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Standard 26625 Actively participate in spoken interactions

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Learner: A01 - Re-annotated
Result: Achieved

The learner work and associated assessment documentation presented here illustrates the grade boundary between Achieved and Not Achieved for this unit standard.  The commentary explains how the learner work has (or has not) met the requirements of the standard.

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In the commentary below, references such as [note 1] are used to indicate aspects of the learner work or assessment documentation that the comment relates to.  These aspects are denoted on the actual exemplar by the corresponding number in a circle.

Commentary (click icon images to see a large version)
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The evidence for this learner meets the standard required for Achieved.

Evidence has been presented from three interactions which have occurred naturally from real contexts (as part of normal English class activities), marginally over the minimum period of time acceptable (10 September – 14 October).  A longer period between occasions would be more in keeping with the intention of explanatory note (EN) 3 (refer clarifications that apply to all Literacy and Numeracy unit standards).

The three interactions cover one small group discussion and two one-to-one interactions with a classmate, meeting the requirements of EN 4.

Three observation sheets have been presented as evidence.  (Note that the observation sheets available from the NZQA website have been updated and a new version is available.  Note also that audio-visual digital recordings of the interactions, with the learner who is being assessed identified, would also provide valid evidence.)  Evidence provided on observation sheets can only be verified if it includes actual examples of the learner’s behaviour and/or words which show what the observer/assessor has based their decision(s) on. Brief direct quotes or summarised utterances and descriptions of actions are required. The observation sheets must also be signed off by the observer to confirm that the observed learner performance is authentic. 

In this portfolio, the purpose of the interaction is recorded on each observation sheet, and the participants appropriately identified.

Enough valid evidence is presented in this portfolio to show that the learner can interact in different spoken activities, with different sized groups, using appropriate behaviours, and can repeat these behaviours over time.

The observation sheets show that all evidence requirements (ERs) have been met over the three activities.  Although it is recorded that all ERs have been met in each activity, the majority of evidence can be verified only through observation sheets one and two (for the reasons explained below).

Comments about specific aspects of the evidence presented

Interaction one  

The observation sheet gives very full and relevant notes recording what the learner said or did that met ER 1.1 [note 1]. Note that for verbal behaviours, a minimum of two examples of the learner’s ideas/words over all three interactions would be required for ER 1.1 to show contribution of ideas, and  a minimum of one example for sustaining dialogue. Some justification for the Yes decisions is given for ER 1.2 [note 2].  Note that if any example of inappropriate behaviour were recorded, the assessor should not use this interaction as evidence for this standard (refer to the clarifications of this standard).

Interaction two 

The observation sheet gives adequate descriptions of what was said and done to support decisions for ER 1.1 for summarising [note 3], and prompting [note 4] only.  The other assertions (indicated by ticks) are unsubstantiated and cannot be verified. In this observation sheet, the observer has indicated that all aspects for ER 1.1 have been observed, however has not supported any aspects of contributing ideas with an actual example of what this learner said or did [note 5]. The comment for ER 1.2 [note 6] is adequate to cover the aspects of appropriateness required in the range statement.

Interaction three  

The observation sheet for this interaction cannot be verified as adequate evidence for ER 1.1 or ER 1.2.  The Yes decision regarding non-verbal behaviour [note 7] cannot be verified as the action/behaviour observed has not been recorded.  None of the assertions of observed behaviour (ticks) for contributions or sustaining dialogue (ER 1.1) can be verified, except prompting [note 8] because nothing else has been commented on. The comment for ER 1.2 [note 9] does not provide support for any of the components of this evidence requirement, except that no inappropriate behaviour was recorded.

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