ARDROSSAN ACADEMY

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In S1, S2 and S3 pupils will study both French and Spanish.

We work closely with our Cluster Primary Schools (Dykesmains, Stanley, West Kilbride and Winton) to encourage the teaching of both French and Spanish, and pupils arrive at Ardrossan Academy with a good background in basic language skills for both languages.

S1 and S2

In S1 and S2 all pupils study both French and Spanish in 6 month blocks. Depending on the class they are assigned to, they will start with French and then move onto Spanish, or vice versa.

This is the fifth year that pupils in this school have been given this experience of both languages and it has proven to be a successful method of really improving their transferable skills. As a result, pupils have gone on to be successful in exams in both languages during the Senior Phase.

Pupils in S1 and S2 get weekly homework tasks in which they revise vocabulary and they are tested on these new phrases. If they achieve 100% twice in a row, they get a Merit, which contributes to the House Cup competition at the end of the year.

S3

In S3 there is a different approach to languages compared to S1 and S2. At the end of S2, pupils who have achieved a pass at level 3 in all elements of the Modern Languagecourse (Reading, Writing, and Talking and Listening) have the opportunity to focus particularly on either French or Spanish language for 3 periods per week throughout the entire year. These pupils have one further period per week in which they take part in Culture-focused lessons; these also contain an element of Careers Education, including speakers coming into school from local and national industries and organisations.

Those who do not pass at level 3 in S2 will continue to study French and Spanish equally but will also have the Culture and Careers element to their course.

All pupils continue to complete weekly vocabulary tests in class which they are expected to revise at home; however, the vocabulary will increase in challenge considerably as the pupils make more sustained progress.

 

 

Senior Phase

 

In S4, 5 and S6, pupils have the opportunity to study either French, Spanish or both languages at National 4, National 5 or Higher level. There is the possibility to continue with a language at Advanced Higher level in conjunction with our consortium schools.

Pupils may also choose to study Travel and Tourism in the department at either National 4 or 5 level.

 

National 4 - French and Spanish

National 4 Modern Language Courses develop many skills by giving learners opportunities to read, listen, talk and write in a foreign language and to reflect on how this relates to English. These Courses enable pupils to understand and use a Modern Language, to apply their knowledge, and to develop planning, research and language skills.

The National 4 Course is made up of the following contexts:

SOCIETY

LEARNING

EMPLOYABILITY

CULTURE

Pupils are required to pass assessments in the following two Units:

 

Understanding Language (Reading and Listening)

Using Language (Talking and Writing)

Added Value Unit

Pupils are also required to pass assessments in an Added Value Unit (AVU)

The purpose of this Added Value Unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to apply their language skills to investigate a chosen topic in a familiar context in the Modern Language.

In 2016-17, for the first time, pupils have the opportunity to gain an extra qualification in Languages for Life and Work.

 

National 5 – French and Spanish

 

Entry Requirements – National 4 pass / National 5 pass in another language. Those who have not studied a language to exam level are also welcome but entry can only be decided on an individual basis.

National 5 Modern Languages Courses develop many skills. Pupils are given opportunities to read, listen, talk and write in detail and to challenge themselves to use a more advanced level of language. As with National 4, these Courses enable learners to understand and use a Modern Language, to apply their knowledge of a Modern Language, and to develop planning, research and language skills.

The National 5 Course is made up of the following contexts:

SOCIETY

LEARNING

EMPLOYABILITY

CULTURE

Pupils are required to pass assessments in the following two Units:

 

Understanding Language (Reading and Listening)

Using Language (Talking and Writing)

If they pass all of the Unit Assessments, they will be eligible to sit a final external exam in Listening, Reading and Writing. A ‘Performance’ exam will take place earlier in the year in which the pupils will have the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to talk in the foreign language.

The external element of the assessment is structured as follows:

‘Performance’ Exam in February/March

1-2 minute Presentation in the foreign language            10%

4-5 minute Discussion in the foreign language                15%

Ability to sustain a natural conversation                          5%

PERFORMANCE TOTAL                                  30%

 

Final External exam in May

LISTENING                                                      20%

READING                                                         30%

WRITING                                                         20%

 

Higher (CfE) – French and Spanish

 

Entry Requirements – National 5 pass / Higher pass in another language. Those who have not studied a language for a few years are also welcome but entry can only be decided on an individual basis.

In order to achieve a Higher in a foreign language, all pupils must be willing to work hard and must be able to work independently.

Those who have already completed the National 5 qualification will be ideally placed to work at Higher level as the course content and assessment procedures are very similar. Pupils who have successfully completed a Higher course in one language in S5 should also have the transferable skills to cope well with a Higher in another foreign language in S6.

As with National 4 and 5, the Higher Course is also made up of the following contexts:

SOCIETY

LEARNING

EMPLOYABILITY

CULTURE

Pupils are required to pass assessments in the following two Units:

 

Understanding Language (Reading and Listening)

Using Language (Talking and Writing)

If they pass all of the Unit Assessments, they will be eligible to sit a final external exam in Listening, Reading and Writing. A ‘Performance’ exam will take place earlier in the year in which the pupils will have the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to talk in the foreign language.

The external element of the assessment is structured as follows:

‘Performance’ Exam in February/March

2 minute Presentation in the foreign language                                                10%

6 minute Discussion in the foreign language                                                    15%

Ability to sustain a natural conversation                                                          5%

PERFORMANCE TOTAL                                                          30%

 

Final External exam in May

LISTENING                                                                              20%

& TOPIC WRITING                                                                  10%

READING (Including Translation into English)                    30%

& DIRECTED WRITING (using different tenses)                    10%

 

National 4 and National 5 Travel and Tourism

Entry Requirements – Previous study of Geography, Business or Modern Studies is useful but not essential.

Pupils have the option to complete a course at National 4 and National 5 in Travel and Tourism.

This ‘Skills for Work’ course is aimed at preparing pupils for the world of work with a particular focus on the Tourism industry, which is a huge employer here in Scotland.

Pupils will work on skills to improve their general knowledge of the Tourism industry, including looking at Positives and Negatives and recent Trends. They will also improve their knowledge of destinations here and abroad and will learn how to prepare itineraries designed at giving the customer the best advice possible. A lot of the learning involves independent research and a good prior knowledge of destinations is useful.

This knowledge will help them complete an investigation in two of the four mandatory units of learning:

Unit 1 – Scotland

Unit 2 – UK and Worldwide

The other two units are more focused on the business side of the Tourism industry. Links with local Tourism providers have been established, including Auchrannie Resort on Arran, local Travel Agencies and Prestwick Airport.

Pupils will be required to complete assessments on the following:

Customer Service

Employability

All assessment on this course is Internal so therefore there will be no final exam.