Speaking 1 - Examination Guidelines_2012-2013

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SPEAKING 1 EXAMINATION GUIDELINES (2012 – 2013) DESCRIPTION Paper format The Speaking test contains four parts. Timing: 10 - 12 minutes. No. of parts: 4. Interaction pattern: Two candidates and two examiners. One examiner acts as both interlocutor and assessor and manages the interaction either by asking questions or by providing cues for candidates. The other acts as assessor and does not join in the conversation. Task types: Short conversations between the interlocutor and each candidate; a on
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  SPEAKING 1 EXAMINATION GUIDELINES (2012 –2013) DESCRIPTION Paper format  The Speaking test contains four parts. Timing: 10 - 12 minutes. No. of parts: 4. Interaction pattern:  Two candidates and two   examiners. One examineracts as both interlocutor and assessor and manages the interaction eitherby asking questions or by providing cues for candidates. The other acts asassessor and does not join in the conversation. Task types: Short conversations between the interlocutor and eachcandidate; a one-minute ‘long turn’ and brief response; a two wayinteraction between two candidates; Task focus: Ask and answer personal questions, talk about visualprompts, discuss a problem solving task based on visual and/or writtenprompts. Marks Candidates are assessed on their performance throughout thetest. STRUCTURE AND TASKS PART 1: Interview Task type and format: each candidate interacts with the interlocutor. The interlocutor asks the candidate questions in turns, using standardizedquestions. Focus: giving information of a factual, personal kind. The candidatesrespond to questions about present circumstances, past experiences andfuture plans. Timing: 2 - 3 minutes.PART 2: Two-way collaborative task Task type and format: Candidates interact with each other. Visualstimulus is given to aid the discussion task. The interlocutor sets up theactivity using a standardized rubric. Focus: using functional language to make and respond to suggestions,discuss alternatives, make recommendations and negotiate agreement. Timing: 2 – 3 minutes.  PART 3: Extended turn Task type and format: a colour photograph is given to each candidatein turn and they are asked to talk about it for up to a minute. Bothphotographs relate to the same topic. Focus: describing photographs and managing discourse, usingappropriate vocabulary, in a longer turn. Timing: 3 minutesPART 4: General conversation Task type and format: candidates interact with each other. The topic of the conversation develops the theme established in part 3. Theinterlocutor sets up the activity using a standardized rubric. Focus: the candidates talk together about their opinion, likes/dislikes,preferences, experiences, habits, etc. Timing: 3 minutes ASSESSMENT  Throughout the test candidates are assessed on their own individualperformance and not in relation to each other, by two examiners. The assessor awards marks according to five analytical criteria:ã Grammar and Vocabularyã Vocabulary Resourceã Discourse Managementã Pronunciationã Interactive Communication. The interlocutor awards a mark for Global Achievement. Total Score: 10 points1. Grammar and Vocabulary (25%)  This scale refers to the accurate and appropriate use of grammaticalforms and vocabulary. It also includes the range of both grammaticalforms and vocabulary. Performance is viewed in terms of the overalleffectiveness of the language used in dealing with the tasks.2. Discourse Management (25%)   This scale refers to the coherence, extent and relevance of eachcandidate’s individual contribution. On this scale the candidate’s ability tomaintain a coherent flow of language is assessed, either within a singleutterance of over a string of utterances. Also assessed here is howrelevant the utterances are to what has gone before.3. Pronunciation (25%)  This scale refers to the candidate’s ability to produce comprehensibleutterances to fulfil the task requirements. This includes stress, rhythm andintonation, as well as individual sounds. Examiners put themselves in theposition of the non-language specialist and assess the overall impact of the pronunciation and the degree of effort required to understand thecandidate. Different varieties of English are acceptable, provided they areused consistently throughout the test.4. Interactive Communication (25%)  This scale refers to the candidate’s ability to use language to achievemeaningful communication. This includes initiating and respondingwithout undue hesitation, the ability to use interactive strategies tomaintain or repair communication, and sensitivity to the norms of turn-taking. Global Achievement  This refers to the candidate’s overall effectiveness in dealing with thetasks in the four separate parts of the PET Speaking test. The global markis an independent impression mark which reflects the assessment of thecandidate’s performance from the interlocutor’s perspective. Marking Assessment is based on performance in the whole test, and is not relatedto performance in particular parts of the test.
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