead of 5. The comprehension section will have a multiple choice Words Meaning Question, to the relief of many students, I believe. A question requiring meaning and effect analysis of given phrases from the text has been added.

Please find the specimen papers for the revised paper format below.

O’level English 1123 – Syllabus 2018 – 2020

English 1123 Revised Syllabus 2018 – Specimen Writing Paper

English 1123 Revised Syllabus 2018 – Specimen Writing Paper MS

English 1123 Revised Syllabus 2018 – Specimen Reading Paper

English 1123 Revised Syllabus 2018 – Specimen Reading Paper Insert

English 1123 Revised Syllabus 2018 – Specimen Reading Paper MS

 


O’level English 1123 – 2015 Past Papers

August 29, 2015

Here you can download June 2015 Past Papers, Mark Schemes and Examiner Report.

June 2015 Writing Paper A

June 2015 Writing Paper A – Mark Scheme

June 2015 Reading Paper A

June 2015 Reading Paper A – Insert

June 2015 Reading Paper A – Mark Scheme

June 2015 Writing Paper B

June 2015 Writing Paper B – Mark Scheme

June 2015 Reading Paper B

June 2015 Reading Paper B – Insert

June 2015 Reading Paper B – Mark Scheme

June 2015 Grade Thresholds

June 2015 – Examiner Report

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Here you can download November 2015 Past Papers, Mark Schemes and Examiner Report.

 

November 2015 Writing Paper A

November 2015 Writing Paper A – MS

November 2015 Reading Paper A

November 2015 Reading Paper A – Insert

November 2015 Reading Paper A – MS

November 2015 Writing Paper B

November 2015 Writing Paper B – MS

November 2015 Reading Paper B

November 2015 Reading Paper B – Insert

November 2015 Reading Paper B – MS

November 2015 Examiner Report

November 2015 Grade Thresholds


Tips for your CIE O’Level English Language 1123 Examination

May 4, 2015

Dear Students,

I thought about providing some last minute advice for the O’level English 1123 Examination, and hence, I have written this post. I hope you will find it a useful reminder/instant revision guide for your final examination paper.

Writing Paper

Section 1

Read the question carefully to understand the situation, task and content points.

Always follow the format in the question. If no format is given, then you should follow the format prescribed by your teacher.

Develop the 03 contents in equal detail, whenever possible.

Write 4 – 5 paragraphs in your letter/report/speech/article/account.

Write a proper beginning and ending sentence.

The word limit is 200 – 300 words. You should write around 250 words at least.

Use formal language in all directed writing tasks, except Informal letter.

Always plan your response before you start writing. You can divide the examination time in the following way:

1. Planning your response: 3/4 minutes.

2. Writing : 22 – 24 minutes.

3. Editing: 3 – 4 minutes.

 Section 2

Read all the given topics at least twice, before choosing the topic you want to respond to.

Choose the topic according to your strengths and preparation, and whether you have enough ideas to write between 350 – 500 words.

Avoid  writing an argumentative essay, unless you have thoroughly practiced this type of writing.

Plan before you start wiring and always recheck your work before you hand it in. You can divide the examination time in the following way:

1. Planning your response: 7/8 minutes.

2. Writing: 45 minutes.

3. Editing: 5 – 6 minutes.

Descriptive and Argumentative essays should have a proper introduction (1 paragraph), a detailed body (3 – 6 paragraphs) and a logical conclusion (1 paragraph).

Stories should have an engaging opening, with an intriguing middle to sustain readers’ interest and a logical ending to bring a proper resolution to the plot.

Use similes, metaphors and effective descriptive words to create verbal pictures in a descriptive essay.

Keep your stories believable and realistic. Use flashback, dialogues and description of setting to make your narrative composition engaging for the reader.

Avoid writing stories which end up as a ‘bad dream.’ Avoid copying the plots from popular movies you have watched. Also refrain from showing violence, racism or glorifying crime in your stories.

