Learning a foreign language demands constant practice and revision, slowly building up an extensive vocabulary. So regular revision and homework is perhaps more important than in other subjects.
All pupils should record vocabulary in their jotter will be given printed sheets of vocabulary and text books to work from. They will also have to memorise certain things – like verb endings.
To help we recommend a number of websites for reinforcing vocabulary. We particularly recommend Linguascope for S1-4. Username and Password is given to pupils by the class teacher.
BGE S1 & S2
Pupils will be given regular homework from the appropriate homework booklet
- S1/ S2 pupils should spend at least 10 minutes 4 times a week building a vocabulary.
- S3 –S5 pupils are aiming to spend at least 20 minutes 4 times a week on vocabulary learning.
- Pupils should timetable slots in the week for vocabulary learning and stick to them.
- ‘SEE-AND-COVER-AND-WRITE-AND-CHECK’ is the method we teach from first year onwards.
- Each session, review previous session’s vocabulary and add on 10-15 new words or phrases each time.
- Parents can help by ‘testing’ them.
As well as short homework exercises Pupils will be expected to prepare for the SQA ‘Languages for Work Purposes.’ Award. This will require preparation for a mock job interview in the foreign language. Pupils presenting at a higher level will be expected to write a job application letter requiring memorisation of key phrases at home.
Depending on progress pupils may be presented for some of the National 4 or 5 Unit Assessments. Preparation for Writing, Reading and Listening will require pupils to revise the relevant areas of vocabulary. To prepare for Talking, pupils will have to learn key vocabulary and phrases by heart.
In the final term, all pupils prepare the National 4 Added Value Unit. This involves them making an oral presentation to the teacher followed by answering a few straightforward questions in the foreign language. If for any reason pupils do not complete this assessment in June of S3, they will be asked to sit the test within the first few weeks of term in August of S4
N4 & N5 @S4
The major homework will again be preparation for on-going National 4 or 5 Unit assessments and the Prelim Examination for National 5 pupils.
We also encourage pupils to buy a Revision Workbook at a cost of £2.49. Copies are also held in the department for pupils to borrow.
At National 5 level the Talking exam in February requires thorough preparation at home.
N5 & N6 @S5, S6
By this stage pupils should be responsible for their own homework! The key is to be organised – the Student Planner will help. Homework tasks can take up to an hour to complete, but pupils will usually be given a week’s notice.