Teaching Scots to speak the language of their neighbours

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Thu Sep 18 00:31:25 UTC 2008

Forwarded From: edling at lists.sis.utsa.edu

The Herald

Teaching Scots to speak the language of their neighbours

A leading Scottish academic has called for community languages to be
taught more widely at higher education level, at a time when the
number of students reading languages at university continues to fall.

The four most widely spoken community languages in Scotland are
Punjabi, Urdu, Cantonese and Polish, but it is only possible to study
the latter two at university level.

Joanna McPake, director for the Scottish Centre for Information on
Language Teaching and Research believes children who study these
languages at school should have the same opportunities to study at a
higher level as students of the traditional top three - French, German
and Spanish - to benefit the students and fill vital positions in the

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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone: (215) 898-7475
Fax: (215) 573-2138

Email: haroldfs at gmail.com


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