The second language syllabus is designed for learners who are learning the basics of the language. The aim is to develop an ability to use the language effectively for purposes of practical communication. The course is based on the linked language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, and these are built on as learners progress through their studies.
The syllabus also aims to offer insights into the culture and civilisation of countries where the language is spoken, thus encouraging positive attitudes towards language learning and towards speakers of foreign languages.
Through their studies, learners gain an understanding of how to use Hindi effectively in the type of situations, and Hindi-speaking environments, they will encounter in their daily lives. The aim is to achieve a level of practical communication ideal for everyday use, which can also form the basis for further, more in-depth language study.
Cambridge foreign language IGCSEs are accepted by universities and employers as proof of linguistic ability and understanding. The course encourages learners to develop lifelong skills, including:
- The ability to use a foreign language as a means of practical communication
- Insight into the culture and civilisation of countries where the language is spoken
- A positive attitude towards language learning, towards the speakers of other languages, and towards other cultures and civilisations
- Techniques which can be applied to other areas of learning, such as analysis and memory skills
- A sound foundation for progression to employment or further study.