French novice 'not a level C';News;News and opinion
Glasgow education committee wants the curriculum designers to go away and think again. They should adopt a new model based on examples of using a language, councillors were told.
These examples would then be linked to 5-14 levels and the language skills needed to use them could then be analysed. The education committee report goes on: "Skill outcomes could be described with actual examples, and the teachers' need of some guidance in respect of content would also be satisfied."
The proposed links with 5-14 levels in other parts of the curriculum "do not make sense". Ian Boffey, adviser in modern languages says: "It is utterly ridiculous to suppose that a beginner in P6 has reached level C." If he was at level D in subjects except French, at which he was at a beginner's level A, "so be it".
The council also regrets that the SCCC has made no attempt to show how the guidelines fit into a languages programme running from P6 to Higher and Advanced Higher.