Introduction to Advanced Higher Courses in Cantonese and Mandarin 7th May 2009 Radisson Hotel, Glasgow
Overview of the National Course Reminder: A Course Award (A/B/C/D) is made on the basis of successful completion of both: Unit Assessments (internal assessment conducted and marked by teacher/lecturer) AND Course Assessment (the final external exam)
Introduction to Chinese Languages National Courses: Qualifications Framework National CourseSCQF Advanced Higher7 Higher6 Intermediate 25 Intermediate 14 Access 33
Introduction to Advanced Higher : Units Two Units are assessed at this level: Mandatory Language Unit (80 hours) AND Optional Unit : - Extended Reading and Viewing* - Language in Work* *Candidates choose one of these Optional Units (40 hours)
Internal Assessment Mandatory Language Unit (80 hours): Speaking, Listening and Reading assessed Optional Unit (40 hours): Writing assessed (Piece of Writing in Chinese on a topic selected from either Optional Unit)
Internal Assessment: National Assessment Bank (NAB) NAB assessment items will be available for the Language Unit and the Optional Units The NABs indicate the standard of assessments required at this level NABs can be downloaded by SQA coordinators at www.sqa.org.uk/sqasecurewww.sqa.org.uk/sqasecure
External Assessment : Speaking Assessment In addition to the Unit Assessment of Speaking, candidates participate in a test with a Visiting Examiner (VE) The VE is a specialist practitioner, appointed by SQA Centres should use the Unit assessment of Speaking as practice for the VE test Candidates will discuss performance/receive feedback on Unit Assessment before VE visit
Speaking Assessment (cont.) VE visits normally take place in Feb./March The test is a discussion of Themes/Topics covered in the Language Unit and study undertaken in the Optional Unit The test is worth 50 marks (25% of overall external award)
External Assessment: Advanced Higher Folio Candidates also complete a Folio during the school year, which is submitted to SQA and marked externally Content of Folio will depend on which Optional Unit the candidate has chosen:
Advanced Higher Folio (cont.) Extended Reading and Viewing: Two essays in English (max. 750 words) Based on one literary text in Chinese and either: another literary text or a set of linked texts or a background topic (max. 750 words) Language in Work: One report in English (max. 1,500 words) : analytical/informative piece of work based on area of study in Optional Unit
External Examination Paper I : Reading and Translation 1 text of 900-1,100 characters Questions in English One section of the passage to be translated into English Word list provided Dictionary : yes OVERALL TIME FOR PAPER : 1hr. 30 mins.
External Assessment Paper II : Listening and Discursive Writing Listening: Two distinct Listening Passages in Chinese (Part A & Part B) Part A : one speaker delivering factual information Part B : follow-up discussion between two speakers based on topic of Part A Questions in English Candidates hear both Part A and Part B TWICE Dictionary : yes
External Assessment Paper II : Listening and Discursive Writing Discursive Writing: Essay in Chinese of 300-400 characters Candidates selects one essay from selection of 5 essay titles 5 essay titles cover the prescribed Themes for Advanced Higher OVERALL TIME FOR PAPER : 1hr. 45 mins.
Workshop Activities Activity 1 – Familiarisation with Language Unit Activity 2 – Specimen Question Paper and construction of external examination