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Resources for International GCSE English as a Second Language (9280)
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Specification

Familiarise yourself with the syllabus content and assessment structure of this qualification.

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Scheme of Work

Plan your course with the help of a suggested pathway through the syllabus so you can be sure you are covering the essential content.

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Switching guide

Quickly see differences between your old International GCSE English as a Second Language specification and the OxfordAQA specification. This switching guide reflects the update to the Speaking paper.

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English as a Second Language training

To understand the specification and our assessment approach, you can register for all upcoming sessions and watch the webinar recordings.

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Teaching guidance packs

A collection of support resources for teaching this qualification.

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Teaching guidance document

Prepare for your year ahead by accessing the essential information you need to deliver the International GCSE English as a Second Language specification.

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Speaking test guidance document

For guidance on conducting the International GCSE English as a Second Language speaking tests, download this helpful guide.

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Teaching guidance video

Preparing to teach GCSE English as a Second Language? Watch our ‘Teaching Guidance’ video to fully orient yourself with the specification and assessment requirements.

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Textbooks

Textbooks are also available from Oxford University Press. If you would like a closer look at the Oxford University Press textbook that supports this qualification, click on the link below. This will allow you to create an account that will give you free access to a 30-day online evaluation copy, meaning you can explore the resource and make sure it is right for you and your students.

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Marked exemplars – writing

Prepare your students for the Writing exam with the help of exemplar student answers and examiner commentaries that show how examiners interpret the mark scheme.

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Marked exemplars – reading

Prepare your students for the Reading exam with the help of exemplar student answers and examiner commentaries that show how examiners interpret the mark scheme.

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Marked exemplars – speaking

Feel prepared for the Speaking assessment with the help of these exemplar student recordings and examiner commentaries, helping you see how the mark scheme is applied, the kind of responses students need to present and your role in delivering the assessment.

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Command words

Make sure your students understand what skills they are expected to demonstrate in each exam question.

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CEFR equivalency grid – ESL

CEFR is an internationally recognised benchmark for language proficiency, used by educational institutions and employers across the world. Students can use our International GCSEs in English Language and English as a Second Language as evidence of English proficiency, with the grades they receive being equivalent to specific CEFR levels.

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Mock Exam Analyser (MEA) – International GCSE English as a Second Language

Get a deeper understanding of students’ performance in their mocks and how they can improve, in time for their exams. MEAs are available for use with our May/June 2019 and May/June 2022 papers, exclusively for OxfordAQA schools. Step-by-step instructions are included, or you can read our ‘how to’ guide.

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Enhanced Results Analysis™ tool

Our free Enhanced Results Analysis™ tool (ERA™) gives you instant analysis of your students’ results. You’ll see how students performed in each unit and topic, and the marks they received for each question. This allows you to see which questions proved the most challenging, or how different classes performed, so you know what areas to focus on in following years. ERA™ is available after results are published.

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Key Stage 3 Mapping Documents

See how Oxford University Press’s lower secondary resources prepare students for the OxfordAQA International GCSE English as a Second Language specification.

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International GCSE Plus

OxfordAQA International GCSE English as a Second Language is available with International GCSE Plus. This is an optional endorsed component in which students can explore any aspect of English as a Second Language through a research-based piece of analytic work. Visit the International GCSE Plus page to learn more and access the accompanying resources.

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Specification

Familiarise yourself with the syllabus content and assessment structure of this qualification.

pdf icon
Scheme of Work

Plan your course with the help of a suggested pathway through the syllabus so you can be sure you are covering the essential content.

pdf icon
Switching guide

Quickly see differences between your old International GCSE English as a Second Language specification and the OxfordAQA specification. This switching guide reflects the update to the Speaking paper.

pdf icon
CEFR equivalency grid – ESL

CEFR is an internationally recognised benchmark for language proficiency, used by educational institutions and employers across the world. Students can use our International GCSEs in English Language and English as a Second Language as evidence of English proficiency, with the grades they receive being equivalent to specific CEFR levels.

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Key Stage 3 Mapping Documents

See how Oxford University Press’s lower secondary resources prepare students for the OxfordAQA International GCSE English as a Second Language specification.

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English as a Second Language training

To understand the specification and our assessment approach, you can register for all upcoming sessions and watch the webinar recordings.

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Teaching guidance packs

A collection of support resources for teaching this qualification.

pdf icon
Teaching guidance document

Prepare for your year ahead by accessing the essential information you need to deliver the International GCSE English as a Second Language specification.

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Speaking test guidance document

For guidance on conducting the International GCSE English as a Second Language speaking tests, download this helpful guide.

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Teaching guidance video

Preparing to teach GCSE English as a Second Language? Watch our ‘Teaching Guidance’ video to fully orient yourself with the specification and assessment requirements.

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Textbooks

Textbooks are also available from Oxford University Press. If you would like a closer look at the Oxford University Press textbook that supports this qualification, click on the link below. This will allow you to create an account that will give you free access to a 30-day online evaluation copy, meaning you can explore the resource and make sure it is right for you and your students.

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Command words

Make sure your students understand what skills they are expected to demonstrate in each exam question.

textbook icon
International GCSE Plus

OxfordAQA International GCSE English as a Second Language is available with International GCSE Plus. This is an optional endorsed component in which students can explore any aspect of English as a Second Language through a research-based piece of analytic work. Visit the International GCSE Plus page to learn more and access the accompanying resources.

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Marked exemplars – writing

Prepare your students for the Writing exam with the help of exemplar student answers and examiner commentaries that show how examiners interpret the mark scheme.

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Marked exemplars – reading

Prepare your students for the Reading exam with the help of exemplar student answers and examiner commentaries that show how examiners interpret the mark scheme.

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Marked exemplars – speaking

Feel prepared for the Speaking assessment with the help of these exemplar student recordings and examiner commentaries, helping you see how the mark scheme is applied, the kind of responses students need to present and your role in delivering the assessment.

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Mock Exam Analyser (MEA) – International GCSE English as a Second Language

Get a deeper understanding of students’ performance in their mocks and how they can improve, in time for their exams. MEAs are available for use with our May/June 2019 and May/June 2022 papers, exclusively for OxfordAQA schools. Step-by-step instructions are included, or you can read our ‘how to’ guide.

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Enhanced Results Analysis™ tool

Our free Enhanced Results Analysis™ tool (ERA™) gives you instant analysis of your students’ results. You’ll see how students performed in each unit and topic, and the marks they received for each question. This allows you to see which questions proved the most challenging, or how different classes performed, so you know what areas to focus on in following years. ERA™ is available after results are published.