External assessment details—SL Paper 1: Receptive skills Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes Weighting: 25% Paper 1 is based on the core: communication and media, global issues, social relationships. This paper is externally set and externally assessed. It assesses, through a number of questions, the students’ ability to read a range of texts. The text booklet consists of four texts. The question and answer booklet contains questions on those texts. The student’s understanding of the written texts is assessed, not the student’s knowledge of the topic. All texts and questions are in the target language and all responses must be written in the target language. The following list, which is not exhaustive, gives some text types with which students are encouraged to be familiar. These may be presented in electronic format.
- Article, column
- Brochure, leaflet, flyer, pamphlet, advertisement
- Interview in any form
- News report
- Set of instructions, guidelines
- Written correspondence Text-handling exercises Questions assess a range of receptive skills such as understanding overall meaning, scanning texts for particular details, and understanding structural features. These are the types of questions that may appear in paper 1.
- Gap-filling exercises based on comprehension of the text
- Identifying precise references of key phrases or structures (for example, “In line x, to whom does the word ‘they’ refer?”)
- Identifying related ideas that are in different parts of the text
- Identifying specific content items
- Identifying true sentences according to the text
- Identifying whether an explanation or definition is true or false, and finding the evidence for this in the text
- Identifying who says what in a text or a series of short texts
- Matching summary sentences with different paragraphs of the text
- Matching words or phrases from the text with definitions
- Multiple-choice questions
- Short-answer questions
Written Assignment Guide 书面作业指导
Written assignment: Receptive and written productive skills
This component consists of inter-textual reading linked to the core, followed by a written task of 360–480 characters and a 180-240 characters rationale. It must be written during the final year of the course and is externally assessed. It is not timed and must be the student’s own independent work, produced under the teacher’s guidance.
The assignment has two parts: a rationale and the task
General Guide for the task of Written Assignment:
Paper 2: Written productive skills
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Paper 2 is based on the options: cultural diversity, customs and traditions, health, leisure, science and technology.
This paper is externally set and externally assessed. It consists of five tasks requiring different types of texts.
Each task is based on a different option, from which the student chooses one. The student is expected to write 300–480 characters.
The aim of this component is to assess the student’s ability to communicate in writing for a variety of purposes.
It requires the student to demonstrate his or her productive skills. Students’ factual knowledge of the options
will not be tested as such, but can, and should, be used to support what the student wishes to communicate.
Each task requires an answer with a specific text type, such as a formal letter or a report. To this end, students need to identify the purpose(s) of the task in order to use register and style appropriate to the text type.
• use language accurately and appropriately
• develop and organize ideas relevant to the task
• produce the features of the required text type correctly.
Paper 2 requires students to produce text types from the following list.
• Blog/diary entry
• Brochure, leaflet, flyer, pamphlet, advertisement
• Introduction to debate, speech, talk, presentation
• News report
• Official report
• Set of instructions, guidelines
• Written correspondence
Duration: 8–10 minutes (plus 15 minutes of preparation)
This component is based on the options: cultural diversity, customs and traditions, health, leisure, science
This component is based on the core: communication and media, global issues, social relationships
General Guide for Oral exams:
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