Porthcawl Comprehensive School / Ysgol Gyfun Porthcawl

Welsh

Mrs A Lloyd (Second in MFL/Welsh)

From time to time we have pupils joining us from schools that do not study Welsh. The following document may be used to help prepare for Welsh lessons here at Porthcawl.

Click here to download a booklet to Support Pupils who have not studied Welsh Language before.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

First half term

Transition unit of work to build on and develop work done in Key Stage 2 – opinions, personal details, past tense.

October half-term to February half-term

School – lessons, opinions, teachers, uniform, school dinners, trips, clubs.

February half-term to May half-term

Family and home – members of family, descriptions, names, opinions, celebrations, home, last weekend.

May half-term onwards

The Wonder Project

Throughout each unit of work pupils will receive regular homework, including core homework. Pupils will be assessed at the end of each unit of work in the following skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Ways in which parents can help

  1. Check planner regularly to ensure homework is completed.
  2. Assist with homework.
  3. Assist in revision for assessments.
  4. Encourage extended reading/use of the library.
  5. Encourage pupils to use Hwb and the resources on there.
  6. Help pupils to learn key vocabulary and sentence patterns.
  7. Encourage pupils to copy up work following absence.

Useful books/magazines/publications:

  1. Dictionaries
  2. Welsh books in the library.
  3. Welsh magazines in the library.

Useful apps:

  1. Ap Geiriaduron
  2. Guto Nyth Brân
  3. Dreigiau Dinas Emrys
  4. Start Welsh
  5. LearnBots Welsh
  6. Duolingo
  7. Gêm Anagramau Ail Iaith
  8. Gêm Sillafu Ail Iaith
  9. Gêm Brawddegau Ail Iaith

Year 8

First half term

Sports – Names of sports, details, Where? When? With whom? Teams, favourite teams and players, last weekend.

October half-term to February half-term

Shopping and fashion – key vocabulary, favourite/least favourite shops, opinions with extended reasons, last weekend, next weekend.

February half-term to May half-term

The weekend - talking about the weekend in detail using past tense

May half-term onwards

Wales - what Wales means to us, sports, music, celebrations and events, organisations in Wales.

Throughout each unit of work pupils will receive regular homework, including core homework. Pupils will be assessed at the end of each unit of work in the following skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Ways in which parents can help

  1. Check planner regularly to ensure homework is completed.
  2. Assist with homework.
  3. Assist in revision for assessments.
  4. Encourage extended reading/use of the library.
  5. Encourage pupils to use Hwb and the resources on there.
  6. Help pupils to learn key vocabulary and sentence patterns.
  7. Encourage pupils to copy up work following absence.

Useful books/magazines/publications:

  1. Dictionaries
  2. Welsh books in the library.
  3. Welsh magazines in the library.

Useful apps:

  1. Ap Geiriaduron
  2. Guto Nyth Brân
  3. Dreigiau Dinas Emrys
  4. Start Welsh
  5. LearnBots Welsh
  6. Duolingo
  7. Gêm Anagramau Ail Iaith
  8. Gêm Sillafu Ail Iaith
  9. Gêm Brawddegau Ail Iaith

Year 9

First half term

Mobile phones and technology - key vocabulary, opinions, reasons, past tense, conditional tense, details, when? where? with whom?.

October half-term to February half-term

Shopping and fashion – key vocabulary, favourite/least favourite shops, opinions with extended reasons, last weekend, next weekend.

February half-term to May half-term

T.V. and films – kinds of programmes and films, S4C, favourite programmes and reasons, last weekend.

May half-term onwards

Holidays – Looking forward to holidays, counties, kinds of holidays, reasons for going, preferences, details of holidays, Where? When? Why? With whom? Weather.

Throughout each unit of work pupils will receive regular homework, including core homework. Pupils will be assessed at the end of each unit of work in the following skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Ways in which parents can help

  1. Check planner regularly to ensure homework is completed.
  2. Assist with homework.
  3. Assist in revision for assessments.
  4. Encourage extended reading/use of the library.
  5. Encourage pupils to use Hwb and the resources on there.
  6. Help pupils to learn key vocabulary and sentence patterns.
  7. Encourage pupils to copy up work following absence.

