Assessment Report

Level 2 Spanish 2020

Standards 91148  91151

 

Part A: Commentary

The focus of these texts was mostly on the lives of those in the Hispanic world; of relevance and interest to candidates studying Spanish at this level. Candidates are advised to base their answers on information provided in the texts rather than from their own knowledge and to avoid direct translation in their answer. Many candidates understood the key vocabulary and structures expected at this level and were able to communicate the general information required. High-achieving candidates justified their answers with relevant details and examples from the texts and passages, and made clear links between inference and supporting information.

 

Part B: Report on standards

91148:  Demonstrate understanding of a variety of spoken Spanish texts on familiar matters

Candidates who were awarded Achievement commonly:

  • communicated part of the general information required
  • provided short answers using some key vocabulary from the transcript
  • relied on own ideas as well as evidence from the transcript.

Candidates whose work was assessed as Not Achieved commonly:

  • answered the questions with irrelevant information or insufficient detail
  • invented answers using own knowledge and/or personal opinions
  • had insufficient subject knowledge to convey key information
  • used little to none of the Listening Notes pages provided.

Candidates who were awarded Achievement with Merit commonly:

  • understood the passages and could communicate the main idea for each question with some detail
  • made appropriate use of the Listening Notes pages provided
  • linked ideas and provided coherent and strong responses to at least two of the three questions.

Candidates who were awarded Achievement with Excellence commonly:

  • demonstrated thorough use of the Listening Notes pages provided
  • developed well-articulated answers that clearly provided coherent, detailed and considered responses to the questions, supported with examples from the transcript
  • showed understanding of the implied meanings.

Standard specific comments

Most candidates showed evidence that they were able to process the basic details of what they heard. Candidates should be reminded to read the question titles and questions carefully beforehand, and to also take note of the glossed vocabulary, to ensure all information they include is relevant. They should also aim to base their answers on what they hear, rather than on their own knowledge and opinions. Candidates are encouraged to use the Listening Notes pages provided to take notes and draft ideas, which would enable the candidate to support their answers with relevant ideas.


 

91151:  Demonstrate understanding of a variety of written and/or visual Spanish texts on familiar matters

Candidates who were awarded Achievement commonly:

  • identified the main points of the texts
  • demonstrated understanding of the general meaning of the texts
  • missed or misunderstood more complex detail in the texts.

 Candidates whose work was assessed as Not Achieved commonly:

  • gave short answers that did not demonstrate understanding of the texts
  • gave contradictory or irrelevant information
  • answered based on the title and/or the image without showing understanding of the texts.

 Candidates who were awarded Achievement with Merit commonly:

  • provided longer (but not excessively long), more detailed answers
  • were able to paraphrase facts, ideas and information
  • were able to demonstrate a holistic understanding of the texts
  • used information from the texts to offer a response to the questions

Candidates who were awarded Achievement with Excellence commonly:

  • avoided simply translating the text
  • provided answers that focused on answering the questions, rather than repeating information from the text
  • used the information so that it was used in support of their arguments
  • personalised their answers by explaining implied or inferred meanings from the texts
  • gave explanations of their understanding and justified their opinions using evidence from the texts.

Standard specific comments

Candidates are encouraged to focus on answering the question rather than direct translation from the text. This would enable the candidate to provide more links between inference and supporting information and avoid repetition in their answer

 

Spanish subject page

 

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