Qualifications Update:
Modern Languages
Key messages – Modern Languages
• Units Outcomes are skills-based and provide flexibility and choice
through choice of contexts: society, learning, employability and culture
• Candidates study 2 Units: Modern Languages: Understanding
Language; Modern Languages: Using Language
• Unit assessment support - illustrates assessment of the 4 language
skills
• Builds knowledge and understanding and development of skills
progressively from National 5
• Course is assessed by:
Question paper: Reading and Directed Writing, Listening and Writing
Coursework: Performance – Talking
Key messages – Modern Languages
• Units develop skills in reading, listening, talking and writing
using detailed and complex language
• Overall purpose in Reading and Listening in Units and in
Course Assessment
• Some changes to Course Assessment to reflect level of
demand and challenge
• Unit Assessment Support Packs – illustrate approaches to
assessment through the 4 contexts of society, learning,
employability and culture
• Audio recordings will be available for Listening Unit
Assessments by summer 2014
Key messages from Verification (Round 1)
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Use valid and reliable assessments
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SQA-produced Unit Assessment Support Packs
Centre devised assessments that have been prior verified
Your own assessments – advise you have these prior verified
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Judging assessments
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SQA packs are designed on a pass/fail basis
Use Judging Evidence Tables to make assessment judgments against Assessment
Standards
Judging Evidence Tables have commentary on how to meet each Assessment Standard
A task/activity can meet most or all of the Unit Outcome and Assessment Standards
Indicate on candidate’s work that Unit Assessment Standards have been met
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Unit Assessment complementing learning and teaching
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Unit Assessment is open and flexible
Assessment should allow you space to prepare for Added Value/Course Assessment
Assessment Support Schedule 2013/14
Sept 13
CfE Update Letter
Oct 13
Unit Assessment Support (Package 1)
Feb 14
Unit Assessment Support (Package 2)
Feb 14
Higher Specimen Question Paper
Mar 14
Coursework General Assessment Information
Apr 14
Unit Assessment Support (Package 3)
May 14
Update Mandatory Documents
Jun 14
Update Unit Assessment Support
Modern Languages
Unit Assessment
at Higher
Unit assessment - recap
• Flexible and open Assessment Standards and Evidence
Requirements in Units
• Greater range of techniques and methodologies for
assessment – encouraged
• Assessments can be designed to provide evidence across
more than one outcome or Unit – combined assessments
• More opportunities to gather naturally occurring evidence –
assessment as part of learning and teaching
Unit Assessment Support purpose
As at National 5, Assessment Support will be provided which
you can use to:
• Assess your candidates
• Adapt for your own assessment programmes
• Help you develop your own assessments
Unit Assessment Support at Higher
– key features
• Valid from August 2014
• Complements and supports learning and teaching
• Assess competence against Unit Outcomes and Assessment Standards
• Designed to encourage professional judgement
• Provide broad-based tasks – allow assessors to choose appropriate
context and forms of evidence
• Show range of approaches to generating assessment evidence
• Give information on the type of evidence which could be gathered
Unit assessment support
packages at Higher - approaches
Package 1
• Unit by Unit approach – discrete assessment
tasks for each Unit
Package 2
• Combined approach – groups Outcomes and
Assessment Standards from different Units
Package 3
• Combined approach – groups Outcomes and
Assessment Standards from different Units
Proposed Unit Assessment Support for Higher
Modern Languages
Language
UASP1 - RL UASP1 WT
UASP2 –
RW
UASP2 – LT UASP3 – RT UASP3 - LW
French
Spanish
German
Cantonese
Italian
Gaelic (L)
Society
society
culture
culture
Employability
Learning
Learning
Employability
Society
society
culture
culture
culture
culture
Employability
Learning
Society
society
Society
society
culture
culture
Learning
Employability
Learning
Employability
Society
society
culture
culture
culture
culture
Learning
Employability
Society
society
Mandarin
Urdu
Society
society
culture
culture
Learning
Employability
Learning
Employability
Society
society
culture
culture
Assessment Support Package 1
French
 Two packs both unit by unit.
Context Society
 Detailed and complex language
 Understanding language - Reading and Listening
 Social Networking and Smoking / health
Covers all outcomes and assessment standards
for understanding language
1.1/2.1 Identify overall purpose and main points
1.2/2.2 Apply knowledge and understanding of
the Modern language
Assessment Support Package 1
French
Using language - Talking and Writing
 Language learning
Covers all outcomes and assessment standards
for using language
 1.1/2.1 Using relevant ideas and content
Focus on Content
 1.2/2.2 Apply grammatical knowledge and
understanding
Focus on language Resource
 1.3/2.3 Convey meaning/ communicate
Focus on Accuracy
Assessment Support Package 1
Gaelic learners and Urdu
 Both in English
 Unit by Unit
 Gaelic – Culture
 Urdu – Learning and Employability
Workshop 1
Using the materials provided, in small groups of 2-3,
discuss:
- The assessment task in the Unit Assessment Support
provided
- How to generate evidence for the Unit Assessment
Support provided
- How to make assessment judgements for the Unit
Assessment Support provided
Modern Languages
Higher Course Assessment
Course Assessment at Higher
• Course Assessment at National 5, Higher and
Advanced Higher assesses Added Value
• Courses at Higher are normally assessed by one or
two Components
• Courses at Higher are graded A – D, as at present
• Controlled Assessment of setting, conducting and
marking
• For Modern Languages there are 2 Components – a
Question Paper and a Performance
Higher – Reading
Reading
• One written text in the modern language of
approximately 600 words (650-800 Chinese characters).
• The text will be based on one or two of the following
Contexts: society, learning, employability or culture.
• Overall Purpose Question – 2 marks, unsupported
• Translation of a section of the text into English
• Questions worth 20 marks and Translation 10 marks
Higher Directed Writing
• Candidates must address FOUR bullet points from one of the
chosen stimuli.
• The question paper will be externally assessed in accordance with
pegged Marking Instructions
• Candidates will write between 120-150 words (150-180 Chinese
characters). The Directed Writing will be worth 10 marks.
• The Reading and Directed Writing question paper is worth 40 marks
and the duration will be 1 hour 40 minutes.
Higher Listening
• A Monologue and Conversation in the
modern language from same context
• Linked thematically (contexts not sampled in
reading)
• The questions will be worth a total of 20
marks: 8 marks in the monologue and 12
marks in the conversation
• Overall purpose question – 1 mark, supported
Higher Writing
• One written text in response to stimulus from
Listening theme
• Limited number of questions set
• Candidates will write between 120-150 words
(150-280 Chinese characters)..
• 10 marks awarded using pegged Marking
Instructions
Higher – Performance
• A presentation in the modern language
• On one of the four contexts (society, learning,
employability or culture)
• Followed by conversation using detailed and complex
language
• The conversation will follow on from the context of
the presentation and develop into at least one other
context.
• 30 marks
Workshop 2
- The requirements of the Higher Course Assessment
- How these requirements build on the Higher Units
- How these requirements build on National 5 (where
appropriate)
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