David praises Lanark Grammar's work on promoting languages

Clydesdale MP David Mundell visited Lanark Grammar on Friday 3 February to see the work being done by the British Council within the school.

Mr Mundell was given a refresh in his French lessons in two separate classes, including sitting in on a class for pupils with additional support needs before heading to the library.

In the library, Mr Mundell viewed a presentation by pupils from Underbank Primary who had carried out a French trail in Crossford, before seeing the work being done across Scotland to promote languages.

Finally, he met with other South Lanarkshire school language assistants to find out how they are improving pupils language skills throughout the area.

Commenting on the visit, David Mundell MP said: "I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Lanark Grammar to see the vast array of work being done at the school by the British Council to support language teaching. 

"We need to do more to encourage young people to learn  languages. Not only is it hugely valuable in terms of improving their knowledge of the world but in helping them to gain more opportunities as they progress towards the world of work.

"There was a lot of great work being done across the language department at Lanark Grammar and I could see first hand how it was helping the pupils in their studies. 

"The presentations showed how much fun the pupils can have learning a language when it's presented by native speaking  assistants who demonstrate their passion to the pupils.

"Lanark Grammar is a school that is putting a great importance of language learning and I'd like to thank those who showed me around on the visit and to the British Council for their work within the school."


Director of the British Council, Jackie Killeen added: "We were delighted to be able to visit Lanark Grammar school and see the impact that British Council programmes have for the pupils, teachers and wider community.

"It was fantastic to hear how our Language Assistants broaden pupils’ understanding of the world, increase their cultural awareness and improve language skills of pupils and teachers.

"Internationalisation is vital in education, as our school children are tomorrow’s global citizens and the more they can learn about the world, the more they can shape it."