Modern languages courses for primary teachers in Scotland have been scrapped in at least nine local authorities (LAs), according to the Liberal Democrats.
Hugh O'Donnell, Lib Dem spokesman for education and young people, said the availability of training had to improve if Scotland's young people were to be "globally aware and competitive".
His criticisms reflect warnings from the group of 13 east of Scotland authorities, presented to the European Commission, that languages training for primary teachers is inadequate.
Between 1993 and 2001, all authorities provided modern languages courses for primary teachers lasting 27 days. In recent years, a number of authorities which still provide training have restricted courses to 12 days. That represents a drop in training time from 160 hours to 40. hh.