Assessment Report

Level 1 Spanish 2021

Standards 90908  90911

Part A: Commentary

The texts and passages of the examination were of interest to candidates and had a selection of language for the candidates to produce answers at all levels of their understanding. Most candidates understood the key vocabulary and structures expected at this level and were able to communicate the general information required.

Candidates should be reminded to always base their answers using the information provided in the passages or texts, not just on their own knowledge.

It is important that candidates read the questions and answer them directly, crafting understanding of the text specifically to the requirements. Answering questions is an essential skill and uplifting the entire text without any changes does not show that the candidate has understood the text.

Candidates who organised their ideas in a logical way and drew conclusions with detailed and specific information from the texts achieved higher grades than those directly translated sections from the text.

Part B: Report on standards

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

Examinations 

The examination included three questions of which candidates were required to respond to all three. All questions required candidates to apply their understanding of spoken Spanish texts on areas of most immediate relevance. The texts relate to basic personal information and past, present, and / or future experiences, such as family, shopping, local area, events and activities.

The questions covered the requirements of the 2021 assessment specifications, which were that candidates would listen and respond to recordings of three spoken texts with a total duration of up to 45 minutes, which they would hear as a whole and twice in sections. Candidates were able to make notes in the listening notes spaces provided.

Observations 

It is recommended that candidates write in one language only and not to use a mix of English / te Reo Māori AND Spanish. If the Spanish is not paraphrased in the candidate’s own words, it is very hard to see if they have understood the words, or if they are simply copying notes from the text that they have not understood.

Candidates should write full responses and refrain from bullet pointing answers. This will heighten the chances of candidates including as much detail as possible.

Grade awarding 

Candidates who were awarded Achievement commonly:

  • showed an understanding of the general points of the text, but lacked detail or produced too many errors of understanding to attain a higher grade
  • have a general base of vocabulary to convey the general meaning of the texts, even if they miss some details.

Candidates who were awarded Not Achieved commonly:

  • lacked vocabulary needed to convey the meaning of the texts
  • demonstrated understanding of only one point or idea, when there were several
  • did not present enough material to be assessed – one-word answers, vague answers, bullet points
  • showed serious misunderstandings in the basic meaning of the texts.

Candidates who were awarded Achievement with Merit commonly:

  • transcribed most (or almost all) of the relevant points of the text, but failed to make inferences of meaning beyond the immediate words of the text
  • used listening notes effectively by recording information and having a system to transfer these notes into their answers.

Candidates who were awarded Achievement with Excellence commonly:

  • showed a very good understanding of all (or almost all) relevant points of the text
  • inferred meaning by making connections between different parts of the text or between the text and their own general knowledge.

 


 

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

Examinations 

The examination included three questions and candidates were required to respond to all three. All questions required candidates to apply their understanding of written and / or visual Spanish texts on areas of most immediate relevance. The texts relate to basic personal information and past, present, and/or future experiences, such as family, shopping, local area, events and activities.  

The questions covered the requirements of the 2021 assessment specifications that candidates would read and respond to three written and / or visual texts. The texts will reflect the relationship between language and culture.

Observations 

Candidates need to answer each question in either English, te reo Māori OR Spanish rather than combining two or more languages. Writing fully in Spanish prevented candidates from forming inferences and / or conclusions about the texts.

Those candidates that did attempt to infer, provide implied meaning, or form conclusions, did this well.

Grade awarding 

Candidates who were awarded Achievement commonly:

  • demonstrated understanding of the general meaning of the texts by identifying and making meaning of key relevant information, ideas and opinions, in accordance to the assessment criteria. The two Achievement grade scores, A3 and A4 were distinguished based on the extent of understanding and consistency of the answers.

Candidates who were awarded Not Achieved commonly:

  • demonstrated limited or no understanding of the texts by including very little relevant or correct information, which did not show evidence that they had understood the general meaning of the text. Some of the information was also made up.

Candidates who were awarded Achievement with Merit commonly:

  • demonstrated a clear and unambiguous understanding of the texts by including in their responses relevant and detailed information, ideas and opinions
  • produced responses that showed some attempt to communicate implied meanings but were partial or undeveloped
  • produced responses that often included effective and relevant translations of the texts but did not show awareness of implied meanings, nor did they draw conclusions.

Candidates who were awarded Achievement with Excellence commonly:

  • demonstrated a thorough understanding of the texts by including detailed and well-developed answers, relevant information, ideas and opinions
  • showed explicitly that they had understood the nuances suggested in the texts and drew conclusions from them. The difference between the two Achievement with Excellence grade scores, E7 and E8 was based on the extent to which they explicitly communicated the implied meanings and how effectively they justified their conclusions with supporting details from the texts.

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