French award for student Christine

Word Wizard 2016 winners, French Beginners. L-R:- Jessica Power (2nd), George Watson's College; Francesca Mountain (1st), St Margaret's School for Girls; Christine Young (3rd), Meldrum Academy
Word Wizard 2016 winners, French Beginners. L-R:- Jessica Power (2nd), George Watson's College; Francesca Mountain (1st), St Margaret's School for Girls; Christine Young (3rd), Meldrum Academy

A Meldrum Academy student has won a special award for her language skills.

Christine Young won the award at the finals of a national competition held in Edinburgh at the end of May.

S1-S3 pupils from across Scotland took part in the national final of Word Wizard, a multilingual spelling competition for pupils learning French, Gaelic, German, Chinese and Spanish.

Some 46 learners from eight local authorities and independent schools competed in the final in front of an audience of teachers, supporters and guests.

Christine came third in the beginner’s French category.

The event was organised by SCILT, Scotland’s National Centre for Languages in partnership with the University Council for Modern Languages Scotland.

A total of 187 pupils from 22 local authorities and independent schools competed in semi-finals in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee in March 2016 to battle it out for a place at the prestigious final.

Each year pupils and teachers report that the competition increases motivation, enhances language performance and improves attitudes to learning and self-evaluation. SCILT is delighted to provide pupils with this opportunity, and to give them the chance to meet other young language learners at the National Final.

One teacher commented: “Word Wizard helped raise the profile of modern languages within the school. Pupils increased their vocabulary and improved their pronunciation.”

Fhiona Fisher, director of SCILT added: ‘It’s wonderful to see so many young people taking part in the Word Wizard competition representing an increasingly wide range of local authorities.

“Having an understanding of another language can really transform a person’s life and encourages the development of a whole range of important skills. By offering such events, SCILT aims to offer teachers really motivating ways of enhancing the curriculum so that Scottish young people can reap the benefits of learning languages.”