News from language & education organisations

News from language & education organisations

Schools: Fit for the Future with German

9 July 2019 (German Embassy London)

Calling all head teachers in the UK!

The Germany Embassy London is organising a fully-funded information tour to Germany from 22-26 October 2019 titled ‘Schools: Fit for the Future with German’. 

To register interest and receive an information pack, please email

Application deadline is 15 August 2019. 

The UK-German Bears project

21 June 2019 (UK-German Connection)

With a set of resources, a range of interactive online features and a focus on joint Bears activities with a partner school in Germany, Alex and Ben bring a fun and accessible international dimension to the primary school classroom!

UK-German Connection can help UK schools form a partnership with a German school and will provide support should schools wish to continue links after the bears' visit.

There are hosting dates available for the autumn term, so if you are planning ahead for the new school session visit the UK-German Connection website to find out more.


Host a Teacher from Germany

21 June 2019 (UK-German Connection)

Would you like to have authentic German cultural input in your school? Through the Host a Teacher from Germany programme, your school can host a German teacher for one, two or three weeks during the academic year, at no cost.

The programme provides pupils with a real-life learning context for German language and culture and offers teachers the chance to share best practice on an international level. 

Hosting can take place at any time during the school year. German does not have to be on the school curriculum.

Application deadlines - 12 July for autumn 2019 hosting slots and 20 September to host in spring/summer 2020.

Visit the UK-Germany Connection website for more information and to apply.


Gap year opportunities with Project Trust

12 June 2019 (Project Trust)

Project Trust is an Educational Gap Year Charity, sending roughly 300 school-leavers overseas every year to volunteer in mainly teaching, Social Care and Outward Bound projects across Africa, Asia and The Americas.

The team is currently recruiting for the 2019/20 Gap Year Programme. Applications to Volunteer overseas in 2020/21 are also now open!

Visit the Project Trust website for more information and to submit an application.


Glasgow's West End Festival 2019

11 June 2019 (West End Festival)

This year's West End Festival is in full swing and with a range of events ongoing until 30 June there's still chance to sample some Gaelic culture or Spanish bilingual storytelling sessions for children.

Visit the West End Festival website for more information.


Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019

6 June 2019 (Edinburgh International Book Festival)

The Edinburgh International Book Festival takes place from 10-26 August 2019.

With over 900 authors representing more countries than ever before, there are events for all ages and all interests. So linguists, there'll be something on offer for you!

Visit the website to find out about the events taking place during this year's programme.


Funded placements with the German Red Cross

5 June 2019 (Red Cross)

The British Red Cross International Youth Volunteering Programme (IYVP) offers young people aged 18-30 residing in the UK the chance to volunteer overseas in another European country for eight to twelve months.

As part of the European Solidarity Corps scheme, we are looking to recruit seven volunteers to support the work of the German Red Cross from September 2019 to August 2020 (TBC). All of our placements are fully funded, with travel, accommodation, health insurance costs all covered and volunteers receive a small monthly allowance to cover additional expenses.

This is the perfect opportunity for those interested in gaining valuable skills, having new experiences and giving back to the community. Experience and fluency in the language are not requirements, although the placements can be challenging and require adaptability and resilience. We're particularly keen to hear from young people who are passionate about the work but may not otherwise have the opportunity to volunteer overseas.

The placements are based at kindergartens or afterschool clubs affiliated with the German Red Cross, who welcome children from all social and cultural backgrounds. The volunteers will be supporting staff in promoting inclusion and tolerance from an early age:

1) Afterschool care "Hort Abenteuerland - Adventure World": The volunteer will support activities whilst emphasising the importance of intercultural integration with the children.

2) Kindergarten "Kita Herweghstrase": The focus here is intercultural understanding in both German and English. The volunteer will be supporting in the daily activities as well as promoting the English language to the children.

3) Kindergarten "Franckesche Stiftungen": The volunteer will help to make children aware of democracy, diversity and moral education whilst excluding xenophobia and racism.

4) Afterschool care "Franckesche Stiftungen": This club follows the same goals as the kindergarten above, with the volunteer also helping children with their homework and other activities promoting intercultural awareness.

5) Afterschool care "Bunte Welt - colourful world": This centre welcomes children and their families. The volunteer will help to promote healthy lifestyles among these families.

6) Registered Society for people with special needs - Lebens(t)raum e.V "Lifetime Dream Room" (2 places): Continuing the focus on integration and inclusion, the volunteers may help children with special needs and their families at kindergartens, afterschool care and living groups.

For more details on the roles and the type of person we are looking for, have a look at the attached Role Description. The main thing we are looking for is clear motivation.

Application deadline: 23 June 2019.

Please note that only UK residents can apply for this role.

Selection days will be held on 10-11 July in Edinburgh. Successful candidates only have to attend one of these days.

Pre Departure Training will be held on 26 July in Edinburgh.

For any further queries about the programme, please email

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UCL Japan Youth Challenge 2019

4 June 2019 (Japan Foundation)

Applications are invited for the Japan Youth Challenge 2019.

Hosted at UCL (University College London), the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge (UJYC) brings together pre-university students from the UK and Japan in a 10-day summer school programme. 

Students from both countries will engage in a series of topic-focused activities including workshops, lectures and a symposium. Our highlight is the Grand Challenge Workshop “Accessibility for All: AI and Robotics”, a topic important in our society today.

Running from 20-27 July 2019, non-Japanese sixth-form students residing in the UK, aged 15, 16, 17 and 18 years are welcome to apply.

Visit the Japan Foundation website for more information.


SQA Advanced Higher Modern Languages update

3 June 2019 (SQA)

The SQA has updated the Advanced Higher Modern Languages course specification for session 2019-20.

Visit the SQA website to view the document.


Host a Teacher from Germany

3 June 2019 (UK-German Connection)

Applications are open for UK-German Connection's 'Host a Teacher from Germany' programme.

This provides an opportunity for UK schools to boost their intercultural dimension by welcoming a teacher from Germany to any department for one, two or three weeks in the next school year.

This free programme provides pupils with a real-life learning context for German language and culture and offers teachers the chance to share best practice on an international level. 

Hosting can take place at any time during the school year. 

Application deadlines - 12 July for autumn 2019 hosting slots and 20 September to host in spring/summer 2020.

Visit the UK-Germany Connection website for more information and to apply.


Kickstart your German

1 June 2019 (Goethe-Institut)

Are you planning a visit to a German-speaking country, would you like to be able to speak with German-speaking friends in their native tongue or would you like to learn a bit of German just for fun?

This 2-week intensive course is aimed at complete beginners. Immersion in the language, in a relaxed atmosphere, will help you to learn the basics of the language fast.  

This course will train all 4 language skills: listening, reading, writing and above all speaking. At the end the learners will be able to communicate in simple everyday situations.

Course commences 24 June 2019. Visit the Goethe-Institut website for more information and to enrol.


Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019

29 May 2019 (Edinburgh International Film Festival)

Taking place from 19-30 June 2019, the full programme for this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has now been announced. With a wide selection of foreign language screenings it's an ideal occasion for some listening practice!

Visit the EIFF website to see what's on.


British Academy research project explores evidence for benefits of language learning

29 May 2019 (British Academy)

The British Academy today publishes The Cognitive Benefits of Language Learning, a research project led by Professor Bencie Woll FBA, UCL Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre, and Professor Li Wei, UCL Institute of Education.

It aims to shape future research and guide public policy by synthesising evidence on the benefits of language learning – including better employment opportunities, more developed analytical skills, and improved memory and empathy.

Almost nine in ten adults surveyed agreed that learning a new language gives better employment opportunities and a similar proportion agreed that learning a language helps to develop analytical skills. And, as today’s report shows, there is now a body of evidence to support the positive perceptions of the benefits of language-learning.

The Cognitive Benefits of Language Learning shows evidence for a strong positive correlation between additional language-learning and the development of creativity. Researchers also pointed to evidence that younger children who learn sign language in a pre-school setting attain a greater appreciation of cultural diversity and different ways of communicating. Further to this, sign language-learners of all ages develop enhanced spatial processing abilities and face-processing skills. However, reviewing recent studies, researchers highlighted the need for more research to demonstrate the link between language learning and other cognitive traits such as creativity and improved aptitude for other subjects such as literacy, maths and science.


Education Scotland Modern Languages and Gaelic Newsletters

29 May 2019 (Education Scotland)

Education Scotland has just published their latest newsletters for Modern Languages and for Gaelic. These can be accessed online via the relevant links below:

Deputy First Minister TELT about OU languages course

28 May 2019 (Open University in Scotland)

John Swinney has visited a Stirling school to promote an Open University (OU) project designed to help primary teachers teach languages in the classroom.

TEachers Learning to Teach languages (TELT), a partnership between the OU and Scotland’s National Centre for Languages, SCILT, allows teachers to learn a new language and simultaneously gives them the skills to teach that language to their pupils.

Mr Swinney visited Bannockburn Primary School where he met teachers and TELT participants Ellie Polson, Victoria McFarlane, Chiara Sportelli and their classes, all of whom are learning Spanish together thanks to the project.

The pupils, in primary one and two, showed the Deputy First Minister their new language skills by explaining a caterpillar lifecycle, counting, and describing shapes and colours in Spanish.

John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education, said:

“Language learning builds confidence, tolerance and respect for other cultures as well as supporting literacy and widening opportunities. Projects like this can empower our teachers with appropriate training so they can deliver an engaging language learning experience in schools.

“Initiatives like TELT, developed through The Open University’s Partnership with SCILT, help teachers bring languages to life by teaching pupils subjects in another language – helping support our 1+2 Languages policy and making Scotland a more welcoming country.”


Write Away!

28 May 2019 (Light Bulb Languages)

Write Away! is an exciting new project from Light Bulb Languages.

It's a magazine celebrating the writing that primary children do in their language lessons.

Open to all primary schools across the UK, submissions are now invited for issue 2. Closing date is 23.59 on Friday 27 September 2019.

Visit the Light Bulb Languages website for full submission guidelines.


Education Scotland National Improvement Hub new resources

24 May 2019 (Education Scotland)

The latest resources published on the Education Scotland National Improvement Hub include:

  • Moderating, planning and evidence of learning in modern languages at Third level in S1 (13 May 2019). Short videos, which are the main features of this resource, follow the moderation process through from discussions about planning for learning to discussions about the evidence of learning.

  • Modern Languages Progression Framework: First to Second Level (14 May 2019). This resource brings together all the national documentation practitioners need to plan and deliver language learning in the broad general education (BGE), with the 1+2 policy at its heart.​

Visit the National Improvement Hub website to access the resources.


Babel Young Writers’ Competition 2019

23 May 2019 (Babel)

The 2019 Babel Young Writers' Competition is now open, with a 30 August deadline for entries. The winning linguists will be published in Babel No29, to be published in November 2019. The winner also receives a year’s subscription to Babel!

The competition has two different categories – one for 16-18 year old linguists, and another for undergraduate linguists. Entries should be between 1,500 – 2,500 words in length, and can discuss any topic to do with languages and linguistics. The winners are announced in October.

Visit the website for full entry guidelines.


Employ a language assistant at your school

20 May 2019 (British Council)

Language assistants are native speakers who can help students in UK primary and secondary schools develop language skills and understand other cultures.

With up-to-date knowledge of their local culture and language, they can also help revitalise the skills of language teachers.

Applications for schools, colleges and universities to host a French, German, Italian or Spanish speaking Modern Language Assistant in 2019-20 are still currently being accepted. Apply now before it's too late!

Visit the British Council website for more information.


Develop your skills with Connecting Classrooms

20 May 2019 (British Council)

Connecting Classrooms training courses will give you the skills and confidence needed to integrate global learning themes into existing lessons, while also providing practical guidance on using international partnerships to enhance pupils’ learning.

Training is completely flexible, with face-to-face and online sessions available.

Visit the British Council Connecting Classrooms webpage for more information.


Italian Film Festival 2019

20 May 2019 (IIC Edimburgo)

Scotland’s annual celebration of the best in Italian cinema returns for 2019 with an exciting, wide-ranging selection from the past twelve months. This year's Italian Film Festival takes place from 24 May to 2 June with screenings in various locations in Scotland.

Visit the website for more information about the festival programme.


Euroquiz National Final 2019

14 May 2019 (SEET)

Congratulations to the P6 team from St Mary’s Primary School, Duntocher who won the Scottish European Educational Trust’s National Euroquiz Final 2019, which took place in the Debating Chamber of the Scottish Parliament on 13 May 2019.

See the attached press release for full details and photos from the final.

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The Stephen Spender Prize 2019 and Polish Spotlight 2019

13 May 2019 (Stephen Spender Trust)

The 2019 Stephen Spender Prize for poetry in translation is open for entries. The categories for the main prize are 14-and-under, 18-and-under and Open (adult).

We are also delighted to be running our 'Polish Spotlight' for a second year, with a special prize for translation from Polish in the categories 10-and-under, 14-and-under and 18-and-under.

The entry deadline for both competitions is Friday 12 July.

Follow the appropriate link below for more information about each of the competitions and how to enter.

National event marks commitment to BSL

9 May 2019 (Scottish Funding Council)

For the first time all Scottish colleges, universities and specialist institutions have published British Sign Language (BSL) plans, ahead of the October 2019 target set by Scottish Ministers in the 2017-23 BSL National Plan.

BSL plans set out how institutions will support students who use BSL, with clear and measurable commitment to improvement where necessary. The plans are reviewed annually by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) to make sure inequalities are addressed.


I learned Spanish as a teenager and it led to a career I love

2 May 2019 (British Council)

Trainee secondary Spanish teacher Tom Ricketts didn't set out to have a career in languages, but his own teachers' expertise and a study year in Spain changed that. 


Scottish Education Awards 2019 - Finalists announced

26 April 2019 (Education Scotland)

Congratulations to the schools who have made it to the final stage of the Scottish Education Awards 2019 in the 1+2 Languages and Internationalism and Gaelic Education categories:

The 1+2 Languages and Internationalism Award
  • Lockerbie Primary School, Dumfries and Galloway
  • Newtonhill School, Aberdeenshire
  • Neilston Primary School, East Renfrewshire
Gaelic Education Award
  • Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Loch Abar, The Highland Council 
  • Sgoil Stafainn, The Highland Council
  • Sgoil Bhaile a' Mhanaich, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

The results will be announced at the award ceremony at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Glasgow on 5 June. Good luck everyone!

For information on finalists in all the categories, visit the Scottish Education Awards website.


Creating an inclusive school environment

25 April 2019 (British Council)

Teachers interested in creating an inclusive school environment should download British Council's new free resource.


Beyond the Panda resources

25 April 2019 (RZSS)

Beyond the Panda's website has supporting material for the China Mobile Library 'panda packs', containing information on how to play the games; answers, follow-on materials, mini course and much more.

The first part of the website provides general information and lesson plans on the giant panda project - Project History; Planning for Pandas and Meet the Panda team. The second part is Mandarin related - China Mobile Library; Endangered Species; Panda Pass It On; Zoo Fun with Mandarin and Additional Resources. All of these are free to download and now include sound files for all the associated words, phrases and sentences within the primary resources. (The secondary sound file vocabulary will follow later in year.) Please see the Beyond the Panda website.

There is also a premium section which gives you access to download the actual panda pack games and activities. Primary access is £30 and Secondary also £30. 

For primary there are expert visits, which is an outreach related to the games in the panda pack, and these are free of charge. Contact Sandie Robb, RZSS Language Project Coordinator to book or for further information. 


Award in Leadership for Teachers in Gaelic

25 April 2019 (SCEL)

This is a bespoke leadership programme, designed to meet the needs of emerging leaders in Gaelic Medium Education and Gaelic Learner Education. Gain invaluable insight into your own leadership style and qualities, and a range of tools and techniques to use in your future career.

The programme runs for four days across November and December 2019.

It is aimed at teachers and educational professionals who would like to gain confidence in their ability to be effective, progressive, and self-aware leaders, potentially progressing their careers into head teacher or principal roles.

Visit the website for more information and to book your place.


Threlford Cup 2019 - call for nominations

25 April 2019 (CIOL)

The Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) invites nominations for the next winner of the Threlford Cup, their prestigious award for inspiration and originality in language teaching and learning.

The cup is presented annually to a person, to an organisation, or for a project that has inspired others with an original language-learning initiative and made a significant contribution to fostering the study of languages.

If you know of a teacher who has inspired young minds, a business or organisation that has led a project, or someone who works hard within the local community to keep alive a heritage language and culture, visit the CIOL website to download the nomination form and submit your nomination by 14 June 2019.


French classes in Glasgow

23 April 2019 (Alliance Française)

The Alliance Française in Glasgow is now taking enrolments for their summer classes taking place between June and September. Click on the relevant link below for more information and to register.

For more information about the organisation's activities, visit the Alliance Française website. 


‘Picture a Language’ Easter photo competition

18 April 2019 (MEITS)

How have languages changed your life? The MEITS project is looking for black and white photos (minimum 300dpi) for a forthcoming book, and we are asking you to submit images that capture what languages mean to you, whether that means places, people, events or objects.

Your image could be something thought-provoking and inspiring, or humorous and fun.  Be as imaginative as you like! You don’t need to be a professional photographer, or use special equipment. Use your imagination, but make sure you get the permission of any people included in the photo.

Visit the website for more information and submit your entry by 30 April 2019.


Building language skills with architecture

18 April 2019 (University of Strathclyde)

Spanish and architecture are proving to be a winning combination in a competition at the University of Strathclyde.

More than 250 S3 pupils at five west of Scotland schools are taking part in Espacios Increíbles (Amazing Spaces), in which they will be challenged to design a building or space using Spanish as an integral part of their research, design and presentation.

The stimulus for the designs will be from the pictures on postcards sent by Strathclyde Architecture students studying on exchange in Chile and Bolivia.

As well as enhancing pupils’ aptitude for languages, the project is aimed at developing skills for life and work - creativity, leadership, management and written and oral communication.


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Clydebank pupils take part in Espacios Increíbles competition (Clydebank Post, 24 April 2019)

Online National 5 Gaelic (Learners) course

18 April 2019 (e-Sgoil)

e-Sgoil are looking for expressions of interest from school pupils who would be interested in doing National 5 Gaelic (Learners) as a live online course in 2019-20.

Priority will be given to those based in the Northern Alliance Scotland region.

E-mail for more information. 

SQA revised Advanced Higher Modern Languages Course Specification

16 April 2019 (SQA)

SQA has published revised course specifications for Advanced Higher languages. Follow the appropriate link below for further information:

The Unuhi Short Story Writing Competition 2019

15 April 2019 (Unuhi)

Calling all school children around the world! Write a short story and become a published author on Unuhi.
Closes 7 June 2019
Enter as a class or an individual

We are inviting primary school classes worldwide to enter our short story writing & illustrating competition where the winning story will be translated, professionally illustrated and published on the Unuhi app for the world to read!

The competition is open to all primary school aged (5-11years old). Entries are accepted from anywhere in the world via primary schools only.

Entries will be reviewed by our panel of judges who will select the winning story based on creativity, plot, originality, enjoyment and how well the story lends itself to illustration and translation.

Unuhi is a new bilingual books app for children. Launched in late 2018, the app offers short stories and flashcards for children aged 2 -10 years. Twenty languages are supported and the app displays any two of these on screen at the same time in a child friendly bilingual eBook format. Native audio narration is currently available in English, Spanish, French and German.

At Unuhi we love original content and we are always looking for a new story to add to the app for the world to enjoy.

Unuhi Story Competition Rules 202019


SCEN news update

15 April 2019 (SCEN)

The latest SCEN newsletter has just been published. In this edition you can read about the SCEN Conference 'Developing Mandarin: Regional models for the future' held on 29 March along with upcoming events and activities, including the SCEN Youth Summit taking place 8 November. 

The network is actively seeking to expand and engage with schools where there is currently little or no Mandarin provision. Find out how you can get involved.


Improver level Gaelic classes

11 April 2019 (Newbattle Abbey College / Bòrd na Gàidhlig)

Improver Gaelic classes are starting on 25 April at St Thomas of Aquin's RC High School and Tollcross Community Centre in Edinburgh. Classes run on Thursdays for 8 weeks.

See the attached flyers for more information and to book.

Opening up the universe to Scottish schoolchildren with a little help from Erasmus+

11 April 2019 (Erasmus+)

Pupils at an independent day school in Scotland have stars in their eyes - thanks to an Erasmus+ project spanning the breadth of Europe.

Wellington School, in Ayr, already had a strong international pedigree, having won the British Council International Schools Award more than once, so it was natural to turn to its European peers for an initiative that would reach for the skies, quite literally.

The Eurostronomia project sees Wellington collaborating with seven schools that stretch from the westernmost parts of the European Union to the easternmost, encompassing eight languages, cultures and educational systems, with partners from Germany, France, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, Portugal and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

“Having Europe come into our schools is very important," said Susan Coontz, Principal Teacher of Modern Languages and International Co-ordinator. "During past projects, parents have commented on how much they and their children have learned and benefitted.

"The aim of this Erasmus+ project is to give our students an increased knowledge of astronomy and an appreciation of how astrophysics has shaped our world, solar system, galaxy and universe.

"We also want to improve the knowledge, understanding and application of key skills, linking many academic areas with science at its core, inciting pupils’ curiosity about the universe and encouraging them to learn how to separate fact from fiction.

"As Astronomy is becoming an increasingly important part of school curricula across Europe, this Erasmus+ project is also helping to build capacity in all the partner schools through enabling us to share best practice.

"Whether it is our 30 years of experience of organising international projects and exchanges or our Slovenian partner’s proficiency in working with gifted science students, each partner school brings an added dimension to collaborative work which enriches the curriculum and enhances the learning experience for all our pupils.”

Andrew McPhee, Principal Teacher of Physics and Science, explained how activities have been specifically tailored to all levels of mathematical, physics and scientific ability and for a wide range of student ages.

“It is helping us to develop pupils’ skills, knowledge and competencies in science and maths, using astronomy to develop observational, research and data-handling skills," he said. "We are exposing our pupils to a style of experimental teaching and learning that some have never previously experienced.

"Pupils are also developing skills in IT, film and video, language and literacy, report writing and presenting, and are developing their self-confidence in the process. They are discovering different approaches to problem-solving and are experiencing new cultures, religions and languages. Erasmus+ is opening doors to the next stage of their lives, be it in work or in higher education.”

Teachers also benefit from Wellington being involved in projects like Eurostronomia.

“Collaboration with staff from other countries is an invaluable form of in-service training," said Susan. "Teachers are able to observe how their subject is taught in other countries and can see different methods of classroom and student management, impacting on their own practice when they return home. The interdisciplinary nature of the project encourages them to embed the activities into their everyday teaching.”


Behind the scenes with Coffee Break Chinese in Beijing

10 April 2019 (Radio Lingua)

Come behind the scenes with the Coffee Break Chinese team.

In this video you’ll join Mark on his first trip to China in which he visits the Great Wall, Chángchéng, 长城, the Forbidden City, Gùgōng 故宫, the Hútòngs, 胡同 and records a number of conversations for the final batch of lessons in Season 1. 

Coffee Break Chinese is a series of 40 free podcast lessons for beginners in Mandarin Chinese.


The European Language Gazette no. 46

5 April 2019 (ECML)

The ECML's e-newsletter The European Language Gazette provides up-to-date news about the ECML, its partners, as well as relevant sectors of the Council of Europe. It also focuses on national developments in the field of language education in the member states and beyond. 

The March-April 2019 edition has been published and is available to read online.


Research update: Linguistic creativity in the language classroom

3 April 2019 (Creative Multilingualism)

Over the last 18 months our classroom-based research project has been exploring the impact of using poems and authentic texts (on such themes as love, death, migration) and different teaching approaches (‘creative’ versus ‘functional’) on 14 year-old language learners’ language development and attitudes towards languages.

We have been working with approximately 600 French and German learners in year 9, and, of course, their teachers, from 16 secondary schools across England. Classes were allocated to a text type (literary or factual) and a teaching approach (creative or functional) for use in their year 9 language lessons, using materials that we designed in collaboration with teachers. Broadly speaking, the creative teaching approach involved activities that asked learners to respond imaginatively and emotionally to the texts, while in the functional approach they focused on learning grammar and vocabulary and gaining factual information from the texts.

In December 2018 we met with a group of enthusiastic project teachers to share with them some of the initial, preliminary findings from our project.


Modern Languages Newsletter - March 2019

26 March 2019 (Education Scotland)

Education Scotland has just published the latest Modern Languages Newsletter.

This issue includes information on the new Modern Languages Hub available on the Glow Launchpad.

The newsletter is available to read online now.


Learning Foreign Languages (Nearly) Naturally

25 March 2019 (Bilingualism Matters)

Tania Czajka is the Artistic Director of Le Petit Monde and the author of Lapin is Hungry, a bilingual picture book accessible to all non-French speakers. In this article she shares her view that language learning should be fun for everyone and looks at examples for active and creative ways to learn a language.

The article forms part of a series of six on Le Français Illustre website. A link to the site is contained in Tania's post.


Go Global! Theatre languages show for primary pupils

21 March 2019 (North Ayrshire Council)

Go Global in North Ayrshire

Take a Culture and Creative Team, a 1+2 Team and a Children’s Theatre Company and what do you get?  ‘Go Global’, a theatre show specifically designed for primary school pupils based on the 1+2 Languages Approach covering phrases in French, Spanish, Mandarin, Gaelic and Scots tongue.

