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There are two routes to studying Arabic
   
For Arabic, you can choose GCSE Arabic as a Modern Foreign Language, or IGCSE Arabic (First Language). You would expect, Arabic (First Language) to be considerably more difficult.
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* as a Modern Foreign Language (MFL)/Second Language
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* as a First Language
   
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Students who are reasonably fluent might be tempted to do the First Language route to avoid the difficulties of arranging the speaking and listening assessments. However the First Language exams are aimed at native speakers and academically are much more difficult than the second language/MFL.
== <span class="" style="font-size:20px;color:rgb(58,58,58);font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;line-height:22px;">Edexcel GCSE Arabic (Modern Foreign Language)</span> ==
 
[http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gcse/gcse09/mfl/arabic/Pages/default.aspx Edexcel GCSE Arabic] has no coursework, but does have speaking and listening assessments.There is also a Short Course GCSE in Arabic, where you take only the Reading and Writing papers.  This is a GCSE-level of difficulty but half the content.  It would demonstrate ability in a language but might not satisfy college requirements for a full GCSE. for the full GCSE.
 
   
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Anecdotally those doing the First Language route do considerably worse than those taking the second language/MFL route, even if they then go on and excel at A level (Second Language). Unless a real native speaker it is advised to consider the second language/MFL route
The full GCSE has four papers:  
 
# Listening and Understanding
 
# Speaking
 
# Reading and Understanding
 
# Writing
 
   
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[https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/arabic-2017.html Edexcel GCSE Arabic]
=== Listening Assessment ===
 
Paper 1 (5AR01) Listening and Understanding in Arabic. 45 minutes + 5 mins reading time
 
   
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* Exams from: June 2019
A recording is sent to the centre, available as a CD and a download. There is a written paper and students have 5 minutes to read the paper before the track starts. There are pre-recorded pauses and each section is played twice.
 
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* Available in June
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* Specification code: 1AA0
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* The qualification is offered as higher or foundation tier
   
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=== Subject Content ===
Source: [http://www.edexcel.com/migrationdocuments/GCSE%20New%20GCSE/ICE_GCSE_non_tiered_2012_2014.pdf Edexcel administrative information for centres]
 
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The content of Edexcel GCSE Arabic is broken down into 5 themes
   
 
# Identity and culture
=== Speaking Assessment ===
 
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# Local area, holiday, travel
Paper 2 (5AR02) Speaking in Arabic
 
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# School
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# Future aspirations, study and work
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# International and global dimension.
   
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All themes must be studied in the context of both the students’ home country and that of countries and communities where Arabic is spoken. For listening and reading assessments, the majority of contexts are based on the culture and countries where the assessed language is spoken. Students may also refer to the culture of the assessed language country/countries or communities in the speaking and writing papers. It is, therefore, important that students are exposed to materials relating to Arabic-speaking countries throughout the course.
8-10 minutes – equally divided across both tasks
 
 
For the Speaking Assessment, a teacher or tutor who can speak the language is needed. They do not have to mark the assessment, but simply ask questions and have a conversation with the candidate, and record it. The recording is sent off to Edexcel for marking.
 
 
[http://www.edexcel.com/migrationdocuments/GCSE%20New%20GCSE/ICE_GCSE_non_tiered_2012_2014.pdf Edexcel administrative information for centres] contains lots of information - the elements which are also of interest to the candidates are copied below, but do look at the original document if you want more guidance.
 
 
==== '''Extract from Edexcel Information for Centres''' ====
 
'''Centres must conduct the tests between 07 March and 15 May 2014. '''(DATES FOR 2015 NOT YET AVAILABLE BUT LIKELY TO BE SIMILAR)
 
 
Centres are expected to timetable all speaking tests in any one language on the same day or where numbers are large on consecutive days.
 
 
All tests and registers are to be despatched to examiners no later than 15 May 2014.
 
 
Structure and Timing of Tests
 
 
Students must undertake two separate speaking tasks, each linked to one or more of the prescribed themes:
 
 
Media, travel and culture
 
 
Sport, leisure and work
 
 
Students must include both of the following task types:
 
 
Picture-based discussion OR presentation with follow up questions
 
 
Students must engage in a discussion related to a picture (or other visual) that they have chosen or give a presentation (1-2 minutes maximum). They then respond to a series of linked follow-up questions and answers. Teachers should ensure that they ask questions which are sufficiently challenging to maximise student performance. However, it is important that teachers do not inform students in advance about the specific questions that they intend to use in the live assessments and do not rehearse specific individual assessments.
 
 
General conversation This enables students to demonstrate they can present information and give opinions as well as interact effectively with another target language speaker. Students must be given an opportunity to respond to unpredictable language and it is, therefore, important that teachers do not prepare a specific list of questions with their students in advance.
 
 
Accommodation As quiet a room as possible is required for the tests.
 
 
Only one candidate is to be examined at a time. Normally, no other person other than the teacher conducting the test and the candidate should be present in the examination room.
 
 
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* Candidates may choose, if they wish, to give a brief introduction to
 
their chosen theme for the general conversation in order to make a confident start. However, candidates must demonstrate the ability to 13 interact with the examiner and should not merely deliver a pre-learnt monologue. The length of the introduction will depend on the ability of the students. However, in no circumstances should it exceed two minutes.
 
