Modern Languages

Knowledge of a foreign language is a life skill. Languages not only give you an edge in the job market and greater opportunities to travel and work abroad, but they also help you to understand other cultures.   

In S1 French and German pupils build upon skills and vocabulary acquired in primary school and become experts at learning how to have a basic conversation about them themselves, their families, school life and hobbies etc.

In S2 French pupils are introduced in more depth to the world of French cinema, modern technology as well as looking at travel – in particular describing a past holiday. While in German, pupils look at their home area as well as German speaking cities in more detail.

In S3, in both languages, pupils will continue to cover the CfE level 3/4 outcomes and experiences. They will encounter a wide range of texts in different media and further develop the skills of listening, talking, reading and writing in the foreign language as well as finding out more about life in the places where French and German are spoken.


S3 French pupils were challenged to produce a fashion show.

In S4/5/6, pupils will follow the National 3, National 4, National 5 or Advanced Higher course as appropriate. These courses enable learners to communicate, be critical thinkers, develop cultural awareness, and be creative.  They allow flexibility, personalisation and choice, to enable learners to achieve in different ways and at an appropriate pace.

In particular, learners will develop the ability to:

  • Listen and talk, read and write in the foreign language, as appropriate to purpose, audience and context
  • understand and use the foreign language
  • plan and research, integrating and applying language skills

Language learning will be in the contexts of:

  • citizenship
  • society
  • learning
  • employability
  • culture

Pupils getting the chance to put their French into practice in France!

See where modern languages can take you: