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New Specification AQA
Exam in June 2010
 TV, Advertising, IT
Popular Culture
 Cinema, Music, Fashion/Trends
Healthy Living/Lifestyle
 Sport/exercise, health, holidays
 relationships in family, friendship, partnership
Stimulus card discussion: 5 minutes
Conversation: 10 minutes
Preparation Time: 20 min
Stimulus card:
1 sub-topic
chosen by candidate out of a choice of two.
1 topic or sub-topic chosen by candidate.
2 topics or sub-topics chosen by examiner.
The sub-topics have to come from different main topics, so
in the end we will have covered all 4 main topics.
Stimulus Card:
(discarded: Holidays)
Music (student choice)
Holidays (alternative: advertising)
NB: Clashes between student choice and Stimulus Card are avoided by moving down the
prescribed sequence of card choice
¡Compra, compra, compra!
¡Grandes rebajas!
Anuncios en la televisión
¡Precios reducidos!
Publicidad en internet
En la calle grandes vallas publicitarias
¿De qué trata esta tarjeta?
¿Crees tú lo que se dice en la publicidad?
¿Crees que se ven demasiados anuncios en la televisión?
¿Es verdad que la publicidad es un arte creativo?
¿Hasta qué punto la publicidad influye al público?
Part 1: Printed questions
 The 5 printed questions will be asked in sequence.
(exception: if the first answer was not sufficient a question for more
detail may be asked)
 Last 2 ½ minutes
( i.e. 30 seconds per question details need to be given)
"Natural flow": candidate should try to day rather than
read their prepared answers
(even though the notes from preparation time can be brought in)
Part 2: Further questions
Lasts 2 ½ minutes.
5 supplementary questions generated by candidate‘s
Candidate needs to include more details & focus on the
range of tenses, sentences structures & verb endings.
The questions may move away from the card's content BUT
must stay within the sub-topic (which is stated on the card).
Discussion should flow naturally from the stimulus material
into the wider discussion of the sub-topic.
Part 1 (printed questions) - 5 marks overall
5 marks: Student develops a wide range of relevant points.
4 marks: develops a number of relevant points
3 marks: some points, little development
Part 2 (further questions) - 5 marks overall
5 marks: Responds to all opportunities to express and
develop views and opinions
4 marks: Some evidence of developing ideas and opinions
3 marks: Ideas and opinions are simplistic and
-No marks for factual knowledge.
-lengthy pre-learnt response to questions in Part 2 of the Stimulus Card will
restrict the marks to a maximum of 2 points.
will cover the 3 remaining AS topics.
10 minutes (approx. 3 minutes on each
than 2 minutes on any topic will reduce the
candidate‘s mark by one band.
with the topic or sub-topic chosen and prepared by
must give a prompt card with up to 5 bullet points to
examiner 2 days before.
prompt card mustn‘t contain any conjugated verb or full
all points need to be covered (nor in the same order as on the
card) but the points on the card must be the steer for the
No aspects outside the heardings on the prompt card will be
card will be sent to AQA.
approx. 4 minutes.
Sub-topic: El cine
Cine ¿cultura o diversión?
Mis películas favoritas
Las películas de terror
La influencia del cine
futuro del cine
2 more topics (or sub-topics) covered
Lasts 3 minutes each
depth rather than breadth
Candidate must develop ideas and opinions & show
spontaneity to access highest mark for interaction.
Delivery of mainly pre-learnt answers will adversely
affect the marks awarded.
Examiner will follow up on candidate‘s response rather
than a „question & answer“ session.
no discreet points for knowledge of target-language
society, i.e. entire exam could be about issues in GB.
explain and exemplify
Describe and define
compare and contrast
give opinions directly
Balancing pros and cons/merits & pitfalls
Give reasons why/why not
hypothetical mode: ¿qué harías si tuvieras ....?
Fluency - 10 marks
Pronunciation and Intonation - 5 marks
9-10 marks: A meaningful exchange. Develops ideas
spontaneously. Can counter views.
7-8 marks: Reasonable Response. Some spontaneity.
Can justify opinions.
5-6 marks: Limited response to challenges of opinions.
Offers mostly factual information.
3-4 marks: dependent on examiner‘s prompting.
Knowledge of Grammar - 15 marks
(awarded across both parts of the exam.)
develop, make notes of ideas and examples on
all sub-topics,
have lots of opinions and reasons for them,
think about how to steer the conversation to
topics you want to talk about,
know advanced phrases for giving, defending,
contradicting opinions,
know phrases for giving examples and details,
Practice as much as possible in class, with
Verónica and between you!!!!

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