It was all aboard The McDougalls Tour Bus as hundreds of pupils from across North Ayrshire made their way to the Harbour Arts Centre to join Max, Auntie Aggie and a host of magical characters on a globetrotting musical mission to learn the lingo!

From the Highlands of Scotland, to the Mountains of China, from Sunny Spain to a fancy French Cafe, pupils and teachers joined the gang on the trip of a lifetime, packed with original music and some well-known singalong songs.

One parent commented: “That was absolutely brilliant! We need more shows like this, teaching our children about places around the world.”

Creative director Ruairidh Forde said, “We had great fun performing for two weeks at the Harbour Arts Centre. We welcomed early years and school groups who participated fully with the action and adventure. Through working in partnership with the Harbour Arts Centre, we were able to produce a memorable and educational live theatre experience for the young people.”

The musical show is set to tour primary schools in Scotland from April 2019. See the attached flyer for booking information.

Scotland 2019 Tour Dates

East, South and North Ayrshire 15-18 April

North Lanarkshire and East Renfrewshire 29 April - 3rd May

Fife 7-10 May

Inverclyde 13-17 May

East Lothian 19-23 Aug

Highland 26-30 Aug

Dumfries and Galloway 1-4 Oct

Renfrewshire 7-10 Oct

Midlothian/West Lothian/Edinburgh 4-8 Nov

Aberdeen 11-15 Nov

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News Release: New Grammatical Guidance for Gaelic

19 March 2019 (Bòrd na Gàidhlig / University of Glasgow)

Bòrd na Gàidhlig and the University of Glasgow have today (19 March 2019) published new grammatical guidance to help aid Gaelic speakers, including teachers, broadcasters and other Gaelic professionals.

The 27-page document is the first attempt to draft collaborative grammatical guidance for today’s users with input from Gaelic language professionals, traditional speakers, and academic linguists.

The guidance will benefit all people who are working with Gaelic or learning Gaelic by providing a comprehensive, authoritative source of acceptable usage in modern Scottish Gaelic, and will provide the foundations for future work on a comprehensive grammar of the language.

The new resource, hosted by the University of Glasgow’s Digital Archive of Scottish Gaelic (DASG), covers 11 of the most challenging topics in Gaelic grammar as identified by a survey of Gaelic language professionals and teachers.

It was drawn up in response to a wide-ranging consultation project in 2013 (Dlùth is Inneach) in which Gaelic users and learners identified access to reliable guidance on modern Gaelic grammar as one of their most important needs.


Spring break revision courses

19 March 2019 (Alliance Française)

There are still some spaces available on the semi-intensive revision courses running 8-12 April for Secondary School pupils and University students who are due to sit their French examinations in 2019.

Visit the Alliance Française website for more information and to register.


Higher Gaelic (Learners) @ James Gillespie’s High School Learn Scotland’s oldest living language in the heart of Scotland’s capital

19 March 2019 (James Gillespie's High School)

James Gillespie’s High School has long been a centre of excellence for Gaelic Medium Education in Edinburgh, and is now delighted to offer Gaelic (Learners) Higher to school pupils in the senior phase across Edinburgh and Lothian in the travel column for Session 2019/20. James Gillespie’s High School staff, in a supportive, yet immersive and intensive environment, will deliver this course.

Knowledge of Gaelic opens up many opportunities for young people in employment, music, culture and history and allows pupils to progress towards further study at college or university. Previous Gaelic (Learner) students who have travelled to James Gillespie’s High School have gone on to fluency, and gained many awards, including National Gaelic Learner of the Year.

This course may be of particular interest to those pupils who have already studied a language at Higher level, have some prior knowledge of Gaelic, or are involved in traditional music.

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in taking part in this exciting opportunity, contact Jeff Warden, Depute Head Teacher at James Gillespie’s High School.                       

0131 447 1900

Language taster days at King's College London

18 March 2019 (King's College London)

Pupils considering undergraduate study from September 2020 are invited to attend taster events at King's College London. As well as the opportunity to experience what it's like to study at the college, students will learn about the courses, meet current students and lecturers and take part in language taster sessions. Follow the appropriate link below to find out more about each event:

Each option provides a pathway for those already undertaking a language qualification and for those who have no prior knowledge of another language.

Grants for teacher trainer seminar in Berlin

15 March 2019 (Goethe-Institut)

The Goethe-Institut London offers grants for a Deutsch Lehren Lernen (DLL) course for teacher trainers of German in the UK. Deutsch Lehren Lernen (DLL) is the successful blended learning CPD tool for teachers of German and we are looking for new trainers for the programme.

Applicants should be active teacher trainers in the UK and be willing to train other teachers on the DLL modules and act as DLL ambassadors. Condition for the grant is participation in the course in Berlin from 27 October – 2 November 2019. as well as full participation in the 3-week-online period beforehand.

Visit the Goethe-Institut website for more information and to apply by 30 April 2019.


Children's workshops and storytelling sessions

15 March 2019 (Puppet Animation Festival)

Le Petit Monde brings you a new puppet-making workshop based on the famous Aesop fable The Fox & The Crow! Aimed at 7-9 year olds, the workshop takes place at two Scottish venues during April 2019.

After a short introduction to the story, participants will make their own puppets out of old socks and then get to manipulate them before practising a few key French phrases from Tania’s own billingual version of the fable and re-enacting the story together. 

This workshop is accessible to non-French speakers. (Please note there is a small charge to attend).

There are other free events for children and young people available at Edinburgh and Lothian's libraries, including Polish Bookbug storytelling sessions.  

Visit the website for more information.


Masters level learning in Gaelic Medium Education (Streap)

15 March 2019 (University of Aberdeen)

Applications are now invited for this 60-credit programme on Gaelic Medium Education.

The programme is delivered by Aberdeen University and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, and is fully-funded by the Scottish Government. It is delivered over an academic year via blended learning, with three face-to-face inputs, telephone tutorials and online support and delivery.

Visit the University of Aberdeen website for more information.


Inviting nominations for the German Teacher Award 2019

7 May 2019 (German Embassy)

If you know a truly outstanding German language teacher at your primary or secondary school – make sure that their dedication and excellence get the recognition they deserve!

The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany is pleased to invite nominations for the annual German Teacher Award, now in its 16th successful year. 

Visit the German Embassy website for more information and the nomination form. Submission deadline extended to 21 May 2019.

Please note that headteachers must nominate the German teacher; unfortunately applications by German teachers submitted by themselves and applications submitted by pupils cannot be accepted.


Worldwide Napier magazine - Issue 3

13 March 2019 (Edinburgh Napier University)

The latest edition of the Worldwide Napier magazine is now available online.

The publication is designed to promote the study of modern languages and showcases articles written by students at Edinburgh Napier University on a range of topics relevant to young people. This not only makes the articles ideal for sharing with pupils in the language classroom, but for each edition the magazine editorial team invites secondary school pupils to submit contributions in Spanish, Italian, French or German on subjects they have an interest in. 


Making Connections through Learning for Sustainability March 2019

8 March 2019 (Learning for Sustainability Scotland)

Facilitated online CLPL for teachers starting 22nd March 2019.

Aligned with Scotland’s education priorities and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, this professional learning supports you to develop the confidence to plan for, and implement, Learning for Sustainability in your practice, making connections at individual, school and global levels, and inspiring students to collaborate on the issues that shape our world.

Available at three levels:

Level 2 (6-hours over 6 weeks) 22nd March – 10th May 2019

Level 3 (12-hours over 10 weeks) 22nd March – 7th June 2019

Level 4 (18 hours over 3 terms) 22nd March – 20th December 2019

Why participate?

Scotland is unique internationally in having a requirement for all teachers and education professionals to address Learning for Sustainability (LfS) in their practice. This fully funded professional learning, created by the University of Edinburgh and Learning for Sustainability Scotland, for the British Council Connecting Classrooms programme, will:

  • Support you to create an enabling environment for Learning for Sustainability and significantly enhance your learners’ educational experience

  • Inform your PRD and GTCS Professional Update

  • Support whole-school and community approaches to Learning for Sustainability

  • Give access to an international network of like-minded teachers

Your engagement in the programme could, in time, lead to Professional Recognition from the GTCS.

Visit the website for more information and to register for the free online course.


Employ a language assistant at your school

7 March 2019 (British Council)

Language assistants are native speakers of French, Spanish, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Irish who can help students in UK primary and secondary schools develop language skills and understand other cultures.

With up-to-date knowledge of their local culture and language, they can also help revitalise the skills of language teachers.

Applications are now open for schools to employ a language assistant during the 2019-20 academic year.

Visit the British Council website for more information and to apply.


Vive la Francophonie! Quiz 2019

6 March 2019 (Francophonie UK)

Vive la Francophonie Quiz is back! The Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom, in collaboration with Francophonie UK, is pleased to offer a quiz during the Semaine de la Francophonie 2019 to celebrate the French language and the French-speaking countries.

The quiz is open to UK learners of French in the following two categories :

  • UK Secondary Schools : KS3 pupils (S1,S2, and S3 in Scotland)
  • UK participating Alliances Françaises and Instituts Français : all students, teens and adults

The quiz will be available online during Francophonie week, from 16 to 24 March 2019, and takes a maximum of 45 minutes to complete.

Visit the website for more information and register before 14 March to take part.


SQA new materials for National 5 Mandarin (Simplified) and National 5 German

1 March 2019 (SQA)

SQA has published new candidate evidence and commentary materials for National 5 Mandarin (Simplified) and National 5 German assignment-writing. 

These contain examples of candidate evidence with a commentary from a senior examining team member that explains why the candidate has or has not met the required standards for the assessment.


Student teachers get Japanese taster in a bid to boost language learning

1 March 2019 (University of Stirling)

The University of Stirling hosted a “Japanese for Beginners” event for student teachers in a bid to encourage them to take foreign language skills in to the classroom.

The session, themed “O–Bento” (Japanese Lunch Box), encompassed elements of history, lifestyle, and education using language as a medium. Participants were also able to taste Japanese cuisine and sushi.

Those taking part learnt some key Japanese phrases and also how to apply their newly acquired skills to teach prospective pupils.

This is in line with a commitment by the UK and Scottish Governments to improve the acquisition of language skills by introducing the learning and teaching of more foreign languages in schools, amidst the steady decline in the number of pupils taking foreign language courses across the country.


Japanese Language Proficiency Test

1 March 2019 (Japan Foundation)

The next Japanese Language Proficiency Test will take place on Sunday 7 July 2019.

It will be held at SOAS University of London and the University of Edinburgh.

Registration for the Edinburgh test is open from 5 March.

Visit the Japan Foundation website for more information.


Spring break workshop for children

26 February 2019 (Alliance Française Glasgow )

Immerse your child in a French environment this April with a special workshop during the school holidays!


Spring break revision courses April 2019

26 February 2019 (Alliance Française Glasgow )

We are running semi-intensive revision courses in April for Secondary School pupils and University students who are due to sit their French examinations in 2019.


UK-German Connection Spring Newsletter 2019

22 February 2019 (UK-German Connection)

The latest opportunities and updates from the UK-German Connection are now available to read in their Spring 2019 Newsletter.

Please note, if you're interested in the funded summer immersion courses for pupils of German or wish to take part in one of the courses as a group leader, the application deadline is 1 March - so apply now!

The newsletter also contains links to the Voyage Kids Carnival and Easter Special if you're looking for resources for the primary classroom.


Des bonnes idées éducatives observées au Royaume-Uni

22 February 2019 (Académie Montpellier)

Last month ten teachers and QIO's from Montpellier visited Marr College, Kyle Academy and Forehill Primary. The result of these exchanges is the publication of a bilingual brochure bringing together articles, photos and video reports on the good practices observed.

Visit the website to see the video and read the brochure of their visit which is in both French and English.


SCHOLAR Higher Modern Languages tutor session

22 February 2019 (SCHOLAR)

The next SCHOLAR Higher Modern Languages tutor session will take place on 25 February 2019 at 6:00pm.

For more information on how to take part in upcoming sessions, please visit SCHOLAR's Online Tutor Sessions.
Please note that worksheets will be available and should be attempted before some sessions.

You can see regular updates via Twitter @SCHOLARuk and Facebook SCHOLARprogramme.


Let's learn and teach - Primary language learning courses

21 February 2019 (WLC 1 Plus 2 Team)

Each 8 week course will build confidence in delivering Primary Language Learning and develop a greater understanding of age-appropriate methodology to support delivery to First Level in the target language.

The course will focus on building confidence in speaking the language; developing a working knowledge of core First Level vocabulary and supporting the delivery of Primary Language Learning through a range of curricular areas.

Follow the appropriate link below for further information about each language course and to register:

The courses are offered by the WLC 1 Plus 2 Team. Both commence in March and are free to attend.

Celebrating Scotland's Indigenous Languages in 2019

21 February 2019 (British Council)

Three years ago, the UN proclaimed that 2019 was to be the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL2019). The announcement came in response to a recommendation by the Permanent Forum of Indigenous Languages, which stated that 40% of the world’s languages were in danger of disappearing – that’s 2680 languages!

The IYIL2019 is an opportunity to help promote and protect indigenous languages, to improve the lives of speakers, and to achieve the objectives of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Led by UNESCO, activities throughout the year will include international conferences, training courses, festivals, exhibitions, online events and film screenings.

We all use language to communicate, to define our identity, and to preserve our history and culture. Language is crucial to good governance, peace building, sustainable development and the protection of human rights. 

Read on to find out about events taking place to celebrate Scotland’s indigenous languages in 2019.


Keeping the ‘Mither’ tongue alive: Celebrating minority languages in all their diversity and distinctiveness

21 February 2019 (Education Scotland)

​Education Scotland is ensuring the preservation of the Scots language for future generations by keeping the ‘Mither tongue’ alive in Scotland’s classrooms.

This International Mother Language Day (21 February), Education Scotland acknowledges the importance of Scots in helping children and young people to learn about Scotland's culture, identity and language. 

Hailing from Shetland, Bruce Eunson has been Education Scotland’s Scots Language Coordinator for the past five years.

Bruce said: 'I’ve had the privilege of visiting schools across the country, working with teachers to explore the educational benefits for learners that Scots language brings when used in the classroom. 

'From Early Years to Senior Phase and into Adult Learning, I have seen the positive effects for learners when Scots language is given the equal status it deserves.'


This website is inspiring young Scots to travel, study and work overseas

21 February 2019 (Study International)

After an intense final year in university, Adele Sreeves wanted a change of scenery while simultaneously learning a brand-new skill. The graduate in International Business with Spanish picked China and has absolutely no regrets.

In an article titled A Scot in China, part of a digital campaign called GlobeScotting, Sreeves described her experience in Wuhan, central China, while on a Generation UK China Scholarship. During her time abroad, she brushed up her Mandarin language skills through intensive classes and complete immersion in a foreign environment.

“My placement helped to improve my communication, teamwork and lone-working skills whilst at the same time educating me on different cultures and customs in countries all over the world,” said Sreeves, who added this experience contributed to her later winning two Mandarin scholarships in Beijing and Taipei.

A collaboration between the British Council Scotland and Young Scot, GlobeScotters is a digital campaign for Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018. Young Scot is Scotland’s national youth information and citizenship agency.

Launched in June last year, GlobeScotters aims to inspire more Scottish youth to gain more international experience and opportunities to improve their social life, education and career prospects.


Real Lives exams

19 February 2019 (CIOL)

The Real Lives exam series is a brand new format for testing practical, applied language skills in real life scenarios. Focused this year on listening skills, the series has the potential to be extended to all skills in future. It will be of interest to students who are cadets (ACF, SCC, ATC or CCF) or are completing awards such as The London Challenge, Duke of Edinburgh, St John's Ambulance Brigade.

Real Lives is based on situations which have authenticity and urgency which will appeal to students who don’t always immediately recognise the usefulness and relevance of learning another language. The exam intends to boost the declining interest in language learning amongst students, motivating learners by presenting them with the challenge of real life scenarios where accurate communication is critical.

There are two exams available, both offered in French, Spanish and German (Mandarin, Arabic and English coming soon):

Service Lives

Service Lives is a real world multiple choice listening comprehension exam suitable for cadets, testing their language skills in adventure and leadership situations, linked to the services, in which emergencies require clear and accurate communication and understanding.

Saving Lives

Saving Lives is a real world multiple choice listening comprehension exam suitable for those taking a Duke of Edinburgh award or anyone with an interest in the outdoor world, helping others and the emergency services.

Visit the CIOL website for more information.


Babel competition for schools

19 February 2019 (Creative Multilingualism)

To celebrate the launch of the Babel: Adventures in Translation exhibition at the Weston Library, Oxford, we're holding a competition for school pupils from year 5 to year 13. There will be prizes of £50 - £100 for the winners of each age category and overall task winners.

There are three tasks to choose from; you are welcome to enter more than one task but you are only permitted to send in a maximum of one entry per task. The tasks are as follows:

A) Magical Translation

Create a modern version of Cinderella in a language and medium (text, audio or video) of your choice with a typed English prose translation.

B) Fabulous Translation

Create a fable – an animal story with a moral – in a language and medium (text, audio or video) of your choice with a typed English prose translation.

C) Futuristic Translation

Create a warning about a nuclear waste site – in a language and/or medium that will communicate effectively with people in the year 10,000.

Visit the website for more information, ideas and inspiration and submit entries by noon 15 May 2019. 


TES School Awards 2019

18 February 2019 (TES)

Entries are now open for the TES School Awards 2019. These awards celebrate achievements during the 2017-18 academic year and are open to all state and independent primary and secondary schools in the UK.

The International Award recognises the school with the most innovative international strategy. This can be an initiative to improve pupils’ and teachers’ understanding of other countries, languages and cultures or a full-scale international partnership. So if your school meets this brief, submit your nomination by Sunday 10 March 2019.


How to bridge the gap in language teaching between primary and secondary

15 February 2019 (Innovate My School)

Helen Abbott is currently subject leader of languages in a Prep school in Surrey where she teaches French and Latin and has over twenty years’ experience of teaching French and German in both secondary and primary schools. She has also tutored children who are just starting out in languages and has been an examiner for AQA. She is passionate about creating innovative and exciting lessons that inspire young people with a life-long love of languages.


Using foreign language film to boost language attainment

14 February 2019 (Into Film)

Our Into Film Club of the Month for February 2019 is Y Pant Comprehensive School, in Rhondda Cynon Taff, South Wales. We took some time to speak to the leader of the club, Mrs Sarah Rose, who is head of French at the school. Sarah talks to us about how the film club is used to broaden her members' film choices, showing them films they would never normally consider watching.

The film club has given pupils more confidence in listening to different French speakers, and has helped them improve their French pronunciation. The club members are now more culturally aware and are more open to new things.

Into Film clubs are free for state-funded schools and non-school settings, such as youth clubs and libraries. Information on starting a club can also be found on the website.


Erasmus+ funding

14 February 2019 (Erasmus+)

The 2019 deadline for Erasmus+ Key Action 2 Strategic Partnerships funding applications on 21 March (11am UK time) is fast approaching. The February newsletter contains links to a wide range of resources, including webinars with live Q&As, guidance notes and one-to-one support calls, to make sure you submit a high-quality application.

In other news, you can get the latest update on Brexit and the UK government's commitment to Erasmus+ and if you want to inspire your pupils to consider studying abroad, share Rachel Lowe's story. After studying abroad in Spain through Erasmus+, Rachel accomplished her dream of speaking another language. Sixteen years on, she is using Spanish to communicate her research, present at conferences and engage with schools.


DAAD/IMLR German Writing Competition 2019

14 February 2019 (DAAD)

This year, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR) are joining forces for the sixth time to invite all learners and lovers of German, from secondary school upwards, to take part in a writing competition.

2019 marks the 200th birthdays of Queen Victoria and her husband Albert. This year’s competition is launched on Valentine’s Day to commemorate a love that blossomed across borders, cultures and languages, between the Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and the British queen. 

They first met in May 1836, were engaged in October 1839 and married in February 1840. During the years before Albert moved to Windsor Castle, many letters crossed the Channel – from Britain to Saxony and back from Saxony to Britain – and most, if not all of them were written in German, the language Victoria had learnt from her mother as a little girl.

Your competition brief is to imagine one of these letters. You could:

  • Put yourself in the shoes of Victoria or Albert (or both) and write a (pair of) letter(s) or
  • Creatively adapt one (or an exchange) of their letters as a mini-play, lyrics for a rap song (à la Hamilton), a (set of) poem(s) or similar

Does Albert share his thoughts with Victoria about moving to Britain and becoming a part of her life? Does Victoria tell Albert about Britain while contemplating their life together?

Be creative and think outside the box. The only two rules: your text must be written in German and not be longer than 350 words. Submission deadline is 15 May 2019.


Nearly half of Britons find a second language attractive in a potential romantic partner

14 February 2019 (British Council)

Nearly half of all Brits find the ability to speak a foreign language attractive in a partner, according to a survey of more than 2000 adults published today by the British Council.

Respondents demonstrated the range of their romantic speech, with 56 per cent able to say ‘I love you’ in a foreign language, although, only 11 per cent could say the phrase which arguably has an instrumental role in prompting those three little words, ‘Will you go out with me?’ in a language other than English.        

The poll also revealed the linguistic lengths Brits are prepared to go through for love. Just over a third (34 per cent) of respondents would contemplate picking up another language if it might result in romance.   

The survey found that men ranked French as the most romantic language, while women preferred Italian.

British Council Schools Advisor, Vicky Gough said: “Love, romance, and relationships are really good reasons to learn a foreign language. After all, learning a second language opens doors to new cultures and peoples.

“It’s fine saying ‘I love you’ to someone in a foreign language, but it’s better if you can tell them why. That’s why language learning is so important – you’re not going to make that connection just using a phone translator.”


Interdisciplinary Learning: preparing for the future

13 February 2019 (SQA)

SQA Chief Executive, Dr Janet Brown, contributed to the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s recent conference, Interdisciplinary Learning: Creative Thinking for a Complex World.

Dr Brown participated in a panel session chaired by Ken Muir, Chief Executive of the General Teaching Council for Scotland. She was joined in the discussion, which focused on examples of Interdisciplinary Learning (IDL) in practice, by Gayle Gorman, Chief Executive of Education Scotland and David Coyne, Director of the Centre for Work-Based Learning.

Dr Brown discussed the importance of interdisciplinary learning for young people, and how the experiences and skills it develops, enables young people to be prepared for their next steps – whether that is into work or to continue in education.

Dr Brown illustrated the power of interdisciplinary learning, by highlighting SQA’s suite of qualifications, including Advanced Highers, the Scottish Baccalaureate, and in particular, the Interdisciplinary Project unit. The aim of this unique project, at SCQF level 7, is to broaden candidates’ experience, extend their knowledge and understanding, develop cognitive and generic skills, build confidence, and develop an understanding of the interdependence of subjects.

Students in fifth and sixth year of secondary school can undertake a Scottish Baccalaureate in Expressive Arts, Languages, Science and Social Sciences. It requires two, different courses, at least one of which has to be at Advanced Higher, one at Higher and the Interdisciplinary Project unit, which can also be taken as a standalone qualification.

Dr Brown commented: “In our fast changing world, providing qualifications, like our Interdisciplinary Project, that inspire our young people, is vital. The project gives them experiences across inter-connected subjects, in a range of environments. Recent examples include analysing the views of the public on important social issues, work-life balance, the popularity of graphic novels, classical music’s effect on productivity, and the impact of tourism on preservation.

“Interdisciplinary Learning is an engaging way to develop the foundations of twenty-first century skills in young people, which they will increasingly need as they take their next steps, in a world that is likely to be looking for a workforce and citizens, who are more agile and can adapt and be comfortable with change.”


Connecting Classrooms: Learning for the Sustainable Development Goals (Level 2)

12 February 2019 (Scotdec)

Learning for the Sustainable Development Goals (Levels 2) is a free course designed for GTCS registered teachers and early years practitioners in Scotland.

Combining an interactive and participatory approach, Learning for the Sustainable Development Goals (Level 2) will support teachers in developing their confidence, knowledge, and skills to bring the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) alive in the classroom and beyond. Links to Curriculum for Excellence will be made explicit, as will the national and international contexts which support young people to critically engage in real-world issues.

Dates in Edinburgh available during March and May 2019.


Book a trainer

12 February 2019 (British Council)

You can book one of British Council's specialist trainers to visit your school and deliver our global learning courses. This could be an INSET or twilight session - choose a time, place and length that works for you. 

Cluster leads can also deliver training to teachers in their cluster, using our specialist training materials on global learning and developing international partnerships. 

Visit the website for more information and to book.


Speaking the same language at national meeting

12 February 2019 (Education Scotland)

‘Looking Beyond 1+2’ was the focus of the annual National Modern Languages Network meeting in Stirling this month.

The day saw the launch of the new National Modern Languages Hub on GLOW, incorporating a new Yammer forum and bringing together policy, resources and CLPL for practitioners delivering languages for Scotland’s learners.

Participants heard updates from:

  • SQA on changes to Advanced Higher
  • Larbert High School cluster on their award-winning approach to implementing the 1+2 approach to language learning
  • Dr Joe Carson, St Andrews University, on the challenge of a first year university course in French
  • SCILT on how the Developing the Young Workforce agenda and language learning can work together

Colleagues ended the day by taking time to share their priorities for implementing the Language Learning in Scotland: A 1+2 Approach​ in their local authorities.

The 1+2 approach is the Scottish Government’s policy aimed at ensuring that every child has the opportunity to learn a modern language from P1 until the end of the broad general education (S3).


