Related section of pack: Parliament and the electoral system
Aim: To raise student awareness of Scottish politicians and their roles.
Materials: 2-page task sheet for each student.
ESOL level: Intermediate 1 - 2
SCQF level: 4 - 5
Time: 30 minutes for the task, 1 hour for the research activity.
Preparation: Photocopies of the task sheet.
Explain to the group that they are going to find out about Scottish politicians. Preface this with reference to the role of the two parliaments. Indicate that due to their traditionally strong position in the Labour Party, Scottish politicians are prominent at Westminster at the moment.
Divide into pairs and give out the task sheet. Stress that students should work together. Read through with the group and check that the vocabulary is clear.
Learners then complete the activity, either using the Internet or in the library.
Compile and discuss results with the whole class and answer any questions raised.
Discuss the research topics with the students and help each to choose a topic. Allow a further hour for research.
Discuss results on a class basis.
Variation: Students can be asked to produce a short piece of writing based on their research.
Suggested follow-up: play the Robert Burns song, ‘Parcel o’ Rogues’.
Assessment: The task helps prepare learners for the following summative assessments:
Intermediate 1 English Language Study Outcomes 1 & 2 (DA9E 10)
Intermediate 2 English Language Study Outcomes 1 & 2 (DA9E11)
The role of the MP and MSP: Using reference material:
reporting and discussing information.
The names of the people are:
Gordon Brown Annabel Goldie John Reid
Sir Menzies Campbell Cathy Jamieson Alex Salmond
Alistair Darling Jack McConnell Nicola Sturgeon
All of them are Scottish politicians. Some work in the House of Commons and some in the Scottish Parliament. Can you put names to faces? Do this and write one name on each line below.
House of Commons Scottish Parliament
Chancellor of the Exchequer First Minister
Leader of Labour in the Scottish Parliament
Home Secretary Minister for Justice
Deputy Leader of Labour in the Scottish Parliament
Secretary for Trade and Industry Leader of the SNP in the Scottish Parliament
Leader of the Liberal Democrats Leader of the Scottish Conservatives
Leader of the SNP
Choose a topic to research
Use the Internet or the library to find information about one of these topics.
Choose one of the people on the picture sheet and find out anything you want to know about them. Select three interesting facts to tell other people.
Think of an MP you have heard of and find out more about him or her. Select three interesting facts to tell other people.
Research women MPs or MSPs.
How many are there at the moment?
How many are ministers?
Who was the first woman MP and when was she in the House of Commons?
If you don’t like these topics, choose your own about MPs.