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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

Janet Brown Cantonese and Mandarin

Chief Executive SQA

Jim McDonald Cantonese and Mandarin

Qualifications Manager

NQ Languages

Aims of the event
Aims of Cantonese and Mandarinthe 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 Cantonese and Mandarin

  • Background

  • Presentation

  • Workshop

Melany Lu Lin Cantonese and Mandarin

Principal Assessor

Intermediate 1 & 2

Head of Chinese,

Eton College


Developments since may 08
Developments Since May 08 Cantonese and Mandarin

  • 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 Cantonese and Mandarin

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)


  • Course Assessment (the final external exam)

Introduction to higher
Introduction to Higher Cantonese and Mandarin

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

  • Speaking

  • Listening

  • Reading

  • Writing

Introduction to higher1
Introduction to Higher Framework

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 Framework

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.) Framework

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) Framework

  • 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

Speaking assessment
Speaking Assessment Framework

  • 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 Examination FrameworkPaper I : Reading and Directed Writing


  • 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 Framework Paper II : Listening and Short Essay


  • 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 Framework

  • 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 Framework

  • Activity 1 –Familiarisationwith Units

  • Activity 2 – Specimen Question Paper and

    construction of external examination


For more information visit Framework

Contact Framework

Jim McDonald

[email protected]

Any Questions? Framework