Digital Modern Languages tutorial writing sprint - Call for proposals

12 February 2019 (Language Acts and Worldmaking)

The Digital Modern Languages tutorial writing sprint is a physical and virtual event designed to create a variety of open educational resources demonstrating the critical and applied use of digital tools and methods for teachers, learners and researchers interested in modern languages and cultures. 

This initiative is led by the ‘Digital Mediations’ strand on the Language Acts & Worldmaking project, which explores interactions and tensions between digital culture and Modern Languages (ML) research. The project is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) under its Open World Research Initiative (OWRI). 

The DML tutorial writing sprint aims to: 

  • Produce a set of learning resources which will improve critical digital literacies in ML learning and research  
  • Facilitate greater engagement between digital practitioners and ML educators/researchers  
  • Provoke discussion about possible connections between digital literacies at secondary and HE levels and beyond 
  • Foster greater connection between ML and heritage/community language learning modes  
  • Provide students and researchers with new modes of engagement with ML content and research 
  • Contribute to greater awareness of the importance of Modern Languages learning and research 

This initiative will lead to the production of a series of self-learning online tutorials on how to use digital tools and methods critically in researching or learning about ML languages and cultures. The outcome will be an edited collection of tutorials, providing a snapshot of digital methods for modern languages. 

The tutorials will be approximately 4,000 words in length, and be written in approachable, non-expert language with clear examples. 

Proposals are invited for Tutorials (‘how to’ use a particular digital method or tool) which address either educational or research challenges in the Modern Languages and Cultures, including both: 

  • Language learning and
  • Learning and research about ML cultures 

Visit the website for further information and submit your proposal by 28 February 2019.


Funding for ASMCF's Schools Liaison and Outreach Activities

5 February 2019 (ASMCF)

The deadline for the ASMCF's Schools Liaison and Outreach Activities is fast approaching. This fund offers up to £500 to support members of the Association who organise teacher- or pupil-focused events in a partnership between universities and schools, and which fulfil the following objectives:

  • promote the learning of French in its social, political, historical and cultural context in schools to prepare pupils for the diversity of content of current UK French degrees
  • assist teachers who wish to engage in personal intellectual development in subjects relating to those which they are teaching, with a view to enrich their provision and enable them to help students to bridge the gap between school and university

The deadline for the submission of applications is 28 February 2019 for projects to be undertaken between April and October 2019. More information about the scheme, including project criteria and application procedure can be found on the ASMCF website.

More information about successful past projects and examples of outreach activities are available on the ASMCF blog.


Summer courses in Germany: Deadline 1 March 2019

5 February 2019 (UK-German Connection)

UK-German Connection run summer courses in Germany, which are now open for application.

Both programmes combine language learning with cultural trips and excursions, as well as staying with host families.

There’s also a paid CPD opportunity for teachers to act as group leaders on the German Pupil Courses.

The application deadline for all programmes is 1 March 2019.


ECML project "Action research communities for language teachers": webinar recording available on the project website

5 February 2019 (ECML)

The European Centre for Modern Languages project “Action research communities for language teachers” (ARC) has supported teachers in European classrooms in using action research as an essential tool for the development of reflective classroom practice - highlighting ways in which teachers can enhance their self-confidence and professionalism. The webinar, which took place on 25 January 2019, provides an insight into the experiences gathered over the 3 years of the project (2016-2018) and the results achieved.

Visit the ECML website for more information.


Participate in the online survey on the need for future resources about language-related teacher competences

4 February 2019 (ECML)

The project team has already developed a catalogue of existing instruments and publications which describe different dimensions of language-related teacher competences in these areas across different levels of education (eg primary, secondary or tertiary education). 

Now they wish to explore the need for, and the potential benefits of a future overarching reference resource focusing on the teacher competences needed for the effective use and development of language in various types of teaching. 

The project team invites all interested parties to participate in this online survey by 26 February 2019.


French pop video competition

1 February 2019 (Institut français)

French Pop Video Competition

The Institut français du Royaume-Uni, with the support of Francophonie UK, is organising a French song video contest for all primary and secondary students in the UK school systems of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, and the Channel Islands. Teachers can submit their students’ video clips in 3 age-categories before 5 April 2019. In May, local juries in 9 geographical areas (including 5 in England) will award qualified laureates with £100 worth of book tokens per winning entry. Local laureates will automatically enter the National final, and the UK grand winners, announced in early June, will be invited to attend the Francophonie UK School Music Awards as part of a special-guest concert on Friday 28 June at the Institut français in London (travel expenses paid!). Visit the website for more information and free registration or see the attached flyer.

Teaching French through Music CPD tour, from 25/02 to 02/03

As part of the French Pop Video Competition, the Institut français du Royaume-Uni will be offering a UK-wide teacher training tour from 25 February to 2 March to learn how to teach French through music. FREE Workshops led by the prestigious international French training centre CAVILAM will be delivered for secondary teachers of French in London, Jersey, Cardiff, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Belfast. Visit the website or see the attached flyer for more information and register before 15 February.


Worldwide Napier magazine - Call for contributions

30 January 2019 (Edinburgh Napier University)

Building on the success of the first two issues of Worldwide Napier, our magazine in foreign languages, we are, for our next issue, calling for submissions about the cultural concepts of “attachment” and “detachment”, ie the emotional connection one may have with a place, a period of time, a person, a thing, what makes someone nostalgic (or not).

Secondary school pupils are being invited to contribute articles for the next issue. As per usual, the article(s) will be written in one the following languages your students are currently studying: French, German, Italian or Spanish. Submission deadline is 1 March 2019.

See the attached letter for more information and to access previous versions of the magazine online. There's also a printable poster to promote the opportunity on school noticeboards.

Education Scotland Modern Languages Newsletter

30 January 2019 (Education Scotland)

The January 2019 edition of Education Scotland's Modern Languages Newsletter is now available online. It includes information on new materials for the classroom, job shadowing opportunities in Spain and the chance for schools to take part in Scots language educational events based on the Scots film version of 'Room on the Broom'.


SCHOLAR online tutor sessions - Higher Modern Languages

28 January 2019 (SCHOLAR)

SCHOLAR turns its attention to Higher Modern Languages in February:

  • 4 February - SCHOLAR online tutor Douglas Angus will be delivering a session on getting ready for the new talking assessment at 6pm. There is also a downloadable worksheet available in advance on SCHOLAR.
  • 25 February - also at 6pm, Douglas will deliver a session on assignment writing. The worksheet associates with that will be available a week before the session. Both these sessions will include resources in French, German and Spanish

Visit the SCHOLAR website for more information about joining the sessions.


Scottish Education Award for languages

28 January 2019 (Education Scotland)

Don’t forget to nominate your school or languages department for the 2019 Scottish Education Award for Languages and Internationalism!

This year’s award is open to primary and secondary schools - if your school/ languages department has developed a vibrant and progressive culture in the broad general education (BGE) blending a 1+2 approach to languages with a focus on broadening learners’ cultural horizons, then this award is for you!

Visit the Scottish Education Awards website to make your nomination by 14 February.


SCEL Teacher Leadership Programme

25 January 2019 (SCEL)

The SCEL Teacher Leadership Programme is designed to support classroom teachers to develop their leadership of learning and teaching.

The programme is planned to support and challenge teachers to become confident in leading classroom practice in their contexts and develop against the GTCS Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning. Our Teacher Leadership Programme also provides opportunities for teachers with significant prior learning leadership experience to support participants as critical friends or programme tutors.

Open to all post-probation classroom teachers in Scotland, applications are now being taken for the 2019-20 programme.

Visit the SCEL website for more information and apply by 31 March 2019.


Glasgow Film Festival 2019

24 January 2019 (Glasgow Film Festival)

The programme for this year's Glasgow Film Festival taking place from 20 February to 3 March is now available.

There's a wide selection of international films on offer, so plenty of opportunities to practise your language skills!

View the brochure for more information.


SQA changes to Advanced Higher Modern Languages from session 2019-20

23 January 2019 (SQA)

The SQA is not making any changes to the course assessment in Advanced Higher Modern Languages courses, in light of units being removed. However, some amendments will be made to the marking instructions for the Listening and Discursive Writing question paper, the portfolio and the performance-talking to provide clarity.

Visit the SQA website for more information.


Scotland-Russia Forum news bulletin

20 January 2019 (SRF)

The latest news bulletin from the SRF has been published. This includes information on events and activities taking place in Scotland and beyond. Anyone wishing to practise their conversational skills should note the next Чай н Чат / Chai n Chat is on 7 February in Edinburgh.


Extending the 1+2 Language Strategy: Complementary schools and their role in heritage language learning in Scotland

19 January 2019 (CERES)

The Scottish Government’s ambitious 1+2 Language Strategy, launched in 2012, has refocused attention on language policy in education and the provision for language learning in Scotland. Contained within the Strategy is a commitment for schools to further develop links involving ‘language communities’ to ‘derive maximum benefit from foreign language communities in Scotland’.

This research reports on a national survey of complementary school providers in order to gain insights into the perspectives of ‘language communities’ in Scotland in relation to heritage language learning and their awareness of the 1+2 Language Strategy. 

A copy of the research report is attached. It can also be downloaded from the CERES website.


Learners to experience new languages at an earlier age - Kirsty Williams

18 January 2019 (Welsh Government)

Applies to Wales

Pupils will start learning different languages in primary school as part of Wales’ new curriculum, Kirsty Williams has announced.

In the new curriculum, Modern Foreign Languages would be included within International Languages. This would also include community languages, classical languages and British Sign Language (BSL). 

Learners would experience international languages at an earlier age and there would be clear expectations for their progress while at primary school. 

This will build on work with the Global Futures Network, which provides a range of support for Modern Foreign Languages in the curriculum.

Schools would be able to choose which language (s) they would like learners to experience in addition to Welsh and English.

Changes are also proposed to the way that Welsh is taught, with the language remaining compulsory for all learners aged 3-16 – alongside English - but no longer separated into first and second language Programmes of Study. 

Under the proposals, all learners will follow the same curriculum and there would be more of an emphasis on improving learners’ skills and use of the language. 


Policy Briefing – Modern Languages Educational Policy in the UK

17 January 2019 (AHRC)

The AHRC Modern Languages Leadership Fellow (Janice Carruthers) and the PI of the OWRI MEITS project (Wendy Ayres-Bennett) have published a Policy Briefing on Modern Languages Educational Policy in the UK.

It sets out the key policy issues across the four jurisdictions of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and makes a series of recommendations for government at both primary and secondary levels.


RZSS Spanish packs

16 January 2019 (RZSS)

A limited number of our Spanish Packs are reduced in price until stocks last. Usually £50 +VAT and £6p&p, we can provide for £40 +VAT and £6p&p. The Spanish pack contains 5 games and activities which link language learning to our RZSS conservation projects in the wild. Packs aimed at P4-P7 level and can also be used for S1-S2 beginners. Full details and contents of packs can be found on the RZSS webite. We don't make a profit on our language packs so future packs will be at £50 to cover our costs but we do have a stock of the Spanish packs which we would like to offer schools at a reduced price. Once purchased, you get access to the premium section of the website to download further copies. Contact to order pack. (Other language packs are still £50 +VAT and £6p&p).


BBC - Future Voices Programme

15 January 2019 (BBC World Service)

Are you an aspiring journalist who speaks more than one language? The BBC is offering the opportunity to train as a journalist within the BBC World Service, on a six-week Future Voices Internship.

This scheme is open to people aged 18 and over from all backgrounds and from every corner of the UK.  You do not need any journalism skills before you start but you must be able to demonstrate a genuine interest and passion for a career in Journalism.

Visit the website to find out more about the Future Voices Programme and how to apply.


Mathématiques sans Frontières

15 January 2019 (North Lanarkshire Council)

North Lanarkshire Council and the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) are jointly organising the world-wide Maths and Language competition “Mathématiques sans Frontières” in Scotland.

Once again schools are invited to participate in this stimulating and light-hearted competition which combines Maths and Modern Languages and aims to motivate pupils.

See the attached documents for more information. An example training test is also included.

Schools who would like to register for the competition should complete the proforma attached and submit by 25 January 2019.

SCHOLAR online tutor sessions for Advanced Higher Modern Languages

10 January 2019 (SCHOLAR)

The next online sessions from SCHOLAR for Advanced Higher Modern Languages take place as follows:

  • 14 January 2019 - advice on  the portfolio and specialist study
  • 21 January 2019 - support in preparing for the external examiner

Both sessions are at 6:00pm and will be delivered by Douglas Angus, Modern Languages online tutor. Worksheets to help support the sessions are available from SCHOLAR via their twitter and facebook accounts.


School partnership bursaries for 2018-19

10 January 2019 (UK-German Connection)

Did you run any activities with your German partner school last year?

Special school partnership bursaries are available once more to help you to keep your UK-German partnership alive.

All you need to do is answer a few short questions about your partnership activities last year and your plans for 2019.

Visit the UK-German Connection website for further details and submit your information by 31 January 2019.


New centre for excellence to boost modern foreign language skills

10 January 2019 (Department for Education)

Applies to England

School Standards Minister Nick Gibb has today, Thursday 10th January, announced the University of York as England’s first modern foreign languages centre for excellence.

The centre, which will be known as the Centre for Excellence for Languages Pedagogy, will work with schools to help more young people learn foreign languages. It is the latest in a series of government initiatives to build a nation of confident linguists.

The university will now coordinate the work of nine modern foreign languages hubs – leading schools that are working with other schools and sharing best practice - to boost the teaching of Spanish, French and German.


Related Links

Revealed: Only two groups bid for £4.8m languages centre cash (Schools Week, 13 January 2019) The University of York, announced yesterday as the successful bidder, will oversee the work of nine lead schools to raise the quality of language teaching, including in French, Spanish and German.

International Year of Indigenous Languages

10 January 2019 (UNESCO)

Indigenous languages matter for social, economic and political development, peaceful coexistence and reconciliation in our societies. Yet many of them are in danger of disappearing. It is for this reason that the United Nations declared 2019 the Year of Indigenous Languages in order to encourage urgent action to preserve, revitalise and promote them.

The official global launch of IYIL2019 takes place in Paris, France on 28 January 2019.

A special website has also been dedicated to the event, which will be commemorated by UNESCO’s members and partners throughout 2019.

Visit the IYIL2019 website to find out more about the year's aims and how you can get involved.


Scottish Learning Festival 2019 – Call for seminar proposals now open

9 January 2019 (Education Scotland)

​Education Scotland is now accepting seminar proposals for the Scottish Learning Festival (SLF) 2019 conference programme, which will take place on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 September in the SEC, Glasgow.

SLF is Scotland’s key educational event which provides a great professional learning opportunity with a fantastic line-up of keynote speakers, opportunities for professional networking and a practitioner-led seminar programme.

This year’s theme is ‘Achieving Excellence and Equity’, through:

  • creating a culture of empowerment that enables everyone involved in the system to contribute to the agenda of improvement; and
  • the importance of wellbeing in developing a healthy, successful learning community.

If you have a project you'd like to showcase, submit your proposal for consideration before midday on Wednesday 20 February. 



7 January 2019 (FilmG)

The Gaelic short film competition, FilmG, encourages young people across the country to create short Gaelic language films. Entries for the 2019 competition are now in and voting is underway!

Visit the website to view the entries and register your vote by the end of January 2019.


French classes in Glasgow

7 January 2019 (Alliance Française)

The Alliance Française in Glasgow offers a range of courses at various levels for learners of French. Follow the appropriate link below for more information about the relevant course:

Visit the website for more information on the full range of activities provided by the Alliance Française.


MyFrenchFilmFestival 2019

3 January 2019 (MyFrenchFilmFestival) throws the spotlight on new generation French filmmakers, allowing web users across the globe to share their enthusiasm for French cinema. 

From 18 January through 18 February 2019, film lovers around the world will be able to access films from the 9th edition of world's first online French film festival.

Ten French feature films and ten French shorts will be included in the competition section. Web users will be invited to rate all of these films and to post their comments on our website. 

Visit the website for more information.


Nihongo Cup 2019 - Applications open!

2 January 2019 (Japan Foundation)

Nihongo Cup, the Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary School students, is accepting applications across three categories: Key Stage 3, Pre-GCSE Key Stage 4/5, and Post GCSE Key Stage 4 and 5.

Finalists will be invited to perform their speech at the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, University of Oxford with the chance to win some fantastic prizes – including a trip to Japan!

Visit the Japan Foundation website to download the application pack and submit entries by 22 March 2019.


The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019

2 January 2019 (Japan Foundation)

With the widest selection of Japanese films from contemporary to anime and documentary, the largest Japanese film programme in the UK will visit 19 cities, including Dundee, Edinburgh, Inverness and Stirling, from 2 February to 28 March. 

The theme for this year's programme is 'love' with selected works aiming to provide a more comprehensive picture of Japanese relationships, ranging from conventional love stories, LGBT issues, familial devotion, compassion for the fellow man, transgressive attractions, to profound renderings of the devastation felt with the loss of love.

Visit the website for full programme and venue details.


Bioran is festive Gaelic story treat for youngsters

21 December 2018 (Stòrlann)

It’s a Gaelic story with a difference – the narration of a translation of Julia Donaldson’s popular Stick Man tale – that will have a real appeal for children and families over the festive season. 

The story, ‘Bioran’, has been brought to life by Donald ‘Ryno’ Morrison in a Santa suit, who read and performed it to great effect in a short film clip that can now be accessed on YouTube.

The narration is the first contribution in a new online resource of Gaelic ‘Jackanory-style’ stories which is going to be further developed over the coming year by the Multimedia Unit, part of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Department of Education and Children’s Services.

Bioran, the first recording for e-Stòiridh, is the result of partnership working across three agencies involved in creating resources for Gaelic. 

The Multimedia Unit had the original idea and went to Acair Books, who publish Gaelic co-editions of popular English language books as well as original Gaelic works, to decide on a suitable text.

After deciding on Bioran, which had been translated by Morag Stewart, they then approached Donald ‘Ryno’ Morrison, the Chief Executive of Gaelic educational resources organisation Stòrlann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig.

As well as having him in mind as the narrator, Stòrlann’s involvement was also important because they run the website, which features hundreds of audio files on it, for parents and children to access so they can learn how Gaelic books they are reading should sound. 

The video of Donald Morrison’s narration of Bioran can be found on the YouTube channel for e-Storas. 


Threlford Cup 2019

20 December 2018 (CIOL)

The Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) invites nominations for the next winner of the Threlford Cup, their prestigious award for inspiration and originality in language teaching and learning.

The cup is presented annually to a person, to an organisation, or for a project that has inspired others with an original language-learning initiative.

If you know of a teacher who has inspired young minds, a business or organisation that has led a project, or someone who works hard within the local community to keep alive a heritage language and culture, submit your nomination by 14 June 2019.


Scottish Education Awards 2019

20 December 2018 (Scottish Education Awards)

The Scottish Education Awards celebrate the hard work and success which takes place in Scottish education.

Those who dedicate their lives to children and young people and showcase the valuable work and innovation in Scottish classrooms are recognised at the annual event.

The Scottish Education Awards were first launched in November 2001 by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Daily Record, with the specific aims of celebrating the successes and recognising the achievements taking place within Scottish education.

Nominations are now invited in each of the award categories, including the Gaelic Education and The 1+2 Languages and Internationalism Awards. Deadline: 14 February 2019.


Education Scotland Gaelic Newsletter

19 December 2018 (Education Scotland)

The December 2018 edition of Education Scotland's Gaelic newsletter is now available online.


Teach abroad as an English Language Assistant

18 December 2018 (British Council)

University students and graduates, why not teach English overseas on a paid six-month or one-year placement working as a language assistant? Experience life in another country, learn transferable skills and stand out in the job market. 

Applications for 2019-20 are open now and close on Friday 15 February 2019.

As an English Language Assistant, you will: 

  • strengthen your CV
  • improve your fluency in another language
  • gain skills in communication, presentation, time management, organisation, teamwork, working independently, creative thinking and problem-solving
  • immerse yourself in another culture
  • increase your cultural awareness
  • develop professional confidence.

Teaching time is limited to between 12 and 20 hours a week, giving you plenty of time to experience the country and pursue other interests. 

Visit the British Council website for more information.


Year of the Pig education pack

17 December 2018 (British Council)

According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, we enter the Year of the Pig on 5 February 2019. This education pack for primary schools contains information and activities to help teachers and pupils learn more about this important Spring Festival and explore Chinese language and culture.

Your pupils can read a traditional story to find out how Pigsy became the companion of the Monkey King, and learn how Chinese children refer to animals and animal sounds by singing Old Macdonald’s Farm in Chinese.

For these and other activities, visit the British Council website and download the resource pack.


Immersion courses in France and Spain

14 December 2018 (LFEE)

Languages for Education Europe (LFEE) run immersion courses for primary and secondary teachers of French and Spanish, with funding available from Erasmus+. The next funding deadline has been extended to 12 February 2019.

Visit the LFEE website for more information.


Japanese Language Group for Scottish Schools

12 December 2018 (Japanese Language Group for Scottish Schools)

The Japanese Language Group for Scottish Schools met in Edinburgh in November to discuss the work being done to support the teaching of Japanese within Scottish schools.

Attached are the minutes from the meeting. Anyone with an interest in the subject who would like to join the group or mailing list can contact -

French language competition - Concours de la francophonie 2019 !

11 December 2018 (Institut français)

New school year, new projects! The concours de la francophonie is open to all Scottish schools. Record a short video (5 minutes max.) of a classroom activity in French (conversation, poetry, song, etc.).

Send your video to before 26 January 2019.

Participate to win French books and a full immersion day in the French Institute in Edinburgh for your class !

This school competition is sponsored by TOTAL E&P, the Franco-Scottish Society and is organised in partnership with the Alliance française de Glasgow, SALT, SCILT, the University of Edinburgh and TV5 Monde.

More information is available on our website. 


Erasmus+ schools funding

11 December 2018 (British Council)

Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport, which runs from 2014 to 2020. Through Erasmus+, UK schools can access funding for life-changing international activities:

  • Pupils can take part in international exchanges and study experiences: to develop new skills, raise their aspirations and gain vital international experience
  • Staff can teach, train or job shadow abroad: to develop their professional practice, build relationships with international peers and gain fresh ideas
  • Schools can collaborate with international partners: to drive innovation, share best practice, and offer new opportunities to young people.

The 2019 Call for applications is now open, with €36 million proposed for UK schools.

Visit the Erasmus+ website for more information.


Arabic Language and Culture Programme

10 December 2018 (British Council)

The British Council and Qatar Foundation International are working together to promote the teaching and learning of Arabic language and culture in the UK

The new phase of this collaboration aims to make Arabic a realistic choice for UK Schools, Headteachers, parents and students. 

Recent research into long-term language needs, looking at a variety of economic, geopolitical, cultural and educational indicators, identified Arabic as the second most necessary language for the UK over the next 20 years. 

However the gap between this need and current provision is particularly great: Arabic is taught in only five or six per cent of secondary schools in the UK, the majority of which are Muslim faith schools, and often only as an extracurricular subject or in the supplementary sector. 

The British Council and QFI are working to develop Arabic to the same standards expected of the other major world languages in the British school system as a viable option for any student of any background to explore.

UK schools are invited to work together with us to provide Arabic in the curriculum, with three-year funding and support available.

Visit the British Council website for more information.


Latin reading competition

7 December 2018 (Association for Latin Teaching)

The Association for Latin Teaching (ARLT) is holding a reading competition for secondary schools. Entries should be a recording of pupils reading the prescribed Latin text.

Entries will be judged on accuracy of pronunciation and ability to convey the meaning and mood of the passage. For verse, sensitivity to metre will also be noted. These features will be given approximately equal weighting. 

Visit the website for full competition details. Recordings should be submitted by 22 February 2019.


French pop video competition

7 December 2018 (Institut français)

Do you think you could sing or rap in French? Do you have the skills to make a video clip for your song? If so, this competition is for you!

The Institut français du Royaume-Uni, in association with Francophonie UK, is inviting you to submit a short video, or animated clip, to accompany a song or rap in French. The competition is open to all UK primary and secondary schools (ages 7 to 18) across the 4 countries + Channel Islands. 

Find out more about the competition and how to enter on the flyer.


Gaelic teachers encouraged to share resources via new website

6 December 2018 (Stòrlann)

A website for Gaelic teachers to share resources has been created by Gaelic educational resources organisation Stòrlann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig. Material can be uploaded and downloaded via the website Seo Sibh.

The website is aimed at saving teacher time and effort through the sharing of resources. All resources that are uploaded will be quality assured by Stòrlann staff for vocabulary, grammar and good design, before being made available for download.

The resources are split into sections – early years, primary, secondary, parents and general resources – and teachers are encouraged to contribute towards building a bank of material that can be accessed by colleagues across the country.

Some of the Seo Sibh resources are also editable files, so they can be tailored to suit.

Teachers who submit their resources will be clearly credited for the work, although they can also opt to be anonymous.

Neil Smith, Head of Development Services for Stòrlann, said the site had been created “to meet a need and respond to teacher feedback” and added: “We want to encourage people to use the sharing site and share their work with others to help each other out.”

Visit the website for more information.


Sky’s the limit

5 December 2018 (CIOL)

An Intelligence Analyst in the RAF Specialist Recruitment Team explains why language skills are so vital to the work.

An Intelligence Analyst (Linguist) or Int An (L) plays a vital role in protecting the security of domestic, national and international interests by interpreting, analysing and disseminating intelligence through the interception of foreign voice transmissions using state-of-the-art receiving and recording systems. From this, valuable intelligence about actual or potential enemies, and their strengths, weaknesses, movements and locations, can be discovered. There is also the opportunity to act as an interpreter for troops on the ground.

