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MODERN LANGUAGES DEPARTMENT



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MODERN LANGUAGES DEPARTMENT




French & German
Standard grade courses are available in French and German. The approach adopted in both courses is essentially the same. German is, of course, a more intensive and, therefore, demanding course given that pupils have only two years to reach Standard grade level.
Pupils of all abilities are given the opportunity to develop the skills which will allow them to use a modern language in real-life situations. It is used as much as possible in the classroom. Pupils will be involved in activities such as talking to the teacher, to a partner, or in a group in their chosen language. They will listen to recordings of native speakers, possibly watch videos and read materials taken from authentic sources, eg foreign magazines and newspapers. Writing in the foreign language will also be important as an aid to understanding and as a skill to be developed.
Separate grades are given for Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. For the actual exam Listening and Reading are assessed externally by written papers (with a tape recording in the case of Listening). Speaking tests are carried out by the class teacher in the school and Writing is assessed by means of a folio consisting of the pupil's three best pieces of work written over the course.


ELEMENTS ASSESSED

Listening

Reading

Speaking

Writing

Internal/External

External

External

Internal

Internal

Contribution to

Final Grade

17%

single

weighting

33%

double

weighting

33%

double

weighting

17%

single

weighting

How Assessed

Final Exam

Final Exam

ongoing covering 3 separate activities

Folio built up through year





MUSIC DEPARTMENT
Music


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