Promoting languages, working with parents and support for the DYW agenda

Promoting languages

"I think it's hugely important to be able to speak another language. It unlocks areas of the world you may have never seen yourself before and gives you the chance to meet and learn from people across the globe."

- Andrew Muir, Animator

Developing the Young Workforce

Promotional films

Our series of short films demonstrate the value of languages in a variety of sectors. Contributors include Judy Murray and Jim Fleeting from the Scottish Football Association. 


To complement this resource, our Toolkit will support schools in organising their own business and language promotional events and projects:

  • careers fairs
  • promotional talks
  • partnerships between schools and local businesses

Job profiles

Our Job Profiles provide relevant, labour-market focused career advice on languages, direct from the workplace.

I use French on a daily basis. I'm amazed how much languages have had an influence on my life.

- Rhona Crofts, Michelin Tyres


Brain boosting cognitive benefits of languages

The Cognitive Benefits of Learning Languages - 5 BIG advantages (film)

Further links

18 awesome benefits of learning a foreign language that’ll blow your mind (film) (YouTube: The Intrepid Guide, 2021)

The cognitive benefits of learning a language’ in two minutes (blogpost) (British Academy, 2019)


Languages in a nutshell

Explains how the 1+2 Approach will be put into practice and why learning languages is so important. Suggests ways parents can support their child’s language learning.

Produced by SCILT in partnership with The National Parent Forum of Scotland.

Case Studies

Replicable Case Studies and further support for teachers who want to engage parents and families in pupils' language learning

Further materials from SCILT

Our leaflets support teachers and schools in engaging with parents to reinforce the benefits of learning a language.


Promotional postcards

Designed by pupils in Scotland. These postcards demonstrate why languages are important and can be used to motivate learners. Cick on image to download PDF.


Celebrating languages

SCILT provide lots of opportunities for schools to raise the profile of languages and celebrate languages.

Resources from our partners

How languages help in your career Film from Creative Multilingualism.

Languages at work Two films looking at languages in communication and business. Supplemented by further resources.

Take on a Language! Animated video.

Looking for ideas to replicate in your school to promote languages?

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