Skills for life and work
Working with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and business partners Halcrow Engineering, Novotel and John Lewis Department Stores, St Roch’s Secondary School Modern Languages Department and Faculty of Business Education have together developed a teaching programme that combines language learning with workplace experience and the opportunity to gain valuable qualifi cations. Initially targeted at pupils aged 15-16 with little interest in language learning, or learning in general, lacking in self-confidence and with low expectations of themselves, the project has seen participants blossom into confident learners with new skills and plans for their future. It is now open to all pupils in years S3 to S6 (age 14–18) and forms part of the school curriculum. The programme is designed to allow pupils to develop language skills within the context of their own personal and career development. Practical skills such as CV writing, interviews, customer service skills and the use of ICT are taught alongside problem solving and tackling new challenges. Pupils also complete the SQA qualifi cations Language for Work Purposes and the National Progression Award in Enterprise and Employability. The project business partners introduce the pupils to real-life employment situations in which languages are an important skill, giving them the opportunity to experience French in use in the workplace through visits and videoconferencing. Assessment is conducted by the business partners through job interviews in English and French.
Consistency with the European policies in the field of language learning