Assessment Report

Level 1 Chinese 2021

Standards 90868 90871

Part A: Commentary

The 2021 listening questions allowed candidates to perform across different grades. There were three pieces of good quality listening texts/scripts. Candidates did show good understanding in their note-taking. Unfortunately, some candidates did not include these notes while answering the questions. Candidates should be reminded to include as much information as they could from their listening notes onto the answer page.

Overall, the reading examination questions were suitable in terms of length, range, and difficulty. Candidates who read the entire question and ensured that their answer addressed the question rather than translating the resource material provided did well. Candidates not incorporating enough detailed information from the resource materials in their answers, was a common issue. Not using the full resource material reduced their chances of achieving higher grades. Candidates who were able to recall key vocabulary or gave answers with reference to the given text were able to move beyond achieved. Merit and Excellence candidates referred to specific details from the text in their explanations. Candidates who were able to give thorough and detailed reasons and communicated implied meanings, such as referring to the aim of the Chinese school trip when explaining why the class should choose between Dunedin or Queenstown, achieved higher grades than those who did not.

Part B: Report on standards

90868: Demonstrate understanding of a variety of spoken Chinese texts on areas of most immediate relevance 

Examinations 

The examination included three questions of which candidates were required to respond to all three. The aim is to allow candidate to demonstrate their understanding of a variety of spoken Chinese texts on areas of most immediate relevance. Each question has been split into Part A and B to scaffold candidates’ answers and help candidates to organize information more efficiently.

Throughout three passages, a variety of topics such as school, directions and travel were covered. These topics show immediate relevance to candidates at Level 1. Part A of the questions usually covers the “what” in each passage, which aligns with the assessment schedule in allowing candidates to demonstrate understanding of the general text at Achieved and Merit level. Part B required candidates to demonstrate a more thorough understanding of the text and show a comprehensive understanding and underlying meaning.

Observations 

Candidates need to ensure that listening notes are used while answering the questions. While many students could identify vocabularies from the passages, a more detailed response is required for Merit and Excellence, which were generally in Part B of the examination question.  

Grade awarding 

Candidates who were award Achievement commonly 

  • showed limited understanding of the text
  • provided answers with enough evidence to demonstrate that they understood the general meaning of the texts.

Candidates whose work was assessed as Not Achievement commonly

  • did not understand and / or understood very few words
  • listed words from scripts without a full sentence or simple statement.

Candidates who were awarded Achievement with Merit commonly

  • showed understanding of the content of the texts
  • explained answers by selecting relevant information.

Candidates who were awarded Achievement with Excellence commonly

  • demonstrated a thorough understanding
  • justified their answers with detailed information provided by the texts.
  • gave answers which were not direct translation of the texts, worded in their own opinions and ideas.

 

90871: Demonstrate understanding of a variety of Chinese texts on areas of most immediate relevance

Examinations 

The examination included three questions of which candidates were required to respond to all three. The aim is to allow candidates to demonstrate their understanding of a variety of Chinese texts on areas of most immediate relevance. Each question has been split into Part A and B to scaffold candidates’ answers and help candidates organize information more efficiently.

Question One required candidates to apply their understanding on topics covering hobbies and activities. The question required the candidate to apply their understanding of vocabularies in this relevant topic and provide carefully selected information to demonstrate their understanding.

Question Two required candidates to apply their understanding on the topic of travel as well as candidates to apply their understanding of Ben and Ada’s conversation. The questions required the candidate to apply their knowledge of personal preferences and provide sufficient evidence to demonstrate their understanding, as well as their ability to justify their own answers with supporting evidence.

Question Three required candidates to apply their understanding on topics covering daily routine and school by reading a blog post. Candidates need to select relevant information to support their view on the argument in the text.

Overall, all three questions covered areas of most immediate relevance for Level 1 candidates.

Observations 

Candidates being able to justify their answers by carefully selecting relevant information is vital to achieve at a Merit and Excellence level. Candidates also need to read the questions carefully and avoid repeating themselves while answering Part A and B of each question; in general, Part A allowed candidates to demonstrate understanding and unambiguously communicate some of the meaning in answering the questions, while Part B required candidates to demonstrate thorough understanding by understanding some implied meanings by providing supporting details from the text to fully justify their own conclusions. 

Grade awarding 

Candidates who were awarded Achievement commonly

  • showed basic understanding of given texts
  • described ideas rather than explain and unpack ideas
  • translated given text in short sentences or bullet points rather than using relevant supporting details from the text in their answers.

Candidates who were awarded Not Achieved commonly

  • made very general and usually inaccurate comments about ideas and opinions. (For example: “Gao-Peng dislikes sport and would fake illness to skip school.”)

Candidates who were awarded Achievement with Merit commonly

  • explained and justified ideas clearly and accurately
  • provided detailed reasons with supporting information from the text.

Candidates who were awarded Achievement with Excellence commonly

  • wrote accurately and thoroughly with supporting details that expanded relevant information from the text
  • discussed the significance of different viewpoints and included nuance and meanings not obviously stated in the texts.

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