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S1/S2 Course

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S1/2 Modern Languages


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S3 Modern Languages

The study of any modern language plays a central role in the development of literacy skills.  Learning a modern foreign language enables young people to develop high-level skills of listening, talking, reading and writing which are essential to learning, work and life and to make use of different media effectively for learning and communicating.  The study of a modern foreign language also helps them to develop an understanding of their own and other cultures.

In their modern foreign language young people will study three key aims which make a unique contribution to the aims of Curriculum for Excellence: the interconnected nature of languages, active citizenship and communicative competence.  These skills will be taught through listening and talking, reading and writing activities.  Young people will build on what has been achieved in their modern foreign language in primary school, be encouraged to assume more responsibility for their own learning and use a range of resources, including ICT, to help them to develop their knowledge , understanding and appreciation of the language which they are learning and the culture surrounding this language.

Young people will be assessed on how they can apply these skills in their learning and in their daily lives and in preparing for the world of work.  Assessment will determine how well they can communicate in the modern foreign language, how well they use and extend their vocabulary in the spoken language, to what extent they have increased their understanding of the written and spoken word and have developed their understanding of language structures and rules, and how accurately they have applied these in familiar and new situations.  This will be carried out in presentations and speaking tasks, individually and in groups, and using a variety of reading listening and writing tasks, both in class and in formal assessments.  

Learning a modern foreign language provides a global dimension and cultural awareness for our young people.  There are many areas of the curriculum where connections can be made with a modern foreign language, for example English, active citizenship, social subjects and RE.   


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S4/5/6 Modern Languages



Modern Languages: Higher





The aim of this course is to offer progressive development of competence in the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing, within a widening range of contexts and language purposes.  The languages studied in St Benedict’s are French and Spanish.



Recommended Entry


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


Students holding a Standard Grade award at grades 1 or 2 and Writing award at grades 3 or 4 would be advised to follow the Intermediate 2 course.



Course Details


Two mandatory units (one of 80 hours and one of 40 hours) plus 40 hours flexible time.




Language 80 hours


This unit will seek to ensure progress in language in a variety of contexts, combining the skills in appropriate integrated tasks.  It will build on students’ prior learning.


Contexts of language covered will reflect the age and interests of the students and at this level the skills of speaking and writing will place emphasis on the student’s ability to express points of view in some detail and to exchange ideas with evidence of increasing confidence and accuracy.



Extended Reading/Viewing (H) 40 hours


Language in Work (H) 40 hours


Of the two options above, students will study one, thereby developing further particular language skills in line with their personal or vocational needs or interests.  It will be for each centre to decide, in the light of the expertise of the staff and the interests of the students, which of these options to offer, or whether both should be made available.





Attainment of the award will allow students to progress as follows:



This course or its component units may form part of one or more Scottish Group Awards.