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English

Level:                                                                                     Standard Grade

 
COURSE DESCRIPTION
 
English in S3 and S4 will consist of four activities -Reading, Writing, Listening and Talking. The class groupings are labelled Credit/General, General/Credit and General/Foundation. Each grouping will work on common elements at an appropriate pace.
 
A variety of work units will be followed in S3, establishing the skills, which the pupils will require in S4. These are of varying lengths and types: some are unified by a theme such as
'Crime' or 'Adolescence'; or ‘Homelessness’ others look closely at literary texts such as Steinbeck's “Of Mice and Men”, Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice, or Roald Dahl’s Short Stories. Talking and Listening activities will be an important integral part of all units and programmes of study. More difficult units will be attempted in S4, which will enable the pupil to build a Folio of classwork and prepare for the final exam.
 
We try to offer pupils at all levels of ability material of relevance and interest, together with the opportunity to gain a worthwhile certificate. In return, pupils, to be successful, will need to show real personal commitment in the organising and maintenance of their own work, and initiative in challenging areas of work such as Talking and Personal Reading. It is important for pupils to realise that the standard and quality of class work is as important in Standard Grade English as the work in the final exam.
 
ASSESSMENT
 
Pupils must produce a Folio consisting of a variety of Reading and Writing pieces. The Folio must be completed before the Easter holiday of S4, although preparatory work begins in S3. Failure to complete the variety and balance of written pieces of work will result in no overall award.
 
TALK is assessed in class work over two years by the teacher. IT IS INTERNALLY ASSESSED AND REPRESENTS ONE THIRD OF OVERALL AWARD.
READING is assessed by the Scottish Qualification Authority through a Close Reading exam and a Folio of three selected pieces of class work.
WRITING is assessed by the SQA through an exam and a Folio of two selected pieces of class work.
 
Level:                                                                                       NQ Intermediate Two
 
It is the intention to offer the above to those students who reach an appropriate level of attainment at the end of S2. Following recommendations based on performance this course would result in pupils following a course leading to external examination at the end of S4 at Intermediate Two Level.
 
INTERNAL ASSESSMENT:
 
Language Study:1 piece of writing (assessment ongoing – pass/fail)
minimum words 500
1 close Reading NAB – 1 hour – (assessment – pass/fail)
 
Literary Study:    1 Textual Analysis NAB – 45 mins – (assessment – pass/fail)
                             (no genre or Scottish specification)
                            
Personal Study:   1 piece writing critically about subject – 1 hour
(written response) Own text(s), own topic, open book, own notes (2 sides A4)
 
The above options are to be assessed as pass/fail
 
EXTERNAL ASSESSMENTIntermediate 2
 
Language:            Close Reading: 1 passage
 
Literature:           2 x Critical Essays each of different genre, chosen from two of the
                             Following :   Drama, Prose (fiction and non-fiction), Poetry, Mass
                             Media and Language
 

The two papers will have equal weighting.

 Folio of Writing:

 Folios are worth 20% of candidates’ final mark. There are two folio pieces required—a creative essay (redrafted) and a discursive essay that explores a topic (also redrafted).  

 
HOMEWORK
 
Pupils should expect regular homework of a variety of kinds. Often it will consist of completing written assignments started in class, preparation for folio pieces as well as planning and structuring solo talks. In addition they will be expected to keep up a regular and supervised programme of Private Reading. For ALL candidates going onto S5 it is essential that a regular private reading pattern is established.
 
COURSES AVAILABLE IN S5 S6
 
Higher English, Intermediate 2 and Intermediate 1. Advanced Higher English
Higher Media Studies is also an option for candidates with the appropriate entry qualifications (Credit English).
 
CAREER INFORMATION
 
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