S5 Higher French
Pupils will be given the opportunity to develop confidence and understanding of the language they are studying through a variety of different language contexts. Language is at the core of thinking. Learners reflect, communicate and develop ideas through language. The ability to communicate at Higher level and beyond in a language other than English enhances employment opportunities for our pupils. Learning a new language enables learners to make connections with different people and their cultures and to play a fuller part as global citizens. Learning a foreign language improves knowledge of English vocabulary and grammar. Language learning in S5/6 enables pupils to build on the four capacities and to communicate, be critical thinkers, develop cultural awareness, and be creative.
There are 2 mandatory units studied in Higher French:
The purpose of this unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to develop and extend reading and listening skills in the modern language, and to develop their knowledge and understanding of detailed and complex language in the contexts of society, learning, employability, and culture.
The purpose of this unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to develop and extend talking and writing skills in the modern language, and to develop their knowledge and understanding of detailed and complex language in the contexts of society, learning, employability, and culture.
The new Higher French course reflects the Curriculum for Excellence values, purposes and principles. It offers flexibility, and provides more time for learning, more focus on skills and applying learning, and scope for personalisation and choice.
This course provides learners with opportunities to continue to acquire and develop the attributes and capabilities of the four capacities as well as skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work.
Conditions of award
To gain the award of the Course, the learner must pass all of the units as well as the course assessment. Course assessment will provide the basis for grading attainment in the course award.
Skills, knowledge and understanding
- reading, listening, talking and writing skills in a modern language in the contexts of society, learning, employability, and culture
- knowledge and understanding of detailed and complex language required to understand and use a modern language
- developing the skills of translation from one language to another
- applying grammatical knowledge and understanding
Pupils can expect on average three pieces of homework a week. One piece will normally be of a learning nature and self-discipline in this particular learning process can be hugely beneficial in the long run. The departmental recommendation is that pupils continue to spend a minimum of 15 minutes learning and revising topic vocabulary three to four times per week.
Pupils will also be expected to continue to consolidate grammar rules and will show understanding of the application of these rules in their written work. The understanding of written texts and the development of effective dictionary skills will be delivered through Reading Comprehension tasks. At certain times of the year homework will include preparation and practice for speaking assessments and NARS.
Pupils are required to sit and pass NARs in all units. Indicated below are approximate dates for NARs to be sat in Higher French.
|1||Reading: Context 1|
Listening: Context 1
|2||Reading: Context 2/3|
Listening: Context 2/3
|3||Reading: Context 4|
Listening: Context 4
Pupils will also sit a Prelim exam and there will be an oral examination in March which accounts for 30%.
External assessment – assessed by SQA.
- Question paper 1: reading and directed writing 40 marks
- Question paper 2: listening and writing 30 marks
- Performance: talking 30 marks
Total marks 100 marks
Recording & Reporting
All pupil assessments are routinely graded and recorded by the teacher and the results are stored centrally, these results are used by staff to track the progress of the individuals and ensure that their needs are being met. Pupils also review their own attainment and are encourage to identify ways to improve their learning. Staff report formally to parents as per the school calendar. Pupils are also given a Course Overview booklet in which they will record all NAR and Prelim results and reflect on their learning and progress.