[lg policy] letter: Let's talk language policies

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sun Feb 10 17:39:40 UTC 2013

Let's talk language policies

Letters | Published in TESS on 8 February, 2013 | By: Judith McClure

I was extremely disappointed to see the negative slant of your report
on one of the sessions of the inquiry into the Scottish government's
1+2 languages proposal at the Scottish Parliament's European and
External Affairs Committee ("Languages expert hits out at 'unclear'
report", 1 February).

Professor Antonella Sorace of the University of Edinburgh, director of
Bilingualism Matters, spoke vibrantly of the positive benefits of
early language exposure and learning. She is an international expert
in this field and her comments should have been mentioned.

I was the fourth member of the panel and I gave my full support to the
1+2 languages proposal, which means working together, by careful
strategic planning and innovative collaborative projects, to achieve
the development in language skills that are so important in the
education of our young people. I do hope that your readers will look
at the full report of the session on the committee's website

Judith McClure, convener of the Scotland China Education Network (SCEN).


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