S3 choice of French, Spanish, German – or a combination
Higher could be arranged at another local school
About the Faculty
In S1 and S2, pupils study French, building on the language learning they have done in Primary. The course develops through the themes of On s’établit (Settling in), Qui suis-je? (Who am I?) and Chez moi (Home) and aims to build not only the pupils’ knowledge of the language but also their confidence in using the language. A variety of teaching and learning approaches is used to explore and practise these themes, with the pupils being encouraged to be actively involved in developing their language learning and to take increasing responsibility for their own learning and progress. Having achieved a sound grounding in the basic elements of language learning, the opportunity for some personalisation and choice is introduced at the end of S2 when pupils can continue with French or can choose to begin Spanish or German instead of or in addition to French.
All members of the ML team are real enthusiasts for the languages they teach and are keen to encourage pupils to develop their language skills by using a variety of teaching materials and resources, which hopefully make language learning interesting but also enjoyable.
We are very keen to take languages beyond the classroom and have therefore recently seen a visit from the Flying Theatre Company and a group of junior pupils is going to take part in the Rencontres théâtrales event in Aberdeen, under the guidance of Ms Morris. Two trips have been run regularly by ML staff – a senior trip to Paris and an S3/2 trip to Strasbourg, where pupils can try out both French and German.
The faculty participates in celebrating the European Day of Languages every year on the 26th September with a variety of events.
For the last number of years, Advanced Higher pupils have applied for – and been successful in gaining a place on – the Euroscola programme, the selection process for which includes an interview partly conducted in French. This programme offers the successful candidate the opportunity to participate in a conference at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. This is supported by Oldmeldrum Rotary.
We are also keen to encourage pupils to take their learning beyond the classroom and encourage the use of various language websites. The faculty subscribes to the Linguascope website (www.linguascope.com), the password for which is made available to all pupils. http://www.languagesonline.org.uk is also widely used. Both these sites can be used for revision and practice for all three languages taught at Meldrum Academy. Pupils are also made aware of other useful websites by their teachers, such as www.studyspanish.com.
Higher and Advanced Higher pupils are strongly encouraged to use the Scholar website (http://scholar.hw.ac.uk/Scotland/) and to make use of media sites such as TV5monde (http://www.tv5.org ) and Les clés de l’actualité (http://1jour1actu.com ).