AQA Speaking and Listening, 2017 onwards; What’s changed Part 2

June 1, 2017

AQA Speaking and Listening, 2017 onwards; What’s changed?

What has changed with English Language? Speaking & Listening AQA - Part 2

Since September 2015, AQA GCSE English Language (as well as that of OCR, Eduqas, and Pearson) will have an endorsed component covering Spoken Language. This endorsement will be reported as a separate grade (Pass, Merit, Distinction or Not Classified) and will not contribute to your overall GCSE English Language grade.

So, AQA Speaking and Listening in 2017, what does it look like?

 

General criteria

To be awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction a Learner must –

 be audible, and (be heard)

 use Spoken Standard English which, for the purposes of the spoken language assessment, means that a Learner must –

 be intelligible, and (i.e. the teacher can understand what you are saying)

 generally use language appropriate to the formal setting of the presentation. (this situation is more formal than the everyday, thus your language-use needs to reflect this)

Pass

In addition to the general criteria, to be awarded a Pass a Learner’s performance in his or her spoken language assessment must meet all of the following criteria –

 expresses straightforward ideas / information / feelings,

 makes an attempt to organise and structure his or her presentation,

 makes an attempt to meet the needs of the audience, and (you are speaking to your teacher firstly – who may adopt a role as part of your performance if applicable – and an audience, either present or imaginary, again depending on the nature of your performance; does your language-use – tone, vocabulary, formality, etc. – reflect this?)

 listens to questions / feedback and provides an appropriate response in a straight forward manner.

Merit

In addition to the general criteria, to be awarded a Merit a Learner’s performance in his or her spoken language assessment must meet all of the following criteria –

 expresses challenging ideas / information / feelings using a range of vocabulary,

 organises and structures his or her presentation clearly and appropriately to meet the needs of the audience, (a clear start, beginning, end, etc.; some use of discourse markers)

 achieves the purpose of his or her presentation, and (in the way you write to advise, inform, persuade, describe, etc.; are you speaking to achieve your purpose?)

 listens to questions / feedback responding formally and in some detail.

Distinction

In addition to the general criteria, to be awarded a Distinction a Learner’s performance in his or her spoken language assessment must meet all of the following criteria –

 expresses sophisticated ideas / information / feelings using a sophisticated repertoire of vocabulary,

 organises and structures his or her presentation using an effective range of strategies to engage the audience,

 achieves the purpose of his or her presentation, and

 listens to questions / feedback, responds perceptively and if appropriate elaborates with further ideas and information.

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