English paper 1123 (Reading) :warning: (Assessment objectives (R2…
Candidates answer questions to identify examples of a function in the text, e.g. opinions,
advice, criticism or warnings.
Reading for Ideas (25 marks)
Candidates use their notes to produce a written summary of 150–180 words.
Reading for Meaning (25 marks)
R2 Demonstrate understanding of implicit meanings and attitudes
R3 Analyse, evaluate and develop facts, ideas and opinions
R4 Demonstrate understanding of how writers achieve effects
R5 Select for specific purposes
R1 Demonstrate understanding of explicit meanings
critical skills: the ability to scan, filter and analyse different forms of information
creativity: the ability to use language, experience and imagination to respond to new situations, create
original ideas and make a positive impact
• cross-cultural awareness: the ability to engage with issues inside and outside own community,
dealing with the familiar as well as the unfamiliar. (This is not an assessment objective but forms the context of writing tasks and reading passages.)
communicative competence: the ability to communicate with clarity, relevance, accuracy and variety
Latest update in the syllabus
• In questions which require a paraphrase of a section of the text (‘own words’ questions), the
section of the text to be paraphrased will be given in the question
Section 2 Reading for Meaning (25 marks): Tasks have been updated, including:
Candidates write a summary of approximately 150–180 words
Q1a: 12 marks for content points
3 marks for short answer questions.
Section 1 Reading for Ideas (25 marks): The summary task has been updated as follows:
Q1b: 10 marks for the written summary (for relevance and for coherence)
"Coherence" means being logical
"Relevance" means closely connected
Candidates respond to questions about one narrative passage.
Both passages in Paper 2 will be approximately 700 words each.
This component is externally assessed.
Candidates scan a factual text and identify key points.