Don’t Conjugate At The Table, Dear

During a recent and especially enjoyable fire-drill, on an uncharacteristically hot September morning, I had the chance to check with a modern languages colleague on some details of Standard Grade content – this while brushing splinters of fire-alarm glass from the leather elbow-patches of my gravitas-affording, tweed jacket.

The four elements I had imagined were still in place:

  1. Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Listening
  4. Speaking

I have been wondering for a while about connections and differences between these skills and those in, say, Standard Grade Music. What prompted such reflections were not imagined differences in a pupil of English/French/German etc. as opposed to a pupil of Music. Rather, I wondered if those pupils doing both (or all) felt as much connection between the subjects as I perceive there to be. The attached table might give some idea of the deliberations described.

Language & Music