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Exam Board: Cambridge Assessment International Education
Level & Subject: Cambridge International AS & A Level English Language
First teaching: September 2019 First exams: from 2021
The Student’s Book is structured to build skills and knowledge in a clear sequence, and to help students to apply their skills in different combinations. With in-depth and up-to-date coverage of the syllabus topics and a stimulating range of international texts, this book is the ideal companion to the Cambridge International AS and A Level course.
• Supports the transition from upper secondary: Section A refreshes students’ understanding of key concepts such as audience, purpose and form, and of elements of language including sentences and clauses.
• Builds writing and analysis skills for AS and A Level: Section B introduces students to different modes of analysis, including contextual, pragmatic, lexical, semantic, grammatical and phonological approaches, and familiarises students with the conventions of different writing forms and purposes.
• Explores the syllabus topics in depth: Section C offers a dedicated chapter on each language topic, exploring the relevant linguistic theories and helping students to apply these ideas in their own arguments and analysis of texts, transcripts and data.
• Helps students apply their knowledge and skills to extended tasks: Section D offers step-by-step support for responding to a range of tasks with sample responses at different levels to help students understand how to improve.
• Builds confidence for examinations with complete exam-style practice papers in Section E.
• Encourages an active approach to learning: throughout the book, a wealth of activities ask students to discuss, analyse and apply the ideas they are learning about, and to experiment with different techniques in their own writing.
• A rich variety of texts from around the world provide exciting models for students’ writing, engaging examples to analyse, and stimulus for debates about language change, language acquisition, the relationship between language and identity and the nature of Global English.
• Full provision for all abilities: an accessible writing style, step-by-step support and clear Key terms definitions build confidence, while Taking it further activities offer additional challenge.
• Supports teachers through the free, editable scheme of work available on Collins.co.uk. This clearly maps content to the syllabus and summarises what is covered in each unit of the book. Answers to activities in the Student’s Book are included to assist those teaching English Language for the first time.