Professional learning

Professional learning

'It was succinct and gave teachers opportunities to compare experiences and share ideas'

'An excellent range of interactive approaches and resources to provide stimulating and simple lessons'

'This was a very useful workshop – full of great conversation ideas and well-focused in activities which I know I can immediately use in the classroom'

'It was so refreshing to attend a course which was entirely relevant and where the speaker was so knowledgeable'

'It was a very well informed, well-delivered session'

- Testimonials from SCILT professional learning attendees

Professional Learning Opportunities

SCILT aims to provide high quality professional learning opportunities to support the teaching and learning of languages across all sectors and all parts of the country.

  • SCILT opportunities
  • CISS opportunities

Recommended reading for language teachers

THE electronic journal for language practitioners in Scotland. The Scottish Languages Review aims to:

  • provide language teachers, students, and researchers in Scotland with a strong voice in relation to all aspects of language teaching and learning.
  • promote discussion amongst language practitioners across all education sectors about mutual areas of interest or concern.
  • encourage greater debate between language learning theory and practice.

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Find out how educational establishments are responding to the recommendations in 'Language Learning in Scotland: A 1 + 2 Approach'.

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In August 2011, SCILT carried out a national survey of language provision in Scottish state-funded primary and secondary schools via two online questionnaires. The data were analysed using both statistical and qualitative analysis tools. These are the results of the survey into Primary Modern Language Provision. 

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SCILT's 2012 analysis of published SQA statistics on language trends in Scottish schools. Because many pupils opt to study a social science instead of a modern language, for our analysis this year we compared trends of uptake in modern languages and social sciences from 2009-2012.

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Useful websites

Creative PLL pedagogy by Clare Seccombe, ML Consultant working in the North East of England, driving force behind Lightbulb Languages (formerly MFL Sunderland); Spanish and French. @lighbulblanguages @valleseco

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Discover a range of activities designed by leading education professionals to help your students explore the world beyond their classroom.

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An educational Spanish blog with lots of creative ideas and resources, including Spanish language cross-curricular materials.

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A free Spanish language learning site from Chile which includes adaptable texts, a learning blog and interactive games. @WoodwardSpanish

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A blog by a secondary French teacher with interesting ideas for lessons in the senior phase especially Higher and Advanced Higher level. Ideas are adaptable to other languages. @spsmith45

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Creative ideas from Lisa Stevens, primary Spanish teacher in Midlands. Spanish & ICT focus. @lisibo

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Blog by primary French teacher Emilie Woodroffe, working in North West England. @EWoodroffe

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Creative PLL pedagogy and frequently updated by Janet Lloyd, ML Consultant and teacher trainer at Manchester Metropolitan University; French, German, Spanish; @JanetLloydnet

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