SQA Scots Language Award
How to use this learning and assessment resource to improve practice
Some centres are choosing to offer the Scots Language Award at levels 3 or 4 in order to broaden the experiences and achievements of learners who may also be working towards National 3 or National 4 English.
The award can also provide a relevant and personalised experience of Scots for young people who are interested in drama, modern languages, literature, music or song.
At levels 5 and 6, the units become more detailed and challenging, and represent an exciting addition to the curriculum for learners who might be working towards English or modern languages at National 5, Higher or Advanced Higher level.
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PDF file: The Pizzenous Pet Shop (137 KB) - A resource for the Scots Language Award at level 3/4 – A simple Scots text
PDF file: The Moose (158 KB) - A resource for the Scots Language Award at level 4/5 – A detailed Scots text
PDF file: When Phil met Angy (8.6 MB) - A resource for the Scots Language Award at level 5/6 – A detailed Scots text
PDF file: A Chitterin Bite (215 KB) - A resource for the Scots Language Award at level 5/6 – A detailed Scots text
PDF file: Sixteenth Century Glamping: The Atholl Hunt (176 KB) - A resource for the Scots Language Award at level 6 – A detailed and complex Scots text
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There are five Scots language texts included in this section.
The Pizzenous Pet Shop: Introduce learners to Clarty Cat, Boakin Budgie, Slevverin Slug and other Pizzenous Pets with this resource designed to support the Scots Language Award at Levels 3 & 4.
The Moose: ‘Fit are ye gaun tae gie Betty for yer anniversary?’ Learners will discover it's a rather peculiar present in this resource for those working on the Scots Language Award at Levels 4 or 5.
When Phil met Angy: This unit of work focuses on a conversation between Shetland journalist and broadcaster Phil Goodlad and Angy Muir o Tafts from the Isle o Sanday, Orkney. The varieties of Scots spoken by the two men are very similar, but with one or two interesting differences. The interview was recorded for BBC Radio Orkney in 2002.
A Chitterin Bite: This short story introduces learners to the frosty fickleness of relationships we experience as we move through life.
The Atholl Hunt: Learners will experience rich Scots language from the sixteenth century - the kind of Scots used by Mary Queen of Scots and James VI. This detailed and complex historical text is from an extract from the Historie and Croniclis of Scotland by Robert Lindsay of Pitscottie. The resource is for learners working on the Scots Language Award at level 6