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Larkhall Academy

Department of Modern Languages

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 languages, skills and culture. We focus on essential skills such as higher order thinking, reasoning and communication skills which 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.

In Larkhall Academy pupils have the opportunity to study French and Spanish until the end of S2. This is a continuation of the language that pupils will have learned in their Primary school. In S3 pupils have the opportunity to study French, Spanish or both languages. S6 pupils can also study Spanish. Courses are available at National 3, 4, 5 and Higher level.  

The aims:

The ability to understand and communicate in other languages is increasingly important in our society and in the global economy. Through their study of a foreign language pupils can:

  • Improve their communication skills through the consistent development of the skills of listening, talking, reading and writing.
  • Improve their literacy skills by comparing the structure of the foreign language with their own language.
  • Develop their understanding of other cultures and international citizenship.
  • Develop life skills that pupils will find useful in their future, for example: working with others, research skills, analytical skills, problem solving skills, and skills in presenting information.

Benefits of learning a foreign language:

  • It can improve your job prospects in the global job market.
  • More opportunities to travel and work abroad.
  • Develop a better understanding of other cultures and gain insights into other ways of thinking.
  • Boost your brain power.
  • Improving your self-confidence.


Miss F. Holmes - Faculty Head – French and Spanish

Ms. P. Boyd- DHT - French and Spanish

Mrs P. Bushby - French

Miss T. Connor – French and Spanish

Miss S. McCrudden - French and Spanish

Mr M. Sharif

Miss S Bryce- French and Spanish
Miss R Slimmon- Spanish


The Curriculum:

Broad General Education (BGE)

In S1-S3 pupils will have regular assessments in the four skills of Reading, Writing, Listening and Talking.


  • Revision of key language from Primary
  • The Francophone Project
  • Family
  • School
  • Sports and Leisure activities
  • Home area


  • Holidays
  • Asking for directions
  • Daily routine.
  • Parts of the body and illnesses
  • Learning about traditional French food and eating habits


  • Employability
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Learning
  • Media

Senior Phase

SQA Qualifciations at National 3, 4, 5 and Higher.


Pupils will further develop their language skills in the contexts of :

  • Society
  • Learning
  • Employability
  • Culture

Pupils will improve their communication skills in the foreign language.


The Higher course will build on the skills you have already developed at National 5. You will develop new skills such as translation.  You will gain a better understanding of the structure of the language.

Further Information can be found in the handbook.