How well you fulfil the task given, how fluently you speak, and how you organise your ideas so they are easy to understand.

You will submit at least four pieces of writing which you feel reflect your best ability in English – two in Semester One and two in Semester Two. The writing can be a magazine article (blog), a story, an essay or a report. If you wish to submit another type of writing, please check with your tutor first. Submit this via Turnitin on the Blackboard site. Use the coversheet available on Blackboard.

 

 

  1. Speaking

 

You will produce two video clips (between 2 – 3 minutes each) of yourself talking about a topic of your choice.

 

Topics could include:

  • An aspect of British culture you find particularly interesting
  • An interesting or unusual experience you have had in the UK
  • Current news item
  • Culture shock
  • Careers choices
  • A topic of your choice (please confirm with the tutor).

Note: You will lose marks if you have not checked your topic with your tutor first.

You should include reasons why you find the topic interesting.

 

The aim of this video speaking task is to demonstrate your speaking skills in the areas of clarity of pronunciation (specific sounds, word stress, sentence stress, and linking words together), range and accuracy of vocabulary and range and accuracy of grammar.

 

DO NOT read aloud (ie. read from notes). It is clear when students are reading aloud and this is not the point of this exercise. We want to see how you can speak ‘normally’. You will lose marks if you do read aloud.

 

We suggest you make video clips regularly and choose the best one to submit for your portfolio. You must submit a video clip by the end of each semester. You will submit this to Pebblepad (available on Blackboard).

 

 

Marking Criteria — how your work will be graded

 

Assessment 1 (spoken exam):

You will be judged on:

  • The range and accuracy of the grammar you use
  • The range and accuracy of the vocabulary you use
  • How you manage the conversation with the examiner and your partner
  • How well you fulfil the task given, how fluently you speak, and how you organise your ideas so they are easy to understand.
  • The clarity of your pronunciation (e.g. individual sounds, word stress and sentence stress)

in relation to the skills and abilities expected at B2+ level.

 

Assessment 2 (Reading, listening and writing exam):

 

Answers in the reading and listening exam are simply marked right or wrong.

 

Your writing will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Task Achievement/ Appropriate Response (in format and style),
  • Coherence and Cohesion (good sentence and paragraph structure, good use of punctuation),
  • Lexical Resource (range and appropriate use),
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy.

in relation to the skills and abilities expected at B2+ level.

The essay will be marked on the scale given below.

Type of paper Academic level Subject area
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