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Paul Merrell | Thursday November 05, 2015

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Spoken Language Endorsement for GCSE English Language

The four English awarding bodies have developed the new criteria for Spoken Language assessment in the new GCSE English Language (9-1) qualifications. This will be a separately endorsed component, for which candidates will be graded Distinction, Pass, or Merit. Candidates who do not achieve a Pass grade, or those who do not take the component, will be given non-classified.

The Guidance Document for centres is copied below, including the assessment criteria and moderation procedures.

Guidance Document


From first teaching in September 2015, GCSE English Language will have an endorsed component covering Spoken Language. This endorsement will be reported as a separate grade (Pass, Merit, Distinction or Not Classified) and will not contribute to the result of the GCSE English Language qualification.

This document has been produced in collaboration with all the relevant awarding bodies. It provides an outline of the requirements and further clarification will be available in the JCQ Instructions for conducting non-examination assessments.


Candidates must undertake a prepared spoken presentation on a specific topic. As a guide, the duration of the whole assessment should be no more than ten minutes. The key requirements are:

  • Presentations must be formal but may take a wide variety of forms, including talks, debates, speeches and dialogues.
  • Candidates must identify the subject for their presentations in advance and agree it with their teacher.
  • Presentations must be planned and organised. Candidates should be advised that lack of preparation is likely to prevent access to the criteria for the higher grades.
  • Candidates may use pre-prepared notes, PowerPoint etc. to assist them during their presentations but this is not a requirement.
  • As part of, or following, the presentation, candidates must listen to and respond appropriately to questions and feedback.
  • Where the...

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