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2012-HKDSE-LIT ENG LITERATURE IN ENGLISH INTRODUCTION The public assessment of this subject is based on the Curriculum and Assessment Guide (Secondary 4 - 6) Literature in English jointly prepared by the Curriculum Development Council and the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority. Candidates should refer to the Guide for the knowledge, understanding, and skills, etc. they are required to demonstrate in the assessment. ASSESSMENT OBJECTIVES The assessment objectives of Literature in English are to evaluate the following: (a) candidates’ familiarity with the background and content of literary and film texts as well as the techniques employed by the writers/filmmakers in their works; (b) candidates’ ability to articulate an informed personal response; (c) candidates’ ability to write clear, succinct answers which demonstrate critical and analytical skills; and (d) candidates’ ability to express themselves more freely, informally and imaginatively in portfolio work which relates topics of literary significance to issues of importance in contemporary culture. MODE OF ASSESSMENT The table outlines the various components of the public assessment of Literature in English in the 2012 HKDSE: Component Weighting Duration Public Examination Paper 1 Appreciation Paper 2 Essay Writing Paper 3 Portfolio 30% 50% 20% 2½ hours 3 hours PUBLIC EXAMINATION Paper 1 Appreciation (2½ hours) (30%) This paper will be divided into 3 sections. Candidates must choose one question (from a choice of two) from all three sections. Multi-part questions will invite critical analyses and/or comparisons of one or two passages from the prescribed novel or play in Section A (10%), two or three set poems either by the same or different poets in Section B (12%), and one or two unseen poems in Section C (8%). (For the Unseen Poetry section, candidates should study a broad range of modern poetry including themes such as love, nature, war, death and animals. Candidates will be expected to show an ability to understand the thought and feeling in the poetry, and the ways in which these are conveyed.) Copies of the set and unseen poems will be included in the question paper.
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2012-HKDSE-LIT ENG Paper 2 Essay Writing (3 hours) (50%) This paper will be divided into two parts. Part I will be comprised of four sections, A – D, covering a single novel, play, film, and set of short stories respectively. There will be two questions in each
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