Scotland: Parles vous ecossais? Scots language graduates soar

Francis Hult francis.hult at UTSA.EDU
Wed Oct 17 01:49:43 UTC 2007



Parles vous ecossais? Scots language graduates soar


New statistics have shown an increase of over a third in the amount of language graduates from Scottish universities. 


Government figures indicate a substantial increase of 40 per cent of graduates in the workforce. Of this number, a sizable 47 per cent were employed by the high-earning finance and business sector. 


Supporters of language learning point out that a language breaks down barriers, allowing more flexibility, as well as promoting tolerance. 

Industries crave graduates with both science and language skills. Competence in a foreign language is particularly useful within the fluid labour market of the European Union, which becomes a realistic option for otherwise insular and monolingual Brits.


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