Parks and Othello
Study the following stimulus texts and listen to the student's individual oral. Apply the assessment criteria and discuss the marks that you would award the recording before reading the examiner's marks and comments. How different were your marks and comments from the examiner's marks and comments? What improvements could be made to this student's oral, in order to achieve better results?
Extracts: Gordon Parks and Othello
Teacher's comments and marks
Photographs, poems, ads and other short texts lend themselves well to the IO because they are compact and can be analysed in 2-3 minutes. At first glance, you may wonder how one can speak about a photograph for as long as this student. But as you listen to this oral, notice how the nature of the non-lit BOW allows the student to reference other short texts (photographs) in relation to the anchor text (extract) very effectively. Furthermore the student unpacks the context of the photograph, making his analysis of it more meaningful.
The teacher does a fabulous job asking the student subsequent (discussion) questions after the oral. What's his secret? He continually asks the student to elaborate on previously mentioned points. "What makes you say that?" is perhaps one of the most important questions a teacher can ask a student. And it comes in handy during the IO.