The Newbattle Modern Languages course continues the work begun in the Primary School, relying on a mixture of methods and materials to allow every pupil to work at an appropriate pace and level.
In Newbattle, we feel strongly that knowledge of other languages is an important part of
of the curriculum. We hope that through language study, students will develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and how other people think. Languages help pupils become educated citizen of the 21st century.
The Modern Languages Course in S1, S2 and S3
In S1, pupils get the opportunity to consolidate the French they have learned in primary school. All pupils will also experience Spanish and German on a rota basis. At the end of S1 are then be able to choose one of these languages to study in S2 and S3. The topics covered in S1 are:
- French: French food
- German: Where I live
- Spanish: Hobbies
Pupils are exposed to the four skill areas of Reading, Listening, Talking and Writing. Pupils will be expected to learn weekly vocabulary, or to memorise phrases for talking and writing assessments.
We have produced a help sheet for pupils and parents/carers called Tips to do well in Modern Languages. Please download and read this!
We hope pupils will thoroughly enjoy the range of languages and learning opportunities in these topics.
In S2 and S3, pupils carry on building up their language skills: for three periods a week in S2, and two periods a week in S3. For full details, see the S3 Coursing Handbook. We will further develop skills such as cooperative working, ICT, presentation and research skills as well as aiming to become more effective contributors, to increase our confidence as individuals and to make us realise our responsibilities as citizens of the world. All of this should help us become much more successful language learners.
As in S1, a topic-based approach is used throughout the S2 and S3 course. In S2, topics studied include Personal Information, Family, School, Clothes and Daily Routine.
Topics covered in S3 include TV & Cinema, Jobs, Future Plans and Pocket Money.
In S1 and S2, pupils will be working on Experiences and Outcomes at Second and Third Level, building towards Fourth level in S3. The courses prepare pupils for qualifications in French, German and Spanish at National 3, National 4 or National 5 in S4.
Modern Language courses in S4, S5 and S6
In the Senior phase, pupils work on courses that lead towards National Qualifications at the end of S4, S5 and S6. Pupils are encouraged to equip themselves with a dictionary to help with the wider variety of homework that will be set. The department facilitates the purchase of suitable dictionaries at a reasonable cost direct from the publishers in June.
In S4, pupils can choose to take a course in the Modern Languages department. Each course takes four periods per week. For full details of the courses available, see the S4 Coursing Handbook. Courses currently offered in the Modern Languages department in S4 lead to awards in:
- French at National 3, National 4 and National 5 levels
- German at National 3, National 4 and National 5 levels
- Spanish at National 3, National 4 and National 5 levels, as well as a Short Course Spanish option in Block G that is open to pupils wanting to work towards a National 3 or 4 units or qualification
In S5 and S6, pupils can choose to take courses in the Modern Languages department. Each course takes five periods per week. For full details of the courses available, see the S5/6 Coursing Handbook. Courses currently offered in the Modern Languages department in S5 and S6 lead to awards in:
- French at National 4, National 5, Higher and (where demand exists) Advanced Higher levels
- German at National 4, National 5, Higher and (where demand exists) Advanced Higher levels
- Spanish at National 4, National 5, Higher and (where demand exists) Advanced Higher levels