Modern Languages

Broad General Education

General statements:

All pupils study French from S1 – S3.  Throughout this time we cover various topics such as personal descriptions, health, eating out and school.  We assess understanding language and using language in a variety of ways to suit each topic from group role plays to traditional reading and listening assessments. We aim to make young people enthusiastic about learning a modern language.

Skills development:

Awareness: We want pupils to become aware of the skills required to learn a foreign language as well as becoming aware of social, cultural and geographical aspects of other countries.  They develop cultural and international awareness through activities such as their S1 group research project on a French-speaking country.

Communication: Pupils develop the ability to communicate, through Reading, Writing, Talking and Listening, in relevant and realistic contexts.  During the course of S1 – S3, they communicate with increasing confidence, fluency and accuracy.   By the end of S3, pupils can interact with others in real-life situations, talk about topics of personal interest and deliver presentations in French.

Knowledge about language: We explore how learners learned their first language and how this can help them to learn another language.  We learn about language rules in French and how this can be transferred to and compared with English.  Understanding how language works gives pupils confidence to use the language and take the initiative when sustaining communication.

Literacy: Literacy skills are a key part of learning another language.  As well as the necessary knowledge about language, pupils build their literacy skills through paired and group work, Listening, Talking, Reading and Writing.

By the end of S3, the majority of pupils should reach a level of competence approximating to SCQF level 4.

 

SENIOR PHASE

General statements:

In the Senior Phase, we offer French and Spanish.

Courses delivered

National 5 French:  Students will be encouraged to use French to develop four key language skills: talking, reading, listening and writing; skills which are essential for learning, employment and life.

This Course is made up of two mandatory Units: Understanding Language and Using Language.

The Course covers contexts such as citizenship, society, learning, employability, and culture.

Progression: Higher French or Higher Spanish

Higher French: The aim of this course is to develop the ability to:

– Read, listen, talk and write in French

– Understand and use French

– Develop the language skills of translation

– Apply knowledge and understanding of French

The course contributes towards the development of literacy skills by providing learners with opportunities to read, listen, talk and write in French, and to reflect how this relates to English.

Recommended Entry:

While entry to the course or units will be at the discretion of the Principal Teacher, students will normally be expected to have attained:

N5 at grades A or B in French

N5 at grade A or B in English

Advanced Higher French: To offer progressive development of competence in Reading, Talking, Listening and Writing to a

level that engenders independence for the student in French.

Recommended Entry:

Grade A or B pass at Higher French

Grade A or B at Higher English

N5 / Higher Spanish: This course is a crash course.  The aim of this course is to enable learners to develop the ability to:

– Read, listen, talk and write in Spanish

– Understand and use Spanish

– Develop the language skills of translation

– Apply knowledge and understanding of Spanish

The course contributes towards the development of literacy skills by providing learners with opportunities to read, listen, talk and write in Spanish, and to reflect how this relates to French and English

Recommended Entry

While entry to the course or units will be at the discretion of the Principal Teacher, students will normally be expected to have attained:

N5 at grades A or B in French

N5 at grade A or B in English