Useful books/magazines/publications:

  1. Dictionaries
  2. Welsh books in the library.
  3. Welsh magazines in the library.

Useful apps:

  1. Ap Geiriaduron
  2. Guto Nyth Brân
  3. Dreigiau Dinas Emrys
  4. Start Welsh
  5. LearnBots Welsh
  6. Duolingo
  7. Gêm Anagramau Ail Iaith
  8. Gêm Sillafu Ail Iaith
  9. Gêm Brawddegau Ail Iaith

Key Stage 4

'A country without a language is a country without a soul’ (Patrick Pearse)

The Welsh language, the oldest living language in Europe, underpins the very fabric of our nation. Our culture, history and society owes its identity to the language.

Today, the ability to use Welsh is a sought after skill by many employers. The Welsh Language Act and the Welsh Government's 'Un iaith i bawb' policy have resulted in organisations actively seeking candidates with a working knowledge of Welsh.

  • Local Government, in all area of Wales, has a legal obligation to provide services in Welsh as well as English.
  • The Welsh Assembly seeks to recruit staff with varying levels of proficiency.
  • The media values journalists and backroom staff who can work bilingually.
  • Production companies are enjoying increased success with bilingual television series.
  • Theatre companies looking to diversify and become more involved in Welsh language productions.
  • The study of Welsh is compulsory in all schools to the age of 16.

All the above can offer opportunities for exciting and varied careers and the study of Welsh at GCSE will equip pupils with a sought after skill which can enable them to access these careers. Furthermore, such study will develop confidence and communication skills in addition to providing opportunities to explore and enhance cultural identity.

Course Content

Welsh GCSE is considered to be a very important requirement in the job market and the course is, therefore, designed to be relevant and purposeful both in terms of modern society within Wales as well as vocational situations. Topics discussed will enable pupils to utilise Welsh in a variety of situations – socially and vocationally.

Assessment

There are 4 units of study:

Unit 1 – Pair/group speaking exam (15% listening 10% speaking) 25%

Unit 2 – Pair/group speaking exam (20% speaking 5% listening) 25%

Unit 3 – Reading and Writing exam (15% reading 10% writing) 25%

Unit 4 – Reading and Writing exam (15% writing 10% reading) 25%

Please note that the new GCSE Welsh Second Language examination is untiered. The traditional 'higher and 'foundation' tiers have been replaced with one exam for all. Therefore all GCSE pupils will sit the same Welsh Second Language exams.

Beyond GCSE

In Wales, the ability to communicate in Welsh as well as English offers a significant advantage to graduates seeking employment.

Research has shown that graduates with bilingual skills have the potential to earn a salary that is up to 10% higher than non-bilingual employees.

What are the advantages of speaking Welsh?

  • It enriches identity
  • It improves communication skills
  • It enhances job opportunities
  • It is easier to learn other languages
  • It demonstrates enhanced stage cognitive skills

Key Stage 5

Welsh AS Exam

  • Unit 1 – Oral Exam 15% (25 minutes)
    • Pupils will be assessed on the film Patagonia as a pair or group and as individuals on the content of their controlled assessment.
  • Unit 2 – Controlled Assessment – 10%
    • Pupils are expected to complete a project in Welsh on an aspect of Wales. The project must include at least 3 pieces of work. One piece must be completed under teacher supervision. 1,500-2000 words are expected in total for the project.
  • Unit 3 – Language and Poetry – 15%
    • This paper is made up of 2 sections; the first will be grammar and the other poetry. Pupils must study 5 poems and will be expected to respond to one of these poems.

Welsh A Level Exam

  • Unit 4 - Oral Exam 25% (35 minutes)
    • This is a group oral exam and is made up of 2 sections with pupils asked to discuss the play ‘Crash’ and Welsh in the media / society.
  • Unit 5 - Written exam – 15%
    • Pupils must respond to an English article in Welsh and write 2 short essays about Welsh in society. This unit focuses on writing skills and key aspects in Welsh history.
  • Unit 6 – Written exam – 20%
    • This unit will focus on language and 4 short stories. Pupils will answer 2 language questions and respond to one of the short stories. Pupils will be expected to draw links to other examples of literature studied in Year 12/13.

Entry Requirements:

A minimum of a grade C in GCSE Welsh.

Progression:

The feedback received from several sources clearly indicates that a working knowledge of Welsh is high on the list of requirements of many organisations, establishments and employers.

Post graduate students wishing to follow a PGCE have been successful in receiving bursaries to fund this qualification as a direct result of studying Welsh at A level.

For over-subscribed university courses such as Nursing and Midwifery, Careers Wales has emphasised the advantage of a Welsh language qualification.

Access and career progression in government organisations shows an emphasis on the ability of employees to communicate effectively through the medium of Welsh. An advanced qualification in the language carries significant weight in this sought after and competitive field.

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