A. General criteria for evaluation on courses
Passed by the Rector's Commission on the Servei d'Idiomes
on 26 November 1996
Passing a language level is determined by the mark obtained
in the final examination and, in addition, in face-to-face
courses, by the mark awarded for the progress in the
student's learning during the course (continuous
2. The UAB Idiomes Junta Acadèmica
will determine for each year, language and particular level,
what weight continuous assessment and the final examination
will have in the final mark. In no case will continuous
assessment be weighted more than the final examination.
3. The final continuous assessment mark will also
give consideration to both the marks obtained in mid-course
examinations and to the overall evaluation the teacher
makes of the student's progress. In order to be entitled
to this final mark, the student has to accredit attendance
at a minimum 75% of the classes or, in cases of attendance
failing to reach that figure for justifiable reasons, have
agreed with the teacher a system of tasks or projects in
lieu of attendance that permit an objective, weighted mark.
4. In the final examination, the four basic language
skills (speaking, writing, listening and reading comprehension)
will be evaluated. The Junta Acadèmica will determine,
for each year, language and particular level, the proportions
assigned to each of these abilities, depending on the specific
characteristics of the course. In all cases, the students
will be evaluated with regard to the achievement of the
objectives described in the syllabus for each course.
5. In order for it to be considered that a student
has passed a given level, it is necessary to have obtained
a minimum overall mark on the examination as a whole,
as well as a minimum mark - which may be lower in
percentage terms than the overall mark - on each of the
tests evaluating the different abilities, independently
of whatever mark for continuous assessment may have been
obtained or the overall mark obtained on the final examination.
The Junta Acadèmica will establish this minimum mark
for each year, language and particular level.
6. The speaking and writing tests will, respectively,
- Fluency, formal correctness
(of vocabulary, grammatical structures, prosodic features
and cohesion of discourse), the coherence and appropriacy
of the message to the context (register, style, functions)
and the communication strategies used.
- The appropriacy of the
text to its communicative purpose, syntactical cohesion,
coherence and formal correctness (vocabulary,
grammatical structures and orthography).
7. The criteria and scales established by the Junta
Acadèmica for each year, language and particular
level will be adhered to by all teachers giving the same
level and producing the corresponding examinations.
8. Once the final mark has been awarded, students
have the right to review the examination with their
teachers in order to resolve any doubts they may have over
the examination and, if necessary, to discuss the result
of the final mark. To this end, the teacher will establish
a day and time for the said review.
9. Any appeal that a student may wish to
make regarding the final mark will be made to the Head
of UAB Idiomes, through an application addressed
to the Head of Studies, which will specify, in reasoned
fashion, the causes of the appeal. Within a period
not exceeding two weeks after the final examination, an
evaluation review commission will be constituted,
comprising three members of UAB Idiomes staff, nominated
by the Director, which will study and resolve each of the
appeals that may be presented.
10. September examinations will
follow the same criteria as those described for the
final examinations for face-to-face courses, as regards
both their writing and their evaluation criteria and appeals
B. Final examination and continuous assessment
In the final examination, which will have a single sitting,
evaluation will be made of the achievement of the objectives
described in the programmes for each language. In the
series of tests comprising the final examination, evaluation
will be made of
1. Ability demonstrated in spoken expression,
in a test consisting of:
- a brief individual interview.
- the resolution of a task in
a pair or group.
- individual oral presentation
on a given subject.
2. Ability demonstrated in listening comprehension
in a test consisting of listening to a number of recorded
texts with questions relating to what is heard.
3. Ability demonstrated in written expression, in
a test consisting of writing two texts on different
subjects that require the use of different registers.
4. Ability demonstrated in reading comprehension,
through response to questions on a number of written texts,
one requiring skim/scan reading, the other a more detailed
5. Optionally, some languages may also evaluate
the student's grammatical and lexical competence, with
a series of different activities.
The Head of Studies, in agreement with the coordinator
for each section, will determine the examination dates
and those for the publishing of marks. These dates will
be communicated to the students at least two weeks in
advance of the day assigned to the first part of the examination.
When the course has been passed,
the Servei d'Idiomes Moderns will provide a certificate
stating the mark the student attained. On passing the
courses corresponding to "terminal levels"
(Elementary and Advanced), the academic certificate corresponding
to that level will be provided, if requested by the
C. September examinations
During the month of September, there will be an
examination sitting in order to pass each of the
levels envisaged in ordinary courses. Inscription for this
sitting is open to all those who wish to obtain accreditation
for a particular level, on payment of the corresponding
enrolment fees. It is thus not necessary to have previously
been enrolled at UAB Idiomes.
The September examinations will follow the same criteria
described for examinations in ordinary courses and passing
them provides entitlement to the corresponding academic
certificates. The September examinations will take place
during the first two weeks of September. The calendar
and timetable for the said examinations can be obtained
from the Secretary, UAB Idiomes from the beginning of June
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