Mrs L. Evans
- Mrs R. Jones
- Mrs S. Fenlon
- Mr G. Ryan
- Mrs T. Owen
- Mrs L. Williams
Key Stage 3:
During Key Stage 3, skills already learnt during Key Stage 2 are developed and strengthened with further opportunities to enjoy experiences through the medium of Welsh. Our intention is to develop pupils’ communication skills, and assist them in becoming independent and responsible learners who are confident using Welsh naturally whilst speaking, writing and reading.
Key Stage 4:
During Key Stage 4, all students study the WJEC Welsh Second language course. The solid foundations set during Key Stage 3 are built upon, as we offer opportunities that allow pupils to develop as confident, Welsh- speaking young adults. Our aim is to offer opportunities that encourage pupils to become successful job applicants who possess the vital skills needed for the bilingual workplace.
Aims and objectives:
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 of 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.
The qualification is made up of four units: Unit 1 and Unit 2 are speaking and listening examinations, Unit 3 and Unit 4 are reading and writing examinations. The context for learning the language is organised under three broad themes:
• WALES AND THE WORLD
Key Stage 5:
AIMS OF THE COURSE:
This course aims to develop students’ spoken and written Welsh. Students will learn how to use the language in a wide variety of situations. They will study a number of modern Welsh texts and study the media in Wales, enabling them to appreciate Wales’ rich cultural heritage. The course aims to develop students’ confidence in their use of Welsh and to take their place in a bilingual society at the start of the 21st century.
CONTENT OF THE AS:
There are three main units
- Unit 1 -The Film and Oracy – students study the film ‘Patagonia’ and discuss it in pairs or groups. They will also be questioned individually about their chosen topic for Unit 2.
- Unit 2 – Written coursework – students have a choice of themes from which to choose.
- Unit 3 -Language and Poetry – This written examination aims to improve students’ written Welsh and they will also study a number of modern Welsh poems.
CONTENT OF THE A2:
There are three main units:
- Unit 4 – The Drama and Oracy – students will study the drama ‘Crash’ and will be expected to discuss the use of Welsh on social media, in the theatre as well as in films and magazines. Students will also complete a synoptic assessment individually.
- Unit 5 – The Welsh language in Society and concurrent use of language – Students answer questions about historical events to do with the Welsh language and the challenges which face the language today. They will also be expected to respond in Welsh to an article written in English. Use of Language and The Short Story – the aim is to further develop students’ written Welsh and to respond personally to one of four short stories.
- UNIT 1 – A twenty minute oral examination in groups of three or pairs followed by about five minutes of individual questions. (15% = 60 marks)
- UNIT 2 – Written coursework. (10% =- 60 marks)
- UNIT 3 – A two hour language and poetry examination. (15% = 120 marks)
- UNIT 4 – A half hour oral examination in groups of three or pairs followed by about five minute of individual questions. (25%=75 marks)
- UNIT 5 – A two hour written examination on ‘Welsh in Society’ and students will respond in Welsh to a passage written in English. (15% = 80 marks)
- UNIT 6 – A two hour examination on use of language and the short story. There will also be a synoptic assessment. (20% = 100marks)
SKILLS/APTITUDES NEEDED TO SUCCEED:
A passion for the Welsh language and a desire to find out more about the heritage and culture of Wales.
A commitment to avail oneself of all the opportunities to speak and use the Welsh language outside the classroom. We would expect students to have achieved a ‘B’ grade in the GCSE exam.
BENEFITS AND USES:
Students who study Welsh will develop their communication skills throughout the two years of study. The benefits of studying Welsh with a view to working in Wales are obvious, particularly in the public sector and in education. Many private sector companies are also realising the benefits of providing a Welsh language service and need employees who can offer these skills. The skills and discipline needed to succeed at AS and A Level will help students as they progress into higher education and the world of work. Welsh ‘A’ Level will also support other subjects if students wish to study outside of Wales and has equal status with all other A Levels. Fluency in two languages can also help with the acquisition of a third and fourth language. Finally, studying Welsh can also bring personal satisfaction when students can answer ‘Yes I can.’ to the question ‘Can you speak Welsh then?’