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Topics

Topics

AS Topics

Day to day issues
  • media
  • transport and communication
  • food, drink, health and fitness
Contemporary Society
  • family
  • religion
  • free-time activities
  • social issues
Environment & Citizenship
  • environment issues
  • urban and rural life
  • science and society
  • crime and punishment
Working World
  • education and training
  • employment and unemployment
  • commerce and industry
The International Context
  • holidays and travel
  • impact of tourism
  • aspects of life/culture of foreign countries 

A2 Topics

Day to day issues media and advertising
transport
communication technology
health and wellbeing
Contemporary Society family and relationships
religion
leisure activities
social issues
Environment & Citizenship protecting the planet
urban and rural life
impact of scientific and technological progress
law and order
Working World education and employment
commerce and industry
economic issues
The International Context impact of travel and tourism
aspects of life/culture of foreign countries
wealth and poverty

Literary Topics

The questions in Section 3 of Unit 2 will be based on the following topics.

Please note that you can find source materials for the literary and non-lterary topics in section 3 of the specification. The source materials are not prescriptive. They are examples of the sorts of works that candidates should study.

Please note that candidates may not take texts or a dictionary into either the Unit 1 or Unit 2 examination.

Topic 1

The British - Panjabi Short Story

Topic 2

The Panjabi Novel

Non-literary Topics

Topic 1

Socio-economic Study of Panjab (India) since 1947

Topic 2

The Panjabi community in India and abroad

Scheme of Assessment

Scheme of Assessment

Unit 1 PANJ1 Reading and Writing

2½ hours  100 marks

Section 1

A passage or passages of authentic, printed material in Panjabi amounting to between 300 and 350 words in total, on which a variety of questions are set which require either non-verbal or short answers in Panjabi.

Section 2

A passage of between 100 and 120 words in Panjabi for translation into English.

Section 3 

A short, printed stimulus in Panjabi of between 50 and 100 words, requiring a letter, report or article to be written as a response in Panjabi. Candidates should write at least 200 words.

The marks are allocated in the following way.

  AO2 AO3 Total
Section 1 35 10 45
Section 2 10   10
Section 3 30 15 45
Section 1

35 AO2 marks, 10 AO3 marks (see grid below)

  Knowledge of Grammar (AO3)
9-10 The knowledge and use of most structures is good. There are still some inaccuracies, but these are usually in attempts at more complex structures.
7-8 The manipulation of basic structures is generally sound. There are attempts to use more complex structures, but not always successfully.
5-6 There is some awareness of structure. There are still basic errors but communication is generally maintained.
3-4 The level of manipulation of structures and the number of errors make comprehension difficult.
0-2 Shows very limited grasp of grammatical structure. Errors are such that communication is seriously impaired.

Total for Section 1: 45 marks

Section 2

10 AO2 marks (see grid below)

  Response to Written Language (AO2)
9-10 Very good understanding of the original, and translated accurately in language that has a wide range of vocabulary. Excellent spelling, punctuation and grammar.
7-8 Shows good understanding of the original, and translated in language that has a wide range of vocabulary. Accurate, with only a few minor errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar.
5-6 Shows satisfactory understanding of the original, and translated in language that has a limited range of vocabulary. Errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar are intrusive and affect comprehension.
3-4 Shows poor understanding of the original, and translated in language that has a very limited range of vocabulary. Errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar impede comprehension.
0-2 Little or nothing of merit.

Total for Section 2: 10 marks

Section 3 

30 AO2 marks, 15 AO3 marks  (see grids below)

  Response to Written Language (AO2)
25-30 Relevant points are clearly made. The answer is focused on the question and offers ideas which are logically and clearly developed. Good personal reaction, usually justified.
19-24 The answer is generally on the subject, with a number of relevant points, but not always appropriately supported.
13-18 Some relevant points are made, ideas are not clearly organised. Some reaction is evident, but points made are not always justified or illustrated. The answer generally lacks a clear focus.
6-12 A limited number of points made, many of which are vague or irrelevant. No justification for points made.
0-5 There is little or nothing of relevance. A zero score will automatically result in zero for the question as a whole.
  Knowledge of Grammar (AO3)
12-15 The knowledge and use of most structures is good. There are still some inaccuracies, but these are usually in attempts at more complex structures.
8-11 The manipulation of basic structures is generally sound. There are attempts to use more complex structures, but not always successfully.
5-7 There is some awareness of structure. There are still basic errors but communication is generally maintained.
2-4 The level of manipulation of structures and the number of errors make comprehension difficult.
0-1 Shows very limited grasp of grammatical structure. Errors are such that communication is seriously impaired.

