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Broad General Education
All pupils in S1, S2 and S3 learn both French and Spanish in line with the government’s 1 + 2 Policy and will be 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 French and Spanish cultures and of the culture of many of the other French and Spanish speaking countries across the world.
German is also offered to S3 pupils to allow for personalisation and choice. Taking up German allows our pupils to make excellent use of the language and literacy skills gained previously in French and Spanish and to progress quite quickly in a new language. With trips to France and Spain on the agenda and a possible trip to the Christmas German market in Edinburgh, there are many opportunities for our pupils to try out their languages and gain first-hand experience of some of our European neighbours. From May 2017 we will be able to offer three languages in S3– French, Spanish and German. 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 as we offer three languages at National 4 / 5, Higher and Advanced Higher level – French, German and Italian.
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 or German. 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, German, Italian and Mandarin – there is certainly much on offer for pupils who want to go far!