Editing your essay is immensely important before handing it in. You should know what your common errors in grammar, punctuation and spelling are. Also keep an eye out for commonly committed slips in English writing: its/it’s, there/their, ‘i’ instead of ‘I’, use of articles (a, an and the), subject-verb agreement (He don’t/doesn’t etc), run-on sentences etc.

Don’t try to use ambitious vocabulary unless you are sure about its meaning and use. Using a simple word correctly is going to gain you more marks than using an unfamiliar word incorrectly, while trying to impress the examiner.

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Reading Paper

Section 1

You have to write 15 content points from the given passage, on two aspects: advantages/disadvantage, causes/effects, comparison of past and present etc. The points on both sides should be balanced (8+7, 9+6 or 10+5).

The points should be brief, precise and concise. You don’t need to write them in your own words. Review the marking scheme to find out how the point should be written.

Avoid repeating a point in different words. Examples of a point do not count as separate points.

Each point should be written on separated line in a numbered or bulleted list.

Example points given by the examiner in the boxes are not included in your 15 content points.

Write 2/3 extra points, whenever possible. You will get marks for the extra points in case some of your points are incorrect.

Write a paragraph summary of 160 words, including the 10 words given in the question. Use your own words as far as possible and use conjunctions to make your paragraph cohesive and fluent to read.

You should know the difference between facts and opinions. Google it and you will find plenty of resources. Practice solving the past paper questions on finding fact/opinion.

Section 2

Read the passage once only to get the general idea of the main topic/theme.

Read every question twice to identify its type and then locate the answer in the relevant paragraph.

Your answers should be two the point. They can be given in one word for particular questions and in 1 or maximum 2 sentences for all other questions.

‘Answer in your own words’ questions are to be very carefully dealt with. Find two key words in the text which are the exact answer of the question. Replace the key words with the correct synonyms and write your answer in a complete sentence.

Inferential questions would be more challenging than others which would require you to read between the lines and extract implicitly given information. The answer is not explicitly available. They usually start ‘What do you think/What can you tell/How do you know/What evidence is there’ etc.

If the question requires you to give one reason or find one word from the passage, writing more than one reason/word will get you zero marks, even if the answer is otherwise correct.

Vocabulary question requires you to provide meanings in context and using a single word or a phrase of maximum 7 words.

Do not attempt extra words or give extra meaning, as only the first one will be checked.

Wish you all the very best for your English examination!


O’level English 1123 – 2014 Past Papers

August 16, 2014

Here you can download June 2014 Past Papers, Marking Schemes and Examiner Report.

June 2014 Writing Paper A

June 2014 Writing Paper A – Mark Scheme

June 2014 Writing Paper B

June 2014 Writing Paper B – Mark Scheme

June 2014 Reading Paper A

June 2014 Reading Paper A – Insert

June 2014 Reading Paper A – Mark Scheme

June 2014 Reading Paper B

June 2014 Reading Paper B – Insert

June 2014 Reading Paper B – Mark Scheme

June 2014 Examiner Report

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Here you can download November 2014 Past Papers, Marking Schemes and Examiner Report.

November 2014 Writing Paper A

November 2014 Writing Paper A – Mark Scheme

November 2014 Writing Paper B

November 2014 Writing Paper B – Mark Scheme

November 2014 Reading Paper A

November 2014 Reading Paper A – Insert

November 2014 Reading Paper A – Mark Scheme

November 2014 Reading Paper B

November 2014 Reading Paper B – Insert

November 2014 Reading Paper B – Mark Scheme

November 2014 Examiner Report

November 2014 – Grade Thresholds


O’ level English 1123 – Syllabus

April 13, 2014

Below you can find O’ level English Language Syllabus – 1123.
The syllabus year refers to the year in which the examination will be conducted.

 

O Level English 1123 Syllabus – 2015

O Level English 1123 Syllabus – 2016

O Level English 1123 – 2017 Syllabus


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