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Aims of the Modern Languages Department

“As with other areas of the curriculum, positive language learning experiences contribute to young people’s development as successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens. Through learning new languages young people can become successful learners with opportunities relating to working and travelling abroad; confident individuals able to communicate in more than one language; effective contributors to a changing world with an understanding of Scotland’s relationship to other countries; and responsible citizens with an awareness of cultures and languages in addition to their own.

Language Learning in Scotland,
A 1+2 Approach, Scottish Government Languages Working Group, Report and Recommendations, 2012”


Our aims in the teaching of modern languages are:

  • To enable pupils to enjoy success in their language studies and to achieve to their full potential.

  • To enable all pupils to achieve oral proficiency by teaching them to converse confidently in foreign languages in a variety of situations.

  • To enhance their learning capacity by developing Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing, Reference skills and the Study skills of memorising, analysing, selecting, extracting and noting detail and reporting.

  • To promote an interest in languages leading to enjoyment and appreciation of language in general.

  • To develop an awareness and tolerance of different countries, cultures and backgrounds

  • To enhance social and interpersonal skills in learning how to cope with every day situations and to listen to and work with others.

  • To provide pupils with the necessary skills to undertake National Qualifications at the appropriate level and to prepare them for adult life, employment, further education or training.


Role of Modern Languages

Modern Languages have always had a strong claim on the curriculum on educational grounds and this has been further strengthened on practical and vocational grounds in the light of greater mobility, within the European Community and beyond, and the international nature of trade and industry.  It is increasingly necessary to make pupils aware that there are employment prospects abroad and that languages are an essential element of nearly all courses in Further Education.


Our Vision:

To ensure a fair and consistent language learning approach for all pupils, regardless of gender, background or ability.