Events

A selection of language-related events. Does not claim to be comprehensive or represent the views of SCILT.

Events List

Online

SCILT is thrilled to be hosting an online Show and Tell event for early years and primary practitioners on Tuesday 28 May, 4-5pm.

A great way to celebrate innovative and interesting teaching and learning with our young language learners!

This event will be informal and informative, fast-paced and up-to-date. Guaranteed.

Enthusiastic educators from all across Scotland will share tips, resources and practice. The speedy three and seven minute slots will cover a range of topics and stages, including: top tips for new teachers; highlights from my P1 classroom; why language portraits rock; how to make the most of ELAPSE resources; getting started with languages in early years and first level and more!

This event will take place on MS Teams. It will not be recorded.

PS If you have a tip, resource or aspect of practice that you can share in 3 minutes and you’re quick, we might still be able to fit you onto the programme. Get in touch! Email scilt@strath.ac.uk with Show & Tell in the subject line.

Visit the website to register for the free online event.

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Online

Join Queen Margaret University Edinburgh for a free online session for practitioners who support autistic people and their families who use multiple languages.

Hear about current research, get tips from other practitioners in the panel discussion and tour the new free online resource hub.

Visit the website for more information and to register for the event.

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Glasgow

The team of the Goethe-Institut's Teacher Services UK would like to invite German teachers and educational partners in Scotland to the networking meeting 'Promoting and supporting the teaching and learning of German in Scotland'.

We would like to discuss how we can promote and support the teaching and learning of German in Scottish schools. We will showcase initiatives for German advocacy work in primary and secondary schools and inform you about resources of the GIMAGINE initiative available for Scottish schools, sharing success stories and best practices.

Visit the website for more information. Register by 28 May to take part.

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Edinburgh

Noting the apparent contradiction between a national commitment to play-based learning and the absence of this in the teaching of languages, M.Ed Tania Czajka will present a case study on the use of creative puppetry as a means to enhance not only levels of engagement and confidence among the children, but also a valuable tool for the professional development of teachers and early years educators involved in the delivery of languages. For this, Tania will draw from her experience as an Early Years Practitioner, author and puppeteer as well as her own research.

The event will be held at the Institut française in Edinburgh and is free to attend but registration is required.

Visit the website for more information about the event and speaker and to book your place.

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Online

Primary teachers of French join the Institut français for their 2024 Paris Olympics and Paralympics themed workshop "A vos marques, prêts…partez!"

The workshop aims to top up your French and/or boost your confidence with language, pronunciation tips and culture around the theme of sport with tailor-made practical classroom activities around listening, talking, reading and writing skills.

Suitable for French-language primary schools’ teachers, with different levels of French; all language levels split in two ability groups (self-assessed, beginner to intermediate/advanced).

Two groups running parallel:

  • Beginner level group: min: 5 / max: 10
  • Intermediate/Advanced level group: min: 5 / max: 12

Visit the website to register for the workshop before 30 May.

For any further information please contact:

Charlotte Hyvernaud, attachée de coopération pour le français, Institut français d’Ecosse - charlotte.hyvernaud@institut-francais.org.uk

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Online

The Goethe-Institut's online German teachers' conference GETVICO24 is taking place 6/7 June 2024. Join as a speaker and/or participant at the international conference and make your personal contribution to cross-border professional exchange and sustainable networking with like-minded people around the world!

The theme of this year's conference is "German moves/is on the move". Where is GFL teaching heading? Which proven methods characterise the teaching and learning of German today and what can we expect in the future? What is the best way to encourage your own students to learn and experience German and possibly open up new career paths? Come along and share ideas!

Visit the website for more information and to register for the online event.

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Online

Looking for free new materials for French learners? ‘Remembering Empire’ is an interdisciplinary learning programme for pupils of French in S3 and Advanced Higher. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, ‘Remembering Empire’ builds language competence and global citizenship values by exploring France’s empire in Algeria. By focusing on the story of one family, learners engage with France's imperial past and are encouraged to make connections with Scotland’s history of emigration and colonisation, and with the experiences of refugees today.

