Prueba 2 SL

Paper 2: Written productive skills

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Weighting: 25%

Paper 2 is based on the options: cultural diversity, customs and traditions, health, leisure, science and technology.

This paper is externally set and externally assessed. It consists of five tasks requiring different types of texts. Each task is based on a different option, from which the student chooses one. The student is expected to write 250–400 words.

The aim of this component is to assess the student’s ability to communicate in writing for a variety of purposes. It requires the student to demonstrate his or her productive skills. Students’ factual knowledge of the options will not be tested as such, but can, and should, be used to support what the student wishes to communicate.

Each task requires an answer with a specific text type, such as a formal letter or a report. To this end, students need to identify the purpose(s) of the task in order to use register and style appropriate to the text type.

Students should:

  • use language accurately and appropriately
  • develop and organize ideas relevant to the task
  • produce the features of the required text type correctly.

Paper 2 requires students to produce text types from the following list.

  • Article
  • Blog/diary entry
  • Brochure, leaflet, flyer, pamphlet, advertisement
  • Essay
  • Interview
  • Introduction to debate, speech, talk, presentation
  • News report
  • Official report
  • Review
  • Set of instructions, guidelines
  • Written correspondence

    Paper 2

    Assessment criteria are used to assess paper 2, which is worth 25% of the overall mark.

    There are three assessment criteria.

    Criterion A

    Language

    10 marks

    Criterion B

    Message

    10 marks

    Criterion C

    Format

    5 marks

    Total

    25 marks

aper 2: Written productive skills (SL)

Criterion A: Language
  • How effectively and accurately does the student use language?

Failure to write the minimum number of words will result in a 1-mark penalty.

Marks

Level descriptor

0

The work does not reach a standard described by the descriptors below.

1–2

Command of the language is generally inadequate.

A very limited range of vocabulary is used, with many basic errors.

Simple sentence structures are rarely clear.

3–4

Command of the language is limited and generally ineffective.

A limited range of vocabulary is used, with many basic errors.

Simple sentence structures are sometimes clear.

5–6

Command of the language is generally adequate, despite many inaccuracies.

A fairly limited range of vocabulary is used, with many errors.

Simple sentence structures are usually clear.

7–8

Command of the language is effective, despite some inaccuracies.

A range of vocabulary is used accurately, with some errors.

Simple sentence structures are clear.

9–10

Command of the language is good and effective.

A wide range of vocabulary is used accurately, with few significant errors.

Some complex sentence structures are clear and effective.

Criterion B: Message
  • How clearly can the student develop and organize relevant ideas?

Marks

Level descriptor

0

The work does not reach a standard described by the descriptors below.

1–2

The message has not been communicated.

The ideas are irrelevant and/or repetitive.

The development of ideas is unclear; supporting details are very limited and/or not appropriate.

3–4

The message has barely been communicated.

The ideas are sometimes irrelevant and/or repetitive.

The development of ideas is confusing; supporting details are limited and/or not appropriate.

5–6

The message has been partially communicated.

The ideas are relevant to some extent.

The development of ideas is evident at times; supporting details are sometimes appropriate.

7–8

The message has been communicated fairly well.

The ideas are mostly relevant.

The development of ideas is coherent; supporting details are mostly appropriate.

9–10

The message has been communicated well.

The ideas are relevant.

The development of ideas is coherent and effective; supporting details are appropriate.

Criterion C: Format
  • How correctly does the student produce the required text type?
  • To what extent are the conventions of text types appropriate?

Marks

Level descriptor

0

The work does not reach a standard described by the descriptors below.

1

The text type is not recognizable.

Conventions appropriate to the text type are not used.

2

The text type is hardly recognizable or is not appropriate.

Conventions appropriate to the text type are very limited.

3

The text type is sometimes recognizable and appropriate.

Conventions appropriate to the text type are limited.

4

The text type is generally recognizable and appropriate.

Conventions appropriate to the text type are evident.

5

The text type is clearly recognizable and appropriate.

Conventions appropriate to the text type are effective and evident.