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SYLLABUSCambridge International AS LevelFor HKEAA CentresFrench Language82728895Spanish LanguageFor examination in June 2015French LanguageGerman LanguageHindi LanguageJapanese LanguageSpanish Language868286838687828186858686Urdu LanguageFor examination in November 2015Cambridge Advanced

Changes to syllabus for 2015This syllabus has been updated, but there are no significant changes.Cambridge International Examinations retains the copyright on all its publications. Registered Centres arepermitted to copy material from this booklet for their own internal use. However, we cannot give permissionto Centres to photocopy any material that is acknowledged to a third party even for internal use within aCentre. IGCSE is the registered trademark of Cambridge International Examinations Cambridge International Examinations 2013

Contents1. Introduction . choose Cambridge?Why choose Cambridge International AS and A Level?Why choose Cambridge International AS Level French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Spanish, Urdu?How can I find out more?2. Teacher support . 62.1 Support materials2.2 Resource lists3. Assessment at a glance . 73.1 Availability3.2 Scheme of assessment summary4. Syllabus aims and assessment objectives. 84.1 Syllabus aims4.2 Assessment objectives5. Topic areas . 96. Description of components . 106.1 Component 1: Speaking Test6.2 Component 2: Reading and Writing6.3 Component 3: Essay7.Topic areas: further guidance. 148. Mark schemes . 168.1 Component 1: Speaking Test8.2 Component 2: Reading and Writing8.3 Component 3: Essay9. Administrative guidance on the Speaking Test . the Speaking TestAdministrative arrangementsCompleting the Working Mark SheetArrangements for external moderation10. Appendix A: Working Mark Sheet – June examination . 2511. Appendix B: Working Mark Sheet – November examination . 2612. Appendix C: Form NOE (External) . 2713. Other information . 28

Introduction1.Introduction1.1 Why choose Cambridge?RecognitionCambridge International Examinations is the world’s largest provider of international education programmesand qualifications for learners aged 5 to 19. We are part of Cambridge Assessment, a department of theUniversity of Cambridge, trusted for excellence in education. Our qualifications are recognised by the world’suniversities and employers.Cambridge International AS and A Levels are recognised around the world by schools, universities andemployers. The qualifications are accepted as proof of academic ability for entry to universities worldwide,though some courses do require specific subjects.Cambridge International A Levels typically take two years to complete and offer a flexible course of studythat gives learners the freedom to select subjects that are right for them.Cambridge International AS Levels often represent the first half of an A Level course but may also be takenas a freestanding qualification. The content and difficulty of a Cambridge International AS Level examinationis equivalent to the first half of a corresponding Cambridge International A Level. Cambridge AS Levelsare accepted in all UK universities and carry half the weighting of an A Level. University course credit andadvanced standing is often available for Cambridge International AS and A Levels in countries such as theUSA and Canada.Learn more at in educationOur mission is to deliver world-class international education through the provision of high-quality curricula,assessment and services.More than 9000 schools are part of our Cambridge learning community. We support teachers in over 160countries who offer their learners an international education based on our curricula and leading to ourqualifications. Every year, thousands of learners use Cambridge qualifications to gain places at universitiesaround the world.Our syllabuses are reviewed and updated regularly so that they reflect the latest thinking of internationalexperts and practitioners and take account of the different national contexts in which they are taught.Cambridge programmes and qualifications are designed to support learners in becoming:2 confident in working with information and ideas – their own and those of others responsible for themselves, responsive to and respectful of others reflective as learners, developing their ability to learn innovative and equipped for new and future challenges engaged intellectually and socially, ready to make a difference.Cambridge International AS Level French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Spanish, Urdu (For HKEAA Centres).Syllabus for examination in 2015.

IntroductionSupport for teachersA wide range of support materials and resources is available for teachers and learners in Cambridge schools.Resources suit a variety of teaching methods in different international contexts. Through subject discussionforums and training, teachers can access the expert advice they need for teaching our qualifications. Moredetails can be found in Section 2 of this syllabus and at for exams officersExams officers can trust in reliable, efficient administration of exam entries and excellent personal supportfrom our customer services. Learn more at, part of the University of CambridgeWe are a not-for-profit organisation where the needs of the teachers and learners are at the core of what wedo. We continually invest in educational research and respond to feedback from our customers in order toimprove our qualifications, products and services.Our systems for managing the provision of international qualifications and education programmes forlearners aged 5 to 19 are certified as meeting the internationally recognised standard for qualitymanagement, ISO 9001:2008. Learn more at Why choose Cambridge International AS and A Level?Cambridge International AS and A Levels are international in outlook, but retain a local relevance. Thesyllabuses provide opportunities for contextualised learning and the content has been created to suit a widevariety of schools, avoid cultural bias and develop essential lifelong skills, including creative thinking andproblem-solving.Our aim is to balance knowledge, understanding and skills in our programmes and qualifications to enablecandidates to become effective learners and to provide a solid foundation for their continuing educationaljourney. Cambridge International AS and A Levels give learners building blocks for an individualisedcurriculum that develops their knowledge, understanding and skills.Schools can offer almost any combination of 60 subjects and learners can specialise or study a range ofsubjects, ensuring a breadth of knowledge. Giving learners the power to choose helps motivate themthroughout their studies.Through our professional development courses and our support materials for Cambridge InternationalAS and A Levels, we provide the tools to enable teachers to prepare learners to the best of their ability andwork with us in the pursuit of excellence in education.Cambridge International AS and A Levels have a proven reputation for preparing learners well for university,employment and life. They help develop the in-depth subject knowledge and understanding which are soimportant to universities and employers.Cambridge International AS Level French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Spanish, Urdu (For HKEAA Centres).Syllabus for examination in 2015.3

