I thoroughly enjoyed my year as Head Boy and feel it was a good way to give back to the school that has given me and my two brothers so much life experience and great memories.

Christopher Lewis-Laverty
Head Boy 2010/11

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National 4/5 French

The ability to communicate in a foreign language has never been as important as it is today. Our closer links with Europe have provided increased opportunities to work and study abroad. There is, therefore, the expectation that you will study at least one modern foreign language throughout S3 and S4. You may study French, or German, or both if you choose. Both languages may subsequently be studied at Higher level.

Skills and Knowledge

A broad overview of the subject skills, knowledge and understanding that will be covered in the course includes:

  • listening, talking, reading and writing skills as appropriate to purpose and audience
  • knowledge and understanding required to understand written and spoken French in familiar contexts
  • knowledge and understanding required to use written and spoken French, as appropriate to purpose and audience in familiar contexts
  • understanding a range of grammatical knowledge of the French language
  • understanding and using the French language in the familiar contexts of citizenship, society, learning, employability and culture.

 Learning and Teaching Methods

The course adopts a balanced, topic-based approach. In talking, a range of activities is tackled including monologue, dialogue and role play. Frequent use of authentic French audio material is used to encourage your listening skills. Reading comprehension tasks are based on a selection of passages of relevant topics. You will also have experience of a variety of writing activities. For all of these, you will be expected to learn and revise grammar and vocabulary on a regular basis. A text book is central to the course but other resources will be made available.

 Careers Information

A working knowledge of at least one foreign language is becomingly increasingly desirable in the employment arena. There are significant career opportunities for those who can combine marketing, secretarial, journalistic, political, engineering and science qualifications with French.