4.1.3 English Paper 3 (101/3)
Paper 101/3 is intended to test the candidates’ ability to communicate in writing. Communication is established at different levels of intelligibility, correctness, accuracy, ﬂuency, pleasantness and originality. Within the constraints set by each question, it is the linguistic competence shown by the candidate that should carry most of the marks.
Examiners should not hesitate to use the full range of marks for each essay.
It is important to determine ﬁrst how each essay communicates and in which category A, B, C or D it ﬁts.
(The marks indicated below are for question one.)
The candidate either does not communicate at all or his language ability is so minimal that the examiner practically has to guess what the candidate wants to say. The candidate fails to ﬁt the English words he knows into meaningful sentences. The subject is glanced at or distorted. Practically no valid punctuation. All kinds of errors (“Broken English”).
(01 — 05)
Chaotic, little meaning whatsoever. Question paper or some words from it simply copied.
Flow of thought almost impossible to follow. The errors are continuous.
Although the English is often broken and the essay is full of errors of all types, we can at least guess what the candidate wants to say.
(06 – 10)
The candidate communicates understandably but only more or less clearly. He is not conﬁdent with his language. The subject is often undeveloped. There may be some digressions. Unnecessary repetitions are frequent. The arrangement is weak and the ﬂow jerky. There is no economy of language; mother tongue inﬂuence is felt.
C — 06-07
The candidate obviously ﬁnds it difﬁcult to communicate his/her ideas. He/she is seriously hampered by his/her very limited knowledge of structure and vocabulary. This results in many gross errors of agreement, spelling, misuse of prepositions, tenses, verb agreement and sentence construction.
The candidate communicates but not with consistent clarity. His/her linguistic abilities being very limited, he/she cannot avoid frequent errors in sentence structure.
There is little variety or originality. Very bookish English, links are weak, incorrect, repeated at times.
The candidate communicates clearly but in a ﬂat and uncertain manner. Simple concepts sentence forms are often strained. There may be an overuse of cliches, unsuitable idioms. Proverbs are misquoted or misinterpreted. The ﬂow is still jerky. There are some errors of agreement, tenses and spelling.