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The S3 programme consists of five sessions and focuses on an electronic comic book, ‘Entre ici et là-bas’, which tells the story of Jeanne, a young French girl whose family are forced to leave Algeria when it becomes independent. Waiting to board a ship, she reflects on her family’s history, from her great-grandfather who arrived in 1871 and built a farm for his family, to her own experiences of the war that led to independence. We hear about the indigenous Arab population and think about how they experienced this history.

Activities based on the comic include:

  • City/country names and prepositions
  • Asking questions and naming objects (if you had to leave home suddenly, what would you pack in your suitcase?)
  • Describing emotions and using être in the present (how do the different characters feel?)
  • Different daily routines, in Algeria and in France
  • Using the near future (aller + infinitive) to imagine what the characters might do in the future

Free resources include:

  • the comic
  • a video-recording of the comic being read aloud by a native speaker
  • lesson plans for all sessions with detailed information and interactive activities
  • suggested drama activities led by actors with video guides.

For learners taking Advanced Higher French, Remembering Empire offers full support for the portfolio element, including the two required texts (a play and an interview with the playwright). Five sessions of archive footage, readings and activities in French introduce learners to the history and culture of French Algeria and the war which led to independence, and give the background required to study the play.

Six sessions focus on a French play, Les Pieds Tanqués (2012). Set on a pétanque pitch, the play presents the conflicting memories of the Algerian War. Full resources include the interactive electronic text of the play and notes, a written interview with the playwright, Philippe Chuyen, lesson plans with detailed information and classroom activities, a blank fiche de lecture and character profiles for pupils to complete (plus completed versions for teachers), and a video recording of a live performance. The package also includes a plan for a potential AH Portfolio essay question.

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Online

This 60-minute online event will introduce interested primary teachers to the online primary languages programme 'Teachers Learning to Teach Languages (TELT)' delivered by the Open University from October 2024 to June 2025, where teachers can study one of four languages from scratch, learn how to teach the language they are learning and apply their new skills directly as part of the course.

Participants will learn what the programme has to offer, what is required to succeed in becoming a primary languages teacher and, if they work in Scotland, how to gain professional recognition from the General Teaching Council for Scotland for the study.

Participants will hear about the impact of the study on attitudes and practice of teachers, pupils and the entire school community from OU colleagues and find out how the course enables teachers to collaborate with primary schools across Scotland and Wales through in-programme eTwinning.

In addition, they will learn first-hand about experiences studying the course from former students, in-service primary teachers, who are now working as guest tutors on the programme. The guest tutors will also share how studying this programme has boosted their professional opportunities and employability skills.

We will explain how you can sign up to the programme and different ways in which you can fund your study.

Please visit the website to register by 5 June.

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Online

British Council, GCHQ and the Civil Service Languages Network are working together to promote language learning among pupils in UK schools.

Your 12-14-year-old pupils, who will soon be choosing their Nationals subjects, are invited to an open, online event, where they will hear from speakers with different roles across government who have used languages in their career, and how either studying a language in school, or speaking a heritage language, has improved their life. Pupils will have the chance to ask the speakers questions (via their teacher) through a Q&A session. 

Visit the website to see an example of a previous event Where will languages take me? | British Council

If you would like pupils from your school to attend, please contact edward.evans@faststream.civilservice.gov.uk, with numbers, and which languages would be most relevant. The online format allows thousands of students to watch for free, but you will need a password.

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Aberdeen

Join Gianfranco Conti at a one day CPD session for Modern Languages teachers!

This session will provide an introduction to the EPI (Extensive Processing Instruction) approach and cover a range of activities to put the approach into practice in the classroom.

See the attached flyer for more information and the booking link.

