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

Events List

Shawlands Academy, Glasgow

TeachMeet is an informal gathering for those enthusiastic about teaching and keen to share ideas. Everyone is invited to share examples of good practice, to ask questions or simply to soak up all the ideas and atmosphere.

The main point of a TeachMeet is to hear stories about learning from teachers and other education professionals. It is about being engaged and inspired by our colleagues and gaining a load of networking too!

To work, it needs people to sign up and to give short presentations.

A presentation can last for up to 2 minutes, 5 minutes or 7 minutes and can include demonstrations or visual aids as appropriate.

Tickets are free and open to all with an interest in supporting bilingual learners.

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

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Glasgow Museums invites you to an afternoon workshop of cultural and language exchange to mark International Mother Language Day 2020.

Expect poetry, song, theatre, games and unexpected linguistic discoveries as we explore and celebrate how words connect us.

Inaugurated by Bangladesh Association Glasgow in 2019, BHASHA is Glasgow's very first language festival.

As venue capacity is limited, you must book a ticket in advance. Visit the website to register.

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Aimed at Language Leaders and LA Development Officers, to celebrate the 1+2 languages journey by sharing achievements and learning.

Join colleagues from across Scotland in an event that celebrates the creative and innovative work being undertaken by the languages community.  The day will take place at the iconic Ramshorn Building located in Glasgow city centre, and will consist of interesting presentations, conversations and discussions with the aim of contributing the latest information on language learning and creating opportunities for you to share what is working well in your local context.

Visit the website to register. Deadline extended to Wednesday 19 February.

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The Glasgow Academy

The Glasgow Academy will be hosting an afternoon of presentations by Gianfranco Conti, PhD, on Friday 28 February 2020.

Gianfranco is the co-author of 'The Language Teacher toolkit' and founder of

Visit the website to secure your place.

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Inverness College

This one-day conference in Inverness on 29 February aims to support secondary teachers from across Scotland to help learners develop the knowledge, skills and values needed to create the kind of world they want to live in. With inspiring speakers, practical workshops, new resources, networking opportunities, lunch and support with travel costs, there's something for teachers in all subject areas. Language teachers will be particularly interested in the workshop Taking a Global Approach in the Languages Classroom.

Visit the website for full programme details and to book your place.

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The Edinburgh Language Event will bring together language enthusiasts from around the world, allowing them to meet other language enthusiasts and focus on language in a way that most of us are unable to do in our daily lives.

There will be presentations from various speakers on topics ranging from the languages of the Isles to language study and work and other language-related topics besides.

Visit the website for further information and to book your place.

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Online webinar

This is a webinar for recently or newly qualified teachers, and student teachers.

Creative ways of engaging learners are key to successful teaching and learning. All teachers develop their own toolkit of ideas over time; join us on Tuesday 3 March from 5.00 – 6.00pm for a webinar where we will try to help you on this journey! We will be looking at:

  • creative pedagogical approaches which have been successful in engaging learners
  • developing your own pedagogical style
  • creative use of the target language in class
  • active learning techniques

There will also be the chance to share ideas and tips about what has worked well for you so far, and to learn from each other.

Visit the website to register. Deadline: 2pm, Tuesday 3 March.

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Institut français, Edinburgh

Once again the ESFF popular fundraising event is back. Enjoy a screening of the film Abracadabra by Pablo Berger, followed by wine tasting and tapas!

Glasgow comes to Edinburgh!! We are thrilled that our sponsor for the next event is Iberica Glasgow in partnership with the French InstituteThey will present us with the finest fare and fine wines.

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

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One of the high points in the extra-curricular life of German at the University of Edinburgh is the annual German Play.

Organised by Julia Feike (DAAD-Lektorin), with a cast and crew of enthusiastic students coming together as the German Play Society, this year's Play is part of the second DELC Festival of European Theatre.

Set around a small, inconspicuous skip outside the back of a supermarket like any other, a small community gathers, shedding light not only on the comedic everyday lives of the residents but also on the waste we produce in today's age. 

The performance will be in German.

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

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Language World is the Association for Language Learning (ALL) flagship annual conference and CPD event.

Language World offers a packed programme with speakers from across the languages sector, with a large number coming from primary and secondary schools. It's an exhibition: a large and varied exhibition showcasing the latest in language learning resources and support.