* Candidates may bring into the examination room brief notes
 
(A5 sheet of paper with bulleted notes – 30 words maximum and up to five small drawings on an A5 sheet of paper) Any notes are a prompt only and should not be read out.
 
* Candidates should be discouraged from preparing in advance lists of
 
question and answers in a predetermined order. Such cases are usually obvious to the examiner and may result in adverse marking.
 
* Each task should last approximately 4-5 minutes. Teacher-examiners
 
should ensure that this timing is adhered to as the examiner will not credit anything after the 5 minute mark has passed.
 
* If a question is not understood after one repetition/rephrasing move on
 
to another question - further attempts may just confuse or discourage the candidate. Try to link questions. Listen carefully to the candidate's answers and relate subsequent questions to the information acquired.
 
* Never correct a candidate's language, however inaccurate, during a test.
 
(END OF EXTRACT)
 
 
=== Reading and Responding Assessment ===
 
Paper 3 (5AR03) Reading and Understanding in Arabic
 
 
55 minutes
 
 
Use blue or black ink. No dictionaries are allowed in this exam.
 
 
Source: [http://www.edexcel.com/migrationdocuments/GCSE%20New%20GCSE/ICE_GCSE_non_tiered_2012_2014.pdf Edexcel administrative information for centres]
 
 
=== Writing Assessment ===
 
Paper 4 (5AR04) Writing in Arabic
 
 
1 hour
 
 
You are required to use blue or black ink.
 
 
'''Bilingual dictionaries are permitted.'''
 
 
Source: [http://www.edexcel.com/migrationdocuments/GCSE%20New%20GCSE/ICE_GCSE_non_tiered_2012_2014.pdf Edexcel administrative information for centres]
 
   
 
== How do I find an exam centre for the Speaking Assessment? ==
 
== How do I find an exam centre for the Speaking Assessment? ==

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https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-igcse-arabic-9-1-first-language-7184/

https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-igcse-arabic-foreign-language-0544/


There are two routes to studying Arabic

  • as a Modern Foreign Language (MFL)/Second Language
  • as a First Language

Students who are reasonably fluent might be tempted to do the First Language route to avoid the difficulties of arranging the speaking and listening assessments. However the First Language exams are aimed at native speakers and academically are much more difficult than the second language/MFL.

Anecdotally those doing the First Language route do considerably worse than those taking the second language/MFL route, even if they then go on and excel at A level (Second Language). Unless a real native speaker it is advised to consider the second language/MFL route

Edexcel GCSE Arabic

  • Exams from: June 2019
  • Available in June
  • Specification code: 1AA0
  • The qualification is offered as higher or foundation tier

Subject Content

The content of Edexcel GCSE Arabic is broken down into 5 themes

  1. Identity and culture
  2. Local area, holiday, travel
  3. School
  4. Future aspirations, study and work
  5. International and global dimension.

All themes must be studied in the context of both the students’ home country and that of countries and communities where Arabic is spoken. For listening and reading assessments, the majority of contexts are based on the culture and countries where the assessed language is spoken. Students may also refer to the culture of the assessed language country/countries or communities in the speaking and writing papers. It is, therefore, important that students are exposed to materials relating to Arabic-speaking countries throughout the course.

How do I find an exam centre for the Speaking Assessment?

Members of the HE Exams group have used the following exam centres, amongst others:

Ayesha Community Education - Muslim education centre in North London

London Brookes College, Hendon, for this exam.

Contact Edexcel who may be able to help. They have a database of centres which accept external candidates online, but this doesn't tell you which ones will take candidates for Speaking Assessments specifically. However, Edexcel should hold this information as, when a school registers its own candidates for this exam, they ask it to specify if it will also accept private candidates.

Local adult education colleges may offer evening classes in Arabic, and if so, may be willing to accept private candidates for exams.

If there are no schools or colleges near you which offer GCSE Arabic and will accept you for the Speaking Assessment, you can bring in your own tutor to do the Speaking Assessment. This should not require too much effort on the part of the school but you are likely to need to do some persuading to get them to consider the idea.

Another exam centre option would be to travel to London, where Campbell Harris in Kensington or Pascal's College in Beckenham offer oral exams for GCSE foreign languages.  You would need to locate an Arabic tutor who would go to the exam centre to do the speaking assessment.

CIE Arabic - Second Language IGCSE

Cambridge IGCSE Arabic - Foreign Language (0544)

"This is designed for learners who are learning Arabic as a foreign language. The aim is to develop an ability to use the language effectively for purposes of 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 and civilisation of countries where Arabic is spoken, thus encouraging positive attitudes towards language learning and towards speakers of foreign languages.""

First Language Arabic : Edexcel International GCSE

This specification is aimed at students who speak Arabic as a first language.

See the Specification and support materials on the Edexcel Arabic - First Language IGCSE page.

There is a dedicated textbook for this course:

Edexcel International GCSE Arabic 1st Language Student Book by Prof Eltayeb Ali Abusin et al. The answer file can be downloaded from Edexcel. 

Resources

Arabic Language Educational Books have textbooks at cheaper prices than Amazon, including a range aimed at the Edexcel GCSE syllabus.

On the exam board page for your chosen exam, look at 'Resources' or 'Teacher Support Material' for , eg, Editable Schemes of Work, which can be very useful.

The Examiner's Reports can also be downloaded from the exam board sites, and are particularly useful for this subject in explaining what the examiners are looking for.