Literature in English (0475)
The syllabus enables learners to read, interpret and evaluate texts through the study of literature in English. Learners develop an understanding of literal meaning, relevant contexts and of the deeper themes or attitudes that may be expressed. Through their studies, they learn to recognise and appreciate the ways in which writers use English to achieve a range of effects, and will be able to present an informed, personal response to the material they have studied.
The syllabus also encourages the exploration of wider and universal issues, promoting learners’ better understanding of themselves and of the world around them.
Cambridge IGCSE Literature in English offers learners the opportunity to read, interpret, evaluate and respond to a range of literature in English. The range includes drama, prose and poetry from the works of Shakespeare to contemporary literature. This course enables learners to deepen their understanding and appreciation of the ways in which writers use English to express meaning and achieve effects. Cambridge IGCSE Literature in English will stimulate learners to read for pleasure and to explore wider and universal issues, promoting a better understanding of themselves and the world. Our programmes balance a thorough knowledge and understanding of a subject and help to develop the skills learners need for their next steps in education or employment.
Recognition and progression
The combination of knowledge and skills in Cambridge IGCSE Literature in English gives learners a solid foundation for further study. Candidates who achieve grades A* to C are well prepared to follow a wide range of courses including Cambridge International AS & A Level English. Cambridge IGCSEs are accepted and valued by leading universities and employers around the world as evidence of academic achievement. Many universities require a combination of Cambridge International AS & A Levels and Cambridge IGCSEs or equivalent to meet their entry requirements. UK NARIC, the national agency in the UK for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills, has carried out an independent benchmarking study of Cambridge IGCSE and found it to be comparable to the standard of GCSE in the UK. This means students can be confident that their Cambridge IGCSE qualifications are accepted as equivalent to UK GCSEs by leading universities worldwide.
The following are the preferred resources at Istanbul International School:
- Songs of Ourselves Volume 1: The University of Cambridge International Examinations Anthology of Poetry in English (Cambridge University Press)
- Songs of Ourselves Volume 2: The University of Cambridge International Examinations Anthology of Poetry in English (Cambridge University Press)
- New selected Poems 1984 – 2004, by Carol Ann Duffy (Picador)
- Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
- The Crucible, Arthur Miller
- Macbeth, William Shakespeare
- Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare
- Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
- Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
- A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry
- Journey’s End, R C Sherriff
Cambridge International Examinations
Candidates will take:
Poetry and Prose – 50% (1.5 hours)
Two questions on text: one poetry and one prose
Drama – 50% (1.5 hours)
Two questions on two texts