IntroductionLearners studying Cambridge International AS and A Levels have the opportunities to: acquire an in-depth subject knowledge develop independent thinking skills apply knowledge and understanding to new as well as familiar situations handle and evaluate different types of information sources think logically and present ordered and coherent arguments make judgements, recommendations and decisions present reasoned explanations, understand implications and communicate them clearly and logically work and communicate in English.Guided learning hoursCambridge International AS Level syllabuses are designed on the assumption that candidates have about180 guided learning hours per subject over the duration of the course. This is for guidance only and thenumber of hours required to gain the qualification may vary according to local curricular practice and thelearners’ prior experience of the subject.1.3 Why choose Cambridge International AS Level French,German, Hindi, Japanese, Spanish, Urdu?Cambridge International AS Levels in languages other than English are accepted by universities andemployers as proof of linguistic ability and understanding. Successful language students gain lifelong skills,including: the ability to communicate confidently and clearly in the target language a sound understanding of the nature of language and language study, and of the skills and abilitiesrequired for further study, work and leisure insight into the culture and contemporary society of countries where the language is spoken better integration into communities where the language is spoken positive attitudes towards language learning, towards the speakers of other languages, and towardsother cultures and societies skills which can be used in other areas of learning, such as analysis and memory skills.Prior learningWe recommend that candidates who are beginning this course should have previously completed aCambridge O Level or Cambridge IGCSE assessment/course or equivalent in French, German, Hindi,Japanese, Spanish or Urdu.ProgressionA Cambridge International AS Level in a language provides a suitable foundation for the study of thelanguage at A Level and thence for related courses in higher education. Depending on local universityentrance requirements, it may permit or assist progression directly to university courses in languagesor some other subjects. It is also suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study inlanguages, or as part of a course of general education.4Cambridge International AS Level French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Spanish, Urdu (For HKEAA Centres).Syllabus for examination in 2015.

Introduction1.4 How can I find out more?If you are already a Cambridge schoolYou can make entries for this qualification through your usual channels. If you have any questions, pleasecontact us at [email protected] you are not yet a Cambridge schoolLearn about the benefits of becoming a Cambridge school at Email us [email protected] to find out how your organisation can register to become a Cambridge school.Cambridge International AS Level French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Spanish, Urdu (For HKEAA Centres).Syllabus for examination in 2015.5

Teacher support2.Teacher support2.1 Support materialsCambridge syllabuses, past question papers and examiner reports to cover the last examination series areon the Syllabus and Support Materials DVD, which we send to all Cambridge schools.You can also go to our public website at to download current and future syllabusestogether with specimen papers or past question papers and examiner reports from one series.For teachers at registered Cambridge schools a range of additional support materials for specific syllabusesis available online. For Teacher Support go to (username and password required).2.2 Resource listsWe work with publishers providing a range of resources for our syllabuses including textbooks, websites,CDs etc. Any endorsed, recommended and suggested resources are listed on both our public website andon Teacher Support.The resource lists can be filtered to show all resources or just those which are endorsed or recommendedby Cambridge. Resources endorsed by Cambridge go through a detailed quality assurance process and arewritten to align closely with the Cambridge syllabus they support.6Cambridge International AS Level French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Spanish, Urdu (For HKEAA Centres).Syllabus for examination in 2015.

