The present teaching staff of the Modern Languages Department are as follows:
- Miss E Grieve (French/German/Spanish) - Principal Teacher 0.6
- Mrs A Mori (French/Italian)
- Mrs L MacMorris (French & Spanish)
- Mrs J Tait (French & Spanish) - Principal Teacher 0.4
- French - National 4/5
- Spanish - National 4/5
- French - Nat4/5 & Higher
- Spanish - Nat 4/5 & Higher
About the Department
"It is clear that the future will require a population with the confidence and skills to meet the challenges posed by fast and far-reaching change" (HMIe 2006). Scotland plays an increasing role in the commercial and business districts of this global village we now live in and it has never been more important then now that our young people,the work force of the future, have the skills to communicate with others throughout the world. They will already have of the essential skills - that of being native speakers of English – but with the added value of another one or two foreign languages, they will be able to compete in the employment market as well as enriching their own experience in the world at large.
In the Modern Languages Department we are committed to offering a rich variety, not only of languages but of the skills which are a natural element in the learning process. These disciplines which come from this process are highly valued in the majority of careers. We are committed to the wellbeing of the young people in our care such that they leave us able to listen to others and understand their needs, communicate confidently using the correct register, being willing to help others through their ability to analyse situations and above all enjoy the learning process in the Department.
The Department recognises the invaluable contribution made through links with other countries and cultures. It is always very plain to see the development of individuals who lack confidence when in the classroom but who flourish when taken out of this environment and who gain confidence in themselves as young adults. They are more willing to offer opinion and critique and participate in debate. With this recognition in place, the department is keen for the young people to participate in exchanges and excursions here and abroad. They expand their personal horizons. It is not surprising that we have many former pupils who have continued with their language studies at University and who are inspired to live abroad, realising their full potential as citizens of a multi-cultural world.
The staff in the Modern Languages Department believe that "the quality of learning and teaching in every classroom and the inspiration, challenge and enjoyment will be critical to achieving our aspirations for all young people".
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