German

GERMAN NATIONAL 4/5

Course Content

The headings below give an overview of the course content in Modern Languages at National 4 and 5.  Throughout these courses, the grammatical structure of language is also taught extensively and practised throughout.

Society

  • Family & Friends
  • Lifestyles
  • Media
  • Global languages
  • Citizenship

Learning

  • Developing and applying learning skills from the Broad General Education
  • Comparing education systems in Scotland and abroad
  • Environmental education

Employability

  • Jobs
  • Work and CVs
  • Future Plans
  • Languages in the workplace

Culture

  • Planning a trip
  • Other countries
  • Celebrating a special event
  • Literature of another country
  • Film & TV

SKILLS DEVELOPED

Communication skills, thinking skills, problem solving, comparing, interpreting and evaluating information are all developed through reading, listening, talking and writing.

There will also be opportunities to use and develop skills in ICT.

PLANNED PUPIL EXPERIENCES

Varied teaching strategies are used with classes, predominantly developing thinking and problem solving skills, as well as direct teaching and paired/group work.

Pupils will develop self-confidence in communication and gain knowledge of other cultures, with a view to applying their language learning independently.

Work in class is supported through the use of course materials, ICT and other digital media. Pupils will be guided to set personal targets and take responsibility for personal progress.

ASSESSMENT

Knowledge and skills will be assessed in different ways, depending on the topic being studied. This will include project work, independent study and homework.  Pupils will undertake evaluation exercises and target setting.

National 4 will include end of unit assessments and an Added Value Project, all of which are assessed on a pass/fail basis.

National 5 will involve pupils completing an Added Value Project as well as end of unit assessments which are internally assessed on a pass/fail basis.

Pupils will also sit an end of year exam.  This exam will be externally assessed by SQA and will be graded (A-D)

 

Exams
Talking exam:
The exam lasts 5-7 minutes and consists of two parts:
A presentation (10 marks) on a topic chosen by the pupil, leading into a conversation (20 marks) which will touch on a range of other topics covered over the course of the year.

This exam is worth 30% of the overall grade at N5. As such it is imperative that pupils prepare thoroughly and well in advance to give themselves the best possible chance of achieving their full potential.

SQA exam:
Paper 1: Reading and Writing (50 marks – 1h30)
Paper 2: Listening (20 marks – 30 mins)

HOMEWORK

Homework will be set by the class teacher on a regular basis and may involve practice of skills, preparation for assessments or research assignments.  It is expected that pupils will learn and consolidate vocabulary and grammar on an on-going basis.

PROGRESSION ROUTES

S5 – N5 or Higher

S6 – Higher or Advanced Higher

WHAT DO LEARNERS NEED TO BRING TO CLASS?

Pupils should bring to class a pen and pencil, ruler, rubber, their jotter and homework planner and all homework due.

Dictionaries are available in class, however, we strongly recommend that pupils purchase their own personal copy (advice on this can be given by the class teacher). Written work constitutes an important skill in the development of the foreign language and written homework will form an integral element of the course.

 


MODERN LANGUAGES AT HIGHER

Course Content

Entry Requirements: All pupils are warmly encouraged to continue with a Higher in the language they took to National 5 exam level and/or to start a new language at Higher. An A or a minimum of B at N5 in the same or another language would generally be expected.

Aims:

  • To further develop communicative skills such as discussion techniques, interview and conversation techniques, comprehension skills, written accuracy and use of appropriate register.
  • To develop a deeper knowledge of language, foreign cultures and aspects of cultural life (film, literature, music etc.)

Unit Details

All four skills of Talking, Listening, Reading & Writing will be developed by studying the four contexts of Culture, Employability, Society and Education/Learning.  Although these contexts are the same ones studied at N5, at Higher more detail and accuracy is required in these areas.

Extended Reading and Viewing

All four skills are developed by watching films and videos, and by reading articles, short stories and / or short works of literature.

Assessment Pattern

Internal assessment at Higher involves one task for each area of skill.
Exams

Talking exam:
The exam lasts 6-8 minutes and consists of two parts:
A presentation (10 marks) on a topic chosen by the pupil, leading into a conversation (20 marks) which will touch on a range of other topics covered over the course of the year.

This exam is worth 30% of the overall grade at Higher. As such it is imperative that pupils prepare thoroughly and well in advance to give themselves the best possible chance of achieving their full potential.

SQA exam:

Paper 1: Reading and Directed Writing (40 marks – 1h40)
Paper 2: Listening and Writing (30 marks – 1hr)

Homework

Written homework will be set regularly.  In addition, you will be expected to learn new vocabulary and practise new language structures at home.  Topics covered in the internal unit assessment and the final assessment will be the same as those covered in class and therefore thorough learning of topic-based language is of great advantage.

What do learners need to bring to class?

Pupils should bring to class a pen and pencil, ruler, rubber, their jotter and homework planner and all homework due.

Dictionaries are available in class, however, we strongly recommend that pupils purchase their own personal copy (advice on this can be given by the class teacher), as written work constitutes an important skill in the development of the foreign language.

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