Assessment at a glance3.Assessment at a glanceNote: The use of dictionaries is not permitted in any assessment.3.1 AvailabilityAS LanguageExamined inFrench8272JuneSpanish8895JuneAS LanguageExamined 86NovemberThese syllabuses are available to private candidates.Detailed timetables are available from Scheme of assessment summaryAS Language(compulsory SpeakingTest*)*Component 1Component 2Component 3Speaking TestReading and tionweighting20 mins30%1 hour 45 mins50%1 hour 30 mins20%The compulsory Speaking Test contributes to candidates’ overall grade. Where candidates perform tothe appropriate standard, certificates will record whether a Distinction, Merit or Pass was achieved in theSpeaking Test.Cambridge International AS Level French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Spanish, Urdu (For HKEAA Centres).Syllabus for examination in 2015.7

Syllabus aims and assessment objectives4.Syllabus aims and assessment objectives4.1 Syllabus aimsCambridge International AS Level syllabuses in languages other than English aim to: develop the ability to understand a language from a variety of registers enable students to communicate confidently and clearly in the target language form a sound base of skills, language and attitudes required for further study, work and leisure develop insights into the culture and civilisation of the countries where the language is spoken encourage positive attitudes to language learning and a sympathetic approach to other cultures andcivilisations support intellectual and personal development by promoting learning and social skills.4.2 Assessment objectivesThe examinations are designed to assess candidates’ linguistic competence and their knowledge ofcontemporary society. In the exams, candidates will be expected to:8 understand and respond to texts written in the target language, drawn from a variety of sources such asmagazines, newspapers, reports, books and other forms of extended writing manipulate the target language accurately in spoken and written forms, choosing appropriate examplesof lexis and structures select information and present it in the target language organise arguments and ideas logically.Cambridge International AS Level French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Spanish, Urdu (For HKEAA Centres).Syllabus for examination in 2015.

Topic areas5.Topic areasAll textual material used in the examinations will be drawn from the topic areas below, with reference to thecountry or countries where the language is spoken. More guidance on the topic areas is given in Section 7. Human relationships Sport Family Free time activities Generation gap Travel and tourism Young people Education Patterns of daily life Cultural life/heritage Urban and rural life War and peace The media The developing world Food and drink Scientific and medical advances Law and order Technological innovation Religion and belief Environment Health and fitness Conservation Work and leisure Pollution Equality of opportunity Employment and unemploymentContemporary aspects of the country or countrieswhere the language is spokenCambridge International AS Level French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Spanish, Urdu (For HKEAA Centres).Syllabus for examination in 2015.9

Description of components6.Description of components6.1 Component 1: Speaking Test20 minutes, 100 marksThere is no question paper for the Speaking Test.This component description should be read in conjunction with Section 8 (Mark Schemes), and Section 9(Administrative guidance on the Speaking Test). The form required for the assessment of the test is providedin Appendix A (June series) and Appendix B (November series).Centres/Ministries must appoint a local examiner to conduct the Speaking Test, and must notify Cambridgeof the examiner’s name and qualifications using form NOE (see Appendix C). Cambridge must be notified ofany subsequent changes to this information as soon as possible.It is important that the timings listed for the individual parts of the test are adhered to, within the tolerancesgiven.Section 1: PresentationNo more than 3½ minutes, 20 marksThe candidate gives a presentation, lasting about three minutes, on a specific topic taken from one of thetopic areas listed in Section 5.The presentation must demonstrate the candidate’s knowledge of the contemporary society or culturalheritage of a country where the target language is spoken. Candidates who do not do this will have theirmark for Content/Presentation halved (see Section 8, Mark Schemes). Centres wanting further advice onacceptable subject matter should contact the Cambridge Languages Group.The candidate should be able to present relevant facts, express opinions and hypotheses, and put forwardpoints for discussion.Ideally, the candidate should prepare a topic in which they have a personal interest, aiming to give a livelyand interesting presentation. Candidates may prepare a ‘cue card’ (such as a postcard) in the targetlanguage to remind them of the main points they wish to make, to bring into the examination room.Candidates may also bring in a limited quantity of illustrative material, such as maps, diagrams, statistics,pictures or short articles.A script of the presentation is not allowed.Examiners will only interrupt candidates to ask questions if the presentation shows no sign of finishing after3½ minutes, or to prompt a candidate having obvious difficulty in continuing with their presentation.10Cambridge International AS Level French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Spanish, Urdu (For HKEAA Centres).Syllabus for examination in 2015.

Description of componentsSection 2: Topic conversation7–8 minutes, 40 marksThe presentation will lead into a conversation about the chosen topic. During the presentation, the examinercan make notes in order to help them ask appropriate questions. Candidates must be prepared to supplyadditional factual material where appropriate and to express and defend a point of view. In order to givethe candidate every opportunity to do this, examiners will use open-ended questions (such as ‘tell me moreabout.’, ‘why ?’, ‘how ?’), rather than closed questions which may be answered by ‘yes/no’. Whenchoosing a topic, candidates should consider how the subsequent conversation might develop: if theycannot think of six or more possible questions that the examiner could ask, the topic is unlikely to be afruitful source of discussion.The examiner will encourage the candidate to contribute as much as possible to the conversation. As part ofthis, the candidate is required to seek information from and the opinions of the examiner, and must be givenevery opportunity to do so (see Section 8, Mark Schemes).Section 3: General conversat

written to align closely with the Cambridge syllabus they support. Cambridge International AS Level French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Spanish