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Introduction to Higher and Advanced Higher Courses in Cantonese and Mandarin. 7th May 2009 Radisson Hotel, Glasgow. Janet Brown Chief Executive SQA. Jim McDonald Qualifications Manager NQ Languages. Aims of the Event. To familiarise delegates with structure and delivery of Courses

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Introduction to higher and advanced higher courses in cantonese and mandarin

Introduction to Higher and Advanced Higher Courses in Cantonese and Mandarin

7th May 2009Radisson Hotel, Glasgow


Introduction to higher and advanced higher courses in cantonese and mandarin

Janet Brown

Chief Executive SQA


Introduction to higher and advanced higher courses in cantonese and mandarin

Jim McDonald

Qualifications Manager

NQ Languages


Aims of the event

Aims of the Event

  • To familiarise delegates with structure and delivery of Courses

  • To explore approaches to assessment of Courses

  • To build on experience/knowledge of delivery of Courses at Access 3, Intermediate 1 & 2


Outline of the event

Outline of the Event

  • Background

  • Presentation

  • Workshop


Introduction to higher and advanced higher courses in cantonese and mandarin

Melany Lu Lin

Principal Assessor

Intermediate 1 & 2

Head of Chinese,

Eton College

Windsor


Developments since may 08

Developments Since May 08

  • Students undertaking and completing National Courses at Access 3, Intermediate 1 & 2

  • Practitioners engaging withdelivery of the Courses and sharing experience

  • Practitioner experience will inform and enrich today’s workshop tasks


Overview of the national course

Overview of the National Course

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 higher

Introduction to Higher

Four skills are assessed in both Unit (internal) and Course (external) assessment:

  • Speaking

  • Listening

  • Reading

  • Writing


Introduction to higher and advanced higher courses in cantonese and mandarin

Higher Courses on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework


Introduction to higher1

Introduction to Higher

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 Units (40 hours)


Units internal assessment

Units: Internal Assessment

Language Unit:

  • Reading : One text of 500-600 characters. Approx. 40 minutes

  • Listening: One dialogue of approx. 3 minutes, assessed in approx. 30 mins.

  • Questions for both assesments in English


Units internal assessment cont

Units: Internal Assessment (cont.)

Optional Unit: Extended Reading and Viewing

  • Writing: One essay of approx. 120-200 characters, on one aspect of the text(s) studied

    Optional Unit : Language in Work

  • Writing: Two letters of 120–200 characters and one message of 60-100 characters


Internal unit assessment national assessment bank nab

Internal Unit 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/sqasecure


Speaking assessment

Speaking Assessment

  • Speaking assessed by the centre

  • Assessment guidance included in NABs

  • This Speaking Assessment also meets the speaking requirement of the external examination (dual purpose)

  • The assessment consists of a presentation, and then a follow-up discussion

  • Assessment results are subject to

    Verification by SQA


External examination paper i reading and directed writing

External ExaminationPaper I : Reading and Directed Writing

Reading:

  • 1 text of 650-800 characters

  • Questions in English

  • Word list provided

  • Dictionary : yes

    Directed Writing

  • Task based on a scenario given in English

    OVERALL TIME FOR PAPER : 2hrs. 10 mins.


External examination paper ii listening and short essay

External Examination Paper II : Listening and Short Essay

Listening:

  • One dialogue of approx. 4.5 minutes

  • Dialogue heard twice

  • Questions in English

  • Dictionary : yes

    Short Essay:

  • Personal Response essay in Chinese, 150-200 Characters

  • Related to Listening topic

  • Dictionary : yes

    OVERALL TIME FOR PAPER : 1hr. 20 mins.


Approval

Approval

  • All candidates for NQ Courses (including Access 3) must be entered by a SQA Approved Centre

  • Centres wishing to seek Approval should contact SQA Customer Contact Centre at [email protected]

  • Centres which have sought and obtained Approval for Access 3/Intermediate 1/2 will have automatic Approval to deliver Higher and Advanced Higher


Workshop activities

Workshop Activities

  • Activity 1 –Familiarisationwith Units

  • Activity 2 – Specimen Question Paper and

    construction of external examination

    Papers


Introduction to higher and advanced higher courses in cantonese and mandarin

For more information visit

www.sqa.org.uk


Introduction to higher and advanced higher courses in cantonese and mandarin

Contact

Jim McDonald

[email protected]


Introduction to higher and advanced higher courses in cantonese and mandarin

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