Bursaries to help with attendance costs are available. Application deadline for bursaries: 7 February 2020.

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

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Discover the weird and wonderful world of languages!

The UK has a museum for dog collars and lawn mowers, but not for languages. MEITS has launched an innovative Pop-Up World of Languages to fill this gap.

Take a journey through the three zones:

  • Languages and me
  • Languages around me
  • Languages in the world

Uncover the hidden treasures of languages through family-friendly, hands-on activities and games.

Events are taking place in Cambridge, Belfast, Edinburgh, Nottingham & London. Visit the website for more information and the full schedule of dates.

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University of Stirling

The University of Stirling and Spanish and Latin American Studies have the pleasure to invite you to the panel discussion for the opening of the exhibition: Stop, Read, Think, Act: The Scots who fought fascism in the Spanish Civil War

This discussion aims to explore the Scottish multi dimensional response to the Spanish Civil War and also to reflect about collective/historical memory and identity through our past and how these events shaped our present and future.

The event is free to attend and aimed at students and the public in general.

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

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Jointly hosted by Scotland China Education Network, the Confucius Institute of the University of Aberdeen and Aberdeen City Council, this event is for teachers and others interested in considering the teaching of Mandarin in schools in north-east local authority areas including Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Moray, and Highland.

The programme includes speakers from the Institute of Education at UCL and The Confucius Institute for Scotland’s schools.

The event is free to attend, however advance registration is required. Registration deadline is Friday 13 March 2020.

If you have any questions at all then feel free to contact the Confucius Team at or call 01224 273209.

Visit the website for full programme details and to register for the event.

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King's College London


This international workshop will be held at King’s College London on Saturday 21 March 2020 and is aimed at teachers and students at both secondary and tertiary level. It seeks to contribute to our understanding of the crucial role emotions play in the foreign language classroom and to find ways in which interest in language learning can be raised. To this end, the workshop contributions will focus on positive emotions in language learning, the relevance of teacher happiness, students’ and teachers’ views on links between emotions and learning modern languages in the UK as well as mentoring as a way to instill positive emotions about language learning. Crucially, the workshop will provide a platform to exchange experiences, learn from each other and explore possibilities to implement research findings in classroom situations, all in dialogue with educators, students and researchers.

The workshop is free but there is limited availability.


9:30: Registration open & coffee

10:00-10:15: Welcome and Opening of Workshop

10:15-11:15: TALK & WORKSHOP: Liana Pavelescu (South Thames College, UK):

Zooming in on positive emotions in foreign language learning and teaching

11:15-11:45: TALK: Sharona Moskowitz (Birkbeck College, UK):

Is teacher happiness contagious? A study of the link between perceptions of language teacher happiness and student attitudes

11:45-12:45: Lunch break

12:45-13:45: TALK & WORKSHOP: Pia Resnik (University College of Teacher Education, Vienna/Krems, Austria) & Christine Schallmoser (King’s College London, UK):

"It's pretty, pretty much crisis point." Discussing and developing ways to increase students’ interest in MFLs in the UK

13:45-14:45: TALK & WORKSHOP: Lucy Jenkins (University of Cardiff):

Mentoring: inspiring our young learners to love languages

14:45-15:00: Closing of Workshop

All welcome!

If you wish to attend, please visit the website to sign up by 7 March.

Any queries should be directed to the event organisers: ;

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Aligned with Scotland’s education priorities and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, this professional learning will support you to develop the confidence to plan for, and implement, Learning for Sustainability in your practice, making connections at individual, school and global levels, and inspiring students to collaborate on the issues that shape our world.

Created by the University of Edinburgh and Learning for Sustainability Scotland, for the British Council Connecting Classrooms programme, this online course is accredited by GTCS and your engagement could lead to GTCS Professional Recognition.

Visit the website for more information and to register for the free programme commencing 25 October 2019.

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#PedagooGlasgow is one of several simultaneous Pedagoo events taking place on 28 March 2020.

Pedagoo is grassroots professional learning by teachers, for teachers. There’ll be an exciting and eclectic programme of learning conversations led by teachers, a sharing table of resources and a TeachMeet during the day.

Submissions are also invited for anyone wishing to lead a learning conversation. Learning conversations typically last 45 minutes and can be about any aspect of practice that you want to share or discuss with other teachers.

