Welcome to Languages Week Scotland

Languages Week Scotland 2022

We are pleased to announce that Languages Week Scotland 2022 will run from 31 January - 4 February 2022. The theme is "The 'Rights' Approach - incorporating learners' rights within Scotland's languages landscape" and we hope that schools and learners, universities and colleges, businesses and social enterprises, community and arts organisations across the country will join with us in celebrating the signed and spoken languages used and learned across Scotland.

Follow the dedicated Twitter account @LangsWeekScot for all the latest news, and don't forget to use the hashtag #scotlandloveslanguages to share how you celebrate.

To find out more, for press enquiries or to get involved, please email scilt@strath.ac.uk with LWS22 in the subject line.

Opportunities from SCILT

Online

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.

More information

Online

*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

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.

More information

Online

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.

More information

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