Total for Section 3: 45 marks

Unit 2 PANJ2 Reading and Writing

3 hours  100 marks

Section 1

A passage or passages of authentic, printed material in Panjabi on which a variety of questions are set which require either non-verbal or short answers in Panjabi.

Section 2

A passage of approximately 150 words in English for translation into Panjabi.

Section 3

Two literary and two non-literary topics are set for study. Two alternative questions are set on each topic. Candidates are expected to write at least 200 words in answer to each of two questions in Panjabi. Candidates must refer to at least one source in their answer.

The marks are allocated in the following way.

  AO2 AO3 Total
Section 1 20   20
Section 2 15 5 20
Section 3 40 20 60
Section 1

20 AO2 marks

Total for Section 1 : 20 marks 

Section 2

15 AO2 marks, 5 AO3 marks (see grids below)

  Response to Written Language (AO2)
12-15 Very good understanding of the original, and translated accurately in language that has a wide range of vocabulary. Excellent spelling, punctuation and grammar.
8-11 Shows good understanding of the original, and translated in language that has a wide range of vocabulary. Accurate, with only a few minor errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar.
5-7 Shows satisfactory understanding of the original, and translated in language that has a limited range of vocabulary. Errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar are intrusive and affect comprehension.
2-4 Shows poor understanding of the original, and translated in language that has a very limited range of vocabulary. Errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar impede comprehension.
0-1 Little or nothing of merit.
  Knowledge of Grammar (AO3)
5 The grammatical structures in the specification are used accurately. There are a few errors and these are of a minor nature. 
4 Grammar is sound. Tenses and agreements are reliable, and errors occur only in the most difficult areas. 
3 The grammatical structures are known, but success in applying them is inconsistent, especially in less common structures.
2 Evidence of gaps in basic grammar. Common structures are not sound and some irregular verbs are suspect.
0-1 Errors are elementary and so numerous as to impede comprehension.

Total for Section 2: 20 marks

Section 3

20 AO2 marks (x2), 10 AO3 marks (x2) (see grids below)

  Response to Written Language (AO2)
16-20 Demonstrates a thorough knowledge and understanding of the topics/texts, with a wide range of sources and evidence used. The answer is relevant and is wide-ranging in its treatment of the topics/texts/question. A good range of points evaluated, with conclusions. Clear evidence of personal reaction, well illustrated/justified. Well balanced and coherent.
11-15 Demonstrates sound overall knowledge and understanding of the topics/texts. A good range of sources and guidance is used. The answer is generally relevant to the topic/question. Some attempt at evaluation and some personal reaction, not always convincingly justified. Clear structure and logical progression. 
6-10 Demonstrates some knowledge and understanding of the topics/texts. Source material and evidence is not always well used. Some evaluation evident, but relies on received ideas with little personal opinion. Some attempts at structure. Ideas generally not well supported.
1-5 Demonstrates only limited knowledge and understanding of the topics/texts. Limited range of sources and evidence. Superficial examples. Little relevant reaction/opinion/evaluation, generally factual or descriptive, lacks structure and order.
0 The answer shows no relevance to the topic/texts/question. A zero score will automatically result in a zero score for the answer as a whole.
  Knowledge of Grammar (AO3)
9-10 The grammatical structures in the specification are used accurately. There are a few errors and these are of a minor nature.
7-8 Grammar is sound. Tenses and agreements are reliable, and errors occur only in the most difficult areas. 
5-7 The grammatical structures are known, but success in applying them is inconsistent, especially in less common structures.
2-4 Evidence of gaps in basic grammar. Common structures are not sound and some irregular verbs are suspect.
0-2 Errors are elementary and so numerous as to impede comprehension.

Total for Section 3: 30 x 2 = 60 marks