Whatever their role, the contribution from linguists is vital to operational success as they support operations across the globe and assist senior commanders in making key decisions. In some cases, they may be the first or only people to hear vital pieces of information, which can affect the outcome of a military objective and save lives. On operations, linguists can be expected to support ground missions by intercepting enemy communications in the area and monitoring potential threats. This is especially significant in operational theatres where soldiers are deployed on the ground in hazardous territory.

In-depth training

The Royal Air Force (RAF) relies significantly on the high-calibre skills of its Int An (L) cadre. Personnel are currently taught languages of operational importance in an intensive 18-month course designed for people who have never learnt the language before. Students are taught all four aspects of a language (reading, writing, speaking and listening) and are assessed regularly on their progress. 

The languages taught at the Defence College for Languages and Culture change depending on operational requirements (currently Arabic, Russian and Farsi). This is followed by an applied course designed to bridge the gap between formal language learning and the ability to interpret, decipher and analyse real-world military intelligence audio cuts.

Here, linguists become fully equipped to affect operations and able to influence commanders’ decisions effectively based on the information they gather and translate. CIOL now offers membership to RAF personnel who train to become linguists, commensurate with training and the application of the language.


Getting Down with the Lingua!

4 December 2018 (Developing the Young Workforce)

During the 2018 school year, DYW Ayrshire in partnership with SCILT (Scotland's National Centre for Languages) ran a series of 'Broaden your Horizons with Languages' events. These were aimed at S3-S6 pupils across Ayrshire with an interest in foreign languages.

Over the past few months we have had over 231 young people in Ayrshire attend to hear from a variety of professionals who utilise language skills in a work context. These included Radio Lingua, Arcs Partnership and EasyJet.

View the video to see some of the action.


DiscoverEU getting ready to send new travellers on a European journey!

2 December 2018 (European Youth Portal)

Have you just turned or are about to turn 18 this year? Good news! You can win the DiscoverEU ticket and explore Europe with like-minded young travellers! 

After a very successful first round of DiscoverEU with so much positive feedback and inspiring stories from the young travellers, we are about to launch the second round of applications.

The first round of DiscoverEU brought together thousands of young people building a true community across Europe. Participants found each other on social media, travelled together, explored different cultures, tasted local food and even helped each other deal with challenges during the trip.

Visit the website for more information. Application deadline: noon (CET) 11 December 2018.


FOKUS: Films from Germany 2018/19

1 December 2018 (Goethe-Institut)

The fourth edition of Fokus: Films from Germany takes place from 22 November 2018 to 31 January 2019.
This year, we are presenting a particularly exciting and eclectic snapshot from the contemporary film scene in Germany. Alongside a selection of documentaries, we are presenting some beautiful new feature films as well as glimpse into the oeuvre of iconic filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta. Come and join us for screenings in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Ayr, Dundee, St. Andrews or up north in Huntly!

Visit the Goethe-Institut website for more information.


The German Quiz Challenge - coming soon!

30 November 2018 (Goethe-Institut)

THE GERMAN QUIZ CHALLENGE is the second assessment and learning tool produced and developed by the Goethe-Institut London in partnership with ovos, the development company based in Vienna, Austria.

After the success of the Erasmus + Project THE LANGUAGE MAGICIAN, a language learning and assessment tool for primary school pupils, our most recent gaming project THE GERMAN QUIZ CHALLENGE is targeted at secondary school pupils aged 13 to 16. The goal is to supply a tool that allows increasing the quality of German lessons and the motivation of learners to study the German language.

The game allows teachers to see the development of the pupils’ knowledge and their ability to use the language. It increases the motivation to learn, as the gaming nature of this assessment tool prevents students from feeling stressed by the evaluation process. 

The game will be available online for free by the beginning of the new school year in 2019.


SQA AH Modern Languages Visiting Assessing

29 November 2018 (SQA)

The SQA is currently reviewing aspects of the Advanced Higher Visiting Assessing process.

Updated information will be issued in December 2018/early January 2019. Visit the SQA website for more details.


UNIQ Spring and Summer Schools 2019

23 November 2018 (University of Oxford)

UNIQ is funded directly by the University of Oxford. It is the largest official university summer school in the UK and has welcomed nearly 6,000 students to Oxford since 2010.

In 2019, UNIQ will help 2,350 students make informed decisions about higher education and encourage them to apply to Oxford.

UNIQ is open to students studying in their first year of further education, who are based at UK state schools/colleges. Students make a single application between December and January and can be selected to participate in one of two activities: UNIQ Digital or UNIQ Spring and Summer.

UNIQ Spring and Summer aims to replicate the Oxford undergraduate student experience. Participants live in an Oxford college for a week, attend lectures and seminars in their chosen subject area, and receive expert advice on the Oxford application and interview process. The timetable also allows plenty of time for social activities; students are free to tour the city, sample some of the University's sports and cultural facilities, and let their hair down at the farewell party.

UNIQ Digital provides comprehensive information and guidance on the university admissions process, and aims to give participants a realistic view of Oxford student life through videos, activities and quizzes. The platform offers a range of forums where participants can discuss both academic and social topics. These forums are monitored by student ambassadors, who are always on hand to answer questions and offer support.

Summer courses are run on over 30 subjects, including languages.

Visit the website to find out more about the programme and how to apply. Applications are open from 3 December 2018 to 28 January 2019.


Digi-Languages – Stimulating Language Learning in Schools

22 November 2018 (MEITS)

Language researchers at the University of Cardiff have published a report on a languages mentoring initiative aimed at encouraging secondary school students to take up modern languages.

The targeted mentoring involved University modern languages students working with year nine pupils, incorporating online mentoring to stimulate enthusiasm for language learning. The report evaluates the experiences of this ‘Digi-Languages’ pilot, and how this project might be extended to other language learning communities in Wales and beyond.


Scotland-Russia Forum news bulletin

22 November 2018 (SRF)

The latest news bulletin from the Scotland-Russia Forum (SRF) is now available online. It includes a round-up of events, activities and classes available.


Literature quality linked to foreign language ability in young people

22 November 2018 (University of Oxford /

Reading complex and engaging texts is key to inspiring young learners' interest in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and potentially improving how the subject is taught in UK secondary schools, according to new Oxford University research.

The study, funded by the Nuffield Foundation and conducted by researchers at Oxford's Department of Education in collaboration with peers from the universities of Reading and Southampton, suggests that the current curriculum is too simplistic and 'dry' for some students.

Teenagers were found to prefer and enjoy reading more complex and engaging material that challenged them. Based on these findings, the team feel that adding more varied texts into the school MFL curriculum could significantly improve the teaching of the subject, potentially motivating student interest in general.

The research was motivated by a desire to address some of the persistent challenges facing MFL teaching in the UK, such as low student motivation, poor achievement and low uptake of the subject at GCSE level and beyond. This lack of interest is of particular concern in the context of Brexit, with anecdotal evidence suggesting that some students believe they no longer need to learn foreign languages 'because we are leaving the EU."

Dr. Robert Woore, Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics at Oxford's Department of Education, and lead author on the study, said: "Our study shows that it is possible to raise expectations concerning the kinds of texts that beginner learners of French are able to access. We believe that including such texts in the Year 7 curriculum can be beneficial for students' linguistic and motivational development. They need not be restricted to a sole diet of the shorter, simpler and more predictable texts that are traditionally used with this age group."


Related Links

FLEUR foreign language education: Unlocking reading (pdcinmfl, 22 November 2018) Professional Development Consortium in MFL final research document and conference presentation on the ‘FLEUR’ reading research project. This investigated different ways of teaching reading to beginner learners of French in Year 7. 

Why choose languages?

19 November 2018 (University of Strathclyde)

Motivation for choosing languages, experiences abroad, transition to First year at university, job prospects, university courses…

Let your pupils hear it straight from the horse’s mouth BEFORE choosing their options!

Now in its 6th year, the Language Ambassadors Programme is offering visits to Secondary or Primary schools (and other formats too).

Our Language Ambassadors will talk about their varied experiences as foreign language learners / users and, hopefully, inspire your pupils to follow in their footsteps…

For more information see the Language Ambassadors website.

To organise a visit, simply contact: Cédric Moreau,

Photo of University of Strathclyde Language Ambassadors


Oxford German Olympiad 2019

16 November 2018 (Oxford German Network)

The Oxford German Olympiad is now open! There are four age categories enabling students aged from 9 to 18 to take part.

This year's theme is about animals and monsters - Tiere und Monster. 

All entries should be submitted in German, unless otherwise stated within the instructions.

Additionally, there is the option of a Discover German - Taster Competition for pupils with no prior knowledge of the language.

Visit the website for full details and how to enter. The entry deadline is 12 noon on 15 March 2019.


European Charlemagne Youth Prize 2019

16 November 2018 (European Parliament)

Young people aged between 16 and 30 from any EU Member States can submit projects for the European Charlemagne Youth Prize.

Projects can be submitted individually or, preferably, in groups. They should promote European and international understanding; foster the development of a shared sense of European identity and integration; and provide role models for young people living in Europe and offer practical examples of Europeans living together as one community. UK projects will continue to be eligible.

The three winners will be chosen from the projects nominated by national juries and representatives from all countries will be invited to the award ceremony in Aachen in May 2019.

Visit the website for more information. Entries should be submitted by 28 January 2019.


Parlons français: A competition for students of AH French

16 November 2018 (AMOPA)

The AMOPA Advanced Higher French speaking competition has been running for eight years and is going from strength to strength. This year AMOPA are in partnership with the Franco-Scottish Society who share many of the aims of AMOPA.

To enter, all you need to do is submit a short recording of students as they prepare for their speaking test. The panel will assess it and give everyone some feedback. Prizes and certificates will also be awarded.

We hope that taking part in the competition is a way to support your pupils’ learning and exam preparation, and it's a great opportunity for them to receive feedback. 

Full details of how to enter can be found in the attached document. Submission deadline is 15 February 2019.

International Education Week 2018

15 November 2018 (British Council)

#BeInternational: eTwinning, ISA and me

Claire Mackay, EAL Teacher at St Andrew's Learning Community in Glasgow, on her school’s international journey.

Our world is changing. As teachers, it is our duty to teach children the skills needed to navigate and actively take part in our society, locally and globally. It is important that we leave the next generation capable for the challenges of the future. This is one of the reasons I chose to become a teacher.

International education and global citizenship have always interested me. I have often worked with my learners on international education and, for me, taking part in eTwinning  as a pedagogical method for delivering these skills to learners seemed a good next step in my journey. 

Taking part in eTwinning has been one of the most positive and motivating experiences in my teaching career. To see children interact with their peers around the world is a sheer joy! Families tells us that pupils often talk about their faraway friends and when a project is finished, they ask when we can start a new one.  

I am lucky enough to currently work in a richly diverse school in the East End of Glasgow. Many of our learners are EAL and come from a multicultural heritage. Their experiences add to the classroom dynamics in many positive ways. 

As a school, we have identified the importance of international education and have been awarded a British Council International School Award  (full accreditation). As a staff, we encourage children to see themselves as global citizens and find their place in our world. So, how did we start our journey?


Our Erasmus+ project – the halfway point

Brian Campbell, Deputy Head Teacher of Trinity Academy in Edinburgh, reflects on a successful Erasmus + project for International Education Week 2018.

In September 2017, Trinity Academy started on the exciting journey of our new Erasmus+ project in conjunction with schools from Germany, Sweden, and The Netherlands. The aim is to develop toolkits that schools and other partners can adopt to assist with the support of inclusive practices in education and is an opportunity to make a difference at both a local, national and international level. We are now at the half way stage and this is a summary of our journey so far. 


Arabic Language and Culture Programme

15 November 2018 (British Council)

The British Council and Qatar Foundation International are working together to promote the teaching and learning of Arabic language and culture in the UK.

The new phase of this collaboration aims to make Arabic a realistic choice for UK Schools, Headteachers, parents and students. 

Recent research into long-term language needs, looking at a variety of economic, geopolitical, cultural and educational indicators, identified Arabic as the second most necessary language for the UK over the next 20 years. 

However the gap between this need and current provision is particularly great: Arabic is taught in only five or six per cent of secondary schools in the UK, the majority of which are Muslim faith schools, and often only as an extracurricular subject or in the supplementary sector. 

The British Council and QFI are working to develop Arabic to the same standards expected of the other major world languages in the British school system as a viable option for any student of any background to explore.

UK schools are invited to work together with us to provide Arabic in the curriculum, with three-year funding and support available.

Visit the British Council website to find out more about our funding offer to schools and how to apply.


Duaisean na Gàidhlig – The Scottish Gaelic Awards 2018

14 November 2018 (Scottish Gaelic Awards)

SCILT’s Gaelic Professional Development Officer Eòghan Stewart was amongst a range of winners at Duaisean na Gàidhlig – The Scottish Gaelic Awards 2018 at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow on Wednesday 14th November. 

Eòghan was awarded the prize for Innovation in Education, thanks to his involvement in Gaelic Learners’ resource Gàidhlig Gu Leòr which uses Apple’s Clips app to create short, snappy Gaelic learning videos.

Others honoured included rock legends Runrig who received the Urram nan Gàidheal (Honour of the Gael) Award and Professor Boyd Robertson (formerly of University of Strathclyde) and John Norman MacLeod for their work over many years for Gaelic, but over the last decade together at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI.

The Awards were sponsored by Bòrd na Gàidhlig and the Daily Record.

photo of Eoghan Stewart receiving his award at the Scottish Gaelic Awards 2018

Visit the website for the full list of winners.


Related Links

Scottish Gaelic Awards 2018: Runrig honoured for inspiring generations (Daily Record, 19 November 2018)

Gaelic education: your ideas wanted

14 November 2018 (GTCS)

In issue 76 of the GTCS publication, Teaching Scotland, read about the role Gaelic Medium Education (GME) is playing in delivering Bòrd na Gàidhlig's National Gaelic Language Plan 2018-2023 (see pages 20-21). 

GTCS is committed to supporting the Gaelic education agenda and readers are invited to submit their suggestions on what more might be done to take Gaelic education forward.


Win a trip to Paris

12 November 2018 (ULIP)

Studying French at AS/A Level (or equivalent) and fancy a weekend away to the City of Light? 

The University of London Institute in Paris’ (ULIP) annual Win a Trip to Paris competition is now open for students of AS/A-Level French (or equivalent)! The weekend offers the perfect chance to explore the French capital, try out your taste for croissants, and see what it might be like to live and study for your undergraduate degree in one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities.

For your chance to spend a weekend in Paris, simply visit the website to watch the video and answer a few questions before midnight UK time 31 January 2019.


Change Scotland with coffee and cake! #Gaelic sessions in the Scottish Parliament #gaidhlig

12 November 2018 (Scottish Parliament)

We will be holding a Gaelic week in the Scottish Parliament in the week commencing 26 November.

We’ll be busy with activities to raise the profile of the language amongst the public and staff alike.

Events include the final of the School Debate – Deasbad nan Sgoiltean, a Gaelic information session and an informal Gaelic coffee afternoon where you can learn how to make your voice heard in the Scottish Parliament. 

Visit the website for more information and to register for the information session.


Students discover how language skills translate into jobs in world of tourism

9 November 2018 (Springboard UK)

Perthshire S3 pupils take part in interactive workshops highlighting career opportunities

Students studying languages at four schools across Perth have been given a first-hand insight into jobs opportunities in the Scottish hospitality and tourism sector as part of the region's £500,000 young workforce strategy.

Pupils took part in the event organised by Developing the Young Workforce Perth and Kinross (DYW P&K) in partnership with Springboard UK, which supports people into careers in hospitality, leisure and tourism.  The event was kindly hosted by Historic Environment Scotland within their Stanley Mills visitor attraction.

Four organisations representing the sector supported the event - including, Historic Environment Scotland, Costa Coffee, Crieff Hydro and The Crannog Centre. Each organisation hosted interactive workshops which highlighted real career opportunities available for young people when they leave school.

Keynote speeches were delivered by Anne Kinnes CEO at the Blackwatch Museum and Dr Meryl James from SCILT (Scotland’s National Centre for Languages)

Dr Meryl James of SCILT added “Our message is a little language goes a long way. Tourism businesses, the world of sport, textiles, the food and drink industry all tell us that good communication skills are No. 1!  Learning a language can really help young people develop these skills and learning about other cultures helps prepare them to have a more flexible mindset. These skills are invaluable to us in the world of work, no matter what the young person may decide to do!”

Vicki Sutherland, Regional Manager at Springboard, said: "Events like this are a fantastic way to raise the profile of an exciting and varied industry with real job prospects, bringing together future potential recruits with industry employers. It has also highlighted the many local opportunities that exist in the sector."

Following the event, 53% of pupils said they had changed their opinion and would now be likely to consider a career in the tourism and hospitality sector.

In Perth and Kinross, the DYW programme is focusing on encouraging more of the region's 6,000 employers to offer work experience opportunities, promoting apprenticeships and helping ensure young people from all backgrounds can build the right skills to enter the workplace.

Steven Stewart, Chair of DYW PK, said: "We know Scotland’s tourism and hospitality sector is facing recruitment challenges and it’s our job to encourage industry and education to work together to help build a more skilled workforce for the future through our young people. This event is a fantastic example of the kind of partnership working that can make a real difference for our young people and our region."


Benefits of being bilingual highlighted in new video

8 November 2018 (Highland Council)

The Highland Council is to launch a new video this week “Educational Growth” aimed at parents who are thinking of enrolling their children in Gaelic Medium Education.  The video will be viewed by parents, pupils and staff at Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis on Thursday 8 November 2018.

The video features a range of different people who explain the benefits of Gaelic Medium Education and of being bilingual.

Professor Antonella Sorace from the University of Edinburgh gives an insight into how young children can pick up languages quickly and the skills a person can gain from learning more than one language.

The video also features the experiences of parents who enrolled their children into Gaelic education without speaking the language themselves. It answers fears and questions parents may have about the opportunity, such as how they are able to help with homework and how they can still feel very much included in their child’s education.


Survey: Education & careers abroad with #Globescotters

7 November 2018 (Young Scot)

As part of Scotland’s Year of Young People, Young Scot have partnered with British Council Scotland to encourage you to embrace the international experiences available to you at home and abroad as part of our joint campaign, ‘GlobeScotters’.

In this short survey we want to find out your thoughts on all things international when it comes to education and careers abroad!

Visit the website and complete the survey by 17 December 2018 to earn reward points!


SCHOLAR online tutor sessions for Modern Languages

7 November 2018 (SCHOLAR)

SCHOLAR online tutor sessions for Modern Languages start again on Monday 12 November 2018. At 6pm it will be Higher, and the session will be on translation. It will be accompanied by worksheets sent out in advance to teachers for pupils to help prepare for the interactive parts of the session. Languages addressed are French, German and Spanish at both levels. Access is by:, and you do not need a SCHOLAR password to attend, just log in as a guest.  

The new ‘Directed Writing’  for Higher will form a session on 26 November, again at 6pm.

Advanced Higher translation and the overall purpose question will form a session on 3 December.


SCAT - Scotland Catalan Film Festival 2018

5 November 2018 (SCAT)

Cinemaattic’s Catalan Film Festival returns to Scotland bigger than ever with ten days celebrating Catalan culture.

The festival runs from 2-5 November in Glasgow and 13-18 November in Edinburgh. Scotland Catalan Film Festival is back with a new name – SCAT –  and an extended programme of films where music, poetry and performance will also be part of this year’s edition. 

Visit the website for full details.


Report on language provision in Modern Foreign Languages Departments 2018

2 November 2018 (UCML)

The UCML has issued a new report on the language provision in UK modern languages departments.

The report investigates the provision of language modules (ie modules whose object of study is language) in MFL departments alongside models of collaboration between Languages departments and Institution-Wide Language Provision (IWLP) in UK universities. 


Related Links

Modern (Foreign) Languages: time to rename? (University of Oxford blog, 8 November 2018)

An Comunn Gaidhealach's newsletter

1 November 2018 (An Comunn Gaidhealach)

The organisers of the Royal National Mòd have published their latest newsletter which is available to view online.


International Education Week 2018

29 October 2018 (British Council)

Teachers and school leaders in the UK and across the world are being encouraged to bring the world into their classrooms to celebrate International Education Week (IEW).

Each year, the British Council encourages schools to celebrate International Education Week to promote the benefits of international collaboration, languages and cultural exchange. During International Education Week, 12-16 November, The British Council is focusing on global communication and particularly language learning, believing these skills are more important now than ever. That is why this year’s theme is ‘Be International’.

Visit the British Council International Education Week website to find out more about how your students can take part in the Great Schools Online challenge and to access the IEW teaching resources.


La Jolie Ronde free trials

29 October 2018 (La Jolie Ronde)

FREE TRIALS available of La Jolie Ronde's two award winning French and Spanish resources and classes.

La Jolie Ronde Languages For Children is a leading early language learning organisation offering a proven method of teaching young children French and Spanish. La Jolie Ronde’s award winning programmes are unique, modern and of the highest quality. FREE TRIALS on their resources are available as follows:

P1-P3 - Little Languages Resource - FREE TRIAL AVAILABLE

Little Languages is a unique resource for introducing languages to P1-P3. It provides the perfect solution for introducing some of the different languages and cultures from around the world. To support the non-specialist and as a guide to aid the expert language teacher, Little Languages enables you to start teaching straightaway!

Activities demonstrated in French and Spanish:

  • Additional vocabulary & songs in Italian, Chinese, Hindi and African Shona
  • Includes fun, play-based activities including IWB material
  • Real life DVD clips featuring children from around the world

Product contains detailed lesson plans in a sturdy ring binder & software featuring:

  • Lesson plans
  • Resources
  • IWB activities and games
  • Colourful classroom wall frieze (5 x 2m lengths)
  • DVD clips
  • Also includes French and Spanish traditional and original songs plus songs from other languages
P4-P7 - French and Spanish Resource - FREE TRIAL AVAILABLE

La Jolie Ronde’s award winning resource contains everything you need to help plan and implement your policy for teaching a language in one go. The resource is a flexible four-year programme providing support to teachers with no previous experience of teaching languages and a guide for the more experienced, who can modify to suit. One of the biggest benefits of the resource is that everything is already pre-prepared and planned, so you can literally start teaching straightaway!

  • Perfect for the non-specialist or an aid for the more experienced languages teacher
  • Split into two schemes – for years P4-P5 and P6-P7
  • Plenty of material to fill two years and four years
  • Pre-prepared lessons, divided into short sessions for flexibility
  • Comprehensive and detailed lesson notes
FREE French or Spanish Class

Years of development, dedication and experience in the sector of early language learning, La Jolie Ronde has become the market leader, committed to offering the best possible start to young learners. Through their loyal network of over 560 tutors, who teach in over 1,660 centres, they currently teach in the region of 20,500 children. To find your nearest French or Spanish class and book your FREE TASTER CLASS, visit La Jolie Ronde website.

For your FREE RESOURCE OR CLASS TRIALS simply email your request to La Jolie Ronde quoting SCILT - email

Open eTwinning: Project-Based Learning and the Community for Schools in Europe

28 October 2018 (School Education Gateway)

Join this course to learn about eTwinning and how it can help you design a project-based learning experience for your students in cooperation with colleagues across Europe and beyond. During the course, you will learn about the principles of project-based learning and how to start a project in the eTwinning community.

Throughout the activities, we will look at the entire life cycle of a project, starting with the initial idea, including finding a partner and negotiations to design a common project, and ending with the implementation and evaluation of the project. We will include principles of project work and collaboration, as well as the educational use of various ICT tools that facilitate project work. We will also look at the social aspect of collaborative projects, showing eTwinning not only as a platform in which to implement educational projects, but also as a meeting place between colleagues, an environment where we can share ideas and participate in various professional development activities.

Visit the website for more information and to enrol on the free course, commencing 5 November 2018.



25 October 2018 (SEET)

SEET is delighted to announce that registration is now open for Euroquiz 2018-19!

Euroquiz is an annual project open to all P6 pupils across Scotland, which sees teams of four working together to broaden their knowledge of Europe and the wider world. Subjects covered include languages, history, geography, culture and European affairs. Heats take place in every local authority from January to March, with the winning teams from all areas going forward to the National Euroquiz Final held in the Debating Chamber of the Scottish Parliament in May.

See the attached flyer to find out more about how your school can get involved and visit the website to watch the Euroquiz Highlights Film for a taste of the Euroquiz journey, including interviews with previous participants and teachers.


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Internships in China

25 October 2018 (British Council)

Spend two months in China with a Generation UK – China internship

Live in one of six booming Chinese cities while gaining experience in an industry of your choice. There are start dates throughout the year - choose the date which suits you.  

Applications are open now for current undergraduate and postgraduate students at UK universities, and those who have recently left university. The deadline is 2 December 2018 (23:59 BST).


New session French courses in Glasgow

25 October 2018 (Alliance Française)

The Alliance Française in Glasgow is now enrolling for Term B courses running from 12 November 2018 to 26 January 2019. This includes a new class for complete beginners on Monday evenings.

Visit the website for more information and to enrol.


Grants for UK-German activities

25 October 2018 (UK-German Connection)

UK-German Connection offers a number of grants for joint activities between schools and youth groups in the UK and Germany.

The next deadline is approaching, so if you have any projects taking place in 2018-19 for which you'd like funding, visit the UK-German Connection website for more information and apply by 31 October 2018.


