Cambridge IGCSE® First Language English Coursebook


Subject(s):First Language English
Qualification:Cambridge IGCSE
Author(s):Marian Cox

Up-to-date resources providing full coverage of Cambridge IGCSE® First Language English (0500 and 0522)


Cambridge IGCSE First Language English Coursebook (fourth edition) is designed to support the Cambridge IGCSE First Language English (0500) and Cambridge International Level 1 / Level 2 Certificate First Language English (0522).A student-friendly resource Cambridge IGCSE First Language English Coursebook (fourth edition) teaches the reading and writing techniques required for the Cambridge IGCSE, as well as providing two bespoke units on speaking and listening techniques, plus embedded activities on these skills throughout. It includes carefully designed activities on a variety of engaging topics, set out in 14 lively, full-colour units. A dedicated microsite for Cambridge First Language English provides free online resources to support the course, including answers to the Coursebook activities.


  • Fully matches the new syllabus whilst still including the successful topic-based approach to learning.
  • Progression of skills development through imaginative activities.
  • Contains four themed sections selected for their relevance to students worldwide.
  • Each unit of the coursebook focuses on a different component of the course: reading, directed writing, composition or speaking and listening. All units cover the learning objectives for that component, building up through the unit so skills are gradually developed.
  • Reading passages have been fully updated to include new international texts and a global approach to learning.
  • Language accessible to students of a wide range of abilities.
  • Provides clear, practical support for students.
  • Task tips and Further practice boxes help students build confidence and develop the skills needed to fulfil their potential.



Introduction to the Fourth edition
Skills grid
Part 1. Travel and Sport: Unit 1. Reading comprehension - skimming and scanning, selecting points for summary, making notes using your own words, looking at writers' language choices
Unit 2. Response writing - journals, letters, considering audience, choosing a style
Unit 3. Continuous writing (descriptive) - planning compositions, writing descriptions, using adjectives and imagery
Part 2. Work and Education: Unit 4. Reading comprehension - understanding, selecting and organising material for summary questions
Unit 5. Response writing - transforming information, news reports, letters
Unit 6. Continuous writing (informative and descriptive) - giving an account, structuring description
Part 3. People and Society: Unit 7. Reading comprehension - expanding notes, sentence structure, vocabulary building, summary style, analysing how writers achieve effects
Unit 8. Response writing - persuasive devices, analysing techniques, writing publicity material, drawing inferences, writing in role, targeting an audience
Unit 9. Continuous writing (narrative) - plot, setting and atmosphere
Part 4. Ideas and Technology: Unit 10. Reading comprehension - collating texts, analysing style, vocabulary building, advanced punctuation
Unit 11. Response writing - spelling techniques, expressing and supporting a view, collating and ordering information, reports and articles
Unit 12. Continuous writing (narrative) - character, voice, viewpoint, using dialogue
Part 5. Speaking and Listening: Unit 13. Preparing a talk
answering questions, engaging in dialogue
Unit 14. Group discussion, facts versus opinions, defending opinions, delivering a speech
List of terms

Additional information

Weight 0.42 kg
Dimensions 21.9 × 27.6 × 0.7 cm