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Edexcel Certificates and International GCSEs in Chinese, French, German and Spanish - Unit 3: Speaking

18 January 2014

The latest specifications for these languages require all candidates to take a speaking examination, so we recommend that you read the following.

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Please see the FAQs specific to the oral unit for International GCSE and Edexcel Certificate qualifications in Chinese, French, German and Spanish.

Similarly, please read the Teacher's Handbook, available in the course materials, which also offers guidance on preparing students for the oral.

We're drawing your attention to this because we anticipate that previous practice in some schools, which offered the optional oral examination from the legacy qualification, may not reflect the approach required here.

Students must not practice their picture-based discussions with a teacher or teaching assistant at their school if using the same picture that has been chosen for their examination. They may, however, use a different picture for general preparation and to become more familiar with the nature of this task-type.

Discussions must develop in a ‘natural way’ rather than as a series of non-sequential questions.


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