Gaelic Medium Leadership Award for Teachers & Education Professionals

25 October 2018 (Social Enterprise Academy/SCEL)

There are still a few spaces left on the bespoke leadership programme endorsed by SCEL, designed to meet the needs of emerging leaders in Gaelic Medium Education and Gaelic Learner Education. 

We will explore specific leadership issues faced by the sector, such as implementing CfE, supporting ASN pupils and managing transitions, all within the context of contemporary resource challenges.

You will gain an invaluable insight into your own leadership style and qualities, and a range of tools and techniques to use in your future career.

The programme is for teachers and educational professionals who would like to gain confidence in their ability to be effective, progressive, and self-aware leaders, potentially progressing their careers into head teacher or principal roles.

It will be delivered in Gaelic medium with learning materials provided in both Gaelic and English.


ELAPSE – Embedding Languages across Primary and Secondary Education

23 October 2018 (ALL)

In September, we received some fantastic news from the British Council – ALL is part of a successful KA2 ERASMUS +application and along with our partners has been awarded funding for the ELAPSE project.

ELAPSE (Embedding Languages Across Primary and Secondary Education) aims to develop primary and secondary language teachers’ awareness of CLIL and soft CLIL methodology transnationally and build teachers’ confidence and expertise to adopt a cross-curricular approach to the planning and delivery of language lessons. It will involve the creation of a good practice guide as well as resources for teachers of English, French, German and Spanish as additional languages while focusing on Literacy, Numeracy, STEM subjects and Health and Wellbeing. There will also be an online course and training opportunities for teachers in participating countries.


Schools awarded the European Quality Label 2018

23 October 2018 (eTwinning)

We are pleased to announce the schools awarded the European Quality Label 2018! A total of 1204 projects received the Quality Label for their outstanding work. See the list of the distinguished schools, teachers' name and the project that got them their Quality Label.

Congratulations to all the Scottish schools on the list who have been recognised with an award!

If you'd like to get involved with eTwinning and collaborative projects with schools overseas, visit the website to find out how you can get involved and be rewarded with a Quality Label for your school.


Another record year for Erasmus+ in Scotland

17 October 2018 (British Council)

Scotland's share of Erasmus+ EU funding is up by more than €1m since last year. This means that a record total of €22.3m will be shared by 172 Scottish organisations working across a range of sectors:

€14.1m for universities and higher education institutions
€5.9m for organisations working in vocational education and training
€865k for youth work organisations
€832k for schools
€614k for organisations working in adult education

With further funding results for 2018 yet to be announced, and 2019 calls due to open, the figure will again rise. 

Erasmus+ enables people from the UK to go abroad to study, train, or volunteer and is delivered in the UK by the British Council in partnership with Ecorys UK.

Most of the new funding is for projects between Scotland and European countries. But Erasmus+ also reaches beyond Europe and in turn helps Scotland to do so. 

€3.8m of this year’s figure is shared between ten higher education projects, which will connect Scottish universities and colleges with their counterparts in the USA, South Africa, India, Israel, Palestine, China, Canada, Mexico, amongst many other countries.

If you want to find out more about Erasmus+, information sessions giving an overview of the programme and available funding are being run throughout the UK during autumn. Check the website for more details.


Pupils teach us why it’s important to learn about other countries

16 October 2018 (British Council)

This year, pupils from Kinlochbervie in the Scottish Highlands took part in our Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning programme by partnering with Sachangwan Secondary School and Nguzu River Primary in Kenya. 

The distance between the schools, which we are reliably told by Kinlochbervie students is exactly 4623 miles as the crow flies, didn’t stop students speaking, giving tours of their schools and teaching each other about their culture.

Via letters, and a video directed by S1 pupils, Kinlochbervie students told their Kenyan peers about otters, lochs, shinty, fishing and snow. In a video response, the Sachangwan students showed off their impressive school grounds, sang, and planted trees in honour of the partnership. There were dance performances on both sides and in footage yet unseen by British Council Scotland, the Kenyan students learned to ceilidh dance.

However the partnership didn’t stop at school tours and dancing. The Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning programme , delivered by the British Council in partnership with the Department of International Development, provides teachers with the resources and training to teach internationally. As part of this, partnered schools work together on a project focusing on one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

Kinlochbervie and Sachangwan students chose to focus on gender equality, exploring the issue as part of their Modern Studies (High School) and Citizenship (Primary School) courses. In the summer, P5-S2 pupils hosted an event in Kinlochbervie to celebrate their work on the project. The event featured live performances from the Scottish pupils and video performances by Kenyan pupils around the gender equality theme.


Language Perfect Northern Championships 2018

12 October 2018 (Education Perfect)

Raise the profile of languages at your school. The competitive element threaded through Education Perfect can excite and engage even the most unenthusiastic students!

The championships are a brilliant chance for revision of vocabulary and celebration of achievements in language learning. Students compete live and online from computers and iPod/Android apps.

The competition runs from 6 - 13 November 2018 and registration is now open!

Visit the website for more information.


Königspost competition 2018

12 October 2018 (King's College London)

King's College London's Department of German is delighted to announce its 2018 competition for Year 12 and 13 students of German, the equivalent S5 and S6 in Scotland.

Students are invited to write an article of around 400-450 words in German in response to this quotation from a short story by the German-Japanese author Yoko Tawada: ‘Das Monsterbaby erwartet von der Mutter Meer, immer wieder neue Windeln zu waschen. Das Meer wird als eine überdimensionale Waschmaschine benutzt.’

The winner and runners-up will be invited to a prize-giving ceremony and seminar at King's College London in early December 2018.

Entries should be submitted by 22 November 2018. See the attached flyer for more information.

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Book Week Scotland 2018

12 October 2018 (Scottish Book Trust)

Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November. This year's event is taking place from Monday 19 – Sunday 25 November 2018.

There are a range of events, some with specific appeal to Gaelic and Scots readers. Visit the website to find out more on these and other ways you can get involved. Why not host a foreign language reading club or book sale?


Our World film making project 2018-19

11 October 2018 (SEET)

SEET’s popular Our World film making project has now launched for the 2018-19 year! Our World uses film making and language learning as a means to help pupils explore the themes of LfS and the Sustainable Development Goals. It’s totally free, and all you have to do is sign up.

The project has been running for the past 6 years, has a proven track record of encouraging languages uptake at higher secondary levels, and is open to any team of four from S3 - S6 (no previous film making knowledge is required). All teams have to do to enter is come up with a creative idea for a film, based on one of this year's themes. Then, with SEET’s help teams put that idea into storyboard form and send it to us with an audio or video clip explaining it. The deadline for storyboard submissions is 5th December 2018.


As part of a team of four, come up with a creative idea for a short film about being a citizen of the world. Your team should consider one of the following themes to get you started:

  • Sustainable Tourism (going on holiday, exploring other countries and cultures and making a positive impact on the environment)
  • Migration and welcome (refugees, moving abroad, how people are treated)
  • Trade (how businesses work in different countries, importing and exporting)

All films must include the use of at least one language other than English - but the more the merrier!

After all the entries are submitted, 18 teams from across Scotland will be invited to one of three regional film making workshop days (roughly 6 teams per workshop) where they will get the opportunity to make their film a reality. Pupils are given technology and professional film-making training on the day to help them, so don't worry if they don't have experience - all they need are their ideas. 

Throughout the project SEET staff are happy to make trips to schools to work with classes and answer any questions you might have. 

If you'd like to register or sign up a team visit the website, where you can also hear previous participants talk about their experience of the project, OR contact Madeleine McGirk at SEET (


Inspiring schools: John Paul II Primary, Castlemilk

11 October 2018 (British Council)

Every day at British Council Scotland we hear about how international learning benefits Scottish schools, teachers and pupils. Making this happen is a core part of our work, and we are keen to spread the message far and wide.

Last month, we visited John Paul II Primary School in Castlemilk, where a partnership with a school in Spain has had a powerful effect on pupils. We also heard from our partners at Glasgow City Council, which is a leading example of good practice when it comes to local authorities creating international and intercultural opportunities for their schools.  


Africa in Motion Film Festival 2018

10 October 2018 (Africa in Motion Film Festival)

Africa in Motion is Scotland’s major annual celebration of African cinema, and is delighted to return for the 13th year to bring audiences in Edinburgh and Glasgow a wide variety of creative stories from across the African continent.

Screenings will take place from 26 October to 4 November. Several films in the programme will offer the opportunity to brush up your language skills in French, Arabic, Japanese and Swahili.

Find full programme details on the website.


French Film Festival 2018

9 October 2018 (French Film Festival)

The 26th French Film Festival takes place during November throughout the UK.

School screenings are supported by free Learning Resources prepared by Institut français d’Écosse and Edinburgh Filmhouse. These resources have been designed in accordance with the Modern Languages outcomes and experiences for the Curriculum for Excellence.

Visit the website for full programme details, booking information and to download the accompanying learning resources.


The British Council's International School Award

8 October 2018 (British Council)

The International School Award (ISA) can help with your vision for school improvement. If you are writing your School Improvement Plan, and you’re looking for something new that has a proven track record of making a difference, then the International School Award could be what you are looking for.

It works in all profiles of schools: primary and secondary, inner-city and rural, thriving and struggling. Everyone has something to gain.

Experienced head teachers like Kevin McCabe, now Director of Improvement at Drb Ignite Multi-Academy Trust, testify to the ISA’s effectiveness as a tool to change the culture of your school. It does this by opening up the classroom to the world, giving the students the motivation they need to change the way they work and enriching the curriculum with cross-curriculum work.

Visit the website for more information and to register interest. Action plans should be submitted by 18 November 2018.


The Pushkin Prizes 2019

4 October 2018 (The Pushkin Prizes)

Somewhere out there, in an S1 or S2 class in a school in Scotland, there are ten writers worthy of the title Pushkin Prize-winner. Are you one of them?

What can you write about? ANYTHING! We're looking for stories, poems, plays, articles, memoirs - anything you like on a subject of your choice. You can write in English, Scots or Gaelic.

Visit the website for more information and submit your entries by 20 December 2018.


National Gaelic Schools Debate 2018

3 October 2018 (Deasbad)

The announcement of the preliminary rounds of the National Gaelic Schools Debate competition has been made and the 2018 competition looks set to be another excellent year! The first two rounds will be held at the Town Hall in Stornoway, on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th of November 2018. Last year, for the first time ever the first rounds from Stornoway were available online, through e-Sgoil’s You Tube channel and the Deasbad Committee will be making sure that this year’s first round will also be live streamed to a potentially global audience!

Sixteen teams from fourteen schools are due to compete in the 2018 competition. Following on from the positive feedback received from the new competition format, all the schools will participate in debates over the two days, with the four teams with the highest points, across the two days, progressing to the final stages which will be held in Edinburgh on Tuesday and Wednesday the 27th and 28th of November 2018. The Committee welcome Agnes Rennie and Boyd Robertson who will join Iain Stephen Morrison as judges.


Gaelic Medium Education promotional film previews at An t-Alltan 2018

3 October 2018 (Highland Council)

The 10th annual conference for Gaelic education practitioners, which took place in Aviemore last week, has been hailed a great success.

Around 200 delegates from all over the country attended the conference, held in the MacDonald Aviemore Conference Centre last Wednesday and Thursday (September 26 and 27), which was organised by Gaelic educational resources organisation Stòrlann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig, with support from Bòrd na Gàidhlig and the Scottish Government.

Through a programme of talks and workshops, the conference provides delegates with an overview of current best practice and a look at new initiatives for teaching and learning. It caters for staff from the Early Years sector as well as primary and secondary schools.

This year, the conference had a focus that was very much on the whole learner journey through the Gaelic Medium Education system, right from the beginning with Cròileagan and play groups through to developing the young workforce.

A powerful new film which has been created to promote Gaelic Medium Education was shown for the first time at the conference. The film has been made by Fàs Foghlaim – Highland Council’s social media vehicle for promoting Gaelic education – and will be made available to the public later in the year but delegates got a welcome preview of it.

Entitled ‘Gaelic Medium Education – A New Perspective’, the film lasts eight minutes and features testimonies from GME parents and teachers as well as perspectives from leading bilingualism academic Professor Antonella Sorace, of the University of Edinburgh, and Tidelines singer and songwriter Robert Robertson, who came through GME himself.

With 90 per cent of connections in the brain being formed by the age of three, the role of Cròileagan and other Gaelic-speaking pre-school groups has long been recognised for their importance in getting learners started on their journey to bilingualism.

As such, the Early Years sector is seen as an important part of the Alltan conference and representatives from that sector said they gained a lot from this year’s event.


Grants for professional development in Germany

2 October 2018 (Goethe-Institut)

The Goethe-Institut is offering German teachers grants for courses in Germany. The programme includes courses on methodology and didactics, "Landeskunde" as well as specialised language courses for teachers.

Visit the Goethe-Institut website for more information and apply now for a course in 2019.


German debating competition for secondary schools

2 October 2018 (Goethe-Institut)

The Goethe-Institut invites secondary school students to take part in a competition to engage with questions about the future of Europe.

The debating competition offers a great chance to actively use the German language in an authentic setting and at the same time to get to know other secondary school students from across the United Kingdom. Debating in a foreign language will bring immeasurable benefits to significantly improve the student’s communication skills.

Applications are invited from teams of four year 12 students (4th year of learning German).

Visit the Goethe-Institut website for more information and to register by 26 October 2018.


Vocab Express League of Champions 2018

2 October 2018 (Vocab Express)

Create a languages buzz around your school by taking part in a global online vocabulary competition.

The competition is free to all existing school subscribers to Vocab Express. There are also a limited number of free places available for schools not currently subscribed. 

Our week-long global competitions are a great way to get your school enthused about language learning. We run our League of Champions competition in the autumn term from the 10th - 16th of October and our Global Challenge competition in spring. 

Each sees 10s of thousands of students competing to win the top spot on our overall and individual language leaderboards. There are competitions in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Latin, Greek, Arabic, Urdu, Hebrew, Mandarin and Japanese.

Applications for the next League of Champions are now open. Visit the Vocab Express website for further information and to register by 9 October 2018.


Highland schools come out top at Shinty@the Bught

1 October 2018 (Highland Council)

Iomain Cholmcille – the Gaelic Shinty Project – has worked in partnership with The Highland Council’s Gaelic Team to organise a six aside national Shinty event for P4 to P7 Gaelic Medium pupils from schools across Scotland.

In August Iomain Cholmchille announced funding of £8000, from Bord na Gàidhlig in order to help develop the use of Gaelic in youth Shinty. The project was launched at Bun- Sgoil Ghàidhlig Phort Rìgh and pupils were presented with new Gaelic strips for the school Shinty team. The funding for community projects aims to build on Iomain Cholmcille’s successful work, in partnership with the Highland Council’s Gaelic Team running Cupa Iomain na h-Òige.

Cupa Iomain na h-Òige – Youth Shinty Cup - is in its third year and although based in the Highlands, the competition, which is held entirely through the medium of Gaelic, is open to schools from across Scotland. This year the competition took place at the Bught Park in Inverness which is a national stadium and 14 teams have entered with approximately 100 pupils participating in the event.

Schools from across Scotland entered which include Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dingwall, this is the first time that the smaller schools in Skye have taken part.

Iomain Cholmcille is a project dedicated to encouraging the use of Gaelic in the Shinty world and regularly organises international exchanges with Irish-speaking hurling teams for both men and women.


International inspiration at Carluke High School

1 October 2018 (British Council)

It’s not often that I get to visit a school, so I was really pleased when Alan Sinclair, Teacher of Music at Carluke High School, invited me along to a special day of sharing and celebration with not one but two of their international partners, writes our Communications Manager, Jordan Ogg.

Last week, pupils and staff from Institut Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia in Barcelona, Spain, and Mercy College Coolock in Dublin, Ireland, were welcomed as part of their Erasmus+ funded 'What’s Ours is Yours' project. A busy schedule saw the pupils collaborating through a variety of activities, taking in Spanish language tasks, multimedia production, a Ceilidh in the PE department and Scottish cookery classes in the afternoon.

It was an insightful opportunity to see first-hand how the schools have embraced international and inter-cultural learning and, in particular from a Scottish perspective, how Carluke High School's approach has complimented the wider curriculum. For example, I was impressed to see film and home economic students engaging with classes on music technology and modern languages – and all through this one partnership. 


European Day of Languages – 26 September 2018: Statement from Council of Europe Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland

26 September 2018 (ECML/COE)

“Understanding each other is the key to benefitting from Europe’s rich cultural diversity. Language education helps us to do this and to embrace other cultures and ways of life.

The European Day of Languages, initiated by the Council of Europe, is held each year on 
26 September. It provides an opportunity to celebrate Europe’s unique linguistic context, and serves as an impetus for people of all ages and backgrounds to broaden their horizons and discover the added value of being able to communicate in other languages.

Languages and culture go hand in hand. This year, which is the EU-designated European Year of Cultural Heritage, hundreds of events are being organised around the continent by schools, universities, and cultural institutions and associations to mark the European Day of Languages and send a powerful message of openness to one another. My best wishes go to all of those taking part.”


Background information on the Day

The European Day of Languages (EDL) is an annual celebration day to encourage language learning across Europe. At the initiative of the Council of Europe, EDL has been celebrated every year, on 26 September, since the European Year of Languages in 2001.

The specific aims of the EDL are to:

  • raise awareness of the importance of language learning in order to increase plurilingualism and intercultural understanding;
  • promote the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe;
  • encourage lifelong language learning in and out of school.

The dedicated website for the EDL is available in 37 languages and hundreds of activities are registered in the events’ calendar. The EDL activities which take place in Europe and increasingly on other continents are organised mainly by schools, universities, language and cultural institutes, associations and also by the European Commission’s translation field offices. In 2017 over 1250 events involving tens of thousands of participants were recorded.


Wanted: External assessors for Erasmus+ funding applications and project reports

24 September 2018 (Erasmus+)

Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. Each year, UK schools, colleges, universities and youth organisations are invited to apply for funding to support vital international activities, including:

  • International study/traineeship/volunteering placements for students and young people
  • Opportunities for staff to teach or train abroad
  • Collaboration with international partners to drive innovation, cooperation and excellence
  • Opportunities for young people to interact with decision-makers on issues of concern to young people and to influence youth policy

The Erasmus+ UK National Agency (a partnership between British Council and Ecorys UK) is seeking to appoint a pool of external assessors to assess funding applications and project reports submitted under the Erasmus+ programme.

Applicants need to have knowledge and expertise in the sector(s) of the programme which they wish to assess: schools, vocational education and training, adult education, higher education and youth.

If you’re interested, please find out more on the website and register your interest before 6pm on 5 October 2018.


News from the Alliance Française

21 September 2018 (Alliance Française)

The Alliance Française offers a range of courses and activities for French language learners. Click on the relevant link below to find out more about upcoming events:

Visit the main Alliance Française website for more information about the organisation and their initiatives.


SCHOLAR online tutor sessions for Modern Languages

19 September 2018 (SCHOLAR)

The schedule of online tutor sessions for Higher and Advanced Higher Modern Languages 2018-19 is now available online.


Scottish Parliament draft BSL plan

19 September 2018 (Scottish Parliament)

The Scottish Parliament is looking for feedback on its British Sign Language plan. Contributions invited by 28 September 2018.

Visit the website for more information and to submit your feedback.


Inspire your students with new funding for global learning

19 September 2018 (British Council)

Connecting Classrooms is back, and we have some exciting updates for the new school year.

If you are thinking about taking your school on an international journey this year, it’s time to take a look at how you can join the new Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning programme.

You can apply for Connecting Classrooms opportunities either as an individual school, or part of a cluster, which will be overseen by a lead school.

Becoming a lead school provides a host of benefits, including access to grants to develop your cluster, the opportunity to deliver CPD to other schools in your area and cover support for your co-ordinator’s time. 

Visit the website for more information and apply by 28 October to be included in the first round of grant awards.


The Gaelic Language Promotion Trust

19 September 2018 (GLPT)

The purpose of the Gaelic Language Promotion Trust is to support and promote the teaching, learning and use of the Gaelic language in Scotland. The Gaelic Language Promotion Trust offers assistance to full-time and part-time students taking Scottish Gaelic language courses or courses through Scottish Gaelic. 

Currently, the main activity of the Trust is the provision of grants to students of Gaelic at diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. However, the Trust recognises the importance of Gaelic pre-school provision, and following a generous legacy from Urras Gnìomhachas nan Gàidheal, Career Development Funding is now available for Gaelic students studying for an HNC in Childhood Practice, for Gaelic pre-school workers and GLPS primary teachers wishing to improve their Gaelic language skills. Priority is given to individuals currently employed in Gaelic pre-school establishments who are completing their HNC Childhood Practice modules on a part-time basis and primary teachers delivering Gaelic L2.

The Trust acknowledges the contribution that primary schools across Scotland are making to the promotion of the Gaelic language through the 1+2 language model and welcomes applications from GLPS schools for designated funding for Gaelic books. The Trust also provides grants in respect of Gaelic publishing, including digital and traditional printed books, and junior drama projects.

The Cameron Fund, a separate funding stream from the general fund, has been created to support community-based media projects. To this end, the Trust welcomes applications from individuals / communities / organisations for projects involving new media. This might include short films and vlogs which the GLPT would showcase on their website.

The next deadline for grant applications is 19 October 2018. 


Into Film Awards 2019

18 September 2018 (Into Film)

Submissions to the 2019 Into Film Awards are now open!

The Into Film Awards is the best place to showcase young filmmaking talent, with categories designed to highlight the large pool of young creatives in the UK. Set out to find the most talented filmmakers, reviewers, Into Film Clubs and educators, we encourage children and young people aged 5-19 from all backgrounds and with all abilities to get involved. 

A great place to start is by entering the 'Film of the Month' competition. These entries are also eligible for submission to the Into Film Awards. Why not get your students to create a short film in the language they are learning?

You have until 14 December 2018 to get your entries in and there are resources and guides on the website to help you.


Into Film Festival 2018

18 September 2018 (Into Film)

The Into Film Festival is a free, annual, nationwide celebration of film and education for 5-19 year olds.

This year's festival takes place from 7-23 November with UK-wide events and screenings. There are some foreign language options included in the 'Visions of Europe' selection of the programme.

Visit the website for more information and to find events near you.


Erasmus+ funding for schools: twilight sessions

17 September 2018 (Erasmus+)

Interested in funding for international pupil exchanges, staff overseas teaching/training placements and partnerships with schools across Europe?

Erasmus+ and eTwinning offer fantastic opportunities for UK schools to connect with schools across Europe.

Taking place in September to November 2018, we are running free sessions in cities across the UK for school staff interested in beginning or enhancing international collaboration. There's an event in Glasgow on 30 October.

Whilst the twilight session offers a particular focus for schools, there is also a daytime information session more specifically for organisations who are new to the Erasmus+ programme and are considering submitting an Erasmus+ application in 2019.


17 September, 2018 - Minister Bruton Launches Campaign to Encourage Learning of Foreign Languages & Announces Funding for School Exchanges

17 September 2018 (Department of Education and Skills (Ireland))

(Applies to Ireland) The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D. today (17th September 2018) launched a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of foreign languages and announced new funding for teacher upskilling and school language exchanges.  

The campaign is aimed at school principals, teachers, guidance counsellors, parents, students and higher level institutions. Embassies, cultural services and bodies such as IBEC and Enterprise Ireland (EI) are also involved in supporting the campaign to raise awareness of the importance of learning foreign languages.  The campaign will be supported by a new website ( which will act as a one stop shop for schools, parents and students on language learning. 


ECML Gazette 43 - July-September 2018

17 September 2018 (ECML)

The latest edition of the ECML's newsletter is now available online. This edition has a focus on the European Day of Languages on 26 September with a round-up of events, activities and competitions taking place to celebrate the event.


1+2 Modern Languages in Parliament

13 September 2018 (Scottish Parliament)

Read the First Minister's response when asked at the Meeting of the Parliament 13 September 2018 what action the Scottish Government will take to improve the implementation of the one-plus-two modern languages policy in broad general education.


The Local Storytelling Campaign

13 September 2018 (SISF)

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival (SISF) takes place 19-31 October. Across Scotland, schools and communities are encouraged to take part in an initiative that celebrates the art of storytelling under the theme Growing Stories. The Local Campaign, running from Monday 17 September – Friday 30 November, aims to highlight how stories help communities connect, grow together and play a vital part in preserving heritage and cultures for new generations.

To celebrate, audiences are invited to book a storyteller for a local event, strike-up new community activity and engagement with storytelling. 

Visit the Scottish International Storytelling Festival website for more information and suggested ways to take part.


Time to Move T-shirt contest

13 September 2018 (Eurodesk)

The Time to Move T-shirt contest returns in 2018! 

If you are at least 13 years old and not more than 30, design a Time to Move themed T-shirt that best represents the spirit of the campaign, share it with us and have a chance to travel around Europe by train!

Time to Move is a collection of events for young people organised all over Europe during the month of October. The activities focus on introducing hundreds of possibilities through which you can go abroad and take part in an international project, explore Europe or gain experience you need for your future.

Visit the website for more information and submit entries by 31 October 2018.


UK Linguistics Olympiad (UKLO) 2019

13 September 2018 (UKLO)

UKLO is a competition for students who are still at school (or equivalent college) – any age, any ability level – in which they have to solve linguistic data problems. It’s completely free to both competitors and schools.

Teachers can now register their school for the United Kingdom Linguistics Olympiad (UKLO) 2019. Round 1 will take place from 4-8 February.

