Modern languages

9th February 2007 at 00:00
The quality of teaching modern languages in 13 secondary education departments inspected in 2005-06 was weak or adequate in six of them, good in six and only very good in one.

A "portrait of current practice", issued by HMIE this week, sets out examples of good practice and areas for improvement, accompanied by the declaration: "Monolingualism is curable." The number of S4 pupils taking modern languages showed a dip between 2004-05 and 2005-06.

The inspectorate has also published a "portrait" of modern studies this week, which concentrates on what more the subject can do to contribute to the four capacities in A Curriculum for Excellence.

Details next week.

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