Course Process

Part 1 – Introduction


Part 2 – Topic


Part 3 – Conversation


Band 660%

Examiners comments

Misato speaks at length about the topics and is quite fluent. Her speech is not slow and she does not usually correct herself, but she hesitates quite a lot while she thinks about words or grammar (um; er; and then).

She sometimes manages to link and organise her ideas well, but not always (The weather is nice and I could go anywhere else). She uses good discourse markers (well; actually; to be honest; especially) and basic linking words (connectives) (so; but; when), but these are sometimes inaccurate (because of we have children/because we have children; Even I was young I was with my brother/Because I was young I was with my brother).

She can only get a Band 6 for Fluency and Coherence because of her hesitation and her occasional difficulty in linking ideas.

Misato has some good vocabulary (lose their imagination; switch off; need [the] concentration), although in general her vocabulary is quite simple (help them out; looking after; get some fresh air; countryside; freedom; neighbourhood). Her vocabulary is usually accurate and she does not make many errors. Misato generally paraphrases successfully (keep with them/protect them; everything around them/surrounded by toys).

She manages to say enough about all the topics, and she is easy to understand, so she is a clear Band 6 for Lexical resource.

In grammar there are some good and accurate complex structures (they stay indoors more than going outside, because they can play in front of [the] TV; they don’t need to think about what to do; they just want to be told), but there are a lot of errors.

Misato uses the past tense correctly at times (I was with my brother; I always played with boys), but she is often incorrect with verb tenses (my parents are working, so I always helped them; when I was a child we don’t have any toys; I always going out; we never been alone). She also often leaves out words such as articles and verbs (eg I’m currently [a] housewife; I used to work in [an] office; so [there was] quite a lot of freedom for me; they felt that [I was/it was] safe).

However, she is generally easy to understand, and she uses some complex structures, so she manages to get a Band 6 for Grammatical range and accuracy.

Her pronunciation is clear and easy to understand with some good stress (actually quite nice), but her rhythm is affected by her hesitation (and then – and then), which is often in the middle of a phrase or sentence (looking after um-er-students). This makes her a Band 6 for Pronunciation.

Overall, she communicates well and is easy to understand. To get a higher band she needs to hesitate less and to have more range and accuracy in vocabulary and grammar.

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