Subject Information - French

National 5

Head of Department: Mr Calum Ure

Course Progression: French

Courses

In a world where international contacts are increasingly vital and where global communication is ever easier, the importance of being able to speak other languages and understand different cultures is paramount. More and more employers are looking for people with good foreign language skills and more and more courses in Further and Higher Education are offering language options.

Young people proficient in foreign languages will be able to take advantage of excellent opportunities to spend part of their undergraduate studies abroad. You may find it interesting to know that employment rates for graduates with language skills are amongst the highest in the country.

Teaching and Learning

The emphasis in language learning is on oral communication. However, at all levels, we underpin this with solid learning of grammar and vocabulary and we develop the skills of Listening, Reading and Writing at all stages of the curriculum.

The Department puts language learning into context through a number of language opportunities abroad, eg to attend a school in Bochum in Germany, and cultural visits and outings to see foreign films and plays.

French National 5

The National 5 Course covers the themes of Society, Learning, Employability and Culture and will provide an appropriate level of challenge for our pupils as they deepen their knowledge of the language.

The examination tests the skills of Talking (25%), Reading (25%), Listening (25%) and Writing (25%).  The Writing mark is based on the pupils’ performance in two tasks.  As well as a Writing paper in the final examination (12.5%), a written assignment is also carried out in class time during S4 and is submitted to the SQA to be marked externally (12.5%).  Talking is assessed internally. The pupils give a presentation and have a follow-up discussion in the target language with their class teacher on two contexts covered during the course; this is recorded for moderation purposes.

All pupils will begin to study for the National 5 qualification, although some pupils may find the demands of National 5 too challenging and therefore, the National 4 qualification may be more suitable. For these pupils there will be an opportunity to transfer to the National 4 course after the prelim.

 

Higher

Head of Department: Mr Calum Ure

Course Progression: French

Courses

In a world where international contacts are increasingly vital and where global communication is ever easier, the importance of being able to speak other languages and understand different cultures is paramount. More and more employers are looking for people with good foreign language skills and more and more courses in Further and Higher Education are offering language options.

Young people proficient in foreign languages will be able to take advantage of excellent opportunities to spend part of their undergraduate studies abroad. You may find it interesting to know that employment rates for graduates with language skills are amongst the highest in the country.

Teaching and Learning

The emphasis in language learning is on oral communication. However, at all levels, we underpin this with solid learning of grammar and vocabulary and we develop the skills of Listening, Reading and Writing at all stages of the curriculum.

The Department puts language learning into context through a number of language opportunities abroad, eg to attend a school in Bochum in Germany, and cultural visits and outings to see foreign films and plays.

French (S5/S6) Higher

Why go on to Higher?

More and more companies are looking for employees with language skills and an increasing number of universities are offering courses which link languages to science, business, tourism, hospitality and law. The Higher course aims to equip pupils with the necessary communication and presentation skills in the foreign language, which give pupils the competitive edge they need in today's modern world. Pupils are expected to work hard and are given the opportunity to prepare in advance for key components of the course. There are only four learning outcomes, which are explained below.

Recommended Entry

• An 'A' pass at National 5 in S4

Course Assessment

Pupils are tested in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking skills. Pupils study topics from 4 contexts: society, learning, employability and culture

  • Reading  and Translation (25% of the total mark)
    Candidates respond to questions in English and translate a short section of the text into English.  Candidates may use a dictionary.
  • Directed Writing (12.5% of the total mark)
    Candidates produce one piece of writing of 150-180 words based on their choice from two stimuli.
  • Listening (25% of the total mark)
    Candidates listen to a monologue followed by a dialogue and answer questions in English based on their comprehension. Candidates may not use a dictionary.
  • Assignment - writing  (12.5% of total mark)
    Candidates produce a piece of writing from a choice of written stimuli in English. This is carried out in class time and candidates have opportunities for remediation and consolidation of their writing. Teachers provide feedback to candidates during the process. This is submitted to the SQA and marked externally.
  • Performance (25% of the total mark)
    The performance is a discussion in the foreign language between the candidate and the teacher based on at least two of the contexts. This is recorded and marked externally.

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Advanced Higher

Head of Department: Mr Calum Ure

Course Progression: French

Courses

In a world where international contacts are increasingly vital and where global communication is ever easier, the importance of being able to speak other languages and understand different cultures is paramount. More and more employers are looking for people with good foreign language skills and more and more courses in Further and Higher Education are offering language options.

Young people proficient in foreign languages will be able to take advantage of excellent opportunities to spend part of their undergraduate studies abroad. You may find it interesting to know that employment rates for graduates with language skills are amongst the highest in the country.

Teaching and Learning

The emphasis in language learning is on oral communication. However, at all levels, we underpin this with solid learning of grammar and vocabulary and we develop the skills of Listening, Reading and Writing at all stages of the curriculum.

The Department puts language learning into context through a number of language opportunities abroad, eg to attend a school in Bochum in Germany, and cultural visits and outings to see foreign films and plays.

French (S6) Advanced Higher

The Advanced Higher is a challenging yet very rewarding course, which provides excellent preparation for university entrance. Articulating well with the Higher Course, pupils progress even further with their language learning skills to explore the literature, cinema, cultural and topical issues and the current affairs of the country whose language they have chosen to study.

The ability to study and to carry out research independently of the teacher is a key requirement at AH level and once again good preparation for Higher Education. The atmosphere of the Advanced Higher class is purposeful yet relaxed with teachers and pupils working in a more mature, tutorial-like context and pupils quickly establish excellent relationships with our young language assistants thus greatly enhancing their learning experience.

Visits to the outside organisations such as the French Institute, cinemas, and exhibitions or to hear presentations by outside speakers are not uncommon features of this course.

Recommended Entry

Entry to Advanced Higher requires success at Higher with at least a 'B' grade.

Course Structure

To gain the award pupils must pass all 3 Units and the Course Assessment.

Course Units

  • Understanding Language
  • Using Language
  • Specialist Study

 

Internal Assessment

Pupils must pass all 3 units.

1. Understanding Language

In response to texts learners will be required to provide evidence of their listening and reading skills in the modern language, in one of the following contexts: society, learning, employability or culture.

2. Using Language

Using complex and sophisticated language, learners will be required to provide evidence of their talking and writing skills in the modern language, in one of the following contexts: society, learning, employability or culture.

3. Specialist Study

Learners will be required to provide evidence of their planning, research and analysis skills based on literature or media within the context of the modern language. This relates directly to the work to be done on the Portfolio.

External Assessment

  • Reading and Translation (50 marks)
  • Listening and Discursive Writing (70 marks)
  • Performance (50 marks) - learners will demonstrate their talking skills in the modern language with an external assessor in March.
  • Portfolio (30 marks) – 1200-1500 words written in English, learners will demonstrate their analytical skills in relation to literature or media. Submitted in March.

Graded A, B, C and D.

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