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B1048 – Indigenous Language Bill 2016 Watch

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    Because other than I find part of the Bill confusing and not very clear, we should instead of encouraging people to spend more time learning a language they won't use, encourage them to learn a language which is going to directly relate to improved employability in the future - something much more worthwhile than a bit of so-called culture.
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    Nay. See no benefit of this.
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    Abstain. I get the concept but I don't see what's wrong with the current system. I could be persuaded to vote aye.

    I do commend the Socialist Party for their recent string of legislation.
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    An ill-thought-out, and rather Celtic-centric bill. You've made no mention of Angloromani or BSL even though they are both indigenous to the UK as well.

    "(6) Common Brittonic and Cumbric literature may also be taken if a pupil chooses to do so."

    These languages haven't been spoken for at least a thousand years and neither of them has any written record, let alone literature.

    The government already supports the teaching of Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Manx, Cornish and Welsh. Schools are free to choose to teach Celtic languages (or any language) if they wish; I see no reason to take that choice away. Forcing schools in historically Scots/English-speaking areas (e.g. the Scottish Lowlands or the Northern Isles) to teach alien Celtic languages is just another form of cultural imperialism.
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    Aye with the amendments that English-language is compulsory and some funding for ensuring that there are enough teachers and course books for the lesser taught languages.
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    (Original post by barnetlad)
    Aye with the amendments that English-language is compulsory and some funding for ensuring that there are enough teachers and course books for the lesser taught languages.
    No matter how much money you throw at training courses, there will never be enough teachers with this kind of specialist knowledge. There are less than a handful of universities that teach Celtic languages, and nearly all of them focus on Welsh and Scottish Gaelic. As far as I know, no university offers Manx or Cornish.
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    No, the minority language in Britain should not be taught because the minority, regional languages are a waste of time. GCSEs should focus on English as the main language with a foreign language as a second language but I am of the opinion English is the more valuable language.
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    This bill is in cessation.
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    This bill has been withdrawn.
 
 
 
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