§ Mr. G. M. Thomson
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many language laboratories are at present in use in Scottish Colleges of Education; and what steps are being taken to introduce teachers in the employment of local authorities to their use.
§ Mr. Noble
Two colleges already have language booths without a master control unit. Full scale laboratories will come into use between April and the beginning of next session in the four main colleges in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Others will he provided in the new colleges to be built.
Courses for serving teachers on audiovisual methods of language teaching have been held by Dundee College of Education using a temporary laboratory, and individual help has been given to teachers in the area. A national conference, organised by Jordanhill College, will be held in April, when laboratories will be on exhibition. A vacation course is being provided in July by Moray House College, and sessional courses for serving teachers are being planned by Aberdeen College. The colleges are in close contact with Directors of Education and will make their laboratories available to teachers who are involved in the teaching of modern languages, whether in primary or secondary schools or in further education.