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Candidate 1

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Question

You are preparing an application for the job advertised below and you write an e-mail in German to the company.

Bürohilfe—Office Services

Otto-Brenner-Straße,

30159 Hannover-Mitte

Unsere Firma in Hannover sucht zuverlässige, motivierte

Mitarbeiter/-innen in unserem Büro

mit guten Deutsch- und Englischkenntnissen.  Sie sollten auch gut organisieren können.

Sie können uns unter info@buerohilfe-officeservices.de für weitere Information kontaktieren, oder uns Ihre Bewerbung schicken.

To help you to write your e-mail, you have been given the following checklist.

You must include all of these points:

  • Personal details (name, age, where you live)
  • School/college/education experience until now
  • Skills/interests you have which make you right for the job
  • Related work experience
  • Any links you may have with a German-speaking country
  • Any questions you may have about the job

Use all of the above to help you write the e-mail in German. The e-mail should be approximately 120–150 words. You may use a German dictionary.

20 MARKS


Marking Instruction

With reference to Content, Accuracy and Language resource, assess the overall quality of the candidate’s response and allocate it to a pegged mark.  It is important to assess how candidates have addressed bullet points and detail in relation to this as highlighted in bold in Content.  

Category Mark Content Accuracy Language resource - variety, range, structures
Very good 20

The job advert has been addressed in a full and balanced way. The candidate uses detailed language.

The candidate addresses the advert completely and competently, including information in response to both unpredictable bullet points.

A range of verbs/ verb forms, tenses and constructions is used.

Overall this comes over as a competent, well thought-out and serious application for the job.

The candidate handles all aspects of grammar and spelling accurately, although the language may contain one or two minor errors.

Where the candidate attempts to use language more appropriate to Higher, a slightly higher number of inaccuracies need not detract from the overall very good impression.

The candidate is comfortable with the first person of the verb and generally uses a different verb in each sentence.

Some modal verbs and infinitives may be used.

There is good use of adjectives, adverbs and prepositional phrases and, where appropriate, word order. There may be a range of tenses.

The candidate uses co-ordinating conjunctions and/or subordinate clauses where appropriate.

The language of the e-mail flows well.

Good 16

The job advert has been addressed competently.

There is less evidence of detailed language.

The candidate uses a reasonable range of verbs/verb forms.

Overall, the candidate has produced a genuine, reasonably accurate attempt at applying for the specific job, even though he/she may not address one of the unpredictable bullet points.

The candidate handles a range of verbs fairly accurately.

There are some errors in spelling, adjective endings and, where relevant, case endings. Use of accents is less secure, where appropriate.

Where the candidate is attempting to use more complex vocabulary and structures, these may be less successful, although basic structures are used accurately.

There may be one or two examples of inaccurate dictionary use, especially in the unpredictable bullet points.

There may be repetition of verbs.

There may be examples of listing, in particular when referring to school/college experience, without further amplification.

There may be one or two examples of a co-ordinating conjunction, but most sentences are simple sentences.

The candidate keeps to more basic vocabulary, particularly in response to either or both unpredictable bullet points.

Satisfactory 12

The job advert has been addressed fairly competently. The candidate makes limited use of detailed language. The language is fairly repetitive and uses a limited range of verbs and fixed phrases, eg I like, I go, I play.

The candidate copes fairly well with areas of personal details, education, skills, interests and work experience but does not deal fully with the two unpredictable bullet points and indeed may not address either or both of the unpredictable bullet points.

On balance however the candidate has produced a satisfactory job application in the specific language.

The verbs are generally correct, but may be repetitive.

There are quite a few errors in other parts of speech — gender of nouns, cases, singular/ plural confusion, for instance.

Prepositions may be missing, eg I go the town.

Overall, there is more correct than incorrect.

The candidate copes with the first and third person of a few verbs, where appropriate.

A limited range of verbs is used.

Sentences are basic and mainly brief.

There is minimal use of adjectives, probably mainly after is eg Chemistry is interesting.

The candidate has a weak knowledge of plurals.

There may be several spelling errors, eg reversal of vowel combinations.

Unsatisfactory 8

The job advert has been addressed in an uneven manner and/or with insufficient use of detailed language.

The language is repetitive, eg I like, I go, I play may feature several times.

There may be little difference between Satisfactory and Unsatisfactory.

Either or both of the unpredictable bullet points may not have been addressed.

There may be one sentence which is not intelligible to a sympathetic native speaker.

Ability to form tenses is inconsistent.

There are errors in many other parts of speech — gender of nouns, cases, singular/plural confusion, for instance.

Several errors are serious, perhaps showing mother tongue interference.

The detail in the unpredictable bullet points may be very weak.

Overall, there is more incorrect than correct.

The candidate copes mainly only with the personal language required in bullet points 1 and 2.

The verbs “is” and “study” may also be used correctly.

Sentences are basic.

An English word may appear in the writing.

There may be an example of serious dictionary misuse.

Poor 4

The candidate has had considerable difficulty in addressing the job advert. There is little evidence of the use of detailed language.

Three or four sentences may not be understood by a sympathetic native speaker.

Either or both of the unpredictable bullet points may not have been addressed.

Many of the verbs are incorrect.

There are many errors in other parts of speech —personal pronouns, gender of nouns, cases, singular/ plural confusion, prepositions, for instance.

The language is probably inaccurate throughout the writing.

The candidate cannot cope with more than one or two basic verbs.

The candidate displays almost no knowledge of the present tense of verbs.

Verbs used more than once may be written differently on each occasion.

Sentences are very short.

The candidate has a very limited vocabulary.

Several English words may appear in the writing.

There are examples of serious dictionary misuse.

Very poor 0

The candidate is unable to address the job advert.

The two unpredictable bullet points may not have been addressed.

Very little is intelligible to a sympathetic native speaker.

Virtually nothing is correct.

The candidate may only cope with the verbs to have and to be.

Very few words are written correctly in the modern language.

English words are used.

There may be several examples of mother tongue interference.

There may be several examples of serious dictionary misuse.

 


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