Modern Languages

Staff
Donna McGinley (Curriculum Leader)continents-1055960_1920
Kirsty West
Roddy Neithercut (Gaelic)
Laurie Guyard (French Assistant)

Courses
S1: All students in S1 will study French. As well as benefitting from weekly taster sessions in Mandarin and Gaelic, students  are also given a more intense, six week taster in Spanish, contributing to a truly broad educational experience in Modern Languages.
S2: Students will continue to study French throughout S2. Further tasters in Mandarin/Gaelic will also be offered. Students are also given further tuition in Spanish.
S3: French will continue to be studied by students in S3 with a further taster of Spanish for 6 weeks.
S4/5/6: In S4/5/6 students can opt to continue their language studies at National levels 3, 4, and 5 in both French and Spanish. The progression route then leads on into Higher and Advanced Higher for French and Higher for Spanish.

Modern Language Qualifications Summarised by National Parent Forum of Scotland…
National 4 Modern Languages
National 5 Modern Languages
Higher Modern Languages

Ethos
The Tynecastle Modern Languages Faculty offers all pupils the opportunity to learn French and Spanish through the key skills of speaking, reading, listening and writing. Opportunities are also given to explore the basics of Mandarin and Gaelic. Alongside this linguistic development we also aim to develop cultural understanding of the countries in which these languages are spoken.

The members of the department work closely together to make our classes active, enjoyable and a rewarding experience for learners at all levels. We are constantly developing new resources and innovative teaching methods to make our curriculum accessible to all. We enjoy the support of a French language assistant who is on hand to help us with pronunciation and to share stories of life in France.

In S1 and S2 we enjoy using ICT to support our learning in class. Regular homework is essential to ensuring that all students develop and consolidate their learning from class.

In S3 we delve deeper into the language, consolidating grammar and vocabulary. There is a real focus on collaborative speaking tasks, giving the students a feel for the level of language required for National courses in S4.

Our senior French and Spanish classes have a strong work ethic and thanks to their hard work and the dedication of their teachers they have enjoyed considerable exam success in recent years. Many have chosen to continue their language studies in higher education

Opportunities
Students have the opportunity to visit a foreign country, which allows the students to explore language through action and develops their cultural awareness. For the last few years, students in S1 and S2 have visited Paris.  We are planning to further increase opportunities for our senior students to visit foreign countries.

There are also opportunities for students across all year groups to attend cinema trips, university debate trips and other language events.

After school study: Come and speak to any of our staff if you have any concerns about your coursework or revision.