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Marking criteria (oral) levels 3, 4, 5 and Business 1 (European)

Scale
/Class
Numerical
Equivalent
(100%)
Language:
-accuracy, range and sophistication
(60%)
communication and interaction
- scope, clarity and coherence of ideas presented
- comprehension and response (20%)
Delivery:
- pronunciation & intonation
- flow, pace, spontaneity
(20%)
Excellent 1st 
100  
An exceptional performance
Native/near-native command of the language.
A flawless performance in terms of grammatical and lexical accuracy.
An exceptional range of pertinent vocabulary and idiomatic expressions.
Exceptional fulfilment of all aspects of the task(s).
An exceptional ability to present and develop ideas with clarity.
An exceptional ability to understand and respond to nuanced and detailed questions.
No interference from other languages.
Natural flow throughout.
All words pronounced accurately.
Intonation and tone production are consistently accurate and fully support communication.
Highly spontaneous delivery/responses.
94
High 1st 88 An outstanding performance
Near-native command of the language.
A virtually flawless performance in terms of grammatical and lexical accuracy.
An outstanding range of pertinent vocabulary and idiomatic expressions.
Virtually no grammatical and/or lexical slips.
Outstanding fulfilment of all aspects of the task(s).
An outstanding ability to present and develop ideas with clarity.
An outstanding ability to understand and respond to nuanced and detailed questions.
Natural intonation, rhythm and flow almost throughout.
Very little interference from other languages.
Almost all words pronounced correctly.
Tone production are largely accurate and does not affect communication.
Very spontaneous delivery/responses.
High Mid 1st 82
Low Mid 1st  78 An excellent performance
Wide-ranging and varied topic-specific vocabulary and idiomatic expressions for the right contexts, some used naturally.
Very accurate in grammar and vocabulary: only very occasional minor mistakes occurring when more advanced structures and phrases are used 
Excellent fulfilment of all aspects of the task(s).
Very well organised structure with logical development of range of good ideas.
Some interest and variety in the range of ideas and fully relevant.
An excellent ability to understand and respond to nuanced and detailed questions.
Natural intonation, rhythm and flow almost throughout.
Very little interference from other languages.
Most words pronounced correctly.
Tone production are mostly accurate and occasional minor errors have no impact on clarity of communication.
Spontaneous delivery/responses.
Low 1st 74
Upper second
High 2:1
68 A very good performance
Very good command of the language.
Very good performance in terms of grammatical and lexical accuracy.
Only very occasional minor mistakes occurring when more advanced structures and phrases are used.
A wide range of pertinent vocabulary and idiomatic expressions.
Very good fulfilment of all aspects of the task(s).
Very good range of ideas.
Largely relevant.
Very good ability to understand and respond to detailed questions.
Little interference from other languages.
Most words pronounced correctly.
Flexible and fluent in straightforward interaction but needs some rephrasing to adjust to sudden or complex changes of topics.
Intonation and tone production are quite accurate and minor errors have no impact on clarity of communication.
Largely smooth delivery though not very spontaneous
Mid 2:1 65 A good performance
Good command of the language.
Generally accurate in grammar and vocabularyQuite wide range of pertinent vocabulary and idiomatic expressions.
Complex sentences structures are attempted and generally well executed.
There are some minor grammatical and/or lexical
Good fulfilment of the task(s).
Good range of ideas and mostly relevant and developed without ambiguity.
Good ability to understand and respond to questions.
Some interference from other languages.
Most words pronounced correctly;Fluent in straightforward interaction but some hesitation and pauses when the topic is complex;Inaccuracy of intonation and tone; production has a little impact on clarity of communication.
 
Low 2:1 62 A fairly good performance
Fairly good command of the language.
A range of pertinent vocabulary and idiomatic expressions.
Several minor grammatical and/or lexical errors are present.
Some major grammatical and/or lexical errors may be present, but the candidate shows some ability to self-correct them.
Fairly good fulfilment of the task(s).
A fair range of ideas still relevant but lacking in scope and are insufficiently developed.
Generally understand well and respond to questions largely correctly, though the candidate may occasionally need to ask for clarification.
Accent does not impede understandingA few mispronounced wordsGenerally fluent in spite of some hesitation and pauses in searching for wordsInaccuracy of intonation and tone production has some impact on clarity of communication.
Lower second
 
High 2:2
58 A reasonable performance
Reasonable command of the language.
Reasonable performance in terms of grammatical and lexical accuracy.
Reasonable range of pertinent vocabulary and idiomatic expressions.
Several minor and major grammatical and/or lexical errors are present, but the candidate occasionally shows some ability to self-correct these.
Reasonable fulfilment of the task(s).
A reasonable range of ideas are mostly relevant but lacking in scope and generally underdeveloped.
Can understand and respond to some detailed questions but the candidate may need to ask for clarification and may not sufficiently develop their response.
 
