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National 4 and 5 Beginners Spanish

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Course name :  Spanish
Course level:  National 4/5 beginners
Introduction:
The Course offers learners the opportunity to develop language skills in the meaningful real-life contexts of society, learning, employability, and culture.
The course provides learners with the opportunity to:

  • develop skills in reading, listening, talking and writing, which are essential for learning, work and life
  • develop an understanding of how language works
  • use different media effectively for learning and communication
  • use language to communicate ideas and information.
  • use creative and critical thinking to formulate ideas and arguments
  • enhance their enjoyment and understanding of their own and other cultures

This is an accelerated course for beginners and leads to presentation at either National 4 or National 5 at the end of the year.

Entry requirements:


It would be beneficial for the learner to have the skills and knowledge required by relevant experiences and outcomes from the broad, general education in another language.
It is recommended that for National 5 level pupils would already have achieved level 4 in another language and for National 4 level pupils would have already achieved level 3 in another language.
General ability will be looked at as this is offered as a course for beginners.

Homework:


Homework is an essential part of teaching and learning and helps to establish a routine of high expectations and achievement. In Modern Languages, homework is issued on a weekly basis. Its purpose is to promote the learning of the relevant material and to consolidate previous learning. Homework will challenge all pupils and provide them with opportunities for personal achievement. The amount of homework set and the level of the task will be in line with the level of the pupil’s ability. The bulk of homework issued in Modern Languages will take the form of learning vocabulary or preparing for specific Speaking and Writing tasks. Activities involving reading in the foreign language will also be issued. In addition, we encourage pupils to use the Internet to enrich their learning and develop their skills.

Progression:


National 5 by end of the year would enable the learner to enter Higher.
National 4 by the end of the year would enable the learner to enter National 5.

Useful websites:


We recommend the following websites in particular:
www.linguascope.com (username and password provided by the department)
www.atantot.co.uk (username and password provided by the department)
www.languagesonline.com
www.bbc.co.uk/languages

Assessment:


National 4
The course is made up of three compulsory units:
Understanding Language
The purpose of this Unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to develop reading and listening skills in the modern language and to develop their knowledge of straightforward language in the contexts of society, learning, employability, and culture.
Using Language
The purpose of this Unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to develop talking and writing skills in the modern language and to develop their knowledge of straightforward language in the contexts of society, learning, employability, and culture.
Added Value Unit
The Added Value unit consists of an assignment which provides learners with the opportunity to apply their language skills to investigate a chosen topic in a familiar context in the modern language.
To achieve the National 4 Course award, learners must pass all of the Units, including the Added Value Unit. All of the Units will be assessed internally.  This includes one assessment in each of the four skills. There is no external assessment at National 4 level.
National 5
The Course Assessment has 4 components:
1 — performance: talking 30 marks (25%)
2 – Assignment: 20 marks (12.5%)
2 — question paper: reading and writing 50 marks (25% reading & 12.5% writing)
3 — question paper: listening 20 marks (25%)
Total marks 120 marks
The performance in talking will be assessed and graded internally, and subject to SQA verification.
The assignment will be undertaken in class and sent to the SQA for marking.
The reading, writing and listening papers will be assessed and graded externally.
Pupils must also pass the National 4 Added Value Unit