Below is an extract from the Modern Foreign Language Experiences and Outcomes from the new Scottish Curriculum.

Foreign Language Assistants will have a large part to play in helping pupils to attain these goals.
Modern languages
Experiences and outcomes

Learning a new language encourages children and young people to broaden their horizons as they explore the language and its associated culture.

Through my learning of a new language:

· I gain a deeper understanding of my first language and appreciate the richness and interconnected nature of languages
· I enhance my understanding and enjoyment of other cultures and of my own and gain insights into other ways of thinking and other views of the world
· I develop skills that I can use and enjoy in work and leisure throughout my life.

The study of language plays an important role in all language learning and the development of literacy skills.

I develop and extend my literacy skills when I have opportunities to:

· communicate, collaborate and build relationships
· reflect on and explain my literacy and thinking skills, using feedback to help me improve and sensitively provide useful feedback for others
· engage with and create a wide range of texts in different media, taking advantage of the opportunities offered by ICT
· develop my understanding of what is special, vibrant and valuable about my own and other cultures and their languages
· explore the richness and diversity of language, how it can affect me and the wide range of ways in which I and others can be creative
· extend and enrich my vocabulary through listening, talking, watching and reading.