New Arabic GCSE vs the Old Arabic GCSE.
The old 2012 specification has been merged with the new specification. The new 2017 specification gives clarity to the themes and separates them up over five themes rather than being grouped into just two themes.
A new addition to GCSE Arabic is the global dimension, which talks about the environment and world peace. This topic is also part of the general topics required at A’ level.
Pearson or Pearson-Edexcel (previously Edexcel) is still the only exam board offering Arabic at GCSE or A’ level.
The new Arabic GCSE now has short translations to and from Arabic.
The papers are now split into foundation tier and higher tier. A 5 is the highest that can be achieved at the foundation tier. The foundation tier is shorter in time.
In the old specification you could use a dictionary for the writing paper but not in the new specification.
Key features and skills in the new specification include:
- use of authentic literary texts.
- spontaneous speaking.
- cultural knowledge.
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