A LEADING language expert has issued a warning over the Scottish Government's strategy of increasing language learning in primary schools.

Dr Dan Tierney, a reader in languages at Strathclyde University, said the plan was welcome, but lacked coherency.

The warning is contained in a submission to the Scottish Parliament's European and External Relations Committee, which is looking at the issue.

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In 2011, the Scottish Government announced ambitious plans to teach all primary pupils at least two modern languages. It came after a decline in the number of pupils taking modern language Higher exams that year, with figures showing a 4% drop in those sitting French, German and Italian, and only Spanish showing an increase.

Mr Tierney said: "It is unclear what we are trying to achieve here."