Modern Languages in Scotland in the Context of Brexit
This chapter examines a number of initiatives that have responded to the language deficit in Scotland. It notes that there is a strikingly positive attitude to languages in national surveys of opinion, but that this has yet to be translated into widespread language learning at all levels of education. It suggests that the fortunes of modern languages in Scotland have not been linked in the media to the outcome of the Brexit vote, but may be more directly related to lack of funding to implement plans. It argues that there is an urgent need for structural reforms in education, for a strategic promotional campaign focusing on all sectors and for a strategy that will increase the number of graduates with high-level language skills in a diversity of languages, suitably qualified for entering teacher training. There is some comfort in the positive indicators about languages evidenced in the growing numbers of language learners in schools and universities. Just maybe the Brexit cloud in Scotland will have a silver lining.
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