SCILT Languages Lockdown Playlist

SCILT Languages Lockdown Playlist
Our ability to travel may be curtailed for the moment, but why not bring the world into your home and widen your language listening by boogying along to this fab playlist compiled by the Scottish Centre for Language Teaching?
If you feel inspired, why not make a tiktok of your dance routine and share it with us by emailing it to Miss Ritchie (…The best ones will be posted on the Modern Languages Blog (if you’re happy for me to do that)! 🙂
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Language Learning on Duolingo during Covid-19 school closure

Brighten your day with learning

More than ever, people are looking for ways to keep learning online. Wherever you’re learning right now, it’s important to stay motivated. Follow these tips to keep your language learning goals on track — and give you some extra motivation for the rest of your day.

It’s Duolingo time

Sticking to a routine helps you maintain a healthy learning habit. Pick a specific time to do a Duolingo lesson, like right when you wake up or during lunch, and you’ll remember to practice every day.

Keep your streak

Your streak is designed to keep you motivated. As your streak goes up, you know you’re making progress! Just find time for at least 1 lesson — that’s all you need to keep your streak going.

Follow your friends

Stay motivated along with your friends by following them on Duolingo! See their progress as they work toward their goals, and let their streak and XP totals inspire your own progress.

Choose a language to start learning

Spanish Spanish
French French
German German
Japanese Japanese
Italian Italian
Korean Korean
Chinese Chinese
Russian Russian
Portuguese Portuguese
Turkish Turkish
Dutch Dutch
Swedish Swedish
Irish Irish
Greek Greek
Hebrew Hebrew
Polish Polish
Norwegian Norwegian
Vietnamese Vietnamese
High Valyrian High Valyrian
Danish Danish
Romanian Romanian
Swahili Swahili
Klingon Klingon
Esperanto Esperanto
Hindi Hindi
Hungarian Hungarian
Welsh Welsh
Ukrainian Ukrainian
Czech Czech
Hawaiian Hawaiian
Indonesian Indonesian
Navajo Navajo
Arabic Arabic
Latin Latin
Scottish Gaelic Scottish Gaelic
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Famous Scot Quiz – St Andrew’s Day

To celebrate St Andrew’s Day, please feel free to have a go at this Famous Scots Quiz, made up by class 1C2.

You will find the clues on one pdf file and the answers on another.

Bonne Chance!

Miss R

191128 Famous Scot Quiz – QUESTIONS

191128 Famous Scot Quiz – ANSWERS


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German exchange – Deutsch Sprechen!

Hi everyone,

In 3 months’ time, we will be paying a visit to our German partners in beautiful Bavaria.

In order for us to get the most out of our trip in terms of language, I am posting all of the talking assessments that you would have done in S3 German. Please take time to go over these and challenge yourself to ask and answer the questions on each topic below. You will find a summary of all the cue-cards under “Overview of S3 German questions” and the other sheets provide help to break it down and learn the vocab.

I will be sharing these with Frau Theis from our partner school, Schmuttertal Gymnasium so that your host families know what kinds of questions you should be able to cope with. Speaking as much German as you can from the start will boost your confidence and help you to learn more, more quickly.

But don’t worry – the whole visit is not just one massive speaking test! There will be so much to discover and enjoy….I know you will love it!

Miss R

Overview of S3 German questions

1. KEY PHRASES FOR Introduction

2. KEY PHRASES FOR Familie und Beziehungen

3. KEY PHRASES FOR Where I live



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Vamos a cantar!

Here are the video and lyrics for the song we’re going to learn for the Spanish exchange this year….


No puedo vivir sin ti – music video

No Puedo vivir sin ti – lyrics and chords

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Heriot-Watt Multi-Lingual Debate

For those of you who would like to experience how a debate runs in a variety of languages, please check out the video footage of this year’s Multi-Lingual Debate at Heriot-Watt University.

The topic of the debate was “This house believes that the only way to save the oceans is to implement a complete ban on all use of single-use plastics.”

Although it seems like a straight-forward argument on the surface of things, the debate held many interesting arguments and is well worth a look.


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German Exchange – 28th March to 5th April 2019

During the last week of the second term, we welcomed our German exchange partners to North Berwick High School. Fourteen pupils (seven boys and seven girls) travelled to Scotland from Schmuttertal Gymnasium in Diedorf (ca. 1 hour from Munich in Bavaria). They were very warmly met!

Throughout the week of their stay, we visited Glasgow and Edinburgh. More locally, the whole S3 German class went with our guests on a trip to Torness power station. The German group also visited Seacliff Beach, Tantallon Castle and Glenkinchie Distillery.

Scottish and German pupils all got along very well, and there were even some tears on departure! We can’t wait to make our return visit in September and Miss Ritchie will be booking flights  for this soon.

Exchange trips are a wonderful way to experience a different way of life and to broaden your horizons in a very personal way. They also offer a fantastic opportunity to deepen languages skills, cultural understanding and to grow as a person. Thank you to everyone who participated in this first part of the exchange – whether you were hosting or making the effort to be part of the events.

You can read comments from our German visitors here (scroll down to the Poll Everywhere responses):

German Exchange 4 April 2019


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Modern Languages: S3 DYW Careers Event

The first half of this term proved to be a very exciting time for the Modern Languages Department!

