700 Reasons: Reason #396

Reason: 396
Education in languages at school has an essential role to play in preparing all students for citizenship of the wider society. If it helps them become sensitive to the languages and cultures of others and develops in them sufficient confidence and competence to be able to use their languages, however modestly, in their interactions with other citizens, then they are more likely to understand others and to be respected by them. In this way the wider society becomes more open, democratic and inclusive
Scottish Executive, Ministerial Action Group on Languages (2000) Citizens of a Multilingual World: Key Issues (www.scotland.gov.uk-library3-education-mwki-07.asp)
Related Keywords:
Citizenship, Communication, Democracy, Inclusion, Intercultural competence, Personal and social development, Secondary sector, Understanding, Values