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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-19180: Mark McDonald (Aberdeen Donside)

Independent

Date lodged: 3 October 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to promote and encourage the everyday use of the Scots language.

Answered by: John Swinney 23 October 2018

The Scottish Government has made clear its support for our indigenous languages, including Scots. It is essential that those that wish to use the Scots language are given every opportunity to use the language of their choice. For many, Scots is the language of home and community and its use in other areas of Scottish life should be encouraged.

The Scottish Government published its Scots Language Policy, https://beta.gov.scot/publications/scots-language-policy-scots-version/ , in 2015. This document sets out how we will promote and support Scots and encourage its respect and recognition. The Scottish Government, working with other partners in Scottish public and community life, will be guided by the aims below:

to enhance the status of Scots in Scottish public and community life,to promote the acquisition, use and development of Scots in education, media, publishing and the arts,to encourage the increased use of Scots as a valid and visible means of communication in all aspects of Scottish life,

With these aims in mind recent activity to encourage the everyday use of the Scots language has included:

Education Scotland published a new report Scots Language in Curriculum for Excellence: enhancing skills in literacy, developing successful learners and confident individuals which gathered evidence of the educational benefits of Scots when used in schools.The Open University in Scotland will soon launch a new Scots Language course via their platform OpenLearn Create. The aim of the course is to contribute to the CPD of teachers (and other tutors) and has been created in partnership with Education Scotland. The 10-hour course will be free to the public and will sit alongside the wider languages curriculum of the OU.The Scottish Government funded body, the Scots Language Centre launched their new site which features games that children and young people can play in Scots, as well as guidance for teachers using the resources in schools and information for parents: https://www.scotslanguage.com/learning