Thomas lives in Aberdeen and speaks Doric. His Mum encourages him 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 that a visit to the Scots Scuil to take part in a series of workshops will help.

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Scots Scuil

Students could discuss the kind of language used where they live. Can students identify the difference between Scottish and English words, or give examples of words they use regularly which aren't in the dictionary?

Students could then be given a list of English words and be asked to write down the colloquial Scots versions of each. For example 'chat' could become 'blether'. Do all students use the same slang words?