Visit the UKLO website for more information about the competition and registration.


Lefèvre Trust school grants for French study visits

13 September 2018 (British Council)

The British Council is working in partnership with the Lefèvre Trust to offer a limited number of grants to Scottish secondary schools to facilitate reciprocal visits to partner schools in France. The opportunity marks the final round of Lefèvre funding and recognises the recently re-signed Memorandum of Understanding between Scotland and France. 

Schools interested in applying should have an existing link to France through a partnership or exchange. Projects with a STEM focus, and from schools in underprivileged areas, are encouraged.

A French study visit is the ideal way to instil a love of the French language in learners, give them exposure to authentic language usage and enable them to experience French culture first-hand. Pupils can also benefit from:

  • raised levels of language proficiency in preparation for exams
  • improved confidence in speaking French by practising with peers at the partner school
  • increased motivation in continuing to learn French by exchanging language and culture in an authentic environment
  • strengthened partnership and development of new cross-curricular projects for the whole school.

Visit the British Council website for more information and apply by 19 November 2018.


One Arabic-English translator shares his experience

13 September 2018 (British Council )

Tony Calderbank has been translating from Arabic to English since 1992. He shares some of the knowledge he has acquired along the way. 


CBeebies, CBBC go Gaelic

13 September 2018 (Kidscreen)

BBC Studios has inked a deal with Scottish channel BBC ALBA to bring content from CBeebies and CBBC into Scotland starting on September 17. The Gaelic-language channel is run by Gaelic media service MG ALBA, in partnership with the BBC.

Preschool channel CBeebies will run on ALBA for an hour every evening, ending with a nightly bedtime story, and followed by an hour of Gaelic CBBC content.

The partnership effectively quadruples the amount of original Gaelic children’s content on BBC ALBA, where the CBeebies and CBBC branded blocks will have a similar look and feel to their English-language versions, but with some new talent presenting in the Gaelic children’s zones alongside existing BBC personalities.


UK-German Connection - Back to School Newsletter 2018

13 September 2018 (UK-German Connection)

Make this a year to remember for your school; welcome a German teacher, take part in our funded Christmas trips to Germany and support your Language Assistant to become a Cultural Exchange Ambassador!

Find out about these initiatives and more in the UK-German Connection 'Back to School' newsletter.


Theatre play for schools - The Arrival

13 September 2018 (Education Scotland)

A new theatre play, The Arrival, will be touring Scotland from 26 September to 26 October 2018.

The story is about a man that travels to a new land in search of a future for his family.

The play and classroom activities are targeted at S1-S2 pupils. The aim is to engage the students in the world of The Arrival throughout the day, setting up playful interventions, happenings and surprises that create the sense of an event, building towards a performance of the play after lunch.

The key fact is that the play is accessible to deaf, hearing and people who have English as a second/other language.

See the trailer and visit the website for more information and to book.


Worldwide Napier magazine - Call for contributions

12 September 2018 (Edinburgh Napier University)

Do you have young linguists with a passion for writing? Then here's a great opportunity for budding authors!

Worldwide Napier is a free magazine showcasing the work of language students at Edinburgh Napier University.

Senior pupils at secondary school are invited to submit contributions for the second edition of the magazine in French, German and Spanish by 31 October 2018.

You can read the first issue online and see the attached introductory letter and poster for more information.


Inspiring language learning and teaching in the early years

12 September 2018 (ECML)

ECML are hosting professionals in early years’ education at a workshop on “Inspiring language learning and teaching in the early years – Why it matters and what it looks like for children aged 3-12 years” in Graz, Austria on 12-13 September 2018.

The project is designed to help professionals harness opportunities inherent in linguistically diverse classrooms and use them for the benefit of all pupils. Those involved in early-years education, at whatever level, can in particular find evidence here of good practice and a variety of teaching and learning tools to develop learners’ language competence. 

Visit the ECML website for more details and developments.


DAAD German writing and video competition 2018

10 September 2018 (DAAD)

In addition to accompanying written texts, competitors are asked this year to make a short video on ‘Auf deutschen Spuren - In the footsteps of German-language culture’.

Find out about historical or current traces of German-language culture in your area and create a short film not exceeding 3 minutes featuring German-language dialogue or voice-over. Judges will be looking for creativity and language use - rather than technical ability.

The competition is open to all German speakers upwards from secondary school level.

Find out more about the competition on the DAAD website and submit entries by 5 October 2018.


'Host a Teacher' Programme: free CPD opportunity

10 September 2018 (UK-German Connection)

Welcome a teacher from Germany to any department in your school for 1, 2 or 3 weeks in 2019 to give your pupils a real-life learning context for German language and culture.

What are the benefits?

  1. Choose your own timings - it's flexible and free!
  2. Enhance the intercultural dimension in your school community
  3. Share best practice on an international level
  4. Boost speaking confidence in your classrooms
  5. Create a connection with a German school

"The guest teacher's input into our curriculum was excellent. She came equipped with resources and lessons, which she delivered to our classes, helping to boost the numbers opting for German."

To find out how you can take part, please visit the UK-German Connection website and apply by 21 September 2018 to host in spring or summer.


Curriculum for GLE and GME

10 September 2018 (Education Scotland)

e-Sgoil is an interactive, real-time teaching facility which uses Glow, Office 365 and Vscene to support the teaching of Gaelic and through Gaelic in any school in Scotland. It supports the curriculum for 1+2, Gaelic Learner and Gaelic Medium Education. A short promotional video is available on the Education Scotland learning blog.


Maths Week Scotland - Mathématiques sans frontières / Maths wi nae borders

7 September 2018 (North Lanarkshire Council)

As part of Maths Week Scotland, pupils of all ages can participate in the 'Maths wi nae borders' competition, which requires students to respond to one of the questions in either Gaelic or Scots.

The new competition is inspired by 'Mathématiques sans frontières'. North Lanarkshire Council, the University of the West of Scotland and Heriot Watt University work together to encourage young language learners to apply their knowledge in a Maths setting.

This stimulating and light-hearted competition for secondary schools combines Maths and Modern Languages and aims to motivate pupils in both their Maths and Language Learning.  S4 classes attempt 10 questions and S5 classes 13 questions.  Ideally a whole class should tackle groups of questions in order to complete the test within the 60 minutes allowed.

The first question require an explanation in a foreign language.  It is hoped that this competition will encourage cross-curricular working and teamwork.

This year 42 teams from 27 schools took part in 'Mathématiques sans Frontières', the winning team in S4 was Girvan Academy and the S5 winners and overall winning school was Grange Academy.

Look out for the e-mail invitation inviting you to take part in January 2019.

CLPL for Beyond the Panda

5 September 2018 (RZSS)

Would you like to find out more about 'Beyond the Panda' and what it offers to assist Mandarin language learning? As the first science specialist Confucius Classroom in the world, we would like to invite you to a FREE session for teachers at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo on Tuesday 6 November 2018. 

Find out answers to these questions and more:

  • What is a 'panda box'?
  • How can our programme mix science with language? 
  • What else does the programme offer?
  • What does a science specialist Confucius Classroom mean? 

Two CLPL sessions available 10.30-12.30 and 3.00-5.00 on Tuesday 6 November. Booking essential as limited to 20 teachers per session. Open to Primary and Secondary teachers. 

Meet Sandie Robb, the RZSS language specialist along with Hù Wáng, our Confucius Classroom teacher. 

Contact  or 07963 070654 to book a place. 

HSBC/British Council Mandarin Chinese speaking competition 2018/19

3 September 2018 (British Council)

A great, fun opportunity for students to practise and improve their Mandarin Chinese language skills. 

Taking part in the competition:

  • increases students’ motivation for learning the language
  • develops vocabulary and improves pronunciation
  • raises confidence for oral examinations
  • encourages students to interact with their classmates
  • inspires students to discover more about Chinese culture.

The prize is a week in Beijing! Students will visit historical sites, interact with Chinese students and experience Chinese culture with the British Council, who have over twenty years’ experience in running cultural exchanges with China.

Applications for the 2018/19 competition are now open. Apply by Friday 5 October 2018.

Visit the British Council website for more information and to download the application form.


New School Year – New Season of NALDIC blogging

3 September 2018 (EAL Journal)

NALDIC has an ever-expanding membership, creating a vibrant and supportive national (and increasingly international) community of educators and advocates. If you’re in EAL you need to be in NALDIC! If you’re not yet a member please consider signing up. All members get our flagship magazine The EAL Journal every term, full access to the members’ area of our website, and free or reduced price entry to NALDIC events. 

This year we will be taking the national conference to Leeds on Saturday 17 November, where the theme of the event is Evidence Informed Practice for EAL, and features keynote speaker Jean Conteh author of The EAL Teaching Book, among many other classics on teaching multilingual learners. 

We’d love to hear from you if you would like to write for NALDIC. We are always on the lookout for contributors to the blog. We accept pitches for posts about research, practice, and advocacy around EAL and multilingualism.

Read the blogpost for more information on NALDIC's upcoming events and opportunities.


Introduction to Kansai dialect self-study course

3 September 2018 (Japan Foundation)

The new free Introduction to Kansai Dialect A2 self-study course is available at Minato, Japan Foundation's Japanese language learning e-platform.

Kansai is a region in the west of Japan famous for its delicious food, fascinating history and distinctive dialect. Studying the famous dialect of the region is one way to really discover the vibrant culture of Kansai. 



3 September 2018 (SCHOLAR)

SCHOLAR has updated the Higher French, German and Spanish pages to reflect the changes to Higher which are now in place. SCHOLAR on-line tutor, Douglas Angus, will be hosting a webinar on Monday 17 September at 6pm for an hour to look at the changes, and to talk about the implications for teaching and learning of the new format for Higher Modern Languages. To take part in this event please log in as guest. The webinar will be broadcast live and recorded so it can be downloaded if you miss it.

There will be sessions for pupils at Higher and Advanced Higher level this year again, starting in November. For Higher, amongst the sessions will be on on the Assignment-Writing and for Advanced Higher on on the Portfolio and Specialist Study. Meanwhile, last year’s sessions are still available on the SCHOLAR website, but are open to all and do not require a password.


Juvenes Translatores 2018

1 September 2018 (European Commission)

The European Commission has just launched Juvenes Translatores 2018, a translation contest for schools in the European Union. 

Schools wishing to participate must respond by registering electronically on the website between 1 September and 20 October 2018.

Selected schools will be able to enter between two and five students, who must have been born in 2001. Each student can choose to translate from any official EU language into any other official EU language.

Further information, rules and criteria can be found on the Juvenes Translatores website.


Education Scotland Gaelic Newsletter

31 August 2018 (Education Scotland)

The latest edition of Education Scotland's newsletter for Gaelic education is now available online.


French courses in Edinburgh now enrolling

29 August 2018 (Institut français)

Ready for la rentrée? The Institut français will be commencing classes for adults and children on 18 September 2018.

Open Days are available on 8 and 10 September where you can meet the teachers, have your level assessed and see the premises.

Visit the Institut français website for more information.


The Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival (ESFF)

27 August 2018 (Consejería de Educación)

The fifth Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival (ESFF) will run from 4 -13 October 2018. Primary and secondary schools are invited to take part in its School Programme.

Also, to link with the Year of Young People, special workshops and screenings have been prepared that will explore Spanish language, cinema and youth.

More information and how to book places can be found on the attached invitation letters.

SQA Higher Modern Languages webinars

27 August 2018 (SQA)

SQA is running three webinars in September covering updates to Higher Modern Languages:

  • Tuesday 4th September 5-6pm

  • Monday 10th September 5-6pm

  • Thursday 27th September 5-6pm

Content will be the same on all three dates. Register on the SQA booking system.

If colleagues are finding they cannot get a place on the webinar they can contact the SQA events team or 0345 213 5580 who would in turn contact colleagues if spaces on webinars become available. 


Updates from SQA - Modern Languages

24 August 2018 (SCILT/SQA)

Revised Higher Specimen Question Papers for use in session 2018-19 onwards are now available on the main Higher Modern Languages webpage.  Revised marking instructions for Directed Writing are currently only available in the Specimen Question papers.

Exemplars of Higher Directed Writing valid from session 2018/19 with associated commentary written in line with the revised marking instructions for Directed Writing are now available.  There are currently 8 exemplars in French and Spanish with other languages available in due course.

Exemplars of Higher Assignment-writing valid from session 2018/19 with associated commentary written in line with the marking instructions for assignment-writing are now available. There are currently 6 exemplars in French, German and Spanish, with other languages available in due course.

All exemplars can be found on

Exemplars of talking performances at Higher valid from session 2018/19 are now available. These include associated commentary written in line with the marking instructions for performance-talking.  Exemplars of talking performances at National 5 are also available. Both can be found on the understanding standards area on the SQA secure website.


Magical Christmas Trip

21 August 2018 (UK-German Connection)

Would you like to take part in a Magical Christmas Trip this year and build on or set up a partnership with a school in Germany?

These visits offer primary pupils the chance to get a taste of Germany at Christmas time, meet their German peers and get involved in some seasonal intercultural activity. Secondary pupils have the opportunity to brush up on their German and practice their skills as young leaders.

There are two options for getting involved:

  • apply to take part in a visit to Berlin run by UK-German Connection to set up a link to a school in Berlin
  • apply for funding and organisational support to run your own Christmas visit to an existing partner school anywhere in Germany.

Application deadline: 18 September 2018.

Visit the UK-German Connection website for more information.


Deaf Science Club

20 August 2018 (Glasgow Science Centre)

Due to popular demand, Glasgow Science Centre is running a second Deaf Science Club starting on Saturday 8 September 2018. 

The fortnightly science club has been created for Deaf, BSL users and those hard of hearing.

Budding scientists aged 6–14 years old can explore the Universe in the Planetarium, see a live science show full of spectacular demonstrations and get hands-on in workshops.


Graduate distance learning Diplomas in French or German or Spanish

20 August 2018 (University of Dundee)

New intake: The online Graduate Diplomas in French, German or Spanish are accredited by the General Teaching Council Scotland GTCS for teachers wishing to teach another language. The course runs 2 years part-time and starts in October 2018, University of Dundee.

The courses are taught online and via Skype and suitable for learners with an entry level comparable to a Higher or equivalent.  On completion graduates are expected to be at C1 level (CEFR) .

For further information please see the distance learning page of the University of Dundee website. 

Please contact us at if you wish to discuss any aspect of the courses, or your application. 


Runrig say farewell as Stòrlann launch rocking resource

20 August 2018 (Stòrlann)

Legendary Gaelic rock band Runrig said farewell at the end of a 45 year career with a two-night event which attracted 50,000 people to Stirling Castle. At the event were showcases for FilmG, the Gaelic Sort Film Project, and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Scotland’s Gaelic College. FilmG’s theme this year is “In the Blink of an Eye.” Stòrlann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig have also launched a newly developed Runrig resource for use in schools, alongside redeveloping their Fileanta website for Gaelic Medium Education in Secondary.

Access the resources via the following links:

Gaelic eLearning by eSgoil available to learners all across Scotland

20 August 2018 (eSgoil)

Comhairle nan Eilean’s eSgoil is offering National 5 and Higher Gaelic (Learners) via computer - these will be open to school pupils and adult learners anywhere. All you need is a computer with internet access.

Get in touch with Angus MacLennan or Catriona Currie at if you or learners within your school would be interested in this opportunity

This is the timetable for the classes.

  • Monday 8:50-10:30 
  • Wednesday 14:00-14:45 
  • Thursday 13:55-15:35 
  • Friday 12:25-13:15

Japanese Language Local Project Support Programme 2018-19

20 August 2018 (Japan Foundation)

If your school is interested in introducing Japanese into the curriculum, supporting Japanese at GCSE or A-Level or starting a Japanese Club, you could be eligible for funding.

Institutions can apply for up to £3000 for non-profit-making projects or activities which promote Japanese language education in the UK.

Visit the Japan Foundation website for more information and apply by 22 September 2018.


Leadership Award for Gaelic Education: 2 and 3 November 2018, 30 November and 1 December 2018

19 August 2018 (Education Scotland)

We are delighted to announce that the Leadership Award for educators of Gaelic Medium Education (GME) organised by Social Enterprise Academy, in collaboration with Education Scotland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig, is being offered in November and December 2018. This is a professional learning opportunity which is tailored to build leadership capacity in GME. It is delivered through the medium of Gaelic. The Leadership Award is endorsed by the Scottish College of Educational Leadership (SCEL), with accreditation by the Institute of Leadership and Management Award at SCQF level 9 and is funded by Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

Visit Education Scotland's learning blog for more information.


German courses for the new term

17 August 2018 (Goethe-Institut)

We offer German courses from beginners to advanced levels. If you are a complete beginner or attended a course in the previous semester, you can enrol by phone or online. New students with some previous knowledge are invited to pop in during our Assessment Open Days. 

Visit the Goethe-Institut website for more information.


Vive le Fringe ! 2018

16 August 2018 (Institut français)

From 3-27 August, the Institut français d'Ecosse will be hosting Fringe shows from exciting French, Scottish, and European artists based locally and on the continent.

Edinburgh-based Ludens Ensemble will perform Forbidden Stories, a devised multimedia performance, which questions cultural homogeneity, notions of otherness, and religious and nationalist tensions in the context of the partition of Greek and Turk communities on Cyprus.

(Mes)Dames, a contemporary dance piece choreographed by Constant VigierScottish Ballet First Artist trained at the Opera national de Paris School of Dance, and set to the music of Christine and the Queens and Perfume Genius, offers a feminist gaze on the place of woman and femininity in modern society.

Berlin’s Duo Mimikry, composed of Nicolas Rocher and Elias Elastisch, bring Visual Short Stories, a series of non-verbal comedy vignettes, to the Institut français d’Ecosse. The French and German pair uses their expert miming skills and filmlike narrative techniques to deliver pitch black visual comedy.

Rounding out the programming in the Institut’s largest performance space, the Emilienne Moreau-Evrard room, is Out of Place, a show about a man who, despite his best efforts, never seems to find his place in life. Created and performed by Guérassim Dichliev, a gifted mime and physical comedian who trained at the Marcel Marceau International School of Miming, this one-clown show draws upon his experiences of displacement, both working in the theatre and living as a Bulgarian national in Paris for more than 25 years.

In SWAP/TROC, the Paisley-based Sita Pieraccini (much praised for Bird, performed as part of the 2016 Made in Scotland showcase) joins forces with the French clown Corentin Boisset to create a new work to be performed in the Institut’s dedicated children’s space, the Théâtre des Enfants. This poetic and subtle clown show will see Sita and Corentin desperately sashaying their way through the airport’s no man’s land in search of what one lost, and the other found.

Finally, for the youngest of audiences, the Crazy Comics Puppets will transform the Kieffer room into a puppet theatre, performing two different shows, The Carnival of the Animalsand A Cake for CubitusRodrigue and Janvier, two French bande dessinée authors will bring to life some of the most iconic characters from French comics, alternating between English on odd days and French on even days. In addition to these shows aimed at children 5 and up, Rodrigue will also be delivering a series of free illustration masterclasses for participants of all ages and experience levels alongside Janvier and local Scottish writer Scott MacKay.

See the Institut français d'Ecosse website for more information.


Concours de la francophonie 2019

16 August 2018 (Institut français)

The Institut français d’Ecosse launched in 2016 le concours de la francophonie, a national school competition to encourage all young French learners and their teachers around Scotland to celebrate the international day of la francophonie.

All Scottish primary and secondary schools offering French may enter this competition by submitting a short video of a classroom activity in French. Entry deadline: January 2019.

Visit the Institut français d’Ecosse website for more information. 


Institut français d'Ecosse After School Club

16 August 2018 (Institut français)

Paris, c'est parti!

This is the Autumn theme for the new Institut français d'Ecosse After School Club!

The programme, aimed at children from P1 to P7, is the fruit of a collaboration between French Drama company Theatre Sans Accents, the puppet theatre company Le Petit Monde and the institute.

So needless to say, fun and creativity will be at the fore front of all the activities!

For more information, please visit the Institut français d'Ecosse website and click on the 'Autumn Classes 2018' PDF for details.


French courses in Glasgow now enrolling

13 August 2018 (Alliance Française)

Enrolments are now being taken at the Alliance Française for la Rentrée. Click on the appropriate link below to find out more.

Visit the Alliance Française main website for information about their other available activities.


Fantastic opportunity to get involved in international work

9 August 2018 (YouthLink Scotland)

YouthLink Scotland, its members and UK/German Connection have teamed up to offer an opportunity to share experiences and make new links between our two countries.

This is an exciting opportunity for workers and the young people (aged 14-21) they work with to get together with German counterparts here and in Germany.

The commitment is two residential weekends taking place in October and December - one in Scotland and one in Berlin.

Places are limited so get in touch soon. The deadline for expressions of interest is 30 August 2018.


RCS Haven E-Bulletin - August 2018

8 August 2018 (RCS Haven)

The Russian Centre in Scotland Haven's latest news bulletin is now available. 


Scotland-Russia Forum news bulletin

7 August 2018 (SRF)

The latest news bulletin from the SRF is now available which includes upcoming events and activities in Scotland and beyond.


UNESCO launches the website for the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL2019)

7 August 2018 (UNESCO)

The International Day of the World's Indigenous People's is well-timed for UNESCO to launch a special website, IYIL2019, dedicated to the International Year of Indigenous languages (IY2019) which will be commemorated by UNESCO’s members and partners throughout 2019.

The website will contribute to raising the awareness about this International Year and about the urgent need to preserve, revitalize and promote indigenous languages around the world.


Scottish Gaelic Awards 2018

7 August 2018 (Scottish Gaelic Awards)

The Daily Record, alongside headline sponsor Bòrd na Gàidhlig are proud to launch the 2018 campaign to celebrate Gaelic culture, education and language highlighting the excellent work undertaken to maintain growth and heritage.

Visit the website for more information and submit your nomination by 25 September 2018.


Concours de la francophonie 2018 - final report

17 July 2018 (Institut français d'Ecosse)

The Concours de la francophonie was launched in 2016 by the Institut français d'Ecosse to support and encourage teachers and learners in primary and secondary schools and to showcase the vitality of French learning in Scottish schools in the context of the 1+2 policy.

To enter the competition schools sent in a short film of a class activity in French.

See the attached document for full details of the 2018 competition, winners and photographs.

Opportunity for young people during the Fringe

12 July 2018 (Theatre Sans Accents)

Theatre Sans Accents is on the lookout for 4 young people aged 16-25 who are passionate about the performing arts and with an interest in foreign languages and cultures (please note you don't have to be speaking a foreign language or be an experienced artist to apply to this!).

TSA will be running two free (but ticketed) events on Monday 13th August on the topic of Bilingualism and Theatre as part of the Festival at Fringe Central:

  • A practical workshop in the morning exploring foreign languages in theatre 
  • A conversation/debate in the afternoon between a panel of young people, a panel of artists and the audience about the future of British and foreign artists in the UK post Brexit

Award-winning artists and companies Le Petit Monde, Brite Theatre, Jabuti Theatre, Fronteiras Theatre, Ludens Ensemble, Charioteer Theatre and Bilingualism Matters will be present on the day.

If you're selected to be on the panel you can also attend the practical workshop.

All we need from you is a short paragraph about why you wish to participate and why this conversation matters to you.

Any questions, please contact Marion Geoffray at 


Higher Modern Languages webinar recordings

21 June 2018 (SQA)

The SQA has published a recording of the Higher Modern Languages webinar that took place on 19 June. The webinar provides guidance on the revised course assessment for session 2018-19.

Webinars can also be accessed from the Understanding Standards website.


Landeskunde German workshops

21 June 2018 (Goethe-Institut)

These workshop at level B1/B2 combine language training in German with topical information on various aspects of German language and culture.

Various dates are available in July, August and September 2018.

Visit the Goethe-Institut website for more information and to book your place.


Stòrlann put Runrig and Sporting Hero resources on-line for Gaelic Medium Education in Secondary

20 June 2018 (Stòrlann)

Stòrlann have also published new literacy resources for Gaelic Medium Education, including a resource about legendary Gaelic rockers Runrig. This multimedia unit comes as the band prepare for their swan song gig in Stirling in August, bowing out after 45 long and successful years promoting Gaelic song and music. It is hoped the resource will teach learners about Runrig’s important legacy for many years to come. There is also a new resource about Highland Sporting Heroes - Laoich Spòrs Gàidhealach.


Ceumannan 5 - New Health and Wellbeing unit on-line for Gaelic Learners by end of session

20 June 2018 (Stòrlann)

Stòrlann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig are about to publish online the second unit of the final book in the Ceumannan series for Gaelic Learners. Like all the resources in the series which launched in 2009, Ceumannan 5 Aonad 2 - Slàinte agus Sunnd, has been written by Emma Christie. It is aimed at Higher and Advanced Higher Gaelic (Learners). When the resource becomes available at the end of June 2018, it will be available on the Stòrlann website.



20 June 2018 (FilmG)

The successful Film G project which encourages the use of Gaelic through film-making has entered it’s 11th year. Film G is run by MG Alba in partnership with CGS and has been a very popular event for Gaelic Learners and Fluent speakers alike over the last decade. Film G organise school visits and more information can be found on their website.


CLAS - Successful Gaelic teachers conference held at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig 2/3 June

20 June 2018 (CLAS)

CLAS - Comann Luchd-Teagaisg Àrd-Sgoiltean, the professional body for Gaelic Secondary Teachers in Scotland, held a successful CLPL conference at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Scotland’s Gaelic College in the Isle of Skye on 2 & 3 June. SCILT was in attendance along with other speakers, as colleagues took the opportunity to share their hopes and concerns about Gaelic Education in the present time.

