Thomas lives in Aberdeen and speaks Doric. His Mum encourages speaking Doric but feels he often speaks slang or ‘common’ instead. Author James Robertson talks about how all languages evolve. Thomas is unsure about which words are Scots and which are slang and feels a visit to Scots Scuil will help.
This could be used to stimulate a discussion about language where you live. Discuss how Scots and slang are different. Then look at the language used in your locality. Can children identify the difference between Scottish or English words and words they use regularly which aren't in the dictionary which could be considered slang?