Forres Academy

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Aspire To Inspire

Burdsyard Road, Forres, Moray, IV36 1FG  Tel:01309 672271

Modern Languages

Our department is committed to promoting positive attitudes to language learning and other cultures.  Currently we teach French and German as well as providing an experience of learning Mandarin to S1 and S2 classes. From 2016 a new Wider Achievements class will give pupils the opportunity to achieve the Language for Life and Work award in Mandarin.  To achieve this, the four skills of talking, listening, reading and writing are integrated throughout our courses.  We develop these skills through a wide range of activities. We have a bright and enhanced learning environment with a new state of the art multimedia language hub. Pupils are challenged to absorb knowledge, be creative and communicate effectively. Running throughout all our work is the development of the skills for success – thinking, personal, interpersonal and communication skills – lifelong tools in how to get along and achieve your goals. We foster high and realistic expectations of our students equipping them with the skills to take their place in a globalized society.  

Department Sites

Courses & Qualifications

S1 - S3

CfE Broad General Education French and German

S4 - S6

National 3/ 4 Language for Life and Work (Mandarin)

National 4 French

National 4 German

National 5 French

National 5 German

Higher French

Higher German

Advanced Higher French

Advanced Higher German

Further Information

We aim to give our pupils as many opportunities and experiences as possible to immerse themselves in Modern Languages.  We have links with schools in France, Austria and Germany. Students have the opportunity to converse with our native speaking language assistants. This year we are the host school for the French assistant and also benefit from a Chinese volunteer once a week.  Each year S3 pupils are invited to take part in a European meal at a local restaurant, allowing them to experience a European meal whilst putting into practice what they have been learning in class in the food unit.  We also offer our S2 pupils a French and German “food tasting” lunch session as part of their unit on different meals.   As often as possible, we take the opportunity to go and see foreign language films at Eden Court.  Along with the History department we have offered a senior pupil trip to Berlin.  We are re-establishing our links with our twin town in Vienenberg and last year three pupils took part in an exchange visit.  The return visit will take place in June this year.  

The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany awards a prize to the top senior pupil, who has achieved excellence in German. We hope that every pupil finds learning a language at Forres Academy a happy, successful and rewarding experience.

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