Beyond School

Students on their year abroad are linked with a school in Scotland. Read about their experiences.

Language Linking Global Thinking

"This is such an enriching, meaningful experience for our pupils. It is helping them to become Global Citizens, expanding their horizons, seeing the true relevance of sticking with their language studies and all of the wonderful opportunities it will bring in the World of Work"

- Teacher, LLGT 2018/19

Overview

Language Linking, Global Thinking (LLGT) is a partnership project developed by the team at SCILT, British Council and Project Trust, working with UCMLS.

Students and volunteers about to embark on their year abroad are linked with primary or secondary schools across Scotland. The aim of the project is for students to communicate with a designated class in their partner school and illustrate by way of example how enriching it is to spend a year abroad using a language other than English.

While the student is abroad, they keep in regular contact with their partner school using blog posts, emails, postcards and other resources. In turn the link class can ask questions and post comments to the student. The two-way correspondence between student and class brings the language alive for pupils and shows them the real relevance of learning a language.

Throughout the year there should be at six contacts with the school and these should relate to the contexts which classes are studying, for example, daily life, food, cultural differences and similarities. Prior to going abroad, students are invited to visit their allocated school and meet the class, as well as to plan possible contributions the students might be able to make once out in the country.

Student experience

Current and former participants have written about their experiences of Language Linking, Global Thinking in the following articles:

Blogs

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, for the 2020-21 school session we have a small cohort of students who began blogging in January 2021. You can read their blogs so far below: 

Morgan Campbell - Morgan is in Spain on her year abroad from the University of Strathclyde. She is linked with Calderglen High School in South Lanarkshire.

Lucy Cunningham - Lucy is in Spain on her year abroad from the University of Strathclyde. She is linked with St John Ogilvie High School in South Lanarkshire.

Mark Cunningham - Mark is in Spain on his year abroad from the University of Strathclyde. He is linked with Holy Cross High School in South Lanarkshire.

Cass Ezeji - Cass is in Belgium on her year abroad from the University of Strathclyde, She is linked with Caldervale High School in North Lanarkshire. 

Niamh Ironside - Niamh is in La Réunion on her year abroad from the University of Strathclyde. She is linked with Kinross High School in Perth and Kinross. 

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SCILT - Scotlands National centre for Languages