Examiners’ Report Summer 2008
GCSE Arabic (1606)
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Paper 1 Examiners’ Report
Paper 2 Examiners’ Report
Paper 3 Examiners’ Report
Paper 4 Examiners’ Report
Paper 1 – Listening and Responding
General Comments. The paper was set in two parts; the question paper and the text which was orally introduced to candidates. The paper covered 9 topics covering 9 areas of study. The topics were: 1. My Family. (Total mark 5) 2. Doctor's Advice. (Total mark 5) 3. The Kitchen of the New Flat. (Total mark 5) 4. Emergency. (Total mark 5) 5. In the Clothes Shop. (Total mark 5) 6. The Summer Holiday. (Total mark 4) 7. At the Checking Desk at the Airport. (Total mark 6) 8. In the Restaurant. (Total mark 5) 9. Looking for the Supermarket. (Total mark 10) The answers of all questions about the topics from 1 – 8 were in the target language, while topic 9 required students to answer in English. The questions were designed to target all candidates of all levels. The total mark awarded was 50 marks. Questions about topic 1, 2, 3 and 8 were very popular among students as most of them managed to respond with correct answers and scored well. Higher level students showed great competence in answering questions about topics 4, 5, 6 and 7. Students with a good knowledge of the English language and a reasonable knowledge of Arabic made successful efforts in answering topic 9 and managed to score well. The question about topic 5 comprises 10 sentences and required candidates to identify 5 correct sentences in order to score the maximum of 5 marks. Specific Comments: Question 11: Candidates here had to relate the words they heard in the text to the pictures they looked at. The candidates here had to listen to the text as a whole carefully and then made their choice of ticks. Most candidates managed to score full marks here. The few who failed to score well had a common move towards ticking more than the required 5 ticks and had to lose one mark for each extra tick over 5.
1606/7 GCSE Arabic Examiners' Report June 2008
Question 12: this question was a mixture of recognition of spoken words and sentences and directly relating them to question words as in 2 and 3; and showing an appropriate link between the text word “ “ اﻟﺸﺮﻃﺔand the word in question “.”ﻣﺴﺎﻋﺪة Question 13 was very challenging question, however students performed very well. Question 14 was well managed by higher level candidates, with a substantial number of less able candidates who were able to score one or two marks here. Question 15: This question proved to be a good test of comprehension as there were excellent distracters in it e.g. ﺧﻤﺲor ﻗﺒﻞ , أرﺑﻊor ﺗﺴﻴﺮ , ﺑﻌﺪor … ﺗﺮﺟﻊetc. Candidates could construct from these alternatives a sub-plot which would be almost plausible. In order to choose the correct answers, candidates had to understand fully the listening text. A very small number of candidates failed to get all 6 answers correctly. Question 16: This question was the candidates’ joy as many of the less able students found the appropriate challenge in it to reflect their good level listening...
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