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Mrs Belkacemi
Mr Palombo

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Mrs McDiarmid
Mrs McDiarmid

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Mrs Wilkie
Mrs Wilkie

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Mrs Coyle
Mrs Coyle

 

Mrs Wisely
Mrs Wisely

 

Mrs Campbell
Mrs Campbell

 

Mrs Ferguson
Mrs Ferguson

 

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Broad General Education

The aim is to give an introduction to foreign languages and culture while developing firm linguistic foundations for further study.

This is achieved through topics which encourage pupils to talk about themselves, the area where they live, their favourite sports and ask questions in French and German.

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National 4

French, German, Spanish

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Pupil Work
National 5

French, German, Spanish

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Higher

French, German, Spanish

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Homework

Learning a foreign language demands constant practice and revision, slowly building up an extensive vocabulary. So regular revision and homework is perhaps more important than in other subjects. All pupils should record vocabulary in their jotter will be given printed sheets of vocabulary and text books to work from. They will also have to memorise certain things – like verb endings.

To help we recommend a number of websites for reinforcing vocabulary. We particularly recommend Linguascope for S1-4. Username and Password is given to pupils by the class teacher.

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BGE S1 & S2

Pupils will be given regular homework from the appropriate homework booklet

General Advice

  • S1/ S2 pupils should spend at least 10 minutes 4 times a week building a vocabulary.
  • S3 –S5 pupils are aiming to spend at least 20 minutes 4 times a week on vocabulary learning.
  • Pupils should timetable slots in the week for vocabulary learning and stick to them.
  • ‘SEE-AND-COVER-AND-WRITE-AND-CHECK’ is the method we teach from first year onwards.
  • Each session, review previous session’s vocabulary and add on 10-15 new words or phrases each time.
  • Parents can help by ‘testing’ them.

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BGE S3

As well as short homework exercises Pupils will be expected to prepare for the SQA ‘Languages for Work Purposes.’ Award. This will require preparation for a mock job interview in the foreign language. Pupils presenting at a higher level will be expected to write a job application letter requiring memorisation of key phrases at home.

Depending on progress pupils may be presented for some of the National 4 or 5 Unit Assessments. Preparation for Writing, Reading and Listening will require pupils to revise the relevant areas of vocabulary. To prepare for Talking, pupils will have to learn key vocabulary and phrases by heart.

In the final term, all pupils prepare the National 4 Added Value Unit. This involves them making an oral presentation to the teacher followed by answering a few straightforward questions in the foreign language. If for any reason pupils do not complete this assessment in June of S3, they will be asked to sit the test within the first few weeks of term in August of S4

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N4 & N5 @S4

The major homework will again be preparation for on-going National 4 or 5 Unit assessments and the Prelim Examination for National 5 pupils.

We also encourage pupils to buy a Revision Workbook at a cost of £2.49. Copies are also held in the department for pupils to borrow.

At National 5 level the Talking exam in February requires thorough preparation at home.

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N5 & N6 @S5, S6

By this stage pupils should be responsible for their own homework! The key is to be organised – the Student Planner will help. Homework tasks can take up to an hour to complete, but pupils will usually be given a week’s notice.

Broad General Education in Modern Languages S1 - S2

Subjects
S1 French & German

Pupils will learn to describe themselves and the area where they live. They will also learn to describe a town and ask for directions.

They will also learn to pronounce the alphabet and count in German.

Aims
S2 French & German

Building on the pupil's ability to describe themselves, family and local area. Learning about the geography of France, transport and fashion and getting an introduction to French media. This is achieved through planning an holiday to France and discovering how to cope with being ill abroad.

In German, pupils will learn to describe towns in Scotland and Germany. They will learn the essential skills of being able to shop and cope with going to the doctor. Additionally they will learn about German food and drink and develop the ability to discuss holidays and relationships with family and friends.

Standards
Assessment?

A variety of assessment tasks will be given over the session. These will include preparation for Talking tests, redrafting pieces of writing and internet research on aspects of life in France or Germany.

There will also be short exercises to complete taken from the homework booklet for the unit being studied.

Progression
Progression

Towards the end of S2, pupils can decide to choose to study an extra language as well as continuing to study the language followed in in S1 and S2.

Guidance and Subject staff will provide advice on the best way to proceed. [... more]

Level 4 @ S3 French & German

In S3, all pupils will continue with the language they have been studying since S1

Extra Curricular activities
Course Focus

The S3 course will develop the pupil’s skills in Reading, Listening, Talking and Writing in a broad range of contexts, including delivering a PowerPoint presentation in the foreign language.

Activities
Activities

The course covers a range of topics including Education and Work, Social Media and Modern Technology, Music and Film. Pupils will have the opportunity to study a foreign language film and do research into the career of a French or German film star, sports person, music band or solo artist.

Additional Activities
Progression

From S3 pupils can choose continue to study their chosen language at National 4 or National 5 level.

Subject teachers and Guidance Staff will advise on the most appropriate level to study

Spanish @ S3

Pupils can choose to take Spanish as a second foreign language in S3

Subjects
Who for?

This course is open to all pupils who enjoy language learning but will be of particular interest to pupils who may wish to continue with languages in S5/6 and beyond.

For a career focussed on languages, it is highly desirable to have qualifications in two foreign languages.

Aims
About

This is an accelerated course designed to prepare pupils for National 4 or 5 in S4. Initially pupils will learn basic vocabulary and grammar, but will then proceed to cover similar topic areas to those studied in French or German..

Progression
Progression

Pupils can choose to continue to study the subject at National 4 or National 5 level.

Subject teachers and Guidance Staff will advise on the most appropriate level to study.

National 4

Equivalent to General level at Standard Grade, the National 4 course consists of two units with an added value practical activity project.

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Understanding Languages

Reading and Listening

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talking
Using Language

Talking and Writing

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assessment
Assessment

Units will be assessed in school on a continuous basis throughout the course and will be subject to external verification by a moderator from the SQA.

Added Value

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National 5

Very similar to National 4 but taken to a more advanced level, developing ideas in greater depth and detail.

writing
Understanding Languages

Reading and Listening

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talking
Using Language

Talking and Writing

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assessment
Assessment

Units will be assessed in school on a continuous basis throughout the course and will be subject to external verification by a moderator from the SQA.

Exam

There is an externally assessed exam in Reading, Writing and Listening.

Talking will also be assessed towards the end of the course. This test is conducted by teachers in school and externally moderated.

Higher

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Careers In Modern Languages

The primary skill you will have gained is the ability to communicate at a high level in another language, together with a knowledge of another country and its life and culture.

tranlation interpreter
hotel management
civilService
diplomatic service
international law
international business
tourism
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