“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.”

– Frank Smith

¡Bienvenue a Castlebrae!

At Castlebrae CHS, pupils have the opportunity of learning Spanish, French and Mandarin. Our departments believes learning a language develops confidence, communication, literacy and interpersonal skills, which are all invaluable and transferable assets to the working world.

Possible fields of work after studying languages include translation, international marketing, public relations, finance and education to name just a few. A qualification in modern foreign languages opens many doors enhancing employability, broadening your outlook, and developing you into a culturally richer person.

S1 – S2: Pupils study a Modern Language 3 periods a week. French is taught in the second two terms from Jan – May. The department is currently using the Expo 1 and 2 textbooks and various supplementary resources.

S3 – Pupils choose whether they want to study Spanish, French, Mandarin or all three. We are currently using the Expo 3 textbook in French. Pupils aim to reach level 4 of the Curriculum for Excellence Experiences and Outcomes.  This will best prepare them for National qualifications in S4.

S4 – Pupils study up to 5 periods a week. They work towards SQA national qualifications.

National 3 – Two units are internally assessed (Using Language and Understanding Language)

National 4 – Three units internally assessed (Using Language, Understanding Language and Added Value Unit.) Pupils complete their Added Value Unit on a research project on a Spanish speaking country and present it in class.

National 5 – Two units are internally and externally assessed with a final exam in May.

S5/6 –   Pupils can progress to National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher.

Homework: Pupils are expected to revise vocabulary and grammar every week using their vocabulary and grammar booklets. An audio version of the vocabulary/grammar as well as flashcards can be found on Quizlet (Castlebraemfl French). Please find a PDF copy of the booklets on the homework tab.

There will also be skilled-based tasks for pupils to complete at home in preparation of upcoming assessments. Copies of these can be found in the homework section.

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