Simple Plans For Listening, Writing and Speaking

In today’s Q&A session, we will discuss about how to prepare for the listening, writing and speaking, in English subject.

There are also tips on, how to handle “mind blank” 🙂

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59 Replies to “Simple Plans For Listening, Writing and Speaking”

  1. hello igcse team
    i would like to ask some questions

    the summary writing , for example there 3 or 4 point in the article from what they asked can i write 2 points not all??
    thank you for you effort

    • Hello Raghad,

      The number of marks is usually a clue to how many different points are needed. For example, if the content has four marks allocated to it, you must provide four relevant points. Be reminded that the points must be taken from the passage and do not repeat similar points even if it was made twice.

      Kindly read this article for more tips:

  2. Hi ,
    Can I know how to improve myself on writing an essay in hindi as a second language….. I want some beneficial tips to score well in my exams…..

    • Hi Ashwath V,

      To improve your writing skills, the most important things you need to do are: read a lot and write a lot. Try to read Hindi Articles on various topics which will likely come up to the exams. For example: Health, Tourism, Science and Technology etc. We can?t stress enough of ?read a lot?. By reading, you will gain tremendous knowledge on how to phrase your sentences, types of vocabulary, style, etc?

      Besides reading, you ought to practise writing as well. You have to put to use what you have learnt. Practice with past exam papers. Start with the latest paper as they have the newest syllabus format and continue with the older one date back from 5 to 10 years. You can download past papers here:

      Learn two or three idiomatic phrases or sayings and memorise them. Go for sayings that could be used to talk about any topic or topic-specific ones that you know you?ll be able to use in the exam. Compile a list of topic-specific vocab that?s likely to come up. Build your vocabulary by searching for synonyms everytime.

  3. Hello,
    Could you please tell me what does ‘D with grade 2 (Two) in speaking and listening’ mean? Does it mean i got a D or that my results hasnt been fully checked because my writing is not there?

    • Hi Angel,

      For some language syllabuses, CIE reports separate oral endorsement grades on a scale of 1 to 5, 1 being the highest. For example, the oral component for Cambridge IGCSE English Second Language 0510 is a ‘non-counting endorsement’ – in other words it is certificated separately from the main grade awarded for the written papers, on a scale of 1-5 (as opposed to the standard IGCSE grade scale of A*-U). Performance in this component does not affect the syllabus grade for the written papers. The oral component is a compulsory component of the IGCSE English Second Language syllabus which is recognised by many UK and international universities. For full details of how the 0510 oral test (component 5) should be conducted please refer to the current syllabus here:

  4. Hi, i have a difficulty in french writing and listening paper can you please help me out how to improve my grades in french.

    • Hi Dhruvi,

      1. Pick 3 or 4 practice exam questions that are different from each other (closest to what is expected in the latest syllabus). You can refer to the latest syllabus on what is expected during exams here:
      2. Prepare answers to questions that are likely to come up
      3. Find out how to pronounce the words and read them out loud.
      4. Learn your answers by heart. Learn your answers one phrase or sentence at a time. Select a chunk and repeat it to yourself over and over until you?ve got it.
      5. Understand and learn the questions. Look up any words you don?t know and learn to recognise keywords. Learn each question alongside the answer that goes with it.
      6. Learn two or three idiomatic phrases or sayings and memorise them. Go for sayings that could be used to talk about any topic or topic-specific ones that you know you?ll be able to use in the exam.
      7. Compile a list of topic-specific vocab that?s likely to come up. If you can, learn the gender of any nouns and the different tenses of any verbs. Learn the vocab so you can use and recognise it.
      8. Get a parent or friend to do a mock exam with you. Pay attention to where you slip up and then work on improving those areas.
      9. Make useful notes.

      Lastly, practice, practice, and more practice. Use our past exam papers ( to practice and refer to the syllabus ( to get a better idea of what is expected.

    • Hi Ali,

      All the answer scripts will be sent to the examiner for marking. If you wish to find out the detail procedure, please write to CIE directly.

  5. How do we write a perfect article?
    And what are the main points that has to be included in the article?
    Also how should we wrap up and finish the conclusion in a summary and in an article?

  6. Dear igcse
    I would like to raise some questions on summary writing in english as second language they are as follows
    1) from the points we have found from the passage are they the ones written in our words to give a summary or do we have to write the summary in our own words but the points be exertly from the passage
    2)let’s say I found 6 points but in the marking scheme there were 9 point but my language is excellent how would that be marked

    • Hello Jiji,
      Here are the answers to your questions:

      1. You must always use your own words when writing Summary. The points must be taken from the passage, but change them to your own words. Not all the words could be changed, for example: chair is chair, hand is hand… etc. You can’t possibly change all the words, just justify them.

      2. The points in the mark scheme indicate all possible answers for Summary. As long as you provide any relevant points within the given points in the mark scheme, you would gain marks.

      • Thank you
        Can I ask a question in physics (0625) when they say you may draw … does it mean that I won’t loss any marks for not drawing and what if I draw whatever the exams asks bt I don’t write down the experiment what would that effect my score

        • Hi Jiji,

          If you refer to the instructions in the exam paper, you should see this:
          ?You may lose marks if you do not show your working or if you do not use appropriate units.?

          When they say ?you may draw?, it usually means that a diagram is not required but you may draw a diagram if it helps your explanation. So, no, you will not lose any marks.

          I?d assume this question you?re asking is for Practical Test paper. If they asked to write a plan for the experiment, you will have to write it out, or else you would lose marks even if you?ve drawn a diagram.

          Always refer to the instructions and answer the questions as required.

      • Mmmh what about if I write 106 words in summary is the examiner going to mark the summary or will I get a 0 mark adding to that sometimes the question may ask on a two sides point of view and I got more points from 1 side than the other is that ok or i should have equal point in both sides

        • Hi Jiji,
          You need equal points for both sides. All the extra wordings would be crossed out and won?t be marked. If you have any relevant points in the crossed out wordings, you will not gain any marks. You will still gain some marks for relevant points within the word limit.

            • Hi Jiji,

              We do not have a fixed schedule to update the papers but we are trying our best to have the papers uploaded before the June exam series. In the meantime, you can revise using the older past exam papers.

  7. Hi
    i want to see the student response answer sheets with corraction of igcse hindi 0549 .please send me as soon as possible .

  8. I am going to be appearing for listening and writing papers for English this year.
    Our teacher says that the speaking test is optional.
    What are the advantages of taking that test?

    • Hi Minahil,
      Most of the universities would want to see the grading for “Speaking” test. It certainly beneficial for you if you take the test.

  9. Dear igcse
    I would like to acquire about article writing
    *should the merits or demerits be in points explanation or without
    that’s all for today
    thank you kindly in advance

    • Hello there,
      We have already uploaded everything that we have. If you can’t find any specific papers that you need, that means we do not have that specific papers too. We won’t keep them and not publish them. It is as simple as that. 🙂

  10. Dear igcse
    I would like to ask about speaking examination as English 2language what are the key points do you look forward on students
    Thank you

    • Hi Jiji,
      We think you have mistaken us as CIE 🙂

      During the oral test, the examiner is looking for the ability of candidate to answer the questions being asked. You don’t have to stress about whether the points are right or wrong. As long as you could voice your opinions in a constructive manner, you would be fine. 🙂

  11. Hello,

    I went through past papers for English listening exam 2011-2015, unfortunately there is restricted number of listening with audio.
    Could you please advise if there is a link to find all audio for 0511 listening past exams?

  12. I have completed my ICT practical and eng/french oral…i am really worried about that….. so i want to know when will i get my results….Will u send the corrected question paper along with the certificate…

  13. hello sir,i have scored beewten 192-212 based on average of 4 different keys including yours.i belong to OBC category.what are my chances of clearing prelims.according to an RTI ,the cut off for OBC last year was 175.this year the mains are preponed by almost a month ,so can we expect the results soon.

  14. Hi I was wondering why there are no voice recordings for foreign language Chinese listening paper 1 in years 2012-2015 other than 2013… Because I find the voice recordings really helpful when practicing for my listening…

    • Hi Maira,
      If your school has special arrangement, then you don’t have to worry about the age part. Just follow through.

  15. Hi i was wondering if you could give exam tips for thew new English listening pattern? We attempted the specimen paper at school and the entire thing has changed from what we have been practicing so far and I’m really worried about the exam.

    • Hi Nosheen,
      We could only suggest you to follow the specimen tracks. The specimen tracks contain the required new format. Practice several times until you get hold of it.

  16. Thanks for all the efforts you guys have taken to maintain such a superb site! It has helped me a lot ! i just wanted to know if there is any other way for practicing for Hindi listening other than doing pastpapers as Hindi Interviews nowadays have many English words in them and it doesnt help us that much

    • Hi Devika,
      You may purchase some listening reference books with CDs in them. Then do your practice from there. For listening, it is advisable to do lots of practices according to the exam style so you get yourself familiarise with the exam condition.

    • Hi Vishrut,
      Yes, indeed it is difficult when it comes to listening. Know that this is a common scenario for all the students learning foreign languages.

      The only way, and it is possible to do it, is to listen to variety of short conversations. Keep rewinding the conversation until you finally grasp the meaning.

  17. Thanks for the efforts done. It sounds very high level advice that will help few students. I suggest you extend the video for more time and add more details in breakdown.

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