Author: Maggie MacAskill
Date of Publication: September 2016
Series Title: Scottish Languages Review Issue 31
Notes: DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.3806565
In 2012, the Scottish Government published a policy document entitled ‘Language Learning in Scotland: A 1+2 Approach’. By 2020, conditions should be in place that will allow all children in Scotland to learn an additional language to their mother tongue from the first year of primary school and a second additional language from Primary 5 at the latest. In conjunction with this, the Scottish Government has expressed its commitment to equality of access to all aspects of education for students with Additional Support Needs. This article discusses equality of access to modern languages education for all students and looks at changes in thinking about who should be included in language lessons. The author argues that policies relating to modern languages education in Scotland need to be refined in order to help all teachers to develop good practice and strategies to ensure that language learning is fully inclusive.