Level 1


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Give a spoken presentation that communicates a personal response

Updated December 2016. The section on feedback and feed forward has been updated.

Feedback and feed forward on drafts

Teacher feedback and feed forward on students’ drafts should be holistic to ensure that the final product remains a true representation of the student’s ability. More than one opportunity for feedback will compromise authenticity. Complex language, with few or no errors, may indicate that too much feedback has been given.

Language should be the student’s own work. Resources should be used appropriately and large chunks of lifted language should be either avoided completely or referenced and not included in the assessed work.


These standards involve expressing personal information, ideas and opinions. In order to fulfil the NZC level requirements, the student must also show that they are able to communicate beyond the immediate context, for example, past and future events. The context for the presentation will decide whether students communicate about past and/or future events within the presentation.

The best presentations are to the point and close to the allocated times. Development does not equal length. Suggested time for a level 1 presentation is one minute.

The purpose of this presentation is delivery to an audience. This could be either a face to face or an online audience. Tasks should ensure that students will have a context which requires a presentation as opposed to a piece of writing, e.g. a video/podcast recording introducing yourself to an intended host family.  

Communication and language

As this is a spoken presentation, inconsistencies do not relate solely to errors in vocabulary or grammar. Inconsistencies in communication may relate to the following: language features, pronunciation, intonation, rhythm patterns, delivery speed, audibility, stress patterns, tones. Incorrect language/inconsistencies will affect the grade to the extent that they hinder communication.

Language features should be taken into account when allocating a grade. A speaker who speaks very quickly without pausing appropriately for new sentences may have a presentation which, would receive Excellence as a piece of writing, but which will receive a Merit for this standard. Inconsistencies in delivery speed and stress patterns may mean that the communication of the message is hindered. Delivery may ultimately affect the grade.

The nature of the language features used will also be determined by the fact that this is a spoken presentation, e.g. at level 1 this could be the use of simple rhetorical questions such as ‘don’t you think?’

Delivery of presentation

Cue cards/text should only be used for support, and students may not read their presentation in its entirety. If they do so, they cannot be awarded the standard.



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