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St Andrew's RC High School

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S5-6 Modern Languages

Ambition, Confidence, Happiness and Respect.

 

The S5/6 Modern

Languages courses develop the skills of Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing so that pupils can communicate on

a more sophisticated level, using the language more spontaneously. They cover the following themes  at National 5/ Higher: Society, Learning, Employability and Culture. As in previous years, pupils work with the most up to date materials available, so that their learning experience is as relevant as possible.

How this course can help you

The study of Modern Languages helps pupils to develop their general language and communication skills and they learn to focus on grammatical and orthographic accuracy. Their confidence and social skills are enhanced by having to deal with a variety of realistic situations and they become more open-

minded, are tolerant of other cultures and are, therefore, more likely to want to experience travel ab road first hand.

 Employers regard linguists as having ‘transferable skills’, deemed to be valuable in a

range of areas including: government agencies; travel and tourism; hotel and catering; retail; journalism; translating; primary and secondary teaching and any business with links abroad. Languages are n ow commonly offered as a combined degree with the vast majority of subjects at College/ University level.

Criteria for Progression to the Next Level of Certification

Pupils require a Grade A or B at National 5 Level in order to progress to Higher.

Pupils require a Grade A or B at Higher Level in order to progress to Advanced Higher.

Assessment

Higher pupils must pass internal unit assessments in all 4 skill areas in order to sit the final exams, where they are assessed once more in Reading, Listening and Writing. 

The Writing at Higher consists of 2 essays, one which is written in response to a reading stimulus and has 4 bullet points and another which is written in response to a listening stimulus. 

Expectations of the Department

Pupils are expected to have

a mature and positive approach to their studies, as very regular homework is given, requiring pupils t o work independently- learning vocabulary and grammar rules and consolidating work which has been covered in class. Progress with learning is monitored by regular vocabulary tests which are

sent home periodically. Our expectation in the department is that all lessons be conducted within a positive working atmosphere where pupils have the confidence to contribute, knowing that they ca n learn from their mistakes. The departmental motto is, ‘The only failure in life is not trying.’

Advanced Higher Modern Languages

The S5/6 Modern Languages courses further develop the skills of Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing, so that pupils can communicate on a more sophisticated level, using the language more spontaneously. They cover the following themes: Society, Learning, Employability and Culture. At Advanced Higher the themes are ‘Personal and Social Issues’, ‘European issues’ and ‘Environmental Issue s’. As in previous years, pupils work with the most up to date materials available, so that their learning experience is as relevant as possible.

How this course can help you

The study of Modern Languages helps pupils to develop their general language and communication skills and they learn to focus on grammatical and orthographic accuracy. Their confidence and social skills are enhanced by having to deal with a variety of realistic situations and they become more open-

minded, are tolerant of other cultures and are, therefore, more likely to want to experience travel ab road first hand. The department provides ample opportunities for pupils throughout their school career to

sample Germany on our trips (Black Forest/ Christmas market) and exchanges (Ingolstadt/ Hanaunear Frankfurt).

Employers regard linguists as having ‘transferable skills’, deemed to be valuable in a

range of areas including; government agencies; travel and tourism; hotel and catering; retail; journalism; translating; primary and secondary teaching and any business with links abroad. Languages are n ow commonly offered as a combined degree with the vast majority of subjects at College/ University level.

Criteria for Progression to the Next Level of Certification

Pupils require a Grade A or B at Higher Level in order to progress to Advanced Higher.

Assessment

Pupils must pass internal unit assessments in all 4 skill areas in order to sit the final exams where they are assessed once more in Reading, Listening and Writing. 

At AH level pupils complete a specialist study on either literature or media, which is assessed externally. They also complete a discursive essay in the foreign language (250300 words) in their final exam.

 

Pupils are expected to have

a mature and positive approach to their studies, as very regular homework is given, requiring pupils t o work independently learning vocabulary and grammar rules and consolidating work which has been covered in class. Progress with learning is monitored by regular vocabulary tests which are sent home periodically.

Our expectation in the department is that all lessons be conducted within

a positive working atmosphere where pupils have the confidence to contribute, knowing that they c an learn from their mistakes. The departmental motto is, ‘The only failure in life is not trying.’

Other information about the Modern Languages Department

At St. Andrew’s RC High School, we believe that the best way to improve your language skills is to use them in a real-life context, and to this end, we currently have a variety of trips to Germany and France.

S1-S6 pupils can take part in our longstanding exchange with the Appian Gymnasium in our twin town of Ingolstadt. This is a week-long trip, where pupils live with a German family to get a real insight into German home life. They also attend lessons at school and take part in a variety of trips, such as to Nuremberg, Munich, Augsburg and Regensburg, where the oldest Bavarian kitchen is located, on the banks of the river Danube. We normally have a reception with the Mayor at the townhall, which even made local television news last year.

S5/6 German pupils have the opportunity to complete a work experience exchange in Hanau, just outside Frankfurt. This is done in conjunction with the Otto-Hahn-Schule, which is a specialist language school. Our pupils stay with their German partner for a week and spend each morning gaining work experience in their preferred job, as well as taking part in various trips in the afternoon/ evening. Our pupils then host their German partner to allow them to have a similar experience here in Scotland.

S1-S6 pupils For the last few years, we have run a trip to Paris, which has been open to all year groups. As well as accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis in a 3-star, city centre hotel, we also visit Disneyland, all the main sights, go to the Paris Story, have a river boat cruise on the Seine River and an evening meal at the Hard Rock Café.