Events

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

Events List

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Two mind-bending workshops are scheduled for in-service and student teachers during Languages Week Scotland 2022. 

We are aware that Mathematics underpins all STEM subjects, but have you ever thought there are connections between learning mathematics and learning a language?

Join mathematicians and linguists from the University of Edinburgh to explore the topic further.

During the interactive workshops you will have a go at some puzzles and activities at the interface between Mathematics and Linguistics. Together we will explore how language works and where Maths comes into play.

You will have a chance to discuss with Mathematicians and Linguists about similarities between their subjects. You will takeaway practical ideas for your classroom to show how these different disciplines can be interconnected.

The activities we are going to use are mainly aimed at children older than 10 years. However, the approach can be applied to all year groups.

Attendance is free of charge and the event will be hosted online on Zoom.

Workshop 1 – In-service teachers
Tuesday 1 February 2022, 16:00-17:30

If you are:

  • a primary teacher
  • an EAL teacher
  • a secondary teacher of languages
  • a secondary teacher of English
  • a secondary teacher of Maths

Visit the website to register for your place at the Mind Games workshop. Deadline to register: Friday 28 January 2022.

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This is a webinar about bilingualism and how it’s about a lot more than learning to speak differently. 

If you're interested in the brain and its development, want to think about what a curriculum in our schools should include and how best we fully educate young people, join speakers from the University of Edinburgh, Education Scotland and classroom practitioners for a creative conversation.

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

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Martina Schwarz invites German language teachers to a fun-packed interactive session exploring creative ways of using rhythm, sounds, songs, coupled with actions in the language classroom.

Visit the website for more information and to register for the free online workshop.

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Far too often community languages and English are positioned to be competing with each other for time and resource in the educational space. But there is ample research evidence to suggest that strong maintenance of home languages other than English can benefit the learning of English and the two can support each other in a bilingual learner’s social, cognitive, linguistic and academic development. During the webinar practical recommendations will be made as to how best to support community language maintenance as well as English as an additional language development for bilingual learners that will benefit the individual learner and ultimately enhance the UK’s multilingual capacity.

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

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*EVENT POSTPONED* - Please note it has been decided to reschedule this event for later in the year. 

Two mind-bending workshops are scheduled for in-service and student teachers during Languages Week Scotland 2022. 

We are aware that Mathematics underpins all STEM subjects, but have you ever thought there are connections between learning mathematics and learning a language?

Join mathematicians and linguists from the University of Edinburgh to explore the topic further.

During the interactive workshops you will have a go at some puzzles and activities at the interface between Mathematics and Linguistics. Together we will explore how language works and where Maths comes into play.

You will have a chance to discuss with Mathematicians and Linguists about similarities between their subjects. You will takeaway practical ideas for your classroom to show how these different disciplines can be interconnected.

The activities we are going to use are mainly aimed at children older than 10 years. However, the approach can be applied to all year groups.

Attendance is free of charge and the event will be hosted online on Zoom.

Workshop 2 – Student teachers
Thursday 3 February 2022, 16:00-17:30

If you are a student teacher of:

  • primary education
  • secondary languages
  • secondary English
  • secondary Maths

Online

Join Lingobox live to celebrate French Friday during Languages Week Scotland! The song and dance session will focus on learning a routine for the numbers 1 to 31 in French.

Visit the website to join the live video session. It will also be available to watch afterwards at any time!

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Would you like to know more about a multilingual approach to language learning and how art can act as a vehicle to explore this? Well, we have exciting news to share with you on this subject.

During the last few months, SCILT, in collaboration with Bilingualism Matters, has been working with teachers in mainstream primary schools and Polish complementary schools to investigate a multilingual approach to language learning through the medium of art. This has included exploring a variety of activities to support this such as language portraits, zines, multilingual comic strips and Chagallian idioms. Teachers from the participating schools have been implementing this approach with their pupils through various art activities that exemplify multilingualism as an approach.

Following on from this, we are delighted to announce that the pupils’ work will be featured in an online exhibition which will launch during Languages Week Scotland. You will have the opportunity to hear from pupils, teachers and partners who have participated in this project, in addition to viewing the pupils’ creativity and their artwork.

We very much hope you can join us to celebrate this exciting and innovative approach to language learning.

The event is suitable for practitioners in all sectors, EAL teachers, language leads, development officers and student teachers. Attendance at the event is free of charge and will be hosted on the MS Teams platform.

Register via the link above by Tuesday 1 February.

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London

Teach Languages is a conference for language teachers organised by Linguascope. The 2022 edition will take place on Saturday 5 February. The theme will be "Raising standards and inspiring learners".

Visit the website for more information and to book.

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Hosted by SCILT, in partnership with Education Scotland, this online knowledge exchange event will provide an opportunity to explore how we amplify, support and further the rights of Scotland’s youth: their right to retain, use and learn spoken and signed languages in their families, communities, schools and beyond. 

The event will feature inspirational talks and break-out discussions led by various professionals. Attendees will have the opportunity to share, celebrate and highlight the importance of valuing language skills and ensuring the rights of all children and young people to a language rich curriculum.

Participants will be welcomed by Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, followed by keynote speaker Bernardette Holmes MBE, Campaign Director of Speak to the Future, a national campaign to advance language capability in the UK

The event is open to local authority representatives, teachers and the wider languages community.

Visit the website to register by 12pm on 23 February.

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Sheffield

Language World is the annual conference and training event of the Association for Language Learning. It is a highlight of the year for languages education and attracts hundreds of participants each day from across all sectors of education including primary and secondary schools as well as universities.

The theme of Language World 2022 is “Language learning for social justice”.

For many children and young people, socioeconomic inequity and its impact on remote learning during the Covid-related school closures will have exacerbated the poverty related attainment gap. Even prior to the pandemic, we know from Language Trends and British Council reports (Collen, 2020; Mills & Tinsley, 2020) that boys and disadvantaged learners are least likely to study a language at GCSE.  

In addition, Global migration has increased the number of EAL learners in our schools who need to overcome disadvantage through language education. Social justice is not something that can be brought about by an individual, it needs a community and gatherings such as our conference to make a difference. We invite teachers, teacher educators, and researchers to join us in sharing ideas and best practice on how to encourage uptake at GCSE and beyond through a rich and engaging language curriculum which will improve language education for all and level up opportunities and outcomes for our learners.

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

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