To our SALT family,
The result of the referendum on the 23rd of June has left us all in shock. I think it has taken a few days for it to sink in and to look at what this means for us a family who have language learning, intercultural awareness, global citizenship, tolerance and communication at the heart of what we do everyday.
An exit from the European Union has significant implications for all aspects of our work: training opportunities, mobility, resources and protection of minority languages. The SALT family is an eclectic, energetic and vibrant family, made up of language learners and teachers from all airts and pairts. That is what makes us who we are, that is what makes us the family we are.
The First Minister at the opening of the Scottish Parliament stated:
Let us look forward with hope and a shared determination to work tirelessly for the good of all of Scotland’s people—and in doing so, to play our part in a stronger Europe and a better world.
Now, more than ever, we see just how important it is to equip our young people with language learning skills and intercultural understanding. We now need to make sure our subject is accessible for every young person in Scotland and that they know the importance of being able to communicate and understand different ideas,values and ways of life.
We need to make sure that as educators we are able to take this not only to our learners, but to our leaders. By providing learner pathways that meet the needs of our young people and by providing high quality learning experiences for them, we will be giving them the skills to be a part of a global family. We need to make sure that we are able to engage with our cultural partners and language learning family to learn, develop and progress our skills as educators too.
SALT will continue to work with our wider family to provide CLPL for teachers, by teachers. We will continue to highlight the need for language teaching and learning, the need for high quality CPL and we will continue to move forward together to make sure our collective voice is heard—and of course, rattle cages where we need to.
Language learning and teaching in Scotland is rich and diverse and has been shaped by the fact that we are an open and inclusive nation.
My sincere thanks to the committee who continue to work hard to develop a programme to engage and work with language learning in Scotland. We are a small group of volunteers who continue to try and make a difference, and we will continue to do so.
In the meantime, my thanks to each and every one of you for the amazing work you do, for your work with the young people we are privileged to teach, and your commitment to language learning in Scotland.
I look forward to seeing you all soon either at our teach meets or National conference on the 5th of November.
Gillian Campbell-Thow, Chair SALT.