Languages background

Vision and values

Learning the languages of other countries enables children and young people to gain a unique insight into the culture of the people who live there. This can play an important role in helping young people make connections with different people and cultures and to play a fuller part as global citizens.

Learning through the medium of foreign languages enables young people to :

  • develop their ability to communicate their ideas and feelings
  • develop a high level of skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking
  • develop a sound understanding of how language works
  • exercise their intellectual curiosity, creativity and critical thinking
  • enhance their understanding of their own and other cultures

The study of a modern language has a special contribution to make in the development of cultural awareness and personal development. It provides young people with a means of communicating directly with people from different cultures, gaining insights into other views of the world and developing a better understanding of citizenship.
Within the Curriculum for Excellence the experiences and outcomes for modern languages are described at various levels. Within these levels the experiences and outcomes are organised within the same structure which comprises :

  • listening and talking
  • reading
  • writing

These are the four principal skill areas which encompass all language learning.