If you are a Gaelic teacher or a teacher who speaks Gaelic and would like to be come a member, contact Catriona MacPhee via CLAS’ facebook page.


A National Framework for Languages supporting implementation of 1+2

19 June 2018 (SCDE)

The Scottish Council of Deans of Education (SCDE) Languages Group, which represents all language strands within the Schools of Education across Scottish Universities, has created a National Framework for Languages (NFfL) and associated digital resource to support teacher educators and teachers at all stages of their careers, with the aim of transforming the 1 + 2 Languages Policy in Scotland into purposeful classroom pedagogies promoting plurilingualism and pluriliteracies.

The NFfL is based on four overarching principles: plurilingualism, diversity, policy and legislation and transformative practice, and reflects the strands of the Professional Standards established by GTCS. For each of these strands the NFfL has identified a series of statements which encourage practitioners to consider a broad and inclusive understanding of the role of language in and for learning. These statements are linked to the associated digital resources: a reflective tool and digital resource bank.
The reflective tool includes a personal biography based on Pepelino and the European Language Portfolio as well as a series of reflective questions. These reflective questions are directly linked to the statements of the NFfL and aim to support teachers in evaluating their own practices.

The digital resource bank was created after a systematic review of the international literature covering formal language learning across all ages and stages, the increasingly complex demands of plurilingual and pluricultural classrooms and the need to develop a shared understanding of the role of languages for learning, which addresses the fundamental role played by languages (including the learners’ first language) in developing global citizens.

The NFfL and accompanying digital resources are now being piloted and can be accessed on the National Framework for Languages (NFfL) website.

Further information can be obtained from Ingeborg Birnie (


Language Futures success at Grainville School

18 June 2018 (ALL/Language Futures)

Language Futures is an exciting, highly personalised and innovative approach to languages teaching and learning which aims to broaden languages provision. It has been designed to foster deep learner engagement and enable students to take responsibility for their own learning, which they are encouraged to extend beyond the classroom. Apart from language development, the approach encourages the development of a wide range of skills such as creativity, tenacity and the ability to carry out research and work both independently and in groups.

As part of the approach, students choose a language they wish to study, with several languages being learnt in any one classroom situation.

Find out more about the initiative, how it's being successfully applied at Grainville School in Jersey and how you can launch the approach in your own school.



18 June 2018 (British Council)

British Council is excited to announce the launch of GlobeScotters! We've partnered with @YoungScot to inspire Scotland's young people to embrace the international opportunities available to them at home and abroad!

Over the next six months the GlobeScotters website will be updated with all things international - from funding opportunities, to fun videos on international foods and some big Young Scot Rewards prizes!

Whether you are studying abroad next term, or want to learn about different cultures in your community, we have you covered!


‘Language Linking, Global Thinking’: The Life-Changing Impacts of Travel

14 June 2018 (University of Stirling)

As you’ll have gathered from this blog, a good number of our students opt to apply for English Language Assistantships every year, whether between their 2nd and 3rd years or as graduates. For the past few years, some of our ELA students have also participated in SCILT’s ‘Language Linking, Global Thinking’ scheme during their year as assistants and we thought it’d be good to get a sense of what this actually involves – from the perspective of the students involved.


Creative Multilingualism

14 June 2018 (University of Oxford)

Creative Multilingualism is a 4-year research programme aiming to release the creative potential of languages, shine a spotlight on the UK's hidden multilingualism and celebrate the many benefits of language learning.

Visit the Creative Multilingualism website to explore the programme and projects.


Language Linking Global Thinking

12 June 2018 (University of Edinburgh)

French and Spanish MA (Hons) student, Róisín MacFarlane, describes her involvement in SCILT’s Year Abroad schools initiative.

Róisín and three other students from the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) recently attended a course with Scotland’s National Centre for Languages (SCILT) preparing both students and teachers for the Language Linking Global Thinking (LLGT) project.

In this article - her first as Web, Communications and Social Media Intern for LLC - she talks about the LLGT programme and explains why so many schools and students are getting involved.


New European Commission Proposal for a Council Recommendation on improving the teaching and learning of languages

12 June 2018 (ECML)

On 22 May 2018 the European Commission adopted a set of proposed Council Recommendations and other policy documents under the headline “Building a stronger Europe: the role of youth, education and culture policies”. The press communication and the Recommendation on a comprehensive approach to language teaching and learning, together with its annex and Staff Working Document, which provides the scientific background for the Recommendation, as well as many examples of good practice are all now available online.


Host a Teacher from Germany

12 June 2018 (UK-German Connection)

Opportunity for UK schools to boost their intercultural dimension by welcoming a teacher from Germany to any department for one, two or three weeks this school year.

This free programme provides pupils with a real-life learning context for German language and culture and offers teachers the chance to share best practice on an international level.

Hosting can take place at any time during the school year.

Application deadlines - 26 July for autumn 2018 hosting slots and 21 September to host in spring/summer 2019.

Visit the UK-German Connection website for more information.


SQA update for teachers of Higher Modern Languages

11 June 2018 (SQA)

Course support notes and coursework assessment tasks for session 2018-19 are now available, including the new assignment-writing task and performance-talking. Download them from the SQA Higher Modern Languages website ‘2018-19 session’ section.


The 50-Word Fiction Competition

8 June 2018 (Scottish Book Trust)

Can you write a story in just 50 words? Each month we’ll provide a prompt to get you started, but where the story goes from there is entirely up to you.

The competition includes four categories, Adult Writers, All-age Gaelic Writers, Young Writers 5-11 and Young Writer 12-18. The entries will be judged by a panel and the four winning stories will be published on our website two weeks after the closing date.

Entries for our June competition are currently open. The prompt is to 'write a story set on a beach'. Submit your story by Tuesday 3 July 2018 at noon. 

Visit the Scottish Book Trust website for more information.


Stephen Spender Trust - Polish Spotlight

7 June 2018 (Stephen Spender Trust)

The "Polish Spotlight" is a new strand of the Stephen Spender Prize for 2018, with entries in three categories: 18-and-under, 14-and-under and 10-and-under. You do not have to be fluent in Polish to enter the prize: it is open to all those interested in trying their hand at translation. To enter translate any Polish poem into English.

Resources for teachers to introduce poetry translation as a classroom activity, and suggestions of Polish poems for translation, are available on the Stephen Spender Trust website.

Entries should be submitted by 5 October 2018.


International youth event in Berlin: Youth for Peace

7 June 2018 (UK-German Connection)

Are you interested in Europe, history and peace? Do you want to learn more about World War I and its consequences? Do you want to know how other societies experienced the war and how you can personally contribute to a peaceful future in and around Europe?

To commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, the Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO), along with partners, is organising an International Youth Meeting in Berlin. The event will bring together 500 young people from across Europe and beyond to discuss topics such as war, peace and history in an international setting. It will take place from Wednesday 14 November – Sunday 18 November, 2018.

As a partner organisation, UK-German Connection are recruiting a group of 18-22 year olds from the UK to attend this youth event.

Visit the UK-German Connection website for more information and apply by 17 June 2018.


ECML European Language Gazette No 42

7 June 2018 (ECML)

The May-June 2018 edition of the ECML's European Language Gazette is now available. In addition to a round-up of activities and initiatives in language education across Europe, this issue includes the opportunity for language professionals to contribute to the brainstorming on priorities in language education for the coming years by completing an online survey. The survey is open until 11 June 2018.


Briefing on Gaelic Education

7 June 2018 (Education Scotland)

Education Scotland's latest briefing on Gaelic Education is now available on their website.


Scottish Education Awards 2018 - Winners announced!

6 June 2018 (Scottish Education Awards)

Congratulations to all the winners in this year's Scottish Education Awards, particularly those schools who came top in the language categories:

  • Larbert High School Cluster (1+2 Languages Award)
  • Greenfaulds High School (Gaelic Education Award

Visit the Scottish Education Award website for information and photos of all the category winners.


eTwinning: European professional development workshops

6 June 2018 (eTwinning)

This term, why not apply to go on a short, fully-funded workshop in another European country?

Applications are now open for teachers of pupils aged 3-19 across a range of subject areas to attend a fully-funded 2-3 day professional development workshop in Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, France and Greece. 

These events are designed to facilitate new eTwinning projects through partner-finding and project planning activities. Workshop themes and subject areas are varied, spanning ICT, Maths, and sustainable development.

Find out about, request a free workshop in the UK or register for one or more of the available opportunities on the eTwinning website. Application deadline: 18 June 2018.


Improve literacy in your classroom with the International School Award

5 June 2018 (British Council)

The International School Award (ISA) can help you to develop your pupils' literacy.

Classroom teachers like Natalie Richardson testify to the ISA’s effectiveness as a tool to improve the motivation of students to improve their spelling, grammar and handwriting. That’s because the international work that schools undertake to complete their journey to the ISA gives students an audience for their work. They want to improve their skills because they want to look good in front of an audience of their own peers.

The ISA changes the culture of a school by opening up the classroom to the world and enriching the curriculum with cross-curriculum work.

The International School Award works for all schools, primary and secondary, urban and rural, multicultural and monocultural, everyone has something to gain.

Register your interest and find out more on the British Council Schools Online website.


Related Links

How to make an international outlook one of your core skills (TES, 5 March 2018). After achieving the British Council’s International School Award, one teacher explains how their school has taken international learning to the next level with a "fifth floor" approach to different languages and culture. Take inspiration from their experience.

1+2 Advice - Gaelic (Learners)

30 May 2018 (Education Scotland)

The 1+2 Advice has been updated with information on Gaelic (Learners) as L3 and challenge questions. The challenge questions are designed to support senior leaders and teachers with self-evaluation. They are based on the Quality Indicators of How good is our school? The Gaelic version of the 1+2 Advice is available .

Early language learning: "Inspiring language learning in the early years – why it matters and what it looks like for children age 3 to 12"

29 May 2018 (ECML)

The educational landscape of Europe continues to change. An increasing number of teachers and educators find themselves in multilingual classrooms where the language of schooling, or a version of it, is but one means of communication used by their pupils. How can all participants in the learning process negotiate and create educational capital from this ongoing situation? This is one of the main questions of the project “Inspiring language learning in the early years – why it matters and what it looks like for children age 3 to 12“.

This project, established by the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) of the Council of Europe, aims to enable professionals to utilize the full range of their own linguistic repertoires while facilitating the use and development of those of their pupils.


Summer camps and intensive language classes

29 May 2018 (Institut français d’Écosse )

Institut français d’Écosse is offering summer camps and intensive language classes this July. Young people can choose from a fun drama and language camp, an intensive three day language course or a four-week long course this summer.

Institut français d’Écosse is supporting two shows of the Edinburgh International Children's Festival

29 May 2018 (Institut français d’Écosse )

Não Não (for 2-5 yrs) on 2 and 3 June
Le Vent des Forges (France)

Não is a mischievous little boy made of clay who discovers a world of mud, water and talc. Set in a mini amphitheatre of beautifully crafted wood and metal, this humorous performance made entirely out of mouldable clay, explores the sensory and messy escapades of young children.

Watch a preview on YouTube

Ogo (for 2.5-6 yrs) from 28 May to 3 June
Théâtre des Petites Âmes (Canada)
Three strangers have received an invitation to travel with Ogo. But Ogo never comes. This magical show about strangers becoming friends thanks to a mysterious puppet is a wonderful tribute to creativity and imagination, accompanied by live music. A wonderful family show full of surprises.

Watch a preview on YouTube


Calling all creative minds! Take part in the Together arts competition and bring a WWI project to life

29 May 2018 (UK-German Connection)

Encourage your pupils to take part in the UK-German Together arts project for a chance to have their work published and visit the British Embassy in Berlin for a special event! Led by Never Such Innocence, Together invites young people to submit art work, poetry or songs on the theme of hope and unity inspired by the WW1 Centenary.

The deadline for submitting creative work is Friday, 27 July 2018.

Further details

If you’d like to submit a joint entry with your German partner school, you could apply for funding through the Flexible Funding Scheme – World War 1.

German writing and video competition 2018

23 May 2018 (DAAD)

To all learners and lovers of German, it’s time again to release your creative spirit and enter the annual writing DAAD/IMLR writing competition! 

This – our fifth – jointly organised competition branches out into new territory: after successful (and exciting!) forays into poetry, prose, translation and dramatic dialogue writing, competitors are asked this year to make a short video on ‘Auf deutschen Spuren - In the footsteps of German-language culture’.

Find out more and how to enter on the DAAD website. Submission deadline is 5 October 2018.


Alliance Française Glasgow newsletter

25 May 2018 (Alliance Française Glasgow )

The latest newsletter from Alliance Française Glasgow includes information on summer classes and a special children's workshop in late June/early July.


The Babel Young Writers' Competition

18 May 2018 (Babel)

Our 2018 competition is now open to 16-18-year-olds and undergraduates! Young linguists have until 24 August to enter for the chance to be published in Babel No25, to be published in November. The winner also, of course, receives a year's subscription to Babel!

Entries should be no longer than 2,500 words, and can discuss any topic to do with languages and linguistics.

Visit the website for more information.


SALT Modern Languages competition for schools

18 May 2018 (SALT)

Entries are now being accepted for the #SALT18 competition!

Primary, secondary and senior phase students are invited to produce a promotional video, poster or presentation in the language of their choice. 

Find out more on the SALT website. Entry deadline is 7 September 2018.


SQA Higher Modern Languages webinars

17 May 2018 (SQA)

Dates for the next Higher Modern Languages webinars are now available to book on the SQA website (login required).

Sessions are available:

  • 4 September
  • 10 September
  • 29 September


German courses in Glasgow

16 May 2018 (Goethe-Institut)

The Goethe-Institut in Glasgow has a two-week intensive course during summer, 'Kickstart your German'. The course is designed for complete beginners who want to pick up some of the language quickly. There are also certificate exams taking place in June for those who need evidence of their German language skills.

To find out more, follow the relevant link below:

For more information about the Goethe-Institut and other opportunities and activities they offer, visit their website.


An Cuan Sgith / The Little Minch art project connecting islands with Gaelic

14 May 2018 (Sabhal Mòr Ostaig)

A two year visual arts project has connected school pupils from Skye and Benbecula.

The pupils from Bunsgoil Shlèite, Skye and Bunsgoil Baile a' Mhanaich, Benbecula worked with professional artists through the medium of Gaelic.

The project, entitled An Cuan Sgìth/The Little Minch, was led by Lasair Ealain and supported by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.

The aim of the project is to inspire and empower young people to draw their own environment, working with professional artists to encourage their individual forms of expression and a greater understanding of where they live.

After a series of drawing and painting workshops in their own landscapes the children from Bunsgoil Shlèite visited the pupils in Benbecula for 3 days enabling the children to work together with the artists in different sites, share evening activities through Gaelic and make new friends. At the end of the visit, the Balivanich pupils made the ferry journey across to Skye over An Cuan Sgìth (The Little Minch) drawing on the ferry with the Skye pupils and their teachers.

The pupils were able to work with professional artists, such as Julie Brook, Kate Macdonald and Kath MacLeod (Arts Development Officer SMO).

Subsequently each group learnt how to create compositions of specific areas of their landscape based on a number of their sketchbook drawings, enabling the children to collaborate and work together on large scale charcoal drawings.

The sketchbooks, framed A1 drawings, large scale charcoal compositions and a film of the project will form the exhibitions that express their artistic and physical journey, in Taigh Chearsabhagh, North Uist and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Skye on 11 May to 23 June 2018.

The project has been funded by Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Western Isles Council, Young Films, Lasair Ealain.

Taigh Chearsabhagh is funded by Creative Scotland, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, and Highlands & Islands Enterprise.


West Dunbartonshire win at Euroquiz final: St Mary’s Primary School Duntocher team crowned Euroquiz Champions 2018

25 May 2018 (SEET)

Congratulations to the P6 team from St Mary’s Primary School, who won the Scottish European Educational Trust’s National Euroquiz Final 2018, which took place in the Debating Chamber of the Scottish Parliament on 14th May 2018.

St Mary’s Primary School were crowned SEET’s Euroquiz Champions 2018 at the national final. The winners were closely followed by Strathblane Primary School from Stirling who took second place in a nail-biting final round. Gullane Primary School from East Lothian also did incredibly well, winning the prize for third place.

Euroquiz is run by the Scottish European Educational Trust (SEET), a non-political charity, which works to promote language learning, skills development and education about Europe and the wider world to young people across Scotland. The project sees events take place locally at first, with every authority hosting their own heat before progressing to the national Grand Final. Over 470 schools from across Scotland took part in Euroquiz Heats from January to March this year, involving more than 2,300 pupils overall. The winning teams from each of the 31 participating Local Authority areas travelled from far and wide to attend the national final at the Scottish Parliament, all hoping to raise the trophy as winners.

Euroquiz started in 1993 as a small quiz for Edinburgh schools, and has now grown to be a Scotland-wide event, becoming an established and popular part of the primary school calendar. Pupils form teams and use free resources to learn about a series of topics including citizenship, democracy, geography, world history, culture and languages. Through participating in Euroquiz, pupils deepen their knowledge of international affairs, but also have the opportunity to develop team building, confidence, language and communication skills.

The finalists were put through their paces by quizmaster Deputy Presiding Officer Christine Grahame MSP and Külli Nurk from the Office of the European Commission in Scotland. Pupils were cheered on by parents and peers in the public gallery, and even remotely, with many schools tuning in to watch the live broadcast of the event. All participants this year were a credit to their schools and thoroughly impressed all guests in attendance with their knowledge of the world around them. Well done to everyone who took part in Euroquiz 2018!

John Swinney MSP, and Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, said:

“The Euroquiz competition seeks to create an enthusiasm for learning about the rich and diverse cultures of our fellow Europeans, increasing young people’s confidence and their range of core skills.  With these new skills and knowledge there will be new opportunities to shine locally, nationally and globally.

As it has an element of language learning it will also develop our young people’s ability to communicate and this supports the learning about others and the development of active global citizens. That is why Scottish Government are committed to ensuring that language learning throughout school is normal for all our young people.

All the more appropriate during this year of young people that we should shine a light on the fantastic contributions young people make to Scotland and celebrate their achievements. 

Congratulations! ¡Enhorabuena! to everyone who has participated in this year’s Euroquiz and in particular to those of you who have reached the National Final here at the Scottish Parliament.

Bonne chance! Gur math thèid leibh! to all the finalists.”

Deputy Presiding Officer and Euroquiz quizmaster Christine Grahame MSP said:

“It’s been a pleasure to welcome so many passionate and talented young people to the Debating Chamber floor today – especially in what is Scotland’s Year of Young People – a time for our young people to truly shine.

Learning about Scotland’s place in the world and our multicultural society is incredibly important, and I would like to congratulate all of the pupils for their hard work in competing in the grand final today.”

Call out to young film-makers in Scotland

10 May 2018 (National Library of Scotland)

A competition opens today (10 May) which invites young people to show in film what Scotland means to them. The competition has been organised by the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish Youth Film Festival as part of the Year of Young People.

Anyone under 19 years of age can submit a one-minute film on any theme, in any language and in any genre.

Visit the National Library of Scotland website for more information.


Summer French classes in Glasgow

9 May 2018 (Alliance Française)

The Alliance Française in Glasgow are holding summer classes for both children and adults. Follow the relevant link below to find out more information:

Visit the Alliance Française main website for more information about the activities and opportunities they offer.


"Developing language awareness in subject classes": join the network of the European Centre for Modern Languages/Council of Europe!

8 May 2018 (ECML)

Are you a secondary school teacher of a non-linguistic subject (other than mathematics or history) working in a linguistically and culturally diverse school? Do you teach 12/13 year olds whose first language is different from the language of schooling? Are you interested in sharing your subject expertise and exchanging experiences with European professionals in the field of language in subject teaching? Then this project is for you!


Certificate of Continuing Education in Spanish (CCEd)

4 May 2018 (University of Strathclyde)

The School of Humanities at the University of Strathclyde is delighted to invite applications for the Certificate of Continuing Education in Spanish in the academic session 2018-2019.

The Certificate of Continuing Education (CCEd) is an intensive beginners’ class that will bring you up to first-year university standard in a year, with the option of continuing your studies into second year and up to university pass degree level within three years.

These evening degree programmes comprises undergraduate level modules in the language at first, second and third-year levels. The two first-year modules, Introduction 1A and Introduction 1B, are intensive beginners’ classes. They are suitable for people with some or no knowledge of the language but with previous experience of language learning, and would equally suit those with qualifications in the language from some years ago who wish to refresh their knowledge.

The CCEd provides a General Teaching Council approved qualification and has in previous years appealed to candidates from diverse backgrounds including:
  • professional people with an interest in the Spanish-speaking world and their languages (journalists, marketing consultants, entrepreneurs, etc)
  • secondary school teachers wishing to acquire an additional language
  • teachers of classics
  • primary school teachers
  • musicians

​For more information about the course and how to apply, please see the attached document.

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Ground-breaking work on sign languages and the CEFR

3 May 2018 (ECML)

Just six years ago there were no references to sign languages in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

With support from the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe (ECML), today we celebrate the existence of the ground-breaking “Sign Languages and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Common Reference Level Descriptors” (2016), a result of the ECML ProSign1 project. 

One of the strengths of the ProSign descriptors is that they are not language specific, because they focus on communication rather than linguistic competencies. They have been developed to support sign language teachers, sign language learners, academics, policy makers, and others who are concerned with quality sign language learning, teaching and assessment.


Diversity of subjects essential to national prosperity post-Brexit, warns British Academy

2 May 2018 (British Academy)

The British Academy, the UK’s body for the humanities and social sciences, has urged the Government not to prioritise some subjects over others, arguing that a healthy, prosperous and global Britain needs a diversity of graduates.

It also warns of the risks of relying too much on market-driven solutions in a post-Brexit world.

In its submission to the Government’s review of post-18 education and funding, the British Academy highlights the contribution of graduates from the arts, humanities and social sciences to the UK’s culture, economy and international reputation. Many of the 1.25m who study these disciplines each year go on to work in the service sector, which makes up some 80% of the UK’s economy. They also drive the creative industries, one of the UK’s major cultural exports. Others enter jobs of social importance such as teaching and social work.

The British Academy’s submission highlights a growing trend of universities shrinking or closing courses in subjects such as languages and philosophy. In the last decade, at least 10 modern languages departments have closed and a further nine significantly downsized.

The British Academy cites a report for the government published in 2014 which estimates that a lack of foreign language skills could already be costing the UK billions of pounds.


Scotland-Russia Forum news bulletin

2 May 2018 (SRF)

The latest news from the Scotland-Russia Forum (SRF) is now available to read online. Teachers of Russian will be interested to hear the SRF has received funding for their schools project and are looking to organise a teacher exchange. See the bulletin for more information. 


“Beairteas” seeking to add richness to Gaelic education

2 May 2018 (Fèisean nan Gàidheal)

Fèisean nan Gàidheal have launched a new initiative through their Fèisgoil project to help increase Gaelic language skills by creating and strengthening inter-generational links. 

With support from the Scottish Government, Fèisean nan Gàidheal is now seeking assistance from Gaelic speakers to establish Beairteas.

What is it?

Beairteas is an intergenerational programme to match community-based fluent Gaelic speakers with schools and community groups. Their richness of language, specialist knowledge of Gaelic culture and many other subjects about which they could speak in Gaelic, would provide a valuable resource for pupils. This would complement the sterling work being done by teachers in Gaelic education.


Gaelic education is very successful and an essential component in growing a new generation of Gaelic speakers. Teachers work extremely hard to immerse children in the language and deliver a range of subjects through the medium of Gaelic.

Gaelic speakers involved in almost any walk of life have a tremendous amount to offer Gaelic education. The Curriculum for Excellence encourages work and engagement with people in communities.

Beairteas aims to complement schoolwork, offering opportunities for children to communicate in Gaelic with people other than their teachers. Engaging them with Gaelic speakers with specialist knowledge of the work they do or have done, as well as any interesting pastimes in which they may have been involved, will strengthen the language skills of the young people giving them a breadth of vocabulary they may not pick up through their daily schoolwork.

You may be a police officer, involved in the health service, community work or a trade. You may have specialist knowledge of Gaelic songs, history, traditional stories, war, sport or working in other countries. You may be involved in fishing, crofting, gardening, photography, weaving, cooking or almost anything in which you could engage young people through the medium of Gaelic.

Would you be willing to be involved?

If you would enjoy working with young people and are passionate about the revitalisation of Gaelic, Fèisean nan Gàidheal would like to hear from you. Work will be paid, but dependent on schools engaging with the Beairteas scheme. If you have any questions, please call Eilidh Mackenzie, Fèisgoil Manager on 01463 225559 or e-mail any queries to

More information is available on the organisation's website.


Host a teacher from Germany

1 May 2018 (UK-German Connection)

Would you like to have authentic German cultural input in your school? Through the Host a Teacher from Germany programme, your school can host a German teacher for two or three weeks during the academic year, at no cost. Offers from UK schools to host teachers from Germany in 2018-19 are now being accepted.

All schools and FE colleges from the whole of the UK can take part. The UK coordinating teacher does not need to be a teacher of German, and German does not need to be on the school’s curriculum; visiting teachers are either teachers of English or have good knowledge of the English language.

Visit the UK-German Connection website and find out how your school could benefit!

Application deadlines: 26 July 2018 / 21 September 2018.


