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2015 Notes from the Marking Centre – Chinese Extension

Introduction

This document has been produced for the teachers and candidates of the Stage 6 Chinese Extension course. It contains comments on candidate responses to the 2015 Higher School Certificate examination, indicating the quality of the responses and highlighting their relative strengths and weaknesses.
This document should be read along with:

Oral examination

Characteristics of better responses:

  • a clear and logically sequenced viewpoint was presented with clear articulation
  • a convincing, elaborated and in-depth argument was presented
  • a wide range of vocabulary and sentence structures was used.

Characteristics of weaker responses:

  • rote-learnt material that did not address the question was presented
  • poorly sequenced ideas were presented
  • limited vocabulary and sentence structures were used
  • incorrect pronunciation and intonation were used.

Written examination

Section I – Response to Prescribed Text

Characteristics of better responses:

  • an in-depth analysis with relevant textual evidence was presented
  • a perceptive analysis of the personality of Mrs Shui (Q1b), the feelings of Lao Ye (Q1c) and the issue of family relationships (Q1d) was demonstrated
  • the bewilderment, broken-heartedness, disappointment and anguish of Lao Ye about the change in people’s values in modern society as a result of being conned by Lao Pan (Q2) were expressed.

Characteristics of weaker responses:

  • not all aspects of the questions were addressed
  • insufficient textual evidence was provided to support the answers
  • irrelevant characters were discussed
  • an analysis of film techniques was provided instead of addressing the question (Q1d).

Section II – Writing in Chinese

Characteristics of better responses:

  • a range of vocabulary and language structures was used
  • a sophisticated and coherent argument was presented with relevant support
  • logical thinking and analytical skills were displayed in the development of an argument.

Characteristics of weaker responses:

  • limited vocabulary and sentence structures were used
  • certain aspects of the topics were focused on without elaboration or support
  • superficial and brief speeches were provided.
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