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
- Mr B McGowan (Spanish)
- 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 than now for our young people, the work force of the future, to have the skills to communicate with others throughout the world. 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.
In the Modern Languages Department we are committed to offering a rich variety of not only of languages, but of the skills which are a natural element in the learning process. Skills such as higher order thinking, reasoning and communication come from the process of language learning and 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 and be willing to help others. Above all it is important to us that pupils enjoy the learning process in the department and enjoy the benefits of being able to communicate in a foreign language.
The department recognises the invaluable contribution made through links with other countries and cultures. Currently we are partnered with 2 schools, one in Pistoia in Italy and one in Barcelona in Spain. We also continue to seek opportunities for our pupils to meet pupils from other countries and take part in linking programmes such as Language Linking Global Thinking. These experiences allow our pupils to meet people from different cultures and societies, making them more culturally aware, giving them confidence and therefore lifelong skills. With this recognition in place, the department is keen for young people to participate in exchanges and excursions here and abroad. We have many former pupils who have continued with their language studies at University and who have been inspired to experience life 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".