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Modern Languages


Welcome to the Modern Languages Department at Hyndland Secondary!

There are many useful resources on this website. Choose your subject and level in order to find the ones most suitable to your area of study.

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S1-S3 pupils remember to ask your ML teacher for your log-in details for Linguascope and Languagenut websites and start practising vocabulary and grammar through games!



  • Mr G. Kearney    PT Modern Languages
  • Miss E. Stylianou
  • Ms. K. McAlinden
  • Miss L. Davidson


International Links

The department is now linked with a school in France and one in Spain. Check out the schools' web sites for more information:


As well as learning about the background and culture of the country, students in French and Spanish gain the ability to understand the written and spoken word.   They can communicate in French and Spanish exchanging information on topics of personal interest: Self, Family, Home, School, Holidays, Travel & Tourism, Health and Leisure.   They can participate in a range of everyday transactions: Buying food, going shopping and arranging travel and accommodation.
Through LISTENING, READING, TALKING & WRITING, students learn the linguistic skills necessary for the tourist, and gain the basis for further study for academic or professional purposes.
All pupils will have the opportunity to take part in both formative and summative assessments throughout their learning.
Homework will comprise:
Consolidation at home of each day’s lesson
Written tasks
Learning of new vocabulary and grammar structures
Preparing for Talking and Writing Assessments
S1 French
The main aim in S1 is to enable pupils to reach a commendable standard in Listening and Talking, Reading and Writing, covering a range of topics and gaining some  knowledge of the countries and culture where French is spoken.

The emphasis is on skills development and the course encourages pupils to talk about themselves, giving personal details and taking part in conversations in a variety of topic-related situations. Some simple grammar structures are also introduced in S1. The course book used in class is Métro 1 alongside other resources.

S2 French and Spanish

In S2, pupils receive 2 periods of French and 1 period of Spanish in order to meet the 1+2 guidelines as set out by the Scottish Government.

Pupils are usually working at Third Level when they start S2 and many will progress through many of the Experiences and Outcomes of Third Level as they move through S2. Some will also start work on the Experiences and Outcomes of Fourth Level.

Progress is monitored on an on-going basis, allowing more able pupils to be stretched, while, at the same time, enabling each pupil to develop to his or her full potential.
S3 French / Spanish
Pupils can choose to study either French or Spanish; or both languages. They receive 3 periods of their chosen language.
All S3 courses build upon the foundations established in previous years. As in S1 and S2, the S3 course combines a topic-based approach with a structured study of grammar.
All four areas of communication are developed: listening and talking, reading, and writing. The emphasis is placed upon personal language and everyday situations.
The core text for classes working towards National 5 in French is Métro pour l’Ecosse Rouge.
The core text for classes working towards National 5 in Spanish is Mira.
National 3 French / Spanish - available on demand
National 4 / 5 French
National 4 / 5 Spanish
Higher French
Higher Spanish
Advanced Higher French - available on demand
Advanced Higher Spanish - available on demand
S4 Curriculum
  • In S4, the time allocation for pupils in Modern Languages is 3 periods per week.
  • All pupils, no matter what level they will sit, will complete a common course following the same topic areas within the 4 contexts of Society, Culture, Learning and Employability.  This will allow movement between National 4 and 5 levels.
  • Our aim is for all pupils to achieve the best level in French / Spanish of which they are capable.  In Modern Languages, the National 4 and 5 exams share many similarities with Intermediate 1 and 2.
  • To allow for flexibility no final decision will be taken about levels until after Christmas in S4.
  • All decisions about what level pupils sit will be based on assessment results from S4.

S5/6 Curriculum

  • In S5 and S6, the time allocation for pupils in Modern Languages is 6 periods per week.
  • Advanced Higher courses are available based on demand.
  • Pupils are encouraged to develop their listening and talking, reading and writing skills, through the coverage of the themes and/or topics which feature in the Higher, Int 2/National 5 or Int 1/National 4 courses. Grammar revision and development is also taught and a variety of assessment methods are used: formal and informal, formative and summative.
  • Pupils complete a course following the same topic areas as National 5 but in more depth. The 4 contexts of the course are Society, Culture, Learning and Employability. 
  • As well as UASP materials, pupils complete regular tests on aspects of the work studied, which help gauge pupil progress against expected achievement in National Qualifications.
Why study languages?
Languages are important to employers! The majority of UK businesses (65%) value staff with language skills to help build relations with clients, customers and suppliers.
Gateway to growth: CBI/Pearson education and Skills Survey 2014 (CBI, 2014)
As well as in Tourism, careers in Science, Engineering, Commerce and the Service and Communication Industries, both at home and abroad, may require competence in one or more languages.   All institutions of Higher Education now include a language option in their courses.
Check out the links below for some more information: