Author: Clare Mouat, SCILT
Pupils and parents from three primary schools in North Ayrshire joined a group of senior citizens at the Harbour Arts Centre in Irvine on 15 November 2018 to celebrate family and intergenerational language learning. The event opened with keynotes from Education Scotland and The National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS), and marked the launch of the new ‘Languages in a Nutshell’ leaflet, which has been produced by NPFS in partnership with SCILT, Scotland’s National Centre for Languages.
Pupils and parents/carers from Springside and Loudoun Montgomery Primaries in Irvine and St Winning’s Primary in Kilwinning, together with a group of senior citizens who have worked with St Winning’s pupils to learn Spanish, enjoyed a programme of interactive workshops supporting family and intergenerational language learning. The event was organised by North Ayrshire Council in partnership with SCILT and NPFS.
‘Languages in a Nutshell’ is one in a series of Nutshell leaflets produced by NPFS. Aimed at parents and carers, this leaflet explains how the Scottish Government’s 1+2 Approach to language learning will be put into practice and why learning other languages is so important.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “My congratulations to The National Parent Forum of Scotland and Scotland's National Centre for Languages on the launch of this new ‘Languages in a Nutshell’ leaflet, focusing on the 1+2 language policy and the significance of language learning.
“Languages open up a world of opportunities to young people; having the ability to communicate with others is key to individual future success and in our increasingly globalised economy. That is why the Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that all young people receive their full entitlement to learning two additional languages between primary one and their third year of secondary school.”