Councillors to discuss new languages plan

Aberdeenshire Council.
Aberdeenshire Council.

Councillors will be asked to approve a strategy for modern languages in Aberdeenshire schools in line with Scottish Government policy to ensure all children earn two languages in addition to their mother tongue.

The strategy will be discussed at a meeting of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee on Thursday, February 5 at Woodhill House in Aberdeen.

A Scottish Government report called ‘Language Learning in Scotland: a 1+ 2 approach’ tasks local authorities and schools with ensuring that all children learn two languages and have access to modern language learning from P1 onwards by 2020.

Aberdeenshire Council has set out how it will deliver the recommendations in the report and has appointed a development officer to oversee the plan.

The authority aims to introduce a second language from P1 and a third from P5.

The Strategic Implementation Plan also includes provision for training for teachers; development of learning materials; work with national organisations; parental engagement and closer working among primary and secondary schools.

Aberdeenshire selected languages are currently taught to all learners in upper stages of primary and in some cases also to lower stages classes.

Teaching is either done by class teachers and there are planned approaches for transition to secondary education.

The aim is to make language learning part of regular learning experiences in the new approach.