How to help
Want to help but don’t speak Welsh at all? Don’t despair, there is plenty you can do!
Find out which Welsh GCSE your child is taking.
1. Is she taking Full Course GCSE or Short Course GCSE?
2. Is she taking Welsh second language GCSE or Welsh Second Language Applied GCSE?
Confused? Don’t be surprised if your child is too!
The GCSEs are divided into 4 units:
- if your child is taking Short Course GCSE she is only taking Units 1 and 2;
- if your child is taking Full Course GCSE she is taking Units 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Schools can choose when to enter learners for the different units but many schools enter Full Course learners for Units 1 and 2 in Year 10 and Units 3 and 4 in Year 11.
The exam board for all Welsh second language exams is the WJEC.
Get them organised!
Being organised when you’re studying for lots of different subjects is essential. Here are a few ideas to help:
1. Make a list of all the subjects you have exams in and for each subject list what you need to do.
(i) Unit 3 Group Oral
- Go over phrases I want to use
- Revise vocabulary per topic
- Practise talking about speech bubbles from past papers
- Meet up with group and practise.
(ii) Unit 4 Paper
- Revise topics
- Revise ‘Perfect Paragraph’ content
- Test myself using vocab cards
- Time myself doing past papers.
Now work backwards from each exam and write in when you will do work for that subject. Don’t be over ambitious, if you hate working after 8 o’clock at night don’t overload yourself at that time. If you’re more awake in the mornings give yourself the tougher work to do then.
There may be parts of your revision which need special attention so timetable those in too. For example, you will need to meet up with your Welsh Oral group to practise regularly.
You can be a huge help to your child by testing them regularly on Welsh vocabulary. Help your child to make sets of cards for key vocabulary with the Welsh on one side and the English meaning on the other. Arrange a time to test him on one set of cards.
Here are some ideas for sets of cards:
- question words
- present tense
- past tense
- perfect paragraph content
Resources for GCSE Revision
For Welsh second language GCSE:
This Revision Guide is useful to GCSE students throughout their course. The book is divided into two halves, Units 1 & 2 and Units 3 & 4. The GCSE course is explained at the start and is followed by a section of useful Welsh words and phrases.
Each topic from the GCSE syllabus is covered in a double page, each ending with a Quick Test for revision. Answers to all tests are provided at the back of the book.
Revision skills are covered for each unit and exemplar papers are provided for Units 1 and 4 (the Reading and Writing papers).
For Welsh second language Applied GCSE:
ISBN: 9781845214753 (1845214757).
Ar Waith is a course book for the Applied Welsh second language GCSE. Each topic of the course is covered and there are numerous exercises which students can practise. At the back of the book is a section on Important Language which is very useful for revision.
Past Papers are essential for good GCSE preparation and revision. Your child will be able to see the type of questions which come up regularly and have a go at answering them. It is a good idea in the last couple of months before an exam to try to answer past paper questions in the correct time allowed as time management is an important skill in exam technique.
Past papers will be available through your child’s Welsh teacher or you can get them yourself from the WJEC.