Literacy and English
Language and literacy are of personal, social and economic importance. Our ability to use language lies at the centre of the development and expression of our emotions, our thinking, our learning and our sense of personal identity. Language is itself a key aspect of our culture. Through language, children and young people can gain access to the literary heritage of humanity and develop their appreciation of the richness and breadth of Scotland’s literary heritage. Children and young people encounter, enjoy and learn from the diversity of language used in their homes, their communities, by the media and by their peers.
Literacy is fundamental to all areas of learning, as it unlocks access to the wider curriculum. Being literate increases opportunities for the individual in all aspects of life, lays the foundations for lifelong learning and work, and contributes strongly to the development of all four capacities of Curriculum for Excellence.
The Literacy and English framework promotes the development of critical and creative thinking as well as competence in listening and talking, reading, writing and the personal, interpersonal and team-working skills which are so important in life and in the world of work. The framework provides, for learners, parents and teachers, broad descriptions of the range of learning opportunities which will contribute to the development of literacy, including critical literacy, creativity, and knowledge and appreciation of literature and culture.
Why study a Modern Langauge?
Learning other languages enables children and young people to make connections with different people and their cultures and to play a fuller part as global citizens.
Learning through the languages area of the curriculum enables children and young people to:
develop their ability to communicate their thoughts and feelings and respond to those of other people
develop the high level of skills in listening, talking, reading and writing which are essential for learning, work and life
use different media effectively for learning and communication
develop a secure understanding of how language works, and use language well to communicate ideas and information in English and other languages
exercise their intellectual curiosity by questioning and developing their understanding, and use creative and critical thinking to synthesise ideas and arguments
enhance their enjoyment and their understanding of their own and other cultures through literature and other forms of language
develop competence in different languages so that they can understand and communicate including, for some, in work settings.
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