Welsh as a 2nd Language (Cymraeg Ail Iaith) ( Y Pant School)

Level:  AS and A LEVEL

Exam Board:   W.J.E.C.

Location:  Y Pant School

All pupils who study Welsh in Key Stage Five follow the W.J.E.C. Advanced Supplementary (AS) and Advanced Level (A LEVEL) courses and the aim is to transform pupils into confident, fluent speakers of Welsh who are extremely aware of the unique traditions of Wales and its culture, and who are able to participate in Welsh life fully. Pupils are encouraged to use Welsh as frequently as possible to complete all activities and in order that they are able to do this they must follow a rigorous course which has them aiming to master formal Welsh grammar and use it to complete a diversity of tasks which include creative or persuasive writing, literary and media appreciation as well as carrying out studies relating to the Welsh Language today and linguistic correctness tasks.

The AS Level course is assessed in three sections as laid out in the W.J.E.C. Syllabus:

CAl Oral Examination – Film and Oracy (40%)

Pupils are examined in groups by an external examiner who takes part in a discussion on their study of, and reaction to, a Welsh-language film.

CA LEVEL Course Work (30%)

Pupils complete a series of pieces of writing of varying styles encompassing an aspect of contemporary Welsh life.

CA3 Written Examination – The Use of Language And Poetry (30%)

Pupils show their knowledge of language by completing short written and linguistic tasks and complete an extended piece of writing to show an appreciation of Welsh poetry.

The A LEVEL course is assessed in three sections as laid out in the W.J.E.C. Syllabus:

CA4 Oral Exam – Drama and Oracy (30%)

Pupils are examined in groups by an external examiner who takes part in a discussion on their study of, and reaction to, a Welsh-language play.

CA5 Written Examination – The Short Story and Transliteration (40%)

Pupils write a letter in Welsh in response to an English-language article on an issue of contemporary relevance, and complete a series of tasks on a Welsh short story.

CA6 Written Examination – The Use of Language And Poetry (30%)

Pupils show their knowledge of language by completing short written and linguistic tasks and complete an extended piece of writing to show an appreciation of Welsh poetry.

In order to complete the above tasks pupils will be encouraged to show an interest in and discuss contemporary Welsh media as well as do a great deal of reading both during and outside lessons on a variety of topics from very diverse sources. In addition pupils will receive formal grammar lessons where the emphasis will be shifted from simply communicating to doing so with correctness and style. The grammar noted below will be studied so that pupils will be well equipped to fulfil the requirements of the translation and the written assessment elements of the syllabus.

  • short and long forms of all verb tenses
  • the impersonal;
  • varying sentence structure (e.g. for emphasis);
  • nouns, pronouns and prepositions;
  • adjectives and adverbs;
  • the genitive;
  • mutations;
  • noun, relative and adverbial clauses;
  • idiomatic expressions.

During the course the pupils will study letters and articles in newspapers and magazines, Welsh prose in the form of short stories, Welsh poetry, Welsh films and T.V. programmes and a Welsh play. As well as oral discussion giving personal opinions pupils will be expected to use the stimulus to regularly complete tasks such as answering questions, completing/compiling a questionnaire, writing an essay/article/letter/story/dialogue; or literary or media appreciation.

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