On 15th January, ten of our S3 pupils attended the SCILT/DYW Languages Business Brunch, held at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. There, pupils heard from professionals from a wide range of industries about how their language skills have played a key role in helping them to develop their careers and businesses. In order to share our impressions of this event more widely, the pupils who participated kindly allowed me to film their short debrief, which can be seen here: (“2019 SCILT DYW Business Brunch Video”).

In order to extend this experience to all of our S3 pupils, the Modern Languages Department organised a Languages and Careers Mini-Conference, which took place on 7th February. We invited six speakers from a range of industries to speak to our S3 cohort and pupils attended two workshops to hear more closely from our guest speakers.

Grateful thanks go to Flora Elliott-Johnson (Digital Communications and Content Manager with Radio Lingua for Coffee Break Spanish), Bruce Walker (Investment Fund Manager), Gerry Duffy (Logistics Coordinator with Hyster Yale Group), Hannah Burrow (Language Services, Translation and Interpreting), Sandra Pardoe (Walking Tours in Edinburgh) and Susana Grillo (Founder and Manager of Wee Scotia Tours). Without your input, this event would not have been possible. Thank you!

The main message was that languages should be a key additional skill to add to your portfolio of qualifications before you leave school – regardless of which industry you will work in, languages can open doors in terms of jobs. Moreover, knowing at least one other language really enriches your life, as our former pupils Alexander Nicolson and Flora Elliott-Johnson attest.

To round off our event and share our findings with even more people, our fantastic Careers Advisor, Mick Burns, captured pupil feedback from our own mini-conference. We hope that you enjoy this snapshot and encourage you all to continue your languages journey, no matter what age you are nor how good you think you might be. After all, it’s good to talk!

For more information on Careers, please visit the Careers site at:

Languages 2019 Report for school FINAL

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Languages and Future Careers

After the Christmas holidays, many of you will be deciding which subjects to take next session. While you are making this decision, have a look at what people are saying about how learning a Modern Language has shaped and advanced their careers, and how it has enriched their personal lives:

SCILT Job Profiles

Remember, you can take a language at any stage throughout your senior phase – ideally we would love to see all our pupils leave school with at least one qualification in a Modern Language. We know how much of a boost languages can bring to any area of industry and we want you to be able to benefit from that and stand out from the crowd when you are applying for jobs.

Come and speak to us if you want to explore this further, or check out the displays in our Modern Languages corridor!

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Spanish Exchange visit – October 2018

Spanish Exchange 2018

At 4.15 in the morning at Edinburgh airport, we were getting really excited about going to Badajoz. We all met inside the airport at the door next to the EDINBURGH sign, except Jack who was late as usual! He eventually turned up twenty minutes late and we got our boarding passes and headed to security. (Mia)

We arrived in Lisbon late morning and it was already beautifully hot and sunny. We then split into smaller groups to explore the city. My friends and I went for lunch and then to look around the shops. Afterwards, in the afternoon, we spent most of our time on the small beach area we found. From there, we had a stunning view of the bridge over the water and also of one of the city’s main squares, where we could sunbathe. Overall, we really enjoyed visiting Lisbon and it was a great way to start the trip. (Isobel)

The first night with our families was a bit awkward but it was interesting to find out where our partners lived. My family were very kind and welcoming but they didn’t speak much English. My partner had to translate for me at times. After I gave them their presents from Scotland, I went to bed and had a good night’s sleep. (Dylan)

On our first morning of the trip, we went to school for breakfast. We ate churros and chocolate which are typically Spanish although I had tasted them before. They were delicious and it was nice to speak with our Spanish partners. (Lauren)

On the first day, we stayed in Badajoz. We listened to three different tour guides and learned about the history of the city. We finished the tour with a video. It was very insightful. (Georgia)

On the second day in Spain, we visited the city of Mérida. We went to a museum full of Roman artefacts and then walked around the Roman theatre and amphitheatre. The school’s history teacher Juan Antonio explained to us what all of the historical sites were. It was very interesting. (Lucy)

Our trip to the city of Cáceres was amazing! We had lunch in the square next to the old part of the city. After that, we visited the old part of the city which was very interesting. I would recommend the trip to Cáceres to other people visiting Spain. (Jack)

The weekend was very eventful and so much fun. On the Friday, we went to a small pizzeria for dinner. It was very nice. On the Saturday during the day, some of us went to a pool party. It was amazing and the weather was so warm. On the Saturday night, we went to hang out in a park. It was very different to parks in Scotland and had an amazing view of the city of Badajoz. On the Sunday night, we went to an under-18s nightclub where we danced a lot and had a great time. (Brodie)

On the last day of our stay in Badajoz, we spent the day in their school E.I.S. Maestro Domingo Cáceres. One of the activities we did was Spanish dance. It is very much the same as Scottish country dancing. The music is similar and the dances contain movements like those of Scottish country dancing although you dance less with your partner and the pace is slightly slower. (Angus)

At the end of the last day in Badajoz, we all gathered at the park by the river. All together (Spanish and Scottish), we had dinner and had a last get-together before we returned to Scotland the following day. The last night was filled with photos, tears and a lot of laughs. Hugs and memories were shared between the close friends that we had made over the two weeks we had spent together. We hugged each other goodbye one by one and went home for the last night that we would spend at our Spanish friend’s houses. (Tanya)


The hardest part about the Spanish Exchange was saying goodbye to everyone. It had been an amazing week and we have made new friends and memories that will last a lifetime. There were lots of tears and emotional goodbyes when we eventually had to leave. It was a fantastic trip and I really recommend it to anyone taking Spanish. (Olivia)

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