Scots and the four capacities
Scots develops the four capacities of Curriculum for Excellence in a number of ways.
Learning that Scots is a language in its own right gives many young people a renewed sense of self-respect. When children realise the literary and historical value of the language they speak, they have a greater belief in themselves as individuals.
Enthusiasm and motivation for learning
Scots speaking children who are not motivated in class can show renewed enthusiasm for learning when offered sustained and effective study in Scots. Many children can experience success and develop a determination to achieve when learning opportunities include rather than exclude Scots.
Communicate in different ways and in different settings
Having the confidence to speak both English and Scots allows for effective communication in a variety of ways and settings.
Respect for others
Teaching all children to value Scots speakers in a community will generate respect for others.
Develop knowledge and understanding of the world and Scotland’s place in it
The Scots language is crucial to understanding Scotland and its place in the world. By developing knowledge of Scots, children will gain greater understanding of how their language and culture relates to those of other countries, especially in a European context.
Understand different beliefs and cultures
Often the one culture in Scotland which is not officially highlighted and celebrated is that of its Scots-speaking communities. For the promotion of greater tolerance and understanding of different cultures, it is important to recognise and respect the culture of every citizen.