Accent maybe strong but acceptable.
No undue strain on listener.
Quite a few mispronunciationThe candidate expresses themselves reasonably well, but is hesitant in places.
Inaccuracy of intonation and tone production affects some meaning.
Slight reliance on notes.
Mid 2:2 55 An inconsistent performance
Inconsistent command of the language.
Uneven performance in terms of grammatical and lexical accuracy.
Fairly limited range of pertinent vocabulary and idiomatic expressions; some mother tongue interference may occur.
Frequent minor and several major grammatical and/or lexical errors.
Task(s) fulfilled but pedestrian approach.
Ideas are lacking in scope and largely underdeveloped.
The candidate aptly answers simple questions but starts to struggle with more detailed/complex questions.
Accent tend to be strong and affect the delivery of clear messages.
Many mispronounced words.
Hesitation and pauses are obvious.
Inaccuracy of intonation and tone production affects understanding.
Some reliance on notes.
 
  52 An insecure performance
Insecure command of the language.
Poor in terms of grammatical and lexical accuracy.
Limited range of pertinent vocabulary and idiomatic expressions; some mother tongue interference occurs.
Frequent minor and regular major grammatical and/or lexical errors.
Fairly unconvincing approach to the task(s).
Ideas are lacking in scope and underdeveloped.
In places, the candidate has difficulty in understanding questions, even when they have been rephrased/simplified.
As a result, they may be unable to respond.
The interlocutor may occasionally struggle to understand the candidate’s answers.
Accent strong and causes some misunderstanding.
Frequent hesitation causes difficulty in maintaining the flow of discussion.
Frequent errors in pronunciation cause misunderstanding.
Inaccuracy of intonation and tone production cause some misunderstanding.
Largely reliance on notes.
 
High 3rd 48 A poor performance
Poor command of the language.
Poor in terms of grammatical and lexical accuracy.
Limited range of vocabulary.
Mother tongue often interferes with performance.
Frequent minor and major grammatical and/or lexical errors.
 
Unconvincing approach to the task(s).
Ideas are underdeveloped.
The candidate regularly has difficulty in understanding questions, even when they have been rephrased/simplified.
As a result, they may be unable to respond.
The interlocutor struggles to understand the candidate’s answers.
The candidate struggles to maintain the flow of discussionPersistent hesitationPersistent errors in pronunciation impede comprehension.
Inaccuracy of intonation and tone production cause misunderstanding in many places.
Over-reliance on notes.
Mid 3rd 45 A very poor performance
Very poor command of the language.
Very poor in terms of grammatical and lexical accuracy.
Very limited range of vocabulary.
Mother tongue regularly interferes with performance.
Frequent minor and major grammatical and/or lexical errors may obscure meaning.
Very unconvincing approach to the task(s).
Ideas are not developed and are simplistic.
The candidate persistently has difficulty in understanding questions, even when they have been rephrased/simplified.
The interlocutor struggles to understand the candidate’s answers.
The candidate really struggles to maintain the flow of discussionPersistent hesitationPersistent errors in pronunciation impede comprehension.
Inaccuracy of intonation and tone production cause misunderstanding in various places Over-reliance on notes.
Low 3rd 42 An extremely poor performance
Extremely poor command of the language.
Extremely poor in terms of grammatical and lexical accuracy.
Severely limited range of vocabulary.
Candidate may have no choice but to use their mother tongue on occasion to maintain communication.
Frequent minor and major grammatical and/or lexical errors, which result in incoherent syntax and often obscure meaning.
 
Task(s) largely unfulfilled and unconvincing.
Ideas are not developed and are simplistic and even irrelevant.
The candidate often fails to understand questions and may be unable to respond.
The interlocutor struggles to understand the candidate’s answers.
The candidate shows extreme difficulty in expressing themselvesPersistent hesitationPersistent errors in pronunciation impede comprehension almost throughout.
Inaccuracy of intonation and tone production cause almost total misunderstanding Over-reliance on notes.
High Fail (sub honours) 38 An unsatisfactory performance
Unsatisfactory command of the language.
Many basic errors in basic grammar and vocabulary.
Very limited range of vocabulary, which frequently obscures meaning and prevents communication.
Many minor and major grammatical and/or lexical errors, which obscures meaning.
 
Task(s) largely inadequate fulfilmentA lot of irrelevant material.
Essential information is either missing and/or inaccurate.
The candidate generally fails to understand questions, even when they have been rephrased/simplified.
The candidate is unable to take part in the discussion and communication is pared down to simple laborious/irrelevant utterances.
Can only follow part of the language and unable to produce continuous response.
Most words mispronounced.
Little intonation.
Tone production is hardly intelligible.
Total reliance on notes.
Fail 32 A very unsatisfactory performance
Very unsatisfactory command of the language.
Very unsatisfactory in terms of grammatical and lexical accuracy.
Severely limited range of vocabulary, which obscures meaning and prevents communication.
Grammatical and lexical errors are omnipresent, which results obscured meaning.
Task(s) unfulfilled.
An excess of irrelevant material.
The candidate is unable to respond to questions
Can only follow part of the language and unable to produce continuous responseMost words mispronouncedLittle intonation Tone production is hardly intelligibleTotal reliance on notes
  25 A wholly inadequate performance
Wholly inadequate command of the language
Little evidence of grammatical / lexical competence.
Comprehension is near impossible.
Or, not enough language to assess.
Essential information is missing and /or inaccurate.
Work is significantly below the standard required at this level.
Many and long pausesMispronunciation throughoutLittle Intonation Tone production is not intelligible
Low fail 12
Zero 0   Work of no merit OR Absent OR Work not submitted OR Penalty in some misconduct cases