Learning Japanese? I really think so…

29th April 2016 at 00:00

It was good to read about the visit to Orkney of the Consul General of Japan in Edinburgh, Hajime Kitaoka, to talk about the innovative work in Kirkwall Academy and Stromness Academy and their primaries to introduce Japanese language and culture (“A week in primary”, Insight, 25 March).

The Japanese Language Group are strongly supportive of the 1+2 Language Plan and the need to give all our young people appropriate language skills, together with a wider understanding of global societies and cultures. It is good for children to be inspired by their peers who realise the importance of learning Japanese and see its role in their career path.

And collaboration is already happening to help spread best practice on the teaching and learning of Japanese more widely across Scotland.

At a conference at Robert Gordon’s College on 7 June, the Orkney Model for the learning of Japanese will be demonstrated; Japanese language learners from Fife will attend, and three senior leaders will explain how they are galvanising local authority schools in Aberdeen as well as encouraging schools in the independent sector.

Dr Judith McClure CBE

Convener of the Japanese Language Group

Short and tweet

My #Gateway ToScience was an event when I was 9 showing me how to take DNA out of a strawberry. I’ve loved genetics since.


I like finding a #GatewayToScience wherever I can e.g. the Lonely Mountain from The Hobbit used to explain tectonics.


A “body book” that described different tissues, how skin heals, how senses work. 8-year-old me was immediately hooked. #GatewayToScience


Growing up on a farm and dissecting so many dead things with my parents. #Gateway ToScience


My #Gateway ToScience was Prof Oak from Pokémon. It seemed so cool to have a job where every day was learning and creating.


One #GatewayToScience was a small pond surrounded by trees and veg on our property as a kid. An entire ecosystem to explore in the back yard.



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