ENGLISH A2 ORAL COMMENTARY
3   C RITERIA <ul><li>A. QUALITY OF IDEAS </li></ul><ul><li>How well do you UNDERSTAND the THEME & PURPOSE of the EXTRACT?...
B . PRESENTATION <ul><li>How well did you STRUCTURE your commentary? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the commentary HANG TOGETHER N...
C . LANGUAGE <ul><li>Did you use a FORMAL register and style? </li></ul><ul><li>Was our speech FLUENT? </li></ul><ul><li>D...
THE   PASSAGE
THE EXTRACT/PASSAGE <ul><li>Not more than 40 lines of text </li></ul><ul><li>There will be line numbers so that you can re...
P REPARATION  T IME <ul><li>Catch your breath BEFORE prep. </li></ul><ul><li>The guiding questions do not have to be used ...
ORGANISING YOUR COMMENTARY –  <ul><ul><li>2 mins - Introduction – Author, Title, contextualise passage (setting of scene i...
<ul><li>SHOW, DON ’T TELL </li></ul><ul><li>Address EVERY single image, sound device, structural device and </li></ul><ul>...
DON ’TS <ul><li>Summarise the entire work or even the extract when contextualising – before & after will do </li></ul><ul>...
THE PRESENTATION <ul><li>8-10 mins </li></ul><ul><li>Follow-up questions – 5 mins, typically 2-3 questions </li></ul><ul><...
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English a2-oral-commentary[1]

  1. 1. ENGLISH A2 ORAL COMMENTARY
  2. 2. 3 C RITERIA <ul><li>A. QUALITY OF IDEAS </li></ul><ul><li>How well do you UNDERSTAND the THEME & PURPOSE of the EXTRACT? </li></ul><ul><li>STYLISTIC DEVICES </li></ul><ul><li>Would you know one if you saw one? </li></ul><ul><li>How do the devices support theme and purpose? </li></ul><ul><li>How RELEVANT and FOCUSED are your ideas? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you thinking CRITICALLY? </li></ul><ul><li>Did you SUPPORT, SUPPORT, SUPPORT with RELEVANT evidence from the extract only for every argument you posed? </li></ul>
  3. 3. B . PRESENTATION <ul><li>How well did you STRUCTURE your commentary? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the commentary HANG TOGETHER NICELY or does it mention many random, discrete points? </li></ul><ul><li>How well did you INTEGRATE the EXAMPLES? </li></ul>
  4. 4. C . LANGUAGE <ul><li>Did you use a FORMAL register and style? </li></ul><ul><li>Was our speech FLUENT? </li></ul><ul><li>Did you speak with ACCURATE grammar? Which tense should you use? Avoid Present Continuous </li></ul><ul><li>Did you demonstrate a VARIED and sophisticated vocabulary? </li></ul>
  5. 5. THE PASSAGE
  6. 6. THE EXTRACT/PASSAGE <ul><li>Not more than 40 lines of text </li></ul><ul><li>There will be line numbers so that you can refer to them e.g. In line 20… </li></ul><ul><li>The extract will be from at least TWO works you have read in a literary option </li></ul>
  7. 7. P REPARATION T IME <ul><li>Catch your breath BEFORE prep. </li></ul><ul><li>The guiding questions do not have to be used </li></ul><ul><li>Read for meaning - Round 1 no hands. Round 2 annotate (5 min) ‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Spotlight the EXTRACT </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on STYLE, not PLOT </li></ul><ul><li>Write the Introduction up until your thesis to read aloud and get you going. Everything else in short notes. (3 min) ‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Be NEAT. </li></ul>
  8. 8. ORGANISING YOUR COMMENTARY – <ul><ul><li>2 mins - Introduction – Author, Title, contextualise passage (setting of scene in extract, before & after), thesis (theme, purpose) ‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 min – Narration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Who is the narrator - point of view? (not for drama) ‏ </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Characterisation – discuss diction and imagery </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tone - Mood </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>RELATE TO PURPOSE OF TEXT </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 min - Imagery. Metaphors, symbols, sound/visual imagery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 min – Other devices - structure (if important, contrasts) diction, sound devices and their EFFECT ON THE PASSAGE. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 min – Conclusion: Why is this passage significant for the THEME in the work? Connect to MOOD </li></ul></ul><ul><li>RELATE TO THEME/PURPOSE – end each paragraph </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>SHOW, DON ’T TELL </li></ul><ul><li>Address EVERY single image, sound device, structural device and </li></ul><ul><li>Relate it to the extract ’s meaning - theme/ purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Signposting: firstly, secondly, another device used to create this effect is… </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on the extract. </li></ul><ul><li>Annotate with highlighters. </li></ul><ul><li>Rewrite the commentary structure </li></ul>
  10. 10. DON ’TS <ul><li>Summarise the entire work or even the extract when contextualising – before & after will do </li></ul><ul><li>Talk about what happens in other parts of the work at length </li></ul><ul><li>Ignore devices – they won ’t go away… </li></ul><ul><li>Be late </li></ul><ul><li>be disorganised </li></ul>
  11. 11. THE PRESENTATION <ul><li>8-10 mins </li></ul><ul><li>Follow-up questions – 5 mins, typically 2-3 questions </li></ul><ul><li>Max recording time 15 mins </li></ul><ul><li>BREATHE </li></ul><ul><li>Do a test-run and playback, if possible. </li></ul><ul><li>Speak in a relaxed manner </li></ul><ul><li>Keep tabs of your time </li></ul><ul><li>If you finish early or get stuck, answer the guiding questions provided </li></ul>

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