On Friday 10 September, this online Knowledge Exchange welcomed language leaders and practitioners to share thoughts, ideas, good practice and discuss the challenges we face in embedding L3 into our curricula, as required by the 1+2 Approach. Such was the enthusiasm for this event, more than 150 people attended from all sectors from all across Scotland.
It was a packed afternoon, which included a mix of speakers from Higher Education, cultural organisations and local authorities as well as those at the chalk face. Following a welcome from SCILT Director, Fhiona Mackay, proceedings commenced with a thought-provoking keynote speech from Joanna McPake, Reader in the School of Education at the University of Strathclyde, who looked into bilingualism and the use of local languages as an opportunity for building L3 input around inter-disciplinary learning. She gave examples of local language projects, which were part of wider initiatives of ways to integrate local languages into L3 learning provision.
“I was honoured to be invited to speak at this event and delighted to take part in such thought-provoking discussions about ways in which the L3 space in the curriculum can open up new ways of thinking about language learning and teaching – from widening the range of languages on offer to enabling pupils to use the languages they are learning in local multilingual communities.” (Joanna McPake)
Participants then had the opportunity to attend 3 sessions of their choice, from a selection of presentations centred around 6 broad themes: L3 for Literacy; A Local Authority Approach to L3; The Multi-lingual School; Exploring Culture through L3; Creative Curriculum Design in the Secondary School and How do you teach a language you don’t speak?
The sessions included a 20-minute presentation from a diverse range of speakers followed by a question and answer session where participants took part in lively discussions, shared practice and reflected on the ideas and practice shared.
Finally, attendees heard messages from Dr Łukasz Lutostański, Consul General of the Republic of Poland and Sylwia Spooner, Head of Cultural Affairs at the Polish Consulate who shared information on the newly launched 10 Steps to Polish Programme, run in conjunction with SCILT. This course helps classroom practitioners to introduce Polish as an L3 in their schools. The afternoon ended with a vote of thanks and closing remarks by Fhiona Mackay.
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