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Courses: S1, S2, S3, S4, S5/6

S1:

Language is at the core of thinking. Learners reflect, communicate and develop ideas through language. The course provides learners with the opportunity to develop skills in listening and talking, reading and writing, which are essential for learning, work and life; to use different media effectively for learning and communication; and to develop understanding of how language works. S1 pupils will continue to develop on modern languages outcomes and experiences from Primary 7, gaining a deeper understanding of core vocabulary and key grammar points. The S1 course is designed to challenge and encourage pupils to be global citizens through enhancing their understanding and enjoyment of other cultures and their own through discussion, ICT, genuine resources and Moving Image Education. Pupils will be working at level 2 and level 3.

Course content:

August-October
Au Collège- At school

November- December
En ville- In town

  • Classroom commands

  • School subjects

  • Opinions

  • Time

  • Days of the week/talking about your school timetable

  • School daily routine

  • Introduction of regular –er verbs

  • Avoir/être

 

Formal homework task: School routine in other countries project/presentation. 

  • Places in town

  • Shops

  • Souvenirs

  • Directions

  • Snacks- revision of numbers/price

  • Christmas Markets – traditions of European countries

  • Prepositions

  • Transactional language/role plays

January-March
Le cinéma (Self)

  • Le Revision of basic personal details

  • Numbers, months and dates

  • Countries and nationalities

  • The history and origins of cinema/Lumière brothers

  • Historical reference to first films made.

  • Links of film terminology to French e.g. mise en scene...

  • Expressing personal opinions and sentence building cinéma (Self)

April – June
Loisirs – Leisure

  • Sports/hobbies

  • Opinion phrases

  • Using je joue... je fais...

  • Introducing  time phrases

  • Healthy lifestyles/eating

  • Common Wealth Games- links to leisure activities.

 

 

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S2:

S2 pupils will continue to develop on modern languages outcomes and experiences gaining a deeper understanding of core vocabulary and key grammar points. The S2 course is designed to challenge and encourage pupils to be global citizens through enhancing their understanding and enjoyment of other cultures and their own through discussion, ICT, genuine resources and Moving Image Education. Pupils will also receive one period per week of Spanish in S2.

August-October
French: Body Parts/Health issues 

November- December
Joyeux Noël- FILM UNIT

  • Body parts

  • A visit to the chemist

  • Explaining how you feel

  • Buying health care products

  • Giving or asking for advice

 

Spanish:
Basic introductions/greetings/numbers 1-31, months/days of the week/classroom

  • Revision of body parts

  • Avoir/Etre

  • Character study

  • Adjectives (feminine and masculine)

  • Dictionary skills.

 

Spanish:
Friends and Family
Homework task:
Spanish speaking country project.

January-March
The World of Work

  • Importance of language learning

  • Professions and language related jobs

  • Places of work

  • Business conversations

Life in Francophone Countries

  • Dream Home

  • Daily Routine 

FINAL READING AND LISTENING EXAM in French and Spanish

Spanish:World of work (as above)

April – June
A visit to Paris- Bon voyage! 

  • Transport

  • Places to visit in Paris/France

  • Dream Holiday

  • Food and drink

  • Past tense

  • Mr Bean en vacances Unit

 

Spanish: Mi Vida Loca Viewing Unit  (Holiday phrases)

 

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S3:

The S3 course is designed to challenge and encourage pupils to be global citizens through enhancing their understanding and enjoyment of other cultures and their own through discussion, ICT, genuine resources and Moving Image Education. The topics covered in S3 are designed to develop pupils at level 3 and level 4 and are designed to build on previous knowledge, as well as preparing pupils for National Level qualifications in S4.

August – October
Society/Culture

November – December
Society/Culture

FAMILY & FRIENDS
♦ Saying how you get on with family member/Arguments/ideal parents/different types of friends/ Peer pressure

 

FILM AND TELEVISION
♦ Studying television in other countries
♦ Studying films in the modern language

January – March


Employability
WORLD OF WORK
♦ Unit on importance of language learning and the world of work.
♦ Applying for a job and producing a CV in French/Spanish.
♦Preparing for an interview in French/Spanish.

April – June
Society/Culture
 HEALTHY LIFESTYLES
♦ Lifestyle-related illnesses
♦Advantages and disadvantages of healthy/unhealthy lifestyle
♦ Language- learning and relevance

CITIZENSHIP
 ♦ Description of local area/comparison of town and country life/being environmentally friendly at home.
The above units will be assessed as a combined listening and talking, reading and writing assessment

S3 EXAM- May

 

S3 Elective Option:
The Modern Languages for Life and Work Award (SCQF level 3/4) provides learners with the opportunity to develop language skills in combination with employability while also being able to follow their own interests in a cultural context. Learners will develop language skills in one or two modern languages that they can apply in life and work, developing their roles as active citizens. Learners will gain a greater understanding of their own and other cultures by comparing aspects of life in different countries and will play a fuller part as global citizens.
The main purpose of this Award is to study one or two languages in practical and relevant contexts for life and work, and identify, develop and demonstrate employability skills.
In particular, this Award aims to enable learners, with support, to:

  • develop reading, listening and talking skills in one or two modern languages in the contexts of life and work,

  • develop basic knowledge of one or two modern languages in the contexts of life and work develop employability skills.

