Nadia is trilingual, speaking English and Urdu as well as Scots. She feels Scots is her secret language. Her father writes in Scots and encourages her to do so. Her parents support her desire to understand and speak Scots as part of her identity. They feel Scots is an important part of the country’s heritage and that both immigrants and native Scots should use it, making an effort to keep it alive.
This clip can be used to discuss whether preserving languages is important or if there is little point because language changes quickly. In class, children could consider whether the language spoken where you live should reflect the people who live there and the words they use currently? Or is it important to preserve heritage and national idenity? What are the advantages and disadvantages?