Tickets are free! Visit the website for more information and to register. You'll also have the option to register for the Pedagoo events in alternative locations, either #Pedagoo Tweed or #Pedagoo Tayside.

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University of Aberdeen

Migration and the global movement of people and languages have become a significant factor in everyday life. The number of languages spoken in Scotland in 2018 exceeded 140 (Pupil Census Supplementary Data, 2018), and around 5% of Scotland’s population over the age of three speaks another language other than English at home (Strategy for Adults in Scotland, 2015). Calls have been made to recognise the UK as a multilingual society (Stafford, Press release, 2019).

Nevertheless, BBC reports that “Foreign language learning is at its lowest level in UK secondary schools since the turn of the millennium” whilst Professor Michael Kelly, an advisor to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Modern Languages, warns about the UK being in a language crisis (Kelly, 2019).

UK governments invest in policies promoting language learning, but so far, as some language experts remark, schools exceed at turning multilinguals into monolinguals instead (TES, 2019). The Scottish government intends for the 1+2 language initiative to reflect Scotland as a multilingual society – yet language uptake in schools continues to decline. At the same time, not much attention is given to adult speakers of other languages than English who live in the UK. Adults who do not speak English but live in an English-speaking country can be regarded as “having no language”(Strategy for Adults in Scotland, 2015).

The monolingual paradigm prevails in the public debate, language classes are perceived as boring, learning languages (other than English) useless and misconceptions about multilingualism proliferate. In the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) context, it has been recognised that English skills are essential for New Scots, however, not much attention is given to how to teach adult learners and their needs in the learning context (Strategy for Adults in Scotland, 2015).

The urgent need to address this situation has been recognised by the AHRC Open World Research Initiative seeking to establish a new and exciting vision for languages research.

This conference inscribes itself into this ambitious endeavour, exploring the potential of creativity and art for language learning, teaching and research.

The questions we want to focus on are: Can creativity and art help us to understand more about the way we use and learn languages? What is creativity in the language learning context and what are its implications for language learners and teachers? What is the best practice to use creativity and art in language research and teaching that we can identify and promote? What are the most effective ways to do so?

Through inviting both researchers and practitioners we hope to create a platform for knowledge exchange and capacity building as well as an opportunity to make connections that can result in future collaborations.

We invite proposals from researchers, language teachers (including MFL, ESOL, mainstream, private, community schools and higher education), primary school teachers, EAL teachers as well as language learners and creative practitioners.

We welcome proposals for presentations, demonstrations, workshops and posters as well as creative presentations or performances that range beyond traditional academic format.

Visit the website for more information about the conference and submitting a proposal. Deadline for abstracts submission: 29 February 2020.

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Durham University

The UK Lingua Multilingual Language Learning and Teaching Colloquium at Durham University is scheduled to take place 2-3 May 2020.  The theme for this year's conference is Learning Gain.

How do we ensure our students keep learning?

Learning gain has been defined as the ‘distance travelled’ or the learning acquired by students between two points of their education. (The Ofsted EIF for Schools refers to progression as ‘knowing more and remembering more).

This learning is not just knowledge of content - vocabulary retention, improvement in comprehension or oral/ aural / written skills in a particular language; it may include those soft or transferable skills such as problem solving, learning to learn, time management, communication skills, open-mindedness, critical thinking, and so on.

The focus of this year’s UK Lingua conference will be “Learning Gain”, understood in the widest sense of the term, and we invite the submission of papers on this and associated aspects of MFL learning and teaching. Submission deadline: 10 February 2020.

Visit the website for more information about the conference and how to submit your proposal, or simply to register to attend one or both days of the event.

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University of St Andrews

Contact: Annette Zimmermann


The School of Modern Languages at the University of St Andrews is hosting a Languages Open Day for secondary schools. Pupils have the opportunity to try out new languages and attend mini-lectures in order to get a flavour of the different subjects and to obtain an idea of what it is like to study Modern Languages at university. St Andrews currently offers Arabic, French, German, Italian, Persian, Russian and Spanish.

There is also the chance to meet and talk to undergraduates and teaching staff on the day. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Deadline for registration is Tuesday 5 May 2020 and enquiries should be sent to Annette Zimmermann at A flyer about the event is also attached.

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