Modern Languages

Introductory statements:

Through my learning of a new language

  • I gain a deeper understanding of my first language and appreciate the richness and interconnected nature of languages
  • I enhance my understanding and enjoyment of other cultures and of my own and gain insights into other ways of thinking and other views of the world


I develop and extend my literacy skills when I have opportunities to:

  • develop my understanding of what is special, vibrant and valuable about my own and other cultures and their languages
  • explore the richness and diversity of language, how it can affect me and the wide range of ways in which I and others can be creative
  • extend and enrich my vocabulary through listening, talking, watching and reading


Examples from Experiences and Outcomes

I work on my own and with others to understand text using appropriate resources. I can read and demonstrate understanding of more complex texts which contain familiar and unfamiliar language.

See MLAN 3-08a Modern Languages: Experiences and Outcomes.

I work on my own and with others to read and explore texts in the language I am learning. I can demonstrate my knowledge about life and culture in some of the countries where the language I am learning is spoken.

See MLAN 3-09a Modern Languages: Experiences and Outcomes.

Activity idea
Read about Foncho, the banana farmer’s daily life in Spanish.  How has Fairtrade changed his life?  What challenges does he still face?

For this activity download Scotdec’s Issue to action: Modern Languages resource booklet and go to pages 17 and 18 for the text in Spanish.