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Re: OCR to drop Arabic from Asset Languages

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Haroon Shirwani <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 24 Jul 2012 10:29:09 +0000

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Chawki, I definitely agree about having an open dialogue with Edexcel's staff and examiners. They are friendly and reasonable, and it's just a matter of getting the message through.

H


On 23 Jul 2012, at 02:37, "Nacef, Chawki" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Apologies, just spotted Dulwich College/ALL conference. Interesting.

C
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From: Nacef, Chawki
Sent: 23 July 2012 07:21
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Subject: RE: OCR to drop Arabic from Asset Languages

Dear all,

Would it help if I asked the Senior Examiner for Edexcel Arabic to come and talk to us about the exams? Also, attending a training session (online or in London) would help a lot.

I am keen (as my HoD) to invite teachers of Arabic, publishers and examiners to come to Oundle for a day in which we can discuss material used, teaching ideas, books etc...It would be good for all of us to meet at the beginning of the year (maybe end September or October). Let's make it some sort of Arabic Forum for the teachers of Arabic. I am happy to organise this event, if you see interest in this.

Re the vocab list for the exam, at least Edexcel give you one! Asset Languages do not give a suggested list of vocab as in Chinese and other languages. My HoD (who teaches German and Russian) and I have been discussing Edexcel and the feeling is that it is a good 'attempt'. Bear in mind that Arabic is still a recent addition in schools.

I think that Harroon's email has started the ball rolling. Let's keep in touch and meet and build together a clear view (and vision) about Arabic teaching.

Yours,

Chawki
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Sent: 22 July 2012 22:52
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Subject: Re: OCR to drop Arabic from Asset Languages

PS Luma, could you - and other colleagues - please share with us the ways in which you would like the GCSE to improve? There are, of course, lots of great things about the way it is now, and it has certainly come a long way. But it would be very useful to share our thoughts on the best way forward.

Personally, I like how the Speaking and Writing are open-ended, fully testing candidates on what they do know.

As regards areas for improvement, the vocab content of the Reading and Listening varies a great deal, containing a lot of words that a non-native cannot have learnt in a two or three year course (with about three hours of teaching time per week). This needs to be kept under control, and any words used that are not on the Minimum Core Vocabular should be glossed.

Just my thoughts. I wonder what Luma and others think.

Best wishes,
Haroon




On 22 Jul 2012, at 13:19, "Shirwani, Haroon : HAS" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Thanks, Luma. Yes, I hope the exam boards appreciate this. Could you tell us whom you contacted?

H

-----Original Message-----
From: A discussion list for teachers of Arabic [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of L Hameed
Sent: 22 July 2012 12:00
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: OCR to drop Arabic from Asset Languages

That is true! I hope that Edexcel will review their exam specification and make it equal to other MFLs. I e-mailed them several times, but need every one to join me. It took me one minute. Please do it soon.

Best wishes,

Luma Hameed

-----Original Message-----
From: A discussion list for teachers of Arabic [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Haroon Shirwani
Sent: 20 July 2012 17:42
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: OCR to drop Arabic from Asset Languages

Apparently, Asset Languages are dropping Arabic in December 2013? That leaves no qualifications for non-natives (the GCSE and A-level currently being written with background speakers in mind) or those who do short courses. Outrageous.

Yours in shock,

Haroon



Asset Languages being re-developed for September 2013 Wednesday 4 July 2012

We'd like to keep you up to date with our plans for Asset Languages.

The range of current qualifications is accredited until December 2013 and plans are already underway to redevelop successor Asset qualifications in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin.

Subject to successful accreditation, these new qualifications will be offered at Breakthrough (Entry level), Preliminary (Level 1) and Intermediate (Level 2) and will be available for first teaching from September 2013, with first assessment in 2014.

At the present time we're not planning on redeveloping any other qualifications in Asset Languages other than those mentioned above.
Also, we wanted you to know that all Advanced Stage Asset qualifications will be withdrawn from December 2013.

We'll be reviewing the breadth of our offer over the coming months and, though other languages may be added in the near future, we're advising all centres to plan their curriculum provision for 2014 based solely on the availability of French, German, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin.

We're also working with community language groups to continue improving our Community Languages offer and address specific community needs. In addition, OCR will continue to develop and will make available its resources to support language teaching. We also have a network of over 50 cluster support groups around the country which provide two-way support and opportunities to share good practice.

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for choosing OCR and Asset Languages.

If you need to speak with us, you can call our dedicated helpdesk at
01223 553998 or alternatively you can email us at [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.


On 20 July 2012 11:37, Teresa Tinsley
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