Modern Languages Broad General Education

Course Outline and progression

In S1 all learners study French for three periods per week to build on their prior learning in primary school.

In S2 learners experience all three languages. They study French, German and Spanish in blocks of approximately twelve weeks consisting of three periods per week. The provision of these language courses in S1 and S2 ensure that learners are exposed to all three languages and can, therefore, make a more informed decision as to which language or languages they would like to continue with in S3

In S3 learners continue to study a subject or subjects within the faculty of Modern Languages. They have the choice to study one or more languages from French, German and Spanish. A small group of learners have the option to choose our European Studies course in S3 rather than a discrete language. The European Studies option is a one year course and does not lead to qualification level. In S3 learners are allocated two periods per week for whichever option they have chosen to study.

Learners are strongly encouraged and have the choice to continue with one or more languages in the senior phase. Learners are usually allocated five periods per week for whichever language they have chosen to study in the senior phase. They will work at National 4 or National 5 level first depending on their ability and can then continue their studies to Higher and Advanced Higher level.

How can learners be helped with their language learning at home?


Vocabulary: Check that they have learned their vocabulary. The vocabulary is at the front of their booklet. Even if you can’t speak the language, you can still help them to learn their vocabulary. You could say the word or phrase in English and they could say or spell it in the language they are learning.

Worksheets: Are they completing the worksheets in their booklets to the best of their ability? Maybe you could check.

Homework: You could ask them to check their homework diary to see if they have completed any other homework tasks that were set.

Revision: Are they taking the time to revise the vocabulary and grammar notes in their jotters? Maybe you could take the time to ask them.

Assessments: They should also have a note of when they will be doing any assessments in their homework diary.

Independent Learning: We actively encourage all learners to use the following websites for at least ten minutes every day to enhance their language skills.


They can use the beginner level for basic vocabulary revision.
The intermediate level can be used to extend their knowledge of the language.
They will be given the login details by their teacher.


Duolingo is a very good language app.                                                                                                                                 
It is free to register to use it. 
It may also be used by the class teacher to set work and monitor progress.

Meet the Modern Languages Staff