Why is the Scots language important to learn?
The earlier evidence shows that 1.5 million are already speaking and understanding the Scots language but is this figure proportionate about our population? No, I don’t think so. Shouldn’t more people be given a chance to learn our native language? Considering the above evidence, this statistic could easily double or even treble if Scots was taught in every classroom in Scotland more routinely other than the odd random Robert Burns poem in January. Why don’t you join those 1.5 million and learn to speak Scots? Communicating in Scots more often would let us practise speaking Scots with others who already speak it and may encourage even more people to learn the language. The key points to think about are that we need to speak and read Scots if we want future generations to access our national language and culture. Writing in Scots helps us to develop our literacy skills but if something written in Scots is translated into English it can lose its real meaning, and its impact. Understanding Scots can provide us with opportunities both in and beyond school to do well in drama, music and literature. Using Scots makes us feel proud and patriotic, boosts our confidence and gives us a sense of wellbeing and belonging.
Hopefully, taking all of the above into consideration, I’ve now managed to persuade you to share my opinion that Scots should be taught in the classroom as our national language. In my view, the only way that the language will survive is if people like us make an effort to learn, understand and speak Scots in the same way that we study our other subjects in school. People always say that it’s easier to learn a language when you are young, so this is another reason that I think it should be taught in school. We could then go home and practice speaking the language with our families so they too, regardless of age, would be learning Scots at the same time. In using the Scots language, we would keep our language alive, have a sense of national pride, learn more about Scottish history and understand our own traditions better. Who doesn’t want success for those 1.5 million people but why should it just be them? I think that every person in Scotland regardless of where they live or what school they go to should have the choice to be taught the Scots language in the classroom. An educational policy such as this would allow our Scots language to survive for future generations and result in a happier and more confident population who understand their Scottish roots.