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    S4:

    National 4 & National 5 French & Spanish

    S4-S6 pupils will continue to develop a deeper understanding of core vocabulary and key grammar points. The course is designed to challenge and encourage pupils to be global citizens through enhancing their understanding and enjoyment of other cultures and their own through discussion, ICT and realistic and genuine resources. The topics covered are designed to prepare pupils for outcome units at National 3 or National 4, as well as preparing pupils for their final National 5 Performance or Reading, Listening, Writing exams.

    August - October

    October – January

    EDUCATION AND LEARNING
    ♦ Talking about school likes and dislikes
    ♦ Describing your school and talking about your teachers
    ♦ Peer pressures
    ♦ Comparing education systems
    ♦ Improving own education system
    ♦ Learner responsibilities
    ♦ Future plans

    EMPLOYABILITY: PART TIME JOBS: Jobs ,Work and CVs
    ♦ Planning, reporting back on work experience
    ♦ Reviewing achievements/ambitions

     

    February- March
    ♦ Preparing for N5 Speaking Exam.
    FINAL ORAL EXAMINATION (performance) : 5minute talk on chosen subject/follow-up questions.
    30 % of overall course award. (March)

    April- May
    PLANNING A TRIP:
    ♦ Importance of travel and learning a foreign language
    ♦ Describing your best holiday/trip/attitudes to travel
    EXAM PREPARATION

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    S5/6:

    National 5-Higher-Advanced Higher

    In an age of global-minded commerce, foreign language skills are becoming crucial for job-seekers. The ability to speak another language makes you stand out from the crowd, and employers recognise that the skills you have developed make it easier for you to learn other languages. Many universities and colleges offer modern language modules alongside other degree courses, while careers in teaching, journalism, business, and the media, among many others, value modern language qualifications. You may choose to use your languages to travel, or to live and work abroad. The world is your oyster!

    Higher French & Spanish (CfE)

    The Higher qualification in French/Spanish gives learners the opportunity to reach a stage where the language is used independently in confident and flexible ways. The course develops communicative competence to a level of some sophistication in a range of situations. Learners focus on developing their confidence in using French/Spanish in the contexts of Society, Learning, Employability and Culture. They may also focus on extended reading, and possibly viewing, or on the productive, interactive or mediating uses of French/Spanish which may be required in work-related contexts. The course offers a wider understanding of how French/Spanish works.

    Guide to course content

    August - December

    January - February

    February – March

    April - May

    SOCIETY:
    Family (including relationships and conflicts), Friendship, The Role of the Individual in Society Home Area (including advantages and disadvantages of  town/ country), Leisure and Healthy Living including exercise, healthy eating, smoking, drugs, alcohol and their effects, Television/Media, Global Citizenship and importance of Language Learning.

    LEARNING & EMPLOYABILTIY:
    School (subject choice, rules, what makes a good/bad school), Teachers (what makes a good/bad teacher), School Uniform (advantages and disadvantages), The Importance of Studying a Foreign Language, Plans and Aspirations for the Future (gap year, university, career)

    CULTURE:
     Holidays (advantages/disadvantages of holidays with parents/friends), Ideal Holidays, Tourism (Glasgow/Scotland as a tourist destination), Environmental Issues, Planning a trip (gap year/studying abroad)Celebrating a Special Event, Life in another country

    Revision and Exam Preparation.

     

     

    Advanced Higher French & Spanish

    Advanced Higher takes the development of intellectual maturity, critical awareness and sound knowledge and use of language a stage further from Higher. The course is intended to be a general release of curiosity allied to a sharpening of mental and critical focus, combined with an appropriate progression in understanding, experience and use of language. The Language unit allows students to investigate and debate contemporary issues of relevance to them, and to see how their lives compare with their French/ German/ Spanish peers. The Specialist Study introduces them to an in-depth study of literature in the target language. Given the limited number of teacher periods and the nature of the Advanced Higher course, very many demands are made on the students’ time outside the classroom and at home. Ongoing work on the preparation of the Specialist Study, the learning of vocabulary and structures, and the regular and thorough revision of class work is expected, alongside the submission of one or more pieces of written work per week.

    Progression
    From Advanced Higher, the student will be in a position to pursue foreign language study or to use a foreign language in a variety of ways, which might include:

    • specialising in the study of language, literature or culture in further or higher education

    • interacting at an appropriate level with native speakers within an employment context

    • drawing on knowledge about language to learn a different foreign language

    • using acquired language skills to access media in the foreign language, including TV programmes, films and magazine articles, for personal enjoyment.

    Many universities and colleges offer modern language modules alongside other degree courses, while careers in teaching, journalism, business, and the media, among many others, value modern language qualifications. You may choose to use your languages to travel, or to live and work abroad. The world is your oyster!

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