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Learning a language is an interesting way to find out about the world around you. It enables learners to make connections with different people and their cultures and to play a fuller part as global citizens. It is becoming more important that as many people as possible can get by in a foreign language, as more and more people travel in Europe and throughout the world and businesses expand and make contacts abroad.
It is not true that all foreigners speak English. As well as being an interesting and rewarding course, a certification in a foreign language is a useable skill for a school leaver. You would already know enough language to cope quite well in a foreign country.
S1 and S2
S1 and S2 pupils will develop skills in Listening, Talking, Reading and Writing. The course is topic based and covers the themes Self & Family, School, Food & Drink, Festivals, Holidays, Clothes & Fashion and House & Home.
In the course of their learning the pupils will have the opportunity to work independently, in pairs and in groups. As well as the more traditional learning methods they will also enjoy using the Interactive whiteboard, Flip cameras, MP3 players, DVDs, music and computer programmes.
Pupils study Modern Languages for 3 periods per week in S3.
Pupils may continue with the language they have been studying in S1 and S2 or may switch to a beginners' course in another language (currently French, German and Spanish are offered). They will continue to develop the four skills: Listening, Talking, Reading and Writing. As well as improving their linguistic competence they will broaden their knowledge about language and different cultures.
The S3 course is topic based and covers the themes of Leisure & T.V/Cinema (including the study of a Foreign Language film) and a cultural project where pupils will look at life in another country.
S4-6 National Qualifications
Pupils can choose to study French, German of Spanish for 5 periods at week at National 4/5 or 6 periods a week at Higher. Advanced Higher courses are available through the City Campus.
The National 4 course is available to complete beginners and pupils who started the language in S1-3.
The course covers 4 themes: Friends & Family, Lifestyles, Learning & Employment and Culture. It is assessed internally and includes an Added Value Unit on a topic of choice.
The National 5 course is available to pupils with prior knowledge of the language.
The course covers 4 themes: Friends & Family, Lifestyles, Learning & Employment and Culture. It is assessed in part by an internal Talking examination and in part by external examinations covering the skill areas of Reading/Writing and Listening/Writing.
The Higher course is available to pupils with a National 5 pass in the language
The course covers 4 themes: Friends & Family, Lifestyles, Learning & Employment and Culture. It is assessed in part by an internal Talking examination and in part by external examinations covering the skill areas of Reading/Writing/Translation and Listening/Writing