Wrong impression of Scots

4th March 2011 at 00:00

It was with disappointment that I read the letter from Alasdair Clarkson (11 February), responding to the 28 January article on Scots. It is sad that he has chosen to adopt a defensive attitude to another language.

There never is, nor ever has been, any question of Scots challenging or supplanting English as the first language of this country. There is a difference between teaching English as a "symbol for harmony" and teaching Scots to enrich the linguistic knowledge of young people.

In all the years I have taught both languages, there has never been any perception of competition between the two. In fact, I have found teaching Scots has been a source of enjoyment for youngsters and has given them confidence. It has also provided access to the rich literary heritage of Scots (well beyond Burns' nights).

Frances Robson, Ashley Drive, Edinburgh.

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