The Modern Languages Department at Dumbarton Academy offers course in both French and Spanish (more detailed course information can be found under the courses section).
French and Spanish are two of the world's most beautiful and elegant languages as well as being two of the most widely spoken with French being the official language in 40 countries and Spanish being the official language in 21 countries. The study of French and of Spanish also allows learners to appreciate the society and culture of another country, while developing the skills necessary to live and work in a world that is becoming increasingly multilingual.
Staff in the department have a commitment to delivering high quality learning and teaching which will help pupils to develop their skills in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
New S1 Spanish Course
This academic year sees the introduction of a new S1 Spanish course where pupils will study either French or Spanish between August and Christmas then swap for the remaining part of the school year.
The Spanish course has been well received by pupils as you can see from some of their comments:
- “It’s awesome! Yay! J“
- “It’s fun!”
- “I like Spanish; it is fun because the teacher lets us play Spanish games.”
- “I love it, I think it’s amazing, I enjoy learning it and it’s really fun!”
- “Spanish is an easy and fun language to learn."
Spanish Lunchtime Club
A Spanish lunchtime club will be taking place during Wednesday lunchtimes at 12.50pm as of Wednesday 30th October. This will give pupils an opportunity to learn some Spanish holiday phrases as well as learn about aspects of Spanish culture and festival celebrations!!
S1 Interdisciplinary Learning (IDL)
S1 pupils will take part in an IDL project which links the modern languages and computing departments. This project took place last year with great success so the department are keen to repeat it again this year. The role of modern languages in this project is to teach pupils the language they will require to create an interesting oral presentation about themselves, they will then be helped in the computing department to produce a Power Point presentation to accompany their oral presentation.
Due to its success in June 2013 and in previous years, the department are again running a France trip which will take place during the activities week in June 2014. Staff and pupils will travel by coach to make the crossing from Dover to Calais where they will then spend 5 fun filled days in France. Activities include a day each at both Disneyland Paris and Asterix theme parks, sightseeing in Paris, a visit to a ‘boulangerie’ and chocolate factory and a disco night. This trip has consistently been thoroughly enjoyed by all and we’re sure that next year will be no exception!!