Taking languages further - why it matters

SCILT have created a PowerPoint with statistics and entitlement information which argue the case for languages in your school. The PowerPoint looks at learner entitlement within CfE; the Scottish Government commitment to language learning; skills for learning, life and work. This will be a useful tool to use with management within your school.

Further key documents to support the case for languages can be found on our website - Key arguments for decision makers.

The team at SCILT have prepared some materials, ideas and suggestions to resource you to encourage uptake in your school. These have been organised by learner stage and information is provided on the type of activity they support.

Quick links to further promotional resources

All stages

Phone bookmark: A little language goes a long, long way... - This SCILT resource shows pupils why learning languages is beneficial in a light-hearted way. A useful tool for rewarding and motivating your pupils. Order through our leaflets page.

S1 - S6

Job profiles (SCILT resource) - Languages help a range of people every day in their careers and personal lives. Each profile shows how languages help in different areas of employment.

Language Horizons (SCILT resource) The Scottish actor, Atta Yaqub, famous for his role in 'Ae Fond Kiss', tells us why languages mean so much to him and how they have helped him in his acting career.

Take on a Language! (NICILT resource) Animated video on YouTube to encourage pupils to choose languages when making subject choices.

700 Reasons to study languages - LLAS compied a list of 700 reasons to study a foreign language under headings such as academic skills, citizenship, diversity and more!

Why study languages - LLAS, in conjunction with Routes into Languages, website designed to excite, educate and encourage young people to continue with their language learning.

The numbers of young people continuing with a language into the senior phase has seen a worrying decline in recent years. Following a series of conversation days, Education Scotland have grouped together a number of case studies, identifying the key features common to departments where languages are continuing to flourish beyond the Broad General Education. These case studies highlight a variety of approaches to encourage uptake in the senior phase.

Access these case studies on the Education Scotland website.

Languages are important to employers! The majority of UK businesses (65%) value staff with language skills to help build relations with clients, customers and suppliers.
Gateway to growth: CBI/Pearson education and Skills Survey 2014 (CBI, 2014)

Languages can help your career! The UK needs more people who can add languages to their CV skill-set, regardless of their specialism.
Prospering wisely: How the humanities and social sciences enrich our lives (British Academy, 2014)

A little language can go a long way! You don’t have to be fluent, but the ability to hold a conversation and appreciate another culture is of real business value in the workplace.
Culture at work: the value of intercultural skills in the workplace (British Council, 2013)

The Beyond School section of our website includes advice and information for learners on: 

  • The benefits of language learning for life and work
  • Undergraduate, beginner and refresher language courses at Scottish universities and colleges; options for combining languages with other degree subjects
  • The gap year – opportunities to study, work or volunteer abroad 
  • The student voice – blogs, advice, hints and tips from those who’ve been there 

SCILT have produced a selection of resources to reinforce to learners, colleagues and parents the benefits of learning a language, and enable practitioners to make the case for languages in their school and community. These resources cover language learning at different stages of education and can be downloaded as PDF or ordered as hard copies to use at promotional events or parents' evenings. Of particular value to secondary practitioners will be our leaflets on the 1+2 approach, literacy and language learning and on entitlement.

Visit SCILT's Parentzone for further ideas and support.

Recommendation 16 states:
"that schools provide all young people with flexible opportunities and encouragement to study more than one modern language to the level of a National Qualification Unit or course in the senior phase, whether in their own school or through cluster arrangements with other schools."
In considering options for certificate work pupils should have the necessary information to help them recognise the value of language skills for their future development and life chances. Language Learning in Scotland: A 1+2 approach
  • Making the case
  • Encouraging uptake
  • Case studies
  • Beyond school
  • SCILT resources

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