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Martowicz and Roach (2014), Polish Language Learning in Scotland Key Facts and Opportunities

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According to the 2001 Scottish Census, Polish has become the largest community language in Scotland. It is spoken as the main language of 61,000 speakers (1.2% of the population). According to the 2013 "Growing up in Scotland" report, Polish is being spoken as the only language in 3% of all households and in 31% of those where any other language is spoken in addition to English. Economic links between Poland and Scotland have strengthened significantly within the last 10 years with exports worth an estimated £8bn annually. Polish cultural and creative industries in Scotland are also thriving. In light of these facts it is surprising that the the Polish language remains completely unrecognised as a resource in Scotland and no provision has been made for it within the Scottish school system. The present report calls for urgent steps to rectify this situation.

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