About Us

    SCILT, Scotland's National Centre for Languages, was established in 1991.

    Our vision is to promote and support the delivery of high quality language learning within a climate which celebrates all languages. Scotland is already a multi-cultural society where many languages are spoken. This includes indigenous, Scottish languages and those originating from further afield. We want to play our part in ensuring that all languages and cultures are valued and that life-long language learning is recognised as a key skill for life and work. Our vision is one where language skills make a significant contribution to a fairer, smarter and more successful Scotland.

    SCILT receives a grant from the Scottish Government to fund its core activities. We have five core priorities:

    • To support teachers in providing high quality language learning experiences for Scotland’s children and young people. 

    • To promote language learning so that it is valued, celebrated and recognised as a key skill which benefits Scottish society. 

    • To work in partnership with key national and international organisations to share expertise and best practice. 

    • To share key research and information regarding language learning from across the United Kingdom, Europe and beyond.  

    • To provide an effective, well managed service which allows us to be at the forefront of language learning in Scotland.

    Read SCILT-CISS Annual Report for 2016-17 to find out more about our work over the period of our last funding cycle.

    Activities we aim to undertake over the next funding cycle will be published in the SCILT-CISS Strategic Plan 2017-18. This will be available online prior to the start of the August session.


    We are leading providers of career-long professional learning for language educators in Scotland, convinced that excellence in language teaching is critical to the realisation of our vision.
    Professional learning therefore represents a large part of our work. We are committed to facilitating professional dialogue and exchange among language educators in all sectors and offer a flexible approach to organising and delivering tailored events across Scotland. Our CLPL Programme also includes national and regional conferences as well as virtual events via Glow and other web-based technology.


    SCILT has developed resources to help parents, teachers and pupils understand better the importance of languages. These can be found in the following sections of the site:

    We promote the celebration of success in language learning by encouraging involvement of schools and local authorities in national and European initiatives such as the European Day of Languages (EDL), the British Academy Language Awards (BASLAs) and the European Language Label (formerly European Award for Languages). We link schools with businesses to create joint projects that develop language and employability skills through our Business Language Champions scheme. We also publish promotional materials and provide knowledgeable and inspirational speakers for events in schools, local authorities and other educational establishments. Additionally, we run interesting and exciting competitions for children and young people that will engage them in learning languages, including our Word Wizard competition.

    Information and Research

    Our work is underpinned by the belief that reflective professionals will draw on relevant research to inform and review their practice. To this end, we provide information on SCILT research and publications, as well as collate and analyse findings from various language research projects, conducted at individual, institutional, national, UK-wide, or international level. We also provide information on policy documents and statistics. Visit the Library pages of our website to access these publications. 

    Our electronic journal, Scottish Languages Review, aims to be THE electronic journal for language practitioners in Scotland and brings together research and examples of best practice from language professionals across Scotland.

    SCILT supports languages professionals across Scotland through the provision of relevant information. A weekly news bulletin summarises the week’s news in languages and languages education, including language related events across Scotland. We offer an enquiry service relating to statistics, trends and aspects of languages learning, teaching and research. If you have an enquiry, please contact our Information Officer.

    Visit our News pages to read the latest languages news in Scotland and to sign up for our weekly news bulletin.

    Our Events calendar gives an overview of all languages events in Scotland.

    Suggested websites and other online resources to support language practitioners can be found throughout our website.

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