700 Reasons: Reason #397

Reason: 397
Children from heritage and community language backgrounds going through school will in many cases bring aspects of their culture with them, including their language. For them a modern language such as French, German, Spanish or Italian may be their third or fourth language, and English not necessarily their first. In line with current policies favouring respect for ethnic diversity and social justice, it will be important to provide opportunities for linguistic development and accreditation for those who wish to continue to develop their skills in a heritage or community language or who wish to develop a language which is a significant part of their cultural identity, including British Sign Language
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:
Culture, Diversity, Equality (equal opportunities), Identity, Qualifications, Secondary sector, UK Community Languages