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

Events List


The German Embassy Career Fair is back for 2019! The Fair will be held at the German House on Wednesday 16 October 2019, 10am-4pm.

The organisers are the German Embassy London, the German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce and the Greater London German network, who want to give graduates and university students, as well as pupils an insight into future career options.

At the fair visitors will have the opportunity to:

  • meet representatives of German companies as well as international companies with important business links to German speaking countries
  • discuss employment opportunities at these companies
  • hear about the importance of German language skills in a career context

Visitors will also be able to get detailed information on German language learning, studying in Germany and how German and British schools can collaborate on projects from the Embassy's attending partner organisations, such as Goethe-Institut, DAAD and UK-German Connection.

Please note there will be four slots running throughout the day and visitors need to register for one particular time slot. 

Visit the website for more information.

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CCA Glasgow

Now in its ninth year of screening the best in Chinese-language cinema in the UK, Chinese Visual Festival is bringing three of its most popular films to the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Glasgow.

Saturday 19 October 2019

  • Opening Screening: Tracey

Sunday 20 October 2019

  • Four Springs
  • In Character

From Mainland China and Hong Kong, these films are a mix of fiction and documentary, covering themes ranging from gender identity to the generation gap through the lens of talented emerging filmmakers.

Visit the CCA website for more information.

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University of Cambridge

In the context of the AHRC Open World Initiative and the MEITS project (, we are running a two-day workshop (October 24 and 25) in Cambridge entitled Early language learning in school: What it (can) look(s) like.

The aim of the workshop is to discuss what language learning in primary and lower secondary school looks (or can look) like. We hope that this workshop will promote foreign language learning and support the transition from primary to secondary school as part of a broad and balanced curriculum. To this end, it brings together academics from the UK and EU with teachers of modern foreign languages in primary and secondary schools, teacher trainers and policy makers from the UK.

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

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The theme of the Fifth Saarbrücken Conference on Foreign Language Teaching is productivity in linguistics and language teaching, the productive use of language often being marked by an undeniable magic. This magic does not only consist in the fact that people are capable of understanding each other, provided that they master the same code. It is also true when people talk about things they have never talked about and when new ideas occur to them or when they use notions and words that have not existed before, i.e. when they employ language productively and construct their own world. The relationship between the productivity and the magic of language works on various levels.

Aiming to provide a platform to bring scholars and researchers together for mutual inspiration and idea exchange, we hope we will have the pleasure of your participation in our fifth conference in 2019.

Visit the website or see the attached announcement to find out more about the conference, speakers and to register.

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SQA is holding an Understanding Standards event for Advanced Higher Modern Languages on Thursday 31 October 2019.

This is a full day CPD event taking place in Stirling. The event involves a series of workshops and will provide delegates with the opportunity to develop their understanding of aspects of course assessment for the Advanced Higher Modern Languages course, notably Portfolio, Overall Purpose Question and Discursive Writing.

Delegates will have the opportunity to discuss aspects with colleagues and gain feedback from senior examining team members.

There is still availability for the following languages: Chinese Languages, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

To book a place on the event and for further information please visit the website. 

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Teachers working at every level in Scottish education are invited to join Scotdec in Edinburgh for this free 3-part course.

Learning for the SDGs is a free 3-part course designed for GTCS registered teachers and early years practitioners in Scotland.

The course will take place in Stirling and consists of two twilight face-to-face sessions (2 hours each) followed by a one-hour online training session.

Please note the 3-part course runs across the following dates:

  • 2 October 2019: 16:15 - 18:15
  • 9 October 2019: 16:15 - 18:15
  • 7 November 2019: 16:30 (remote webinar)

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

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Edinburgh International Conference Centre

Join us for our 8th Youth Summit to reflect on our experiences over the past year and to look to the future. We hope that you will want to participate in the above celebration of song, dance, music, video and poems in the Chinese language.

Contributors to the 2019 Youth Summit (schools and individuals) are invited to contact SCEN as soon as possible so that we can start planning a programme of events for the day. As in previous years the core of the Summit will be contributions from schools and individuals showcasing the developing learning of Chinese language throughout Scotland. 

Please note that each contribution has to be limited to 3 minutes maximum so that we can fit in as many in as possible into a busy schedule!

A significant feature at this year's Summit will be an important contribution from Lord Wilson of Tillyorn, President of SCEN, who steps down this year after 12 years in the position. We shall also be welcoming our new President, Judith McClure, formally Chair of SCEN. 

Please start thinking about your school's/your contribution to this year's Summit. Please register with us as soon as possible and further information will be provided soon thereafter. 

Please email SCEN both to confirm attendance and to discuss possible presentations.

University of Stirling

Registration is now open for this year's SALT conference taking place at the University of Stirling on 9 November.

The theme for this year's conference is Together Everyone Achieves More which is to capture a partnership approach to implementing 1+2 Policy. Speakers include those from Education Scotland, local authorities, schools and universities. We also have a guest speaker, Steve Smith, who is a Tutor MFL (PGDE) at the University of Buckingham. 

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

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The Spanish Embassy Education Office together with the University of Edinburgh and the Asociación de Escuelas de Español para Extranjeros de Andalucía are holding the training event Jornada de Español en Edimburgo.

By means of a practical approach, the course aims to deal with new trends in the teaching and learning of Spanish as a Foreign Language. Professionals working in Scotland and Spain will share interesting reflections and pedagogical proposals.

Although the course is primarily addressed to secondary teachers of Spanish, university teachers and PGDE students as well as primary teachers are more than welcome to attend our lectures and workshops. 

Attendance is FREE! Visit the website for full programme details and to register via Eventbrite.

Photo from training day for Spanish language teachers

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Olympia, London

The Language Show is the exhibition for language learners, language teachers and everyone who loves languages. 

Now in its 31st year, Europe’s largest language event returns to Olympia in 2019 and offers outstanding talks, classes and features along with the latest products and techniques, ways to learn, ways to teach as well as fun and entertainment.

Everything - talks, classes, seminars, admission - is FREE!

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

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Olympia, London

The Language Show is the exhibition for language learners, language teachers and everyone who loves languages. 

Now in its 31st year, Europe’s largest language event returns to Olympia in 2019 and offers outstanding talks, classes and features along with the latest products and techniques, ways to learn, ways to teach as well as fun and entertainment.

Everything - talks, classes, seminars, admission - is FREE!

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

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University of St Andrews

The School of Modern Languages at the University of St Andrews would like to invite schools to an exciting networking event where pupils can put any questions they may have about language learning, university and living abroad directly to current Modern Languages students, and then continue relaxed, informative conversation over refreshments together. The event will be held in the Arts Lecture Theatre, University of St Andrews (main entrance directly from The Scores).

We would love to welcome pupils from your schools (up to ten S5/S6 pupils per school) regardless of subject background. Please let us know of your intention to attend by Thursday, 7 November by emailing number of pupils, name(s) of accompanying teacher(s) and of school to (FAO Annette Zimmermann, School Engagement Officer, University of St Andrews).

There will also be the opportunity for teachers to meet with staff and undergraduates, to learn more about our courses in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Persian, Russian and Spanish and to share experiences.

Downloadable flyer attached.

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Scottish Book Trust invites you to celebrate 20 years of the Gruffalo with readings in Scots and Gaelic on Thursday 21 November.

James Robertson will read his Scots translation of The Gruffalo, discuss what it's like to translate picture books and teach us some great Scots words.

Catriona Lexy Campbell, author and playwright, will bring the Gaelic translation, An Gruffalo, to life and help us all learn a little Gaelic.

Suitable for P2-P7 pupils. Visit the website to book.

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Many people still think that bilingualism makes children confused and puts them at a disadvantage at school. Research, in contrast, shows that knowing another language may give children enhanced metalinguistic and early literacy skills, a better understanding of other people’s points of view, and more mental flexibility in dealing with complex situations.

Professor Antonella Sorace will illustrate these facts through research on bilingual children in both regional minority languages, including Gaelic, and migration languages in Scottish schools. She will also show how the Bilingualism Matters Centre is enabling families, teachers, and policy makers - in Scotland and internationally - to make decisions on bilingualism informed by research.

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

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Being Human is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. The humanities help us understand what it means to be human. We think that the benefits of new research in this area – from archaeology, art history, philosophy, languages, literature, history, classics, cultural studies, music, theatre and theology – should be open to everyone.

Held in November each year, the nationwide festival brings together universities, museums, galleries, libraries, community and commercial partners to stage stimulating and engaging activities that make research accessible and relevant, strengthen community identity, and increase understanding of the relevance of the humanities to everyday life.

Visit the website to find out more about the programme of events and activities taking place in various locations throughout the festival.

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Teach Languages is a conference and exhibition for language teachers organised by Linguascope. The 2020 edition will take place on Saturday 8 February 2020. The theme will be "Listen Up!" - focusing on developing listening skills.

A day pass gives you access to any sessions and the exhibition area for the whole day. It also includes your delegate pack, refreshments and lunch.

Speakers include Steve Smith, Martine Pillette, Jennifer Wozniak, and Sylvie Bartlett-Rawlings.

Visit the website to download the full programme and to book your place.

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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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Discover the weird and wonderful world of languages!

The UK has a museum for dog collars and lawn mowers, but not for languages. This autumn MEITS is launching 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

to 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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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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