Modern Languages pupils are issued with regular homework to consolidate the work undertaken in class. Homework can take a variety of forms and might include written exercises; completion of class work; revision of vocabulary and grammar notes.
Continuous assessment will be undertaken throughout the session, in each of the four key skill areas, as directed by the class teacher. However, further extended assessments will take place at the following times and will require pupils to undertake extensive revision of the work covered to date.
S3 - February (S3 Exam)
S4 – National 4 and 5 Unit Assessments in each of the four language skills as and when pupils are ready. At National 5, Reading and Listening will be tested through formal exams in January (Prelim Exam), March (Externally marked Speaking Exam) and May (SQA Exam). For National 4, an Added Value Unit will be internally assessed by the end of March of S4.
S5/6 - Higher Unit Assessments in each of the four language skills as and when pupils are ready. Pupils must pass each of these assessments in order to be presented for the final exam. Formal exams will take place in January (Prelim Exam), March (Externally Marked Speaking exam) and May (SQA Exam).
S6 - Advanced Higher Unit Assessment in each of the four language skills as and when pupils are ready. Pupils must pass each of these assessments in order to be presented for the final exam. Formal exams will take place in February (Prelim Exam), March (Speaking Exam conducted by a Visiting Assessor) and May (SQA Exam). A folio of one written piece, in English, is also due to be completed by the end of February.
In March, the Modern Languages Department will be carrying out oral assessments in French and Spanish, as part of the National Qualifications (N4/N5 and Higher).
If your child studies a Modern Language, they will be given an appointment time and MUST attend at that time. With a significant number of candidates to assess, it is important that the appointments run to schedule.
In preparation for their assessments, pupils are working on their presentations in class and should also be preparing at home – following the instructions issued by their teacher.