Edexcel GCSE Arabic (2017)

Here, you'll find everything you need to prepare for GCSE Arabic from 2017 (first assessment from 2019) including our accredited specification and sample assessment materials.

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Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Arabic specification
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Qualification type:
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)
Level 1/2
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What's changing

GCSE languages 2017: What's changing

  • The new 9-1 grading system will replace A*-G, and there will no longer be any controlled assessment. All papers will be set and marked by the awarding organisation.
  • Papers will be tiered, with 25% assessment weightings per skill (listening, speaking, reading, writing).
  • Compulsory topics will be linked to identity and culture; local, national, international and global areas of interest; and current and future study and employment.
  • Papers will include:
    • short translations from and into the target language
    • some target-language questions in the reading and listening papers*
    • authentic stimuli in the reading paper, including literary texts

* Languages using logographic systems such as Mandarin Chinese and Japanese must set all questions and task instructions in English, as the sole use of hanzi or kanji is deemed too challenging for this level.

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This generic online event is designed for teachers teaching the new Pearson Edexcel GCSE 9-1 languages in Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Urdu (first teaching 2017) with a particular focus on the speaking element.

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