Primary Education with Teaching Qualification (Dumfries campus) MA

Modern Languages: Policy and Pedagogy DUMF2068

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces students to the recent and current Scottish education policy context in relation to modern languages provision in the primary school. It also seeks to prepare students to plan, resource and effectively deliver modern languages lessons over the various stages of primary education.


1 x 2-hour interactive lecture and discussion session.

Excluded Courses





(i) Written assignment: applied evaluation of an aspect of Scottish education policy governing modern languages in the primary school (50%).

(ii) A presentation of a modern language topic justifying choices surrounding pedagogy and approach with reference to the literature/academic research and accompanied by a programme of learning and planning (50%).

Course Aims

(i) The aim of this course is to familiarise students with the recent and current modern languages policy context for Scottish primary education.

(ii) The course also seeks to teach students how to apply quality principles of pedagogy / learning and teaching strategies to the delivery of age and stage appropriate modern languages lessons in the primary school.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

(i) describe and critically evaluate recent and current modern languages policies for Scottish primary education in the context of future professional practice;

(ii) draft age and stage appropriate modern languages lessons and related teaching materials/resources.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.