Scots in Schools

Scots Language Creative Writin Competeetion

Education Scotland is promotin a Scots Language Creative Writin Competeetion.

Via Rab Wilson http://www.thenational.scot/news/15663236.Rab_Wilson__Makin_shuir_the_torch_o_the_Scots_leid_wull_ne___er_gang_oot/

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Positive Herald editorial: Braw news that speaking Scots is helping pupils

The report that Scots can assist learners develop the skills required for success in national qualifications in English inspired a positive editorial in The Herald editorial dated 2 September 2017, worth reproducing in full for its fulsome public praise for an oft-maligned language,

A way with words is a wonderful thing. It allows for confident expression and easy interacting with one’s peers. Alas, for years, if the words were Scots, they were frowned upon and the speaker ridiculed. Now it transpires children speaking Scots at school are not only happier and more inclined to get involved, but they improve their chances of attaining English qualifications.

Education Scotland found evidence that including Scots in the curriculum increases the confidence of reluctant learners and encourages them to take leading roles. Speaking the leid persuaded them to participate in class discussions and led them to perform well in English.

From what we already know of the benefits of bilingual education, this comes as no surprise. Studies have shown high levels of attainment in Gaelic-speaking schools. Whether one sees Scots as a variant of English or a distinct language, it certainly has a different way with words. That is valuable for making comparisons, detecting connotations and widening rhythm and cadence.

Shunning Scots was to shut the doors on a child’s perception and make them feel they were doing wrong. Thankfully, such attitudes no longer prevail. Today, the rights and wrongs of language concern pronunciation, not discrimination. That speaking Scots improves English is braw, just as a good command of English makes for better blethering in Scots.

Herald View: Braw news that speaking Scots is helping pupils

A WAY with words is a wonderful thing. It allows for confident expression and easy interacting with one’s peers. Alas, for years, if the words were Scots, they were frowned upon and the speaker ridiculed. Now it transpires children speaking Scots at school are not only happier and more inclined to get involved, but they improve their chances of attaining English qualifications.

Scots language ‘helps pupils in English exams’

Scots positively impacted on other areas (The Herald, 7 Sept 2017). Scots can assist learners develop the skills required for success in national qualifications in English. Most teachers agreed that the use of Scots can help to engage reluctant learners and the use of Scots “gave some lower-attaining children the confidence to take on leadership roles for the first time”. Teachers in one secondary school felt that allowing pupils to use Scots “removed the barriers to learning experiences for some, and created opportunities for them to access the curriculum”. The report found evidence that the use of Scots resulted in improvements in some lower-attaining pupils’ writing skills, motivation and behaviour. The report concluded (p 7),

“There is clear evidence to confirm the educational benefits of including Scots in Curriculum for Excellence. Scots can support children and young people to develop a range of important skills in literacy, including advanced reading and writing skills required for success in national qualifications. Scots as part of Curriculum for Excellence can support young people in developing their confidence and a sense of their own identity. It can help to engage learners whose mither tongue is Scots by making them feel more valued and included, and therefore more motivated to take part in lessons, to lead learning, and to achieve more highly”.

Scots language ‘helps pupils in English exams’

THE teaching of the Scots language is having a positive impact on the attainment of pupils in English qualifications, according to a new report. Research shows teachers believe the language can particularly help disengaged pupils and those who are not high academic achievers.

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