*Please note the event incurs a joining fee.*


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Birmingham

Applications are open to take part in UK-German Connection’s funded bilateral health and wellbeing training seminar taking place 14-17 June in Birmingham. This opportunity is for UK and German teachers to explore aspects of health and wellbeing in schools through a bilateral, joint approach. Teachers will develop knowledge and skills to devise strategies to support pupils and their wellbeing, as well as the wider school community. The seminar is in English and is open to teachers and schools with no existing UK-German school partnership. Schools do not need to offer German as a subject to take part. The course is delivered in association with LFEE Europe, who will provide the course content.

Visit the website for more information and to apply by 3 May 2024.

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Edinburgh

Join SCEN for this year's lecture by Professor Jane Duckett, Chair of Politics, University of Glasgow, Specialising in Chinese politics and social policy. 

Tea will be served prior to the inspiring talk with an opportunity for networking after the event.

The free event is open to all with school and university students particularly welcome to attend.

Visit the website for more information and to book your place. There are a limited number of seats, so book early to guarantee your ticket to this fascinating lecture. 

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Online

Join the ALL Decolonise Secondary Languages Special Interest Group for our inaugural symposium hosted online by ILCS. Share ideas and action with educators who are working together to make advancements in decolonising secondary languages education.

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Glasgow

At a time when French, as a subject of study, is struggling to keep its position as one the major foreign languages studied at secondary school and university levels in Scotland, it is more important than ever to assess the situation and share ideas and examples of good practice that are having a real impact on the ground.

This free one-day event, co-organised by SCILT and the University of Strathclyde will give us the opportunity to:

  1. Take stock of the situation in Scotland across the secondary education and higher education sectors;
  2. Offer a platform for initiatives looking to promote language learning in general and French in particular, including potential partnership with French counterparts;
  3. Share experiences and good practice amongst secondary school and university teachers.

The aim of The Future of French en Écosse conference is to provide a forum for all stakeholders, a place and time for assessing the situation and for building a positive future for French in Scotland.

Join us on Monday 24 June 2024 for the first national forum on the Future of French en Écosse!

Full programme details will be released and sent to attendees closer to the date of the event.

Visit the website or scan the QR code on the attached flyer to book your place. 


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Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is delighted to host the 34th International Conference of ASELE (the association for the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language), and the 10th conference of ELEUK (UK association for the teaching of Spanish in higher and adult education) from 16 to 20 July 2024. 

Guests of honour: 

  • Rosa Montero (journalist and writer, Premio Nacional de las Letras)
  • Miguel Falomir (Director of the Prado Museum)
  • Luis García Montero (Director of the Cervantes Institute, the international network of Spanish cultural centres) 

Keynote speakers:

  • Asunción Gómez-Pérez (Spanish Royal Academy)
  • Aris Moreno Clemons (University of Tennessee)
  • Francisco Moreno-Fernández (Global Observatory of Spanish Language)

There will be a round table dedicated to perspectives on Spanish as a heritage language in Europe and a symposium on Spanish language teaching in Latin America, with invited speakers from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. During the conference, 136 papers, 35 workshops and 6 posters will be presented. Brazil is the country of honour of the conference, with two plenaries, a large number of delegates, and a jazz concert.

Presentations from participants will cover themes such as the analysis of Artificial Intelligence, inclusion and social justice, linguistic diversity, transmedia literacies and genres, or interdisciplinary perspectives around the integration of cultural, literary and artistic contents in the classroom.

This conference will bring together approximately 300 Spanish teachers from 35 countries and will be a milestone for the Spanish teaching community in the UK.

Spanish language education colleagues from all sectors, secondary, FE and HE are welcome to attend.

Visit the website for the programme and registration details (in Spanish only). 

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Durham

CercleS – the European Confederation of Language Centres in Higher Education – is pleased to invite you to the XVIII CercleS International Conference 2024, “Multilingualism & the Anglosphere” between 12-14 September 2024. The event will be hosted by AULC at Durham University.

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the CercleS 2024 conference. We are presently reviewing abstracts and hope to notify authors by mid April, with a draft final programme available from late April 2024.

The CercleS conference is an excellent opportunity for those involved in languages education to come together every two years and to share ongoing activities, and to discuss ongoing challenges and opportunities, at an international level. 

Visit the website for more information and to register for the event.

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