Monday, September 5, 2016

English Language End-of-Year Examination

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Paper 1 Writing [70 marks] [Weighting:35%]
 Duration of Paper 1: 1 hour 50 minutes
This paper is divided into three sections.
Section A: Editing [10 marks]
In a given text of continuous prose, candidates identify and then edit grammatical errors by writing the corrections in the spaces provided. Errors in punctuation and spelling will not be tested in this section.
Section B: Situational Writing [30 marks]
Candidates write a text of 250–300 words based on a given situation which will involve viewing a visual text.
Candidates are required to write an eyewitness report to suit the purpose, audience and context.
Section C: Continuous Writing [30 marks]
Candidates choose one out of four topics to write a text of 300-400 words in continuous prose. The topics set may cover different types of narrative texts, e.g. narrative, personal recount or reflection etc...

Paper 2 Comprehension [50 marks] [Weighting:35%]
Duration of Paper 2: 1 hour 50 minutes
This paper is divided into three sections.
Section A [5 marks]
This section contains Text 1 which will include visuals. Based on the visual text, candidates are required to answer a variety of questions testing comprehension, and on the use of visuals as well as the use of language for impact.
Section B [20 marks]
This section contains Text 2, which is narrative in nature, based on which candidates are to answer questions testing comprehension, vocabulary in context and the use of language for impact. 
Section C [25 marks]
This section contains Text 3, which is non-narrative in nature, based on which candidates are required to answer questions testing comprehension, vocabulary in context and the use of language for impact. Candidates are also required to write a summary of about 80 words (excluding the introductory words that will be provided).
Texts 2 and 3 together will be about 1200 words long.

Paper 3 Listening [30 marks] [Weighting:10%]
Approximate duration of Paper 3: 45 minutes
This paper comprises two sections.
Section A [24 marks]
Candidates respond to a variety of listening tasks that will assess a range of listening skills. The audio texts, which will consist of a variety of types of texts, e.g. narrative, recount, exposition, and information report, may come with visuals where appropriate. A variety of question types, e.g. multiple choice, matching, fill-in-the-blanks, true/false/not stated, and filling in a graphic organiser, may be set.
Section B [6 marks]
Candidates listen to an informational text and complete a simple note-taking task.

Paper 4 Oral Communication [30 marks] [Weighting:20%]
Poetry Recitation Podcast [30 marks]
Candidates read aloud an assigned poem (record and submit via Google Classroom) bearing in mind the purpose, audience and context.
Candidates are assessed on their ability to accurately pronounce and clearly articulate the words in the text, and read fluently and expressively (pace, volume, tone, stress), showing an awareness of purpose, audience and context.

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