Introduction to Intermediate 1 Courses in Cantonese and Mandarin 8 May 2008 Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh Jim McDonald Qualifications Manager NQ Languages Fan Lin NQ Development Officer Aims of the event To familiarise delegates with structure and delivery of Course To explore approaches to assessment of Course Outline of the event Background Presentation Workshop Fan Lin Chinese Languages Development Officer Background to Developments Scottish Government’s Stronger Engagement with China initiative Ten Point Plan included the development of National Qualifications in Chinese, by 2010 SQA set up the Chinese Steering Group which ratified proposals for Qualifications in Cantonese and Mandarin Introduction to Chinese Languages National Courses: Qualifications Framework National Course SCQF Advanced Higher 7 Higher 6 Intermediate 2 5 Intermediate 1 4 Access 3 3 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 Intermediate 1 Four skills are assessed in both Unit (internal) and Course (external) assessment: Speaking Listening Reading Writing Introduction to Intermediate 1 Three Units are assessed at this level: Personal and Social Language Transactional Language Language in Work Units: Internal Assessment Reading: One text of 200-300 characters. Approximately 40 minutes Listening: Eight items approx 5-15 seconds in length. Approximately 20 minutes Writing: Short piece of text in Target Language in response to 3-4 requests for information. Approximately 40 minutes Internal Unit Assessment: National Assessment Bank (NAB) NAB assessment items will be available for all three Units The NABs indicate the standard of assessments required at this level NABs can be downloaded by SQA Co-ordinators from the secure area of SQA’s secure area Speaking Assessment Speaking assessed by the centre Stimulus activities included in NABs This Speaking Assessment also meets the speaking requirement of the external examination (dual purpose) The assessment consists of face to face conversation/simulation/role play — two minutes approximately Assessment results are subject to Verification by SQA External Examination Reading Two texts at 60-75 characters and two texts at 180-300 characters. Questions in English — glossary 45 minutes. 35% of the whole examination Dictionary: Yes Additional Information: Answer in English External Examination Listening 10 items at 5-15 seconds each — questions in English 20 mins max. 20% of the whole examination Dictionary: No Additional Information: hear each item twice External Examination Writing Compile simple personal profile under specific headings 30 minutes, 15% of the whole exam The headings are fixed and the same year on year Candidates write three sentences in response to four headings Candidates can use a dictionary. Approval All candidates for NQ Courses (including Access 3) must be entered by an SQA Approved Centre Centres wishing to seek Approval should contact SQA’s Customer Contact Centre: [email protected] Workshop Activities Activity 1 — Familiarisation with Units Activity 2 — Specimen Question Paper For more information visit: www.sqa.org.uk Contact: Fan Lin [email protected] Thank you! xie xie!