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Broad General Education
All pupils in S1 and S2 learn both French and Spanish in line with the government’s 1 + 2 Policy and are able to continue the study of these two languages until the end of their Broad General Education. They learn to read, write, listen and talk in French and Spanish and also gain an understanding of the culture of France and Spain and many of the other French and Spanish speaking countries across the world.
Languages for Life and Work is also offered to pupils in S3 to allow for personalisation and choice. Taking this course allows pupils who no longer want to continue with French or Spanish to study a different language at Nat 3 or Nat 4 level and to gain an SQA qualification in S3. This year they are learning Italian but other languages may be offered depending on staffing. With occasional trips to France and Spain and access to both French and Spanish native speakers, there are many opportunities for our pupils to try out their languages and to gain first-hand experience of some of our European neighbours. We are very proud of our language provision as knowledge of foreign languages in today’s modern world is becoming even more important than before.
There are many language opportunities at Mackie Academy. We offer French and Italian at National 4, National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher levels and Spanish is progressing year on year with pupils in S4 and S5 presently studying at National 4 and 5 levels. Higher Spanish will be offered in 2020 and Advanced Higher the year after.
Italian may be taken as a crash course in S5 and/or S6 where pupils can benefit from the transferable skills gained in either French, German or Spanish. For a pupil who has come to Mackie with no previous knowledge of any foreign language, learning Italian could also be seen as an opportunity to gain a qualification in a Modern Foreign Language.
In addition to all this, in 2017 we began working with the Confucius Hub in Aberdeenshire and can now offer Mandarin as an optional language in S4, S5 and S6.
The Faculty of Modern Languages is also quite unique in the North-east of Scotland as it offers pupils the opportunity to take the Scottish Languages Baccalaureate, a qualification widely promoted by the Scottish government, with successful pupils every year since the qualification was introduced. French, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin – there is certainly much on offer for pupils who want to go far!