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

Events List

University of Cambridge

Globalisation and migration are two of the most important phenomena in the early 21st century and bring with them a number of opportunities and challenges, not least in terms of how people communicate and learn in new environments, both real and online. 

This conference brings together researchers in applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, modern languages and education studies to explore multilingualism and identity from a variety of perspectives, with the aim of creating new synergies.  

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RZSS Edinburgh Zoo

As part of our ‘Science in the Language Class’ series, we are holding a Spanish Day at Edinburgh Zoo on Tuesday 17th September 2019.

Spend the day at Edinburgh Zoo using our Spanish fact files and worksheets which are available to download from

A presentation will be available to book at 11.00am or 1.00pm where you will learn more about the RZSS South American projects in the wild and will be encouraged to give some answers to the questions in Spanish. A chance to revise numbers, colours, parts of the body along with an introduction to animal names and threats. 

Aimed at upper primary level, P5-P7. Booking essential

Standard education costs - £7 per pupil with 1 adult per 7 children free of charge. 

Each school will also receive one FREE Spanish Language Pack, worth over £50. A Spanish educational game pack based around the giant anteater and the giant armadillo from South America, which also includes games that look at the culture, wildlife and language in Spain. The offer only applies when booking on this Spanish Day. 

To book contact Sandie Robb, RZSS Language Project Coordinator on 

To assist the booking process, your email should include the details listed on the flyer.  

Alliance Française, Glasgow

The Alliance Française Glasgow, in collaboration with the Goethe Institut Glasgow, the Consulate General of Poland, the Russian Scotland Forum and the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), invite you to celebrate the diversity of European languages on 20 September.


  • 10am-12pm: Workshops for S1 pupils
  • 5-6pm: Language taster sessions
  • 6-7.30pm: Concert and refreshments

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

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SEC, Glasgow

Registration for the Scottish Learning Festival (SLF) 2019 is now open.

The Scottish Learning Festival (SLF) is the annual conference and exhibition for educational practitioners across Scotland and is completely free to attend. Organised by Education Scotland, SLF is the biggest professional learning event for Scottish education which aims to inspire, innovate and inform great educational practice. 
With a fantastic line-up of keynote speakers and boasting more than 100 seminars, opportunities for professional networking and an exhibition with over 225 exhibitors, there’s something for everyone involved in Scottish education at SLF.

New this year, the SLF will also feature:

  • Twilight Sessions: For those who can't make it along during the day, SLF has introduced a number of sessions starting from 5pm
  • Health and Wellbeing Live: On Thursday 26 September, this interactive experience will focus on the Health and Wellbeing ethos and curriculum
  • The Village Green: an opportunity to hear about the great practice happening within the Regional Improvement Collaboratives across Scotland

Language professionals will be particularly interested in the seminars on:

  • Gaelic Medium curriculum
  • Translanguaging
  • International education in the primary school
  • Digital tools in language learning

Visit the website to access full programme details and to register.

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University of Stirling

To celebrate International Translation Day 2019, Paul Kearns MCIL and Eneida Garcia Villanueva MCIL (Chartered Linguist) will be delivering two interactive workshops in MT and the Ethics of PSI respectively. 

Visit the website for more information and to book online now.  CPD: 4.5 hours.

The CIOL Scottish Society presentations and CPD workshops scheduled for 2019 are all free of charge to attend and carry CPD hours.

We are very much looking forward to having more student representation in our activities. If you would like to get more involved by volunteering your time and skills on a regular or ad hoc basis, please get in touch at:

Stay tuned for updates on Twitter @CIOLScotland and our CIOL Scottish Society webpage

Remember! CIOL student membership is entirely free for the duration of your studies. Follow this link to register as a Student Affiliate:

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Grassroots professional learning by teachers, for teachers. The emphasis is on conversation so please come along and share your ideas, or join the conversation. We are more interested in the chat than the power points, so no need to spend time making them!

There’ll be an exciting and eclectic programme of learning conversations led by teachers, a sharing table of resources & readings and a mini TeachMeet during the day. Teachers from all areas of education are welcome.

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

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This is a unique opportunity for modern language teachers of pupils aged 16-19 to attend a fully funded professional development seminar in Cardiff from Thursday 10 October to Saturday 12 October 2019.

Delegates will share best practice, partner with teachers from six different European countries and start an international classroom project.

Visit the website to find out more and apply by 7 July 2019.

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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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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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University of Stirling

This year's SALT conference is taking place at the University of Stirling on 9 November!

If you'd like to lead a workshop or round table at this year's #SALT2019 event, please submit your proposal via the appropriate link below. The theme is 'Together Everyone Achieves More.'


Round Table

We are welcoming proposals from primary, secondary and university colleagues.

For more information see the attached flyer.

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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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