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2015 Notes from the Marking Centre – Heritage Indonesian

Introduction

This document has been produced for the teachers and candidates of the Stage 6 Heritage Indonesian 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:

Written examination

Section I – Responding to texts

Questions 1–2

Characteristics of better responses:

  • candidates demonstrated perceptive understanding of the content of the texts
  • information from both texts was synthesised (Q2)
  • extensive knowledge and control of language structures and vocabulary that was appropriate to the context, purpose and audience was shown (Q2).

Question 3

Characteristics of better responses:

  • reference was made to both the content and the language used
  • a comprehensive understanding of the text was demonstrated
  • candidates showed skill in inferring views and attitudes.

Question 4

Characteristics of better responses:

  • a perceptive understanding of the text was shown
  • an excellent and effective command of English was demonstrated.

Question 5

Characteristics of better responses:

  • candidates demonstrated a perceptive understanding of the text
  • language was manipulated competently
  • candidates responded concisely to all the concerns raised in the letter.

Question 6

Characteristics of better responses:

  • candidates used appropriate Indonesian
  • responses showed a perceptive understanding of the issues raised in the blog
  • a sophisticated level of ability to infer values, beliefs, practices and attitudes in the text was demonstrated.  

Question 7

Characteristics of better responses:

  • candidates demonstrated a perceptive understanding of the short story
  • responses were well-referenced 
  • reference was made to complex cultural attitudes.

Section II – Creating texts in Indonesian

Characteristics of better responses:

  • an excellent control of a range of language structures and vocabulary relevant to the chosen question was demonstrated
  • the register appropriate to the audience, purpose and context was selected
  • candidates demonstrated a coherent and effective structuring and sequencing of the advice being offered (Q9).
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