Modern Languages Summary
Welcome to Fraserburgh Academy Modern Languages Department. We currently teach French, German and Spanish.
Our courses will further develop skills in Listening & Talking, Reading and Writing. These skills will enable pupils to communicate, be critical thinkers, develop cultural awareness and be creative. Teaching and learning is through whole class activities as well as group work and resource based work. Learning another language also contributes to literacy skills, helps develop a wider vocabulary in English and enhances understanding of English grammar.
Language learning also develops communication skills, presentation skills and global citizenship. A qualification in a language is important in the global marketplace. Recent studies show that companies favour candidates with prior language knowledge and skills. Many further education courses combine the study of a language alongside other courses e.g. Business, Accounts, Law, Primary Teaching, Engineering and Gaming. Many university courses offer placements in other countries in various subject areas.
Sub-subject 1: Introduction
Pupils continue to learn French in S1 to further develop the vocabulary and language skills acquired at Primary School. Our courses from S1-6 will enhance skills in Listening & Talking, Reading and Writing.
Sub-subject 2: Introduction
German is introduced from S2 to give pupils an opportunity to build on their existing language skills by learning a new language. Our courses from S2-6 will enhance skills in Listening & Talking, Reading and Writing.
Sub-subject 3: Introduction
Spanish is introduced from S4 to give pupils an opportunity to build on their existing language skills by learning a new language. Our Senior Phase course will enhance skills in Listening & Talking, Reading and Writing.
Study Support – our doors are always open!
Study support sessions are held weekly Wednesdays at lunchtime in F2.2, but the Modern Languages Faculty operates an open door policy. If any pupil S1-6 has any questions or needs any help with either coursework or homework a teacher will be available during lunchtimes in F2.1, F2.2, F2.3, or F2.5. We are also often available after school.
How do you support a child’s modern language learning if you don’t speak the language yourself?
- Show him/her that you value their language learning: ask about what words / expressions / themes / insights he/she has learned
- Help develop the habit of daily review: reinforce the message we give in class that daily review / study / reading / listening / pronunciation practice is much more effective and enjoyable than trying to cram for exams. As we say, “little & often” is the key to success! Listening and reading practice is on the Glow class pages.
- Track his/her progress:
- On com have your child login and go to Settings > Progress Sharing, then enter your email address and click “join classroom”. You will receive weekly updates on lessons and points earned.
- On com you can create your own free account and then follow your child as a “mempal” to be able to see his/her progress.
For parents of Senior Phase Pupils:
In addition to the tips above, please reinforce that daily review and study as directed by his/her teacher is essential!