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Languages Short Course

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What is it?

The Languages Short Course has been developed in partnership with the Association for Language Learning (ALL), aimed mainly, but not exclusively, at supporting core subjects in schools. The Languages Short Course accredits between 10 and 60 hours of foreign language studies and activities and provides a curriculum that can lead towards, enhance and support GCSEs and the EBacc.

You can use it:

  • as an introductory or companion course for young people at various ages and stages in their language learning
  • to build and underpin academic excellence in language studies, e.g. as a foundation for EBacc
  • for learners of all abilities, in all languages to enjoy and achieve
  • in flexible ways to suit your situation
  • for certificates of achievement in a wide variety of language-learning activities
  • to help young people see the relevance of language learning – to contextualise, enthuse, intrigue, develop skills, deepen knowledge, understanding and communication and build confidence

This Short Course can be completed using the student book or is available for learners to complete online through the ASDAN e-portfolio system. Learners log in to complete challenges, record skills development and upload evidence. Tutors can view learner progress and sign off work, leaving feedback as needed.

Who is it for?

Young people of all abilities, mainly aged between 13 and 19 (as well as adults and younger learners, where appropriate).

Because Short Courses are multi-level, the focus is on completing challenges and skills development according to individual ability, rather than attainment at a specific level. 

Facts and Figures

  • Flexible, multi-level programme
  • Internally moderated
  • Accredits 10-60 hours of activities
  • Can count as up to 3 of the credits needed to achieve the Personal Development Programmes
  • Can count as up to 6 of the credits needed to achieve CoPE
  • Also offers progression to AoPE and Wider Key Skills

Requirements

Learners must present evidence of their activities in an organised portfolio or e-portfolio.

This will contain:

  • a record of challenges completed, with supporting evidence for each challenge
  • recording documents, showing how learners have planned and reviewed their activities
  • summary of achievement, highlighting skills development
  • personal statement

Course Content

The Languages Short Course contains seven modules:

  • It's my life (my world and the world about me)
  • Just getting in touch (communication and interaction)
  • The perfect host (hosts, visitors and local knowledge)
  • What's it like over there? (lifestyles)
  • My language (sounds, spelling, pronunciation and intonation)
  • What's going on? (contemporary culture)
  • Imagine (creativity and open topics)

Each learner will need their own copy of the Short Course student book or an e-portfolio login – this contains the challenge content and recording documents.

Download sample pages from the Languages Short Course student book and the Languages Short Course tutor notes.

Supporting Resources

A free set of downloadable tutor notes to support the Languages Short Course containing guidance for each challenge and suggested resources are available to centres registered for Short Courses in the members area.

A quick guide to Short Courses is also available to support the delivery of all ASDAN Short Courses. This document offers advice and guidance for tutors, including a step-by-step guide to delivery.

Additional resources to support Short Courses can be downloaded from theOrb – ASDAN’s Online Resource Bank. Resources available include witness statements, activity logs, lesson plans, worksheets and examples of evidence.

Getting started

For centres new to ASDAN, your first step is to complete the centre registration form. Current ASDAN centres need to ensure that the Short Courses are added to their centre's registration.

Following registration, you will be able to purchase your books and access additional resources and guidance via the members area of this website. ASDAN also provides introductory training workshops and can arrange in-house training.


ASDAN members area

Once your centre is registered with ASDAN for Short Courses, you can find further information and resources in the members area. This section of the website contains all the essential documents, forms and updates that you will need to deliver your course.

There is no limit to the number of people from a centre who can register to use the members area. You can create a new user account using the online form. 

Certification

Once students' work has been internally moderated, centres can request certificates for successful candidates from ASDAN, using the form in the members area.

There is no external moderation for this programme, although ASDAN reserves the right to request samples of candidates' work for quality assurance purposes.

Costs

All student book, certification and registration prices shown below are per learner, unless otherwise stated.


Item Price
Short Course student book (one per learner) £8.50
Short Course e-learning login (one per learner) £8.50
Short Course PDF certificate Free
Short Courses printed and foiled certificate (optional, per learner, per Short Course £2.15

 

All prices valid from 1 September 2018 until 31 August 2019. Prices are shown exclusive of VAT.

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