Assessment Report

Level 1 Spanish 2020

Standards 90908  90911

Part A: Commentary

The topics in the examination covered various interests and exposed candidates to a broad vocabulary.

Many candidates understood the key vocabulary and structures expected at this level and summarised relevant information in order to answer questions appropriately. High-achieving candidates justified their answers with relevant details and examples from the texts and passages.

Candidates need to be familiar with verbs in past, present and future tenses. The texts in the examination included tenses in the present, the preterit, the imperfect, the present perfect, the near future and the future – all of which are in line with the standard.

Candidates can answer in English, te reo Māori, and/or Spanish. Some candidates who responded completely in Spanish, either copied large sections of the texts directly or summarised information without demonstrating clear or thorough understanding. Unless candidates can provide original answers and communicate implied meaning in Spanish, they are advised to answer in English or te reo Māori.

Candidates are encouraged to read questions carefully so that they understand the requirements before writing an answer. . 

Part B: Report on standards

90908:  Demonstrate understanding of a variety of spoken Spanish texts on areas of most immediate relevance

Candidates who were awarded Achievement commonly:

  • showed understanding of the general points of the passage, but lacked detail or committed too many errors of understanding to gain a higher grade
  • had a vocabulary range that enabled them to understand the general meaning of the passages, even if they missed some details.

Candidates who were assessed as Not Achieved commonly:

  • lacked the vocabulary needed to understand the meaning of the passages
  • failed to present enough material to be assessed or gave vague answers
  • showed serious misunderstanding in the basic meaning of the passages
  • failed to write comprehensible listening notes.

Candidates who were awarded Achievement with Merit commonly:

  • transcribed the most relevant points of the passage, but failed to make inferences of meaning beyond the immediate words of the passage
  • used the listening notes sections effectively; took comprehensive listening notes and had a system to transfer these notes into their answers.

Candidates who were awarded Achievement with Excellence commonly:

  • showed an understanding of all or almost all relevant points in the passage
  • inferred meaning by making connections between different parts of the passages or between the passage and their general knowledge
  • showed a refined understanding of the passage
  • recognised the different tenses used and their relevance in the text, as well as more complex connectives
  • explained their answers in full, natural language – using English, Spanish or te reo Māori

Standard-specific comments

Candidates need to use listening notes and ensure they transfer all information from them. Many candidates fail to use their notes appropriately and do not include the basic details, even though they have written them in the listening notes.

Effective examination technique is important for those aiming for Achievement with Achievement with Excellence; successful candidates showed evidence of practiced concentration, inference, note-taking and summarising as well as utilising appropriate language content.


 

 

90911:  Demonstrate understanding of a variety of Spanish texts on areas of most immediate relevance

Candidates who were awarded Achievement commonly:

  • understood the general meaning and some of the key ideas
  • recognised basic structures and language
  • provided information, which was mostly correct and consistent, however, sometimes vague
  • provided brief but accurate answers
  • lacked depth, development and detailed information to reach a higher level.

Candidates who were assessed as Not Achieved commonly:

  • lacked clarity
  • fabricated answers which did not fit the questions
  • did not provide enough evidence to show basic understanding, nor the general meaning of the text.

Candidates who were awarded Achievement with Merit commonly:

  • understood more complex sentences and language features
  • wrote longer, but not excessive, answers supported by relevant details from the texts
  • provided relevant and detailed information in an unambiguous way
  • did not fully understand all nuances
  • attempted to draw conclusions, however, did not support them fully with evidence from the text.

Candidates who were awarded Achievement with Excellence commonly:

  • showed logical reasoning through their answers which were supported and justified by relevant details from the texts
  • captured nuances within each text and meaningfully translated them in their answers
  • demonstrated an excellent understanding of complex language features and structures
  • understood the implied meanings differentiated between the various meanings for words depending on the context
  • synthesised information and constructed full and logical answers.

Standard specific comments

Candidates who were equipped with a solid knowledge of Spanish up to Level 6 of The New Zealand Curriculum performed best in this assessment. Candidates who demonstrated thorough understanding by producing complete and thoughtful answers were on track to reach Excellence.

Candidates who planned their answers, chose relevant evidence from the text, and wrote detailed responses achieved higher grades.

Those who may have misread questions or did not read them carefully produced irrelevant answers. Some candidates produced conflicting ideas – careful proofreading would have avoided this.

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