Welsh Second Language

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Year 7

During Year 7 students will develop their oral, reading and writing skills to build on and extend their knowledge of Welsh acquired in their primary school. You will study grammar including learning vocabulary, verbs, adjectives, pronouns, prepositions and mutations relevant to each theme. You will also practise proof-reading and translation skills.

Module

Key Task

Assessment

Fi a Fy Myd  /
 Me and My World

Reading comprehension and responding to the text about friends

 

Individual Oral Presentation about yourselves

 

Fy Ysgol  / My School

Oral Task – Discussing  aspects of school life

 

Written Task  – Letter voicing opinion about aspects of school life

 

Fy Ardal  /  My Area

Writing Task – Leaflet about the area

Reading comprehension and responding to reading

 

Year 8

During Year 8 students will further develop their oral, reading and writing skills to build on and extend their knowledge of Welsh learnt in Year 7.

They will study grammar and will also practise proof-reading and translation skills.

They will study 3 themes during the year each lasting for 11 weeks.

Module

Key Task

Assessment

Gwyliau / Holidays

 

Oral Task – group discussion about holidays in Wales

Reading comprehension and responding to the text about holidays

Dathlu Cymru / Celebrating Wales

Delwedd /Image

Writing task – email complaining about aspects of a trip to a Welsh attraction

Writing Task – Letter expressing opinions on shopping facilities in Aberystwyth

Oral Task – group discussion choosing a trip to a Welsh attraction

Oral Task – Individual oral discussion on shopping in Aberystwyth

 

Hamddena / At Leisure

Reading comprehension and responding to texts about leisure activities

Writing Task – Weekend Diary

 

Year 9

During Year 9 students will complete 9 key tasks: 3 oral tasks, 3 reading comprehension and responding to reading tasks, 3 written tasks.

These 9 tasks will be used as evidence to award the students their end of KS3 National Curriculum Level in Welsh Second Language.

Module

Key Task

Assessment

Hamddena / At Leisure

Reading comprehension and response tasks about aspects of the environment.

 

Writing Task – Weekend diary

Key Task  :  Oral Task – Individual oral presentation about My Ideal Club (Sets 1 & 2) / My Club (Sets 3 & 4).

Yr Amgylchedd / The Environment

Reading comprehension and response about aspects of the environment.

Writing Task: Letter to the town council regarding rubbish and recycling facilities.

 

Oral Task: Group discussion about aspects of the environment.

Iechyd Da / Good Health

Writing Task: Article about aspects of healthy living.

Key Task: Oral Task: Persuading a partner to eat healthily and to keep fit.

 

Reading comprehension and responding to texts about aspects of health living.

 

Year 10

The current Year 10 are the second cohort to study the new GCSE Welsh Second Language specification. It is a language and skills-based course concentrating on pupils’ ability to present information, express their opinion, question, persuade and describe orally, in written work and in their response to reading factual and creative texts. The context for learning the language is organised under 3 broad themes: Employment, Wales and the world and Youth.

Other relevant info (exams/trips/homework etc): Formal mock exams will be held in the hall according to the school calendar. Students will also sit mock exams in the class at various times throughout the two-year course. Trips are regularly arranged to reinforce understanding of a topic and to give valuable extra-curricular opportunities to all students. All homework tasks will be fully explained, and students must meet the deadlines without fail. Students’ exercise books contain a great deal of information that will help with homework and students will have been prepared thoroughly beforehand.

Year 11

This GCSE specification in Welsh second language will enable candidates to:

  • understand and use the language for a variety of purposes and audiences
  • develop language learning skills and strategies in order to enable candidates to communicate and interact confidently and spontaneously in relevant situations and specified context
  • develop language learning skills and strategies to enable candidates to develop their grasp Welsh further
  • develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in an integrated manner, emphasising listening and speaking skills
  • use Welsh in further studies, in the workplace and in their communities
  • develop curiosity about the Welsh language. This qualification has two external assessment units which are weighted equally and two internal assessment units. The two external assessment units test reading and writing skills while the two internal assessment units test oral and listening skills. In planning this specification, careful consideration has been given to the duration of examinations and the number of questions in order to ensure a balance between robust assessment and feasibility. Various types of questions and clear instructions aim to make this non-tiered assessment accessible to learners of all abilities.

Unit 1 – 25% (to be sat in year 10)

Unit 2 – 25%

Unit 3 – 25%

Unit 4 – 25%

 

1 Oral task

Speaking (10%)

Listening (15%)

 

A pair/group of three oral assessment based on a visual spur that will be provided by the WJEC to encourage the discussion.

The assessment will have two phases to be conducted in the following manner:

 

*watch a clip approx. 2 min twice a fill in a specific sheet that will coincide with the clip.

*discussion in pairs/groups of three on that they have just watched.

 

Learners are not permitted to use dictionaries or any other resources in any part of the assessment.

 

 

1 Oral task

Speaking (20%) Listening (5%)

 

A discussion in pairs/groups of three based on triggers such as a combination of graphs, pictures and short reading texts provided by WJEC.

 

Learners are not permitted to use dictionaries or any other resources in any part of the assessment.

 

Written exam 1.5hrs

Reading (15%)

Writing (10%)

 

Reading tasks with non-verbal and written responses, including one translation task from English to Welsh and one proof reading task and writing tasks.

 

Learners are not permitted to use dictionaries or any other resources in any part of the assessment.

 

Written Exam 1.5hrs

Reading (10%)

Writing (15%)

 

Reading tasks with non-verbal and written responses and writing tasks.

 

 

 

 

Learners are not permitted to use dictionaries or any other resources in any part of the assessment.

Other relevant info (exams/trips/homework etc):

Exams: All pupils are required to sit all 4 Units of the course. Each unit is worth 25%.  There are 2 oral units and 2 written.  Unit 1 Oral Exam is sat in year 10 with the following 3 units sat in year 11.

 

WJEC CHANGES FOR GCSE WELSH SECOND LANGUAGE DUE TO COVID 19 2020-21

Due to the current situation the WJEC have announced that Year 11 pupils in 2020-21 will only sit 3 of the original 4 units.

 

Pupils will now have the option of either sitting Unit 1 OR Unit 2 oral exam.  They will sit both Unit 3 and 4 written exams as normal.