Course Introduction

Welcome to the Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) page at Islay High School website. At Islay High School we see Foreign Languages, French and Spanish, as providing students access to a range of opportunities in adult life. We make full use of ICT, when appropriate, to enhance students learning. Students have access to Linguascope in and out of school as well as online activities though interactive platforms such as quizlet.


We feel that learning a new language enables candidates to make connections with different people and their cultures and to play a fuller part as global citizens. We provide students with the opportunity to develop skills in reading, listening, talking and writing.


The study of a modern language has a contribution to make to the development of cultural awareness, providing students with opportunities to enhance their understanding and enjoyment of other cultures and of their own. They gain insights into other ways of thinking and other views of the world, and therefore develop a much richer understanding of active citizenship.


In MFL we encourage students to appreciate the value of learning a foreign language and with opportunities such as the French Café, World Languages Day, visitors to school and overseas trips, to engage with the language and culture of French and Spanish speaking countries.






MFL is part of the Humanities Faculty and has one specialist teacher. Miss MacGregor.

Miss MacGregor is passionate about encouraging pupils to appreciate the value of learning a foreign language and uses a wide range of active and co-operative activities to enable students to reach their potential.


We currently offer the SQA’s French and Spanish course from National 4 – Advanced Higher level.


The main purpose of the course is to enable students to develop the skills of reading,

listening, talking and writing in order to understand and use one of the following languages:


  • French
  • Spanish


The course offers candidates opportunities to develop and extend a wide range of skills. In

particular, the course aims to enable candidates to develop the ability to:


  • Read, listen, talk and write in a modern language
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of a modern language


The course contributes towards the development of literacy skills by providing candidates

with opportunities to read, listen, talk and write in a modern language, and to reflect on how

this relates to their use of English and other languages.




Extra-curricular activities

Our teachers offer assistance to all students at any point during the school day. We also offer Drop-In Session during lunchtime and after school on a Wednesday for any student who wishes extra time to revise the course content.

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