Welcome to Languages Week Scotland

Celebrating LWS in the wider community

We want as many children, families and communities as possible to engage with the week, and we would love to see community-based groups, arts and sports organisations, social enterprises and businesses – large and small – sharing the work they do in and with languages other than English and how this supports the theme of the Week.

SCILT has put together some ideas to support you in celebrating Languages Week Scotland in your organisation or community.

Don't forget to let us know how you celebrate Languages Week Scotland 2024. Use the hashtag #ScotlandLovesLanguages on Twitter.

Celebrate languages and creativity with our series of daily challenges, posted on Twitter by @LangsWeekScot throughout the Week. Work with your colleagues, family or friends and join in!

If you are planning an event or creating any resources, we would love to include this on our website.  Please complete this form.  Alternatively, you can let us know by emailing us.

Languages Week Scotland 2024

Find out how our partners across the country celebrated Languages Week Scotland 2024.

Thursday 25 Jan 2024 16:15-17:15

Explore a range of activities and ideas for developing sustainability through languages. This session is designed for primary.

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Join British Council during February for our festival of language when your students can show off their language skills. This can be a language they are learning at school or one they speak in their community. It’s about sharing a love of language and celebrating the diversity of people in the UK who speak a language other than English.

Practise and celebrate a language your students are learning or use in their community, and take part in a virtual festival of speaking!

It’s easy to take part, simply:

  • Ask your student(s) to prepare a short poem, presentation, sketch or dialogue in their favourite language. This can be a solo or joint performance but should be no longer than 90 seconds in total.
  • Record them delivering the performance. We suggest that under-16s use PowerPoint slides, Bitmoji, images or video, rather than showing their faces.
  • Upload the performance to your own or your school’s Twitter account with the hashtags #CelebrateSpeaking  and the language chosen (e.g. #Polish).

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UKLO (United Kingdom Linguistics Olympiad) is a language-analysis competition for all ages. We create linguistics puzzles and run competitions for school children to encourage a lifelong interest in the world’s languages.

Sign your school up for this challenge by 29 January 2024.

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Wednesday 21 Feb 2024 12:00 - 13:00

San tachartas eadar-obrachail air loidhne seo, bheir oifigearan Gàidhlig is BSL na Pàrlamaid sùil air na rudan a tha coltach agus eadar-dhealaichte eadar na coimhearsnachdan Gàidhlig agus BSL, a’ coimhead air an obair làitheil aca sa Phàrlamaid agus cùisean leithid ainmean-àite, far-ainmean, dual-chainntean, dearbh-aithne agus cùisean làithreach taobh a-staigh gach coimhearsnachd.

In this interactive online event, the Scottish Parliament’s Gaelic and BSL officers will look at the similarities and differences between Gaelic and BSL communities looking at their day to day work at the Parliament and such issues as place-names, nicknames, dialects, identities, terminology and current issues within each community.

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Please download the Languages Week Scotland logos and add to emails and other promotional materials to show your support.

Download logos and banner images in English (zip file)

Download logos and banner images in Gaelic (zip file)

University of Strathclyde Education Scotland British Council Scotland The Scottish Government
SCILT - Scotlands National centre for Languages