Phase 1

Assessment Criteria: Phase 1

Phase 1 Criterion A: Oral Communication

Achievement 
Level
Level Descriptor
0 The student does not reach a standard described by any of the descriptors below.
1–2  The student:

  • makes a limited attempt to identify some basic information in everyday situations• makes a limited attempt to respond to simple short phrases; responses are often inappropriate
  • makes a limited attempt to interact in simple and rehearsed exchanges, using minimal verbal and non-verbal language
  • makes a limited attempt to communicate information in a limited range of everyday situations
  • uses a limited vocabulary, and has difficulty in finding words
  • uses pronunciation and intonation with many errors, making understanding difficult throughout the exchange
  • makes a limited attempt to use language to suit the context.
3–4 The student:

  • identifies some basic information in everyday situations• responds to some simple short phrases; some responses are inappropriate
  • occasionally interacts in simple and rehearsed exchanges, using some verbal and non-verbal language
  • communicates some information in a limited range of everyday situations
  • uses a basic range of vocabulary, with some inappropriate word choice
  • uses pronunciation and intonation with some errors, some of which make understanding difficult
  • uses some language to suit the context.
5–6 The student:

  • identifies most basic information in everyday situations• responds appropriately to most simple short phrases
  • usually interacts in simple and rehearsed exchanges, using verbal and non-verbal language
  • communicates information on some aspects of a topic in everyday situations
  • makes good use of a basic range of vocabulary, generally accurately
  • uses pronunciation and intonation with some errors, though these do not interfere with comprehensibility
  • usually uses language to suit the context.
7–8 The student:

  • identifies basic information in everyday situations• responds appropriately to most simple short phrases
  • interacts in simple and rehearsed exchanges, using verbal and nonverbal language
  • communicates information on a variety of aspects of a topic in everyday situations
  • makes excellent use of a basic range of vocabulary, generally accurately
  • uses clear pronunciation and intonation, which makes communication easy
  • uses language to suit the context.
Note: In the strand referring to the use of comprehensible pronunciation and intonation, for tonallanguages “intonation” is replaced by “correct tone”.

Phase 1 criterion B: Visual nterpretation

Achievement
Level
Level Descriptor
0 The student does not reach a standard described by any of the descriptors below.
1–2 The student:

  • makes a limited attempt to identify basic messages, main ideas and supporting details in simple visual texts dealing with everyday situations
  • makes a limited attempt to recognize some basic conventions in visual texts dealing with everyday situations
  • makes a limited attempt to engage with the visual text by identifying ideas, opinions and attitudes in the text; makes minimal connections with own experiences and attitudes
  • shows limited understanding of the content of the visual, spoken and written text as a whole.
3–4 The student:

  • identifies some basic messages, main ideas and supporting details in simple visual texts dealing with everyday situations
  • recognizes some basic conventions in visual texts dealing with everyday situations
  • occasionally engages with the visual text by identifying ideas, opinions and attitudes in the text and makes some connections with own experiences and attitudes
  • shows some understanding of the content of the visual, spoken and written text as a whole.
5–6 The student:

  • identifies most basic messages, main ideas and supporting details in simple visual texts dealing with everyday situations
  • recognizes most basic conventions in visual texts dealing with everyday situations
  • usually engages with the visual text by identifying ideas, opinions and attitudes in the text and makes ample connections with own experiences and attitudes
  • shows considerable understanding of the content of the visual, spoken and written text as a whole.
7–8 The student:

  • identifies basic messages, main ideas and supporting details in simple visual texts dealing with everyday situations
  • recognizes basic conventions in visual texts dealing with everyday situations
  • engages with the visual text by identifying ideas, opinions and attitudes in the text and makes substantial connections with own experiences and attitudes
  • shows thorough understanding of the content of the visual, spoken and written text as a whole.

 

Phase 1 criterion C: Reading Comprehension

Achievement
Level
Level Descriptor
0 The student does not reach a standard described by any of the descriptors below.
1–2 The student:

  • makes a limited attempt to identify basic facts, main ideas and supporting details in simple short written texts with familiar language
  • has difficulty recognizing basic aspects of format and style, and author’s purpose for writing
  • makes a limited attempt to engage with the text by identifying ideas, opinions and attitudes in the text; makes minimal connections with own experiences and attitudes
  • shows limited understanding of the content of the text as a whole.
3–4 The student:

  • identifies some basic facts, main ideas and supporting details in simple short written texts with familiar language
  • recognizes some basic aspects of format and style, and author’s purpose for writing
  • occasionally engages with the text by identifying ideas, opinions and attitudes in the text and making some connections with own experiences and attitudes
  • shows some understanding of the content of the text as a whole.
5–6 The student:

  • identifies most basic facts, main ideas and supporting details in simple short written texts with familiar language
  • recognizes most basic aspects of format and style, and author’s purpose for writing
  • usually engages with the text by identifying ideas, opinions and attitudes in the text and making ample connections with own experiences and attitudes
  • shows considerable understanding of the content of the text as a whole.
7–8 The student:

  • identifies basic facts, more complex ideas and supporting details in simple short written texts with familiar language
  • recognizes basic aspects of format and style, and author’s purpose for writing
  • engages with the text by identifying ideas, opinions and attitudes in the text and making substantial connections with own experiences and attitudes
  • shows thorough understanding of the content of the text as a whole.
 Note: In the strand referring to understanding and responding to written texts, the use of a transliteration/Romanization guide, such as the Chinese “Pinyin” system, is supported in this phase.
 
Phase 1 criterion D: Writing
Achievement
Level
Level Descriptor
0 The student does not reach a standard described by any of the descriptors below.
1–2  The student:

  • makes a limited attempt to write basic phrases to express ideas and feelings in a limited range of everyday situations
  • has difficulty organizing basic information, and basic cohesive devices are not used
  • has difficulty using basic vocabulary, grammatical structures and conventions; many errors
  • makes a limited attempt to write with a sense of audience.
3–4  The student:

  • writes some basic phrases to express ideas and feelings in a limited range of everyday situations
  • organizes some basic information and uses a limited range of basic cohesive devices
  • uses a limited range of basic vocabulary, grammatical structures and conventions; some errors and inappropriate word choice
  • writes with some sense of audience.
5–6  The student:

  • writes a variety of basic phrases to express ideas and feelings in a limited range of everyday situations
  • usually organizes basic information and uses a limited range of basic cohesive devices
  • makes good use of a basic range of vocabulary, grammatical structures and conventions, generally accurately
  • usually writes with a sense of audience.
7–8  The student:

  • writes a wide variety of basic phrases effectively to express ideas and feelings in a limited range of everyday situations
  • organizes basic information and uses a range of basic cohesive devices
  • makes excellent use of a basic range of vocabulary, grammatical structures and conventions, generally accurately
  • writes with a sense of audience.

 

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