Languages are increasingly relevant to all of us: Britain’s membership of the EU has meant closer links between us and our European neighbours, whilst the ease with which one can travel to the most distant of places has brought the world and its languages to us.
Pupils will cover the Modern Languages experiences and outcomes, developing their confidence, knowledge and skills. Pupils build up a strong vocabulary and a good grammatical base with which they can take forward into their National 4 or 5 courses in S3. They will achieve this through cross-curricular events, trips to French speaking schools/places and interactive classroom activities as well as working through textbooks.
S3 and S4: National 5
To achieve Modern Languages National 5, learners must pass all of the Units and a course assessment. The Understanding Language Unit focuses on the receptive skills of reading and listening and will enable learners to develop their knowledge of more detailed language in the contexts of society, learning, employability and culture. The Using Language Unit focuses on the productive skills of talking and writing. The ability to apply grammatical knowledge is a skill which underpins both units. In terms of assessment there is a new emphasis on naturally occurring evidence that involves more than one of the four key skills. Staff can make use of a wider range of evidence including digital or spoken presentations, discussions, extended writing, notes, multi-modal texts or podcasts. An integrated approach to assessment (for example, an assessment combining listening and talking) will develop the learner’s skills in a realistic, communicative situation and will reduce the amount of assessment.
Assessment: The course assessment comprises:
- Question paper 1: reading and writing;
- Question paper 2: listening;
- Performance: talking – Learners will deliver a presentation and engage in a conversation in the modern language.
S5 and S6: Higher
The course is divided into two units, one mandatory and one a choice of two to be studied for the duration of the academic year. Studying Higher French provides a worthwhile and enjoyable educational experience for candidates and provides pupils with an increasing bank of knowledge about foreign country or countries and its/their customs and ways of life.
- texts linked by subject matter, such as a magazine, newspaper or short story
- texts linked by subject matter, developing in greater depth a topic studied
- a book appropriate to the level of study and to the interests of the candidates written for speakers of French
- film, video or TV viewing supported by written texts.
S6: Advanced Higher
Unit 1 Language: There are 3 broad themes that are subdivided into related topics and via which grammar is communicated and studied:
- Personal, social and cultural issues – pattern of family life and media and the arts
- Topical and cultural issues – European/global issues and issues relating to the country where the language is spoken
- Environmental studies – pollution/conservation
- travel and tourism
- information technology
- business studies
- work experience