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Cambridge IGCSE French - Foreign Language (0520)


This syllabus is designed for students who are learning French as a foreign language. The aim is to develop an ability to use the language effectively for practical communication. The course is based on the linked language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, and these are built on as learners progress through their studies.

The syllabus also aims to offer insights into the culture of countries where French is spoken, thus encouraging positive attitudes towards language learning and towards speakers of other languages.

Assessment overview 2021
All candidates take all four papers. Candidates will be eligible for grades A* to G.
Paper 1 - Approximately 45 minutes
Listening 25% - 40 marks
Candidates listen to a number of recordings
and answer multiple-choice and matching
questions. Externally assessed
Paper 2 - 1 hour
Reading 25% - 45 marks
Candidates read a number of texts and answer
multiple-choice and matching questions as
well as questions requiring short answers. Externally assessed
Paper 3 - Approximately 10 minutes
Speaking 25% - 40 marks
Candidates complete one role play and conversations on two topics. Internally assessed and externally moderated
Paper 4 - 1 hour
Writing 25% 45 marks
Candidates complete one form-filling task, one directed writing task and one task in the format of an email/letter or article/blog. Externally assessed
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