Languages for health

1 May 2018 (CIOL)

Can the cognitive benefits of ‘bilingualism’ overcome the ‘English is enough’ fallacy? Dina Mehmedbegovic and Thomas Bak change the narrative on language learning.

Over the last two years, the EU Commission has been facilitating consultation events with a range of education and linguistics experts, with the aim of reviewing EU language policy and recommendations to member states. It is evident that, 16 years after the vision of education in ‘mother tongue plus 2 languages’ (MT+2) was shaped and agreed in Barcelona by EU leaders, this goal remains, for many, a distant vision.1 In the UK, data on language learning in schools is not even available on the Eurostat site, and the only part of the UK committed to the 1+2 policy is Scotland. 

According to reports produced in the UK, such as the British Academy’s 2013 ‘State of the Nation’ report, the deficiency of language skills among the workforce is so severe that some large companies have started deleting language requirements from their job adverts and staff profile requirements, having to focus their business strategies on English-speaking countries only. According to ‘State of the Nation’, this creates “a vicious circle of monolingualism”. Without any doubt, this vicious circle rests on the dominance of English – unrivalled by any language in our history – with one in four people in the world competent in the language, resulting in a feeling of ‘English is enough’.  

Therefore, attempts to promote language learning in the UK need to use new and different arguments to those used in non-English-speaking countries. They need to focus not so much on the immediate advantages of learning a particular language, but more on the general benefits of language learning, multilingualism and active language use, independently of the specific languages involved. Such an approach could also lead to a positive re-evaluation of the role of languages spoken by migrant communities: once we acknowledge linguistic diversity as a benefit, rather than a burden (both to individuals and to society), all languages become valuable and worth preserving.  

Until recently, most arguments for learning languages fell into two broad categories: cultural (e.g. learning French leads to a better understanding not only of French but also English language and history) and economic (e.g. the value of learning German or, more recently, Chinese, as languages of powerful modern economies). However, over the last few decades, a new, third category of arguments started to emerge: the cognitive benefits of language learning and use.


Competition: Eine Welt für dich und mich

30 April 2018 (Goethe-Institut)

The German Foreign Office is looking for children and teens who love writing and who would like to publish their own texts: Along the lines of “A world for you and me” young authors from around the world are invited to depict their fantasies, hopes and dreams.

Children and teens up to 19 years old can participate. Entries can be short stories, essays, poems or songs consisting of no more than 3000 characters (including spaces) and can be written in either German or English.

Visit the Goethe-Institut website for further information. Entry deadline is 15 July 2018.


Work shadowing in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany

30 April 2018 (Goethe-Institut)

The Goethe-Institut is pleased to announce a one week work shadowing visit from 20 October to 27 October 2018 to Schwäbisch Hall in Germany.

The participants should be between 16 and 17 years old with at least GCSE-level German and will have the opportunity to experience work in a small or medium sized German company. They will also have language tuition and guidance on Germany today as well as short excursions in the local surroundings.

Visit the Goethe-Institut website for further information and to apply by 15 June 2018.


Be part of the first language course designed to fight dementia!

30 April 2018 (Lingo Flamingo)

Research shows that speakers of foreign languages can postpone the effects of dementia by up to 4.5 years later than monolinguists. Language learning acts as a great way of keeping your brain fit and active as well as building up cognitive reserve, making the brain more resilient. 

Lingo Flamingo utilises this research by providing tailored, fun and accessible classes in care homes and day centres across Scotland. We are a not-for-profit organisation whose objective is to use language learning as a way to empower older adults and to battle against dementia and brain ageing. 

We are looking for compassionate and enthusiastic language volunteers who can teach their language in care homes across Scotland. As a language tutor you will go into care homes and teach older adults in classes of 10 students. 

Classes take place 1 hour a week for 10 weeks. We will cover your expenses.

Classes take place Monday to Friday, usually in the early afternoon. You need to commit for at least 10 weeks, for 1 hour a week (same day and same time every week).

In conjunction with the Open University we offer tailored training and support about teaching older adults. Even though it is a language class, it is mainly about having fun! It is a great opportunity to increase your confidence as well as the confidence of the students. 

After you let us know that you are interested, you would need to fill out a registration form and meet us for an informal chat. Once you agree to volunteer, we would enter you onto the database and match you with a care home that is close to you. 

For more information, please contact or visit our website for more information.


BSL event at the Scottish Parliament

27 April 2018 (Scottish Government)

To help us prepare our British Sign Language Plan, we will be holding an event at the Scottish Parliament building to gather the views of BSL users. Please come along!

The event will be on the afternoon of Friday 18 May and the morning of Saturday 19 May.

Tours of the Scottish Parliament debating chamber and garden lobby will be available in BSL on both days.

Visit the website for more information and to book.


SQA is developing new BSL qualifications for schools

26 April 2018 (SQA)

SQA is developing a new range of Awards in British Sign Language. The first two Awards will be available from Autumn 2018, at SCQF level 3 and 4. Further Awards at SCQF levels 5 and 6 will be available from Autumn 2019.

The Awards will be aimed at young BSL learners in schools and colleges. These new qualifications will offer an attractive addition to the choice of languages already available to young learners in Scotland. The Awards will be similar in length and demand to the existing National Courses in Modern Languages available from SQA.

The units that make up the new Awards have been adapted to respect BSL’s difference from spoken/written languages, and learners will also have the opportunity to develop their understanding of the Deaf community and its culture and history.


Student competition to win a month studying at a Hong Kong university

24 April 2018 (British Council)

The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London is offering sixth form students a chance to boost their CV by spending a month at a Hong Kong university this summer. All they have to do is demonstrate why they think Hong Kong is a unique and attractive place for start-up businesses. 

Visit the British Council website for more information.

Applications close on 8 May 2018.


National Digital Learning Week (14-18 May)

24 April 2018 (Education Scotland)

National Digital Learning Week is an annual Education Scotland event where teachers and learners from all schools in Scotland are encouraged to take part in digital learning and teaching activities.

There are loads of ways to get involved in #NDLW18; the sky is the limit! 

To help get things started Education Scotland are launching 2 main activities:  

  • An exclusive National Digital Story telling activity for 30 schools across Scotland with famous children’s author Lari Don. 
  • A digital story telling activity schools can enjoy in their local setting.

Why not use the local opportunity to create a digital story with your pupils in the language they are learning?

Find out more on the Education Scotland Glow blog.


Summer workshops for children

23 April 2018 (Alliance Française)

The Alliance Française Glasgow is pleased to announce it will be running special French workshops for children aged 5-10 in late June / early July.

This is an ideal opportunity for children of all levels to find out more about French language and culture through fun activities such as arts & crafts, songs, games, etc.

Visit the website for further information.


SQA Higher Modern Languages course specification

23 April 2018 (SQA)

SQA has published the revised Course Specification for the Higher Modern Languages course (version April 2018). This is available from the Modern Languages Higher webpage. To access the document please go to the tab ‘2018-19 session’ and under the ‘Essential Information’ heading click on ‘Course Specification’.


Would you like to explore Europe this summer?

20 April 2018 (European Commission)

Are you 18 years old? Would you like to explore Europe? Then you are the perfect candidate to apply for a new European Union initiative to be officially launched shortly.

In June 2018 the European Commission is selecting up to 15.000 enthusiastic young people to be the lucky recipients of a travel pass to discover Europe.

Travelling is a chance for young people to take advantage of our freedom of movement, to discover the diversity of Europe, enjoy its cultural richness, and make new friends from all over the continent. Ultimately, it’s also a great opportunity to discover yourself.

With 2018 being the European Year of Cultural Heritage, consider yourself particularly lucky. It means that you will also have the opportunity to participate in the many events that are taking place this year all over Europe to celebrate our fantastically diverse cultural heritage.

Applicants must be 18 years old (and not yet 19) at the time of application and have the nationality of one of the EU countries. You can travel up to maximum 30 days and visit up to 4 different country destinations. Moreover, there is the possibility to travel either individually or as a group.

Visit the European Youth Portal website for more information. Applications open in June 2018.


Free trials available of La Jolie Ronde's two award winning resources and classes

20 April 2018 (La Jolie Ronde)

La Jolie Ronde Languages for Children has been at the forefront of Primary Languages since 1983. It offers language learning through weekly extra-curricular French and Spanish classes, the supply of early years and primary language teaching resources and educational visits to Northern France.

P1-P3 - Little Languages Resource - FREE TRIAL AVAILABLE

Little Languages is a brand new and unique resource for introducing languages to P1-P3. It provides the perfect solution for introducing some of the different languages and cultures from around the world. To support the non-specialist and as a guide to aid the expert language teacher, Little Languages enables you to start teaching straightaway!

Activities demonstrated in French and Spanish:

  • Additional vocabulary & songs in Italian, Chinese, Indian & African
  • Includes fun, play-based activities including IWB material
  • Real life DVD clips featuring children from around the world

Product contains detailed lesson plans in a sturdy ring binder & software featuring:

  • Lesson plans
  • Resources
  • IWB activities and games
  • Colourful classroom wall frieze (5 x 2m lengths)
  • DVD clips
  • Also includes French and Spanish traditional and original songs plus songs from other languages
P4-P7 - French and Spanish Resource - FREE TRIAL AVAILABLE

La Jolie Ronde’s award winning resource contains everything you need to help plan and implement your policy for teaching a language in one go. The resource is a flexible four-year programme providing support to teachers with no previous experience of teaching languages and a guide for the more experienced, who can modify to suit. One of the biggest benefits of the resource is that everything is already pre-prepared and planned, so you can literally start teaching straightaway!

  • Perfect for the non-specialist or an aid for the more experienced languages teacher
  • Split into two schemes – for years P4-P5 and P6-P7
  • Plenty of material to fill two years and four years
  • Pre-prepared lessons, divided into short sessions for flexibility
  • Comprehensive and detailed lesson notes

For your FREE TRIALS simply email your request to La Jolie Ronde quoting SCILT

FREE French or Spanish Class

Years of development, dedication and experience in the sector of early language learning, La Jolie Ronde has become the market leader, committed to offering the best possible start to young learners. Through their loyal network of over 560 tutors, who teach in over 1,660 centres across the UK and Ireland, they currently teach in the region of 20,500 children. To find your nearest French or Spanish class and book your FREE TASTER CLASS, visit La Jolie Ronde website.

Spanish sessions at the Zoo!

18 April 2018 (RZSS)

Spanish Days are being replaced with Spanish sessions at Edinburgh Zoo.

Suitable for P4-P7 and S1-S2, schools can now book their own date and time to suit.

Costs as per education rates at Edinburgh Zoo - £7 per pupil, with 1 adult per 7 children free of charge (Primary) and 1 adult per 10 children free of charge (Secondary). See how to book on the website. 

Please use the booking form and choose 'Science in the Language Class - Spanish'.

Free resources are available to download to help your visit.

Spanish Packs are available at £50+VAT and £6 post and packing - details also on the website.

For further information or to purchase a pack contact Sandie Robb.


China stories: 500 words competition

17 April 2018 (University of Liverpool)

A new 500-word short story competition – with entries judged by best-selling author Philip Pullman – is being launched ahead of the 2018 Liverpool Literary Festival.

The China Stories competition is looking for submissions across a broad range of categories. Winners will see their work published in a special anthology and take part in a writing session with the Royal Society of Literature, as well as receiving vouchers to spend as they wish.

Stories can be about anything, but to coincide with Liverpool’s China Dream season all entries should have a Chinese theme.

Entries are invited from primary and secondary students and should be submitted by 20 July 2018.

Further information can be found on the University of Liverpool website.


Language Leaders - training week in Cavilam

16 April 2018 (Institut français)

For the third year, the Institut français is offering grants to six Language Leaders of Scotland to attend a one week training course in France.

The course will take place at the Cavilam Alliance française de Vichy from 30 July to 3 August 2018.

The Cavilam is an international centre of excellence for French teachers and teachers' trainers which welcomes teachers from all over the world.

This course is open to all practitioners with a leading role on your 1+2 strategy: in a school, a cluster, or at the council or regional level.

Further information regarding the grants, programme, accommodation/transport and how to apply can be found in the attached documents. Please note that the Institut français covers only the course fee.

The application deadline is 11 May 2018.

SQA Higher Modern Languages webinar

12 April 2018 (SQA)

The SQA is running an evening webinar on 5 June to provide an overview of the new Modern Languages Higher course assessment arrangements which will be implemented from session 2018-19 onwards.

This will cover the performance–talking and there will be a particular focus on Higher assignment-writing. 

To book a place, please visit the SQA online booking system. 

Additional webinar sessions on the new Higher Modern Languages Course assessment arrangements will be running in September 2018.


Mandarin will give school leavers career advantage

11 April 2018 (UCL/CISS)

More than three in four British business leaders believe speaking Mandarin will give school leavers a career advantage over their counterparts, according to a survey published today.

Amongst over 1,000 senior business decision makers questioned by YouGov for the UCL Institute of Education-delivered Mandarin Excellence Programme, more than three quarters of respondents said that speaking a high level of Mandarin would be beneficial to school pupils in their future careers. 

On average, 28 per cent thought that the advantage would be ‘significant’ – with this rising to 31 per cent amongst those working for companies with an annual turnover of £10 million or more.  

While 69 per cent of those surveyed felt that Mandarin Chinese skills, particularly speaking, would be important for British business and the economy in future, 66 per cent said that it was currently difficult to recruit fluent speakers from within the UK workforce. When asked about language learning more widely, 82 per cent agreed that language teaching in schools “should reflect important potential growth markets for British trade and business”.

You can read the full article on the UCL website.

Opening Doors in Scotland

There is no doubt that languages, including Mandarin, open doors to a range of opportunities. For example, the pupil immersion course which offers young people the opportunity to attend a language and culture immersion course in China. For more details please see the CISS website.

CISS also offers 6th year school leavers the opportunity to apply for the Tianjin Scholarship. To find out more about this exciting chance to learn mandarin in Tianjin for a year, please see our website where you can read blogs from our present Scholars.

There are also activities provided by CISS through our partners, for example Scottish Opera and Edinburgh Zoo. Please visit the CISS website for more details or get in touch with


Action research communities for language teachers

10 April 2018 (SOAS)

Action Research Communities for Language Teachers (ARC) is a project funded by the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe (2015 to 2018). It aims to support teachers in European language classrooms in using action research as an essential tool for the development of reflective classroom practice and autonomy.

Through this project we are making practical techniques for action research widely available to language teachers across Europe by establishing a community of practice which connects academic expertise on action research with good practice in language classrooms. We are also designing action research tools to support teachers who want to carry out projects and to encourage dialogue between practitioners in schools and universities.

All project results and action research tools will be published on the project website.


Together arts project for schools

10 April 2018 (UK-German Connection)

Together is a creative arts project, which invites young people to produce poetry, art, or songs on the themes of hope and unity, inspired by the shared history between the UK and Germany to mark the WW1 Centenary.

Open to all young people aged 9-16 working in groups or individually, projects should be on the theme of hope and unity, inspired by the First World War. Poetry and songs can be in English, German, Gaelic or Welsh.  Art work can be in any medium.

Visit the UK-German Connection website for more information. Entry deadline is Friday 15 June 2018.


Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee Report on Erasmus+

5 April 2018 (Scottish Government)

The Scottish Government's Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee launched a short and focused inquiry into Scotland's participation in the Erasmus+ programme in November 2017. The purpose of the inquiry was to learn more about the opportunities currently available under Erasmus+ and to consider the implications of Scotland no longer participating in the programme after the UK withdraws from the European Union (EU).

The report highlights that Erasmus+ also plays an important role in supporting the Scottish Government’s 1+2 (mother tongue + 2 additional languages) approach to language learning.


Worldwide Napier magazine

5 April 2018 (Edinburgh Napier University)

Edinburgh Napier University is delighted to announce the publication of the very first issue of Worldwide Napier, a free magazine in which our students in languages (French, German, Italian and Spanish) showcase some of their work. It is available now on digital and soon a few print copies will circulate within Edinburgh.

Secondary school pupils are being invited to contribute articles for the forthcoming issues. View the magazine online and see the attached introductory letter for more information.



4 April 2018 (The Language Magician)

THE LANGUAGE MAGICIAN online game was launched at Language World UK on 23 March 2018, and the game with many of its resources are already available on the website – free for teachers to access thanks to Erasmus+ funding.

THE LANGUAGE MAGICIAN is an online game that draws in Primary children of all ages and challenges their language skills - in French, German, Italian, Spanish or English. It’s a game they like to play again so that they can do better, and it is also a tool for teachers to capture data about how their pupils do.

A final conference of the project is to be held in London on 19 May 2018, by which time all the accompanying project resources will be available.

To find out more about the game and conference see the attached flyer or visit the LANGUAGE MAGICIAN website. 


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Japan Foundation Local Grant Programmes 2018-19

3 April 2018 (Japan Foundation)

Japan Foundation (JF) London is now accepting grant applications for UK based Japan related projects taking place in 2018-19 through our local support programmes.

Grants of up to £3,000 are available to schools seeking to promote the introduction of Japanese into the curriculum (or onto the main school timetable) at primary and secondary levels, supporting Japanese qualifications in school or introducing the language as an extra-curricular activity. 

For more information and to apply by 4 May 2018, see the online information sheet and application form.


European Language Gazette 41 - March/April 2018

3 April 2018 (ECML)

The latest edition of the ECML's Language Gazette is now available on their website. The newsletter includes updates on the organisation's projects along with new initiatives, events and resources of interest to the language teaching community across Europe.


Residential Study Visits - St Anne's College, Oxford

29 March 2018 (University of Oxford)

Applications are now open for St Anne's College, Oxford one-night Residential Study Visits in Geography, Music and English/Modern Languages! 

These Residential Study Visits are designed to give students from backgrounds and schools with limited experience of Oxford a taste of what it’s like to live and study as an undergraduate at St Anne’s College and Oxford University.

The visits all take place during June 2018 and are open to Year 12 students from all UK state schools/colleges. Accommodation, travel and meals are included.

Visit the website for more information and to apply by 7 May 2018.


#LanguageforResilience exhibition

29 March 2018 (British Council)

Discover how language can help refugees deal with loss, displacement and trauma in our #LanguageForResilience exhibition. Visit in person if you’re in London or check out the virtual exhibition online.


Franco-German game night

29 March 2018 (Goethe-Institut)

The Goethe-Institut in Glasgow invites you to join them for an evening of fun and friendly competition as they play modern board games from France and Germany!

This event takes place on 18 April 2018 and is primarily aimed at learners of French or German who would like to practice their speaking skills. However, anyone is welcome and choice of language will be adapted to the group.

The event is free to attend, but registration is essential. 

Visit the website for more information and to register.


Launch of the new National Gaelic Language Plan

28 March 2018 (Bòrd na Gàidhlig)

The new National Gaelic Language Plan, which sets out the framework for the faster growth of the language across Scotland, has been launched today (Wednesday 28th March) at the Scottish Parliament.

The central purpose of the Plan is to encourage and enable more people to use Gaelic more often and in a wider range of situations. The key messages, aims, priorities and new commitments contained in the Plan all contribute to achieving this increased use of Gaelic.


Castilla y León Award to the best student of Spanish in the United Kingdom (2018)

27 March 2018 (Consejería de Educación)

The Ministry of Education of the Embassy of Spain in the United Kingdom, with the sponsorship of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Junta de Castilla y León, annually announces the award to the student with the best results in Spanish in the United Kingdom that has, in addition, the best academic record.

Applications are now open for the 2018 award and should be submitted by 30 April. Visit the website for more information.


French classes in Glasgow and Edinburgh

27 March 2018 (Alliance Française / Institut français)

The Alliance Française in Glasgow and the Institut français en Ecosse in Edinburgh are now enrolling for Term D French classes.

There are a range of courses available to suit all levels. Classes commence 16 April 2018.

Visit the appropriate website through the links below for more information and to book your place.

Online learning event: Welcoming refugee and migrant children to mainstream classrooms in Europe

27 March 2018 (British Council eTwinning)

Aimed at teachers of primary and secondary learners aged 4-16, this eTwinning workshop will develop teachers' awareness, confidence and skills in learning about refugee issues, welcoming refugee and migrant children to mainstream classrooms from a social and emotional perspective, and will give a basic introduction to language acquisition and the importance of maintaining and developing mother tongue and home culture.

Visit the website to sign up for the course between 9 - 17 April 2018.


Bilingualism Matters Newsletter Spring 2018

26 March 2018 (Bilingualism Matters)

The latest news, events and information from Bilingualism Matters can be found online in their Spring 2018 newsletter.


Youth Conference ‘Culture & Heritage in a Digital World’

26 March 2018 (UK-German Connection)

As part of the European Union’s Year of Cultural Heritage, young people from the UK and Germany are invited to apply to take part in a youth conference in Berlin from 15-17 June 2018. The youth conference will bring young people from the UK and Germany together, to discuss cultural heritage in a digital world, reflecting on the past and looking towards the future, and sharing their diverse local and regional cultures with one another.

The conference is organised by UK-German Connection in collaboration with the British Council Germany, as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage.

Deadline 19 April

Except for a small contribution of £25, this event is free of charge for participants.


Youth Seminar ‘Finding Our Place In History’

26 March 2018 (UK-German Connection)

‘Finding Our Place In History’ will take place in Berlin from 1 – 3 June 2018, and will provide young people from the UK and Germany with the opportunity to discuss history, identity and more through the exploration of personal stories woven into the seminar. The basis for this comes from Thomas Harding's novel ‘The House by the Lake,’ which tells the fascinating journeys of several German families including that of his own, the Alexander family, over a period of 100 years.

The seminar is being organised by UK-German Connection in collaboration with Alexander Haus e.V.

Deadline 16 April

Except for a small contribution of £25, this event is free of charge for participants.


Building with Lingo

23 March 2018 (SCILT)

Children, young people and their families had the opportunity to discover the benefits of language learning at an action-packed, family learning event held at University of Strathclyde on 17 March 2018.

Participants took part in a wide range of intergenerational activities to celebrate and promote languages and cultural diversity. The varied programme featured interactive workshops and lectures as well as language and cultural taster sessions. These included a French puppet show, a lecture on the benefits of bilingualism, a masterclass in British Sign Language, an opportunity to hear how languages are used in the RAF and an overview of how languages facilitate the conservation work of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.

A parent attending the event said: “This was a wonderful day, brilliant for adults and kids alike! It has reinspired my love of languages.”

Another parent stated: “I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with my son and encourage his love of languages.”

The day was facilitated by SCILT, Scotland’s National Centre for Languages based at the University of Strathclyde.

Fhiona Mackay, Director of SCILT said: “All parents and carers want the best for their child. Language learning contributes to building stronger, more cohesive communities in which our children can flourish. It offers youngsters a new way of thinking and exploring the world around them and helps lay the important building bricks that will support their learning throughout their life.”

SCILT are grateful for the support of The National Parent Forum of Scotland, Bilingualism Matters, Carmyle Primary School Choir, Classics for All, Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools, Le Petit Monde, Lingo Flamingo, North Ayrshire Council, Radio Lingua, Royal Air Force, Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Russian Centre ‘Haven’, SFS School of Irish Dancing and Theatre Sans Accents.

Parental engagement a key driver in the Scottish Government’s National Improvement Framework and family learning in particular is recognised as a “powerful method of engagement and learning which can foster positive attitudes towards life-long learning, promote socio-economic resilience and challenge educational disadvantage.” (Family Learning Network, 2016).

For more information on the work of SCILT to promote languages across all ages, visit the SCILT website.


Young People in Scotland 2018 YOYP - New National Lottery "Spark a Change" Fund

22 March 2018 (YOYP/National Lottery)

To mark the Year of Young People 2018, a new National Lottery fund has been launched to help young people #SparkAChange in their lives. Grants between £3,000 and £10,000 are available for heritage, community and sports projects which are run by and for young people aged eight to 26. Funding is available for projects which encourage positive mental health for young people and inspire them to lead active lives. 

We’re all aware of the positive mental health benefits of language learning, so why not encourage your students to set up a language project, perhaps a community language class or an outdoor language adventure trail? Visit the Lottery Fund website for more information and to apply by one of the two funding deadlines - 30 April 2018 or 18 June 2018.


European professional development workshops

22 March 2018 (British Council eTwinning)

This term, why not apply to go on a short, fully-funded workshop in another European country?

Applications are now open for teachers of pupils aged 3-19 across a range of subject areas to attend a fully-funded 2-3 day professional development workshop in Turkey, Latvia, Norway and Armenia. These events are designed to facilitate new eTwinning projects through partner-finding and project planning activities. Workshop themes and subject areas are varied, spanning cultural diversity to SEN and the environment.

Visit the website for more information about each event and submit your application by 31 March 2018. 


Youth seminar in Berlin: 'Finding our place in history'

22 March 2018 (UK-German Connection)

UK students aged 16-19 with an interest in history, discussing identity, reconciliation and more, are invited to apply for the seminar taking place in Berlin from 1-3 June 2018. We will combine these themes through site visits and lively discussions, which will bring young people from the UK and Germany together to work on projects to promote a better, more united future.

UK-German Connection will cover all seminar costs, including flights, local and domestic travel and full board and lodging.

German language skills are not essential. Some German language elements will be included in the seminar but no prior knowledge is necessary and/or translations will be provided.

Visit the website for full details and to apply by Monday 16 April 2018.


Erasmus+: Global skills for a global future

22 March 2018 (British Council)

The debate over the details of the UK’s future collaboration with the EU is at a critical stage. Emma Skelton reports on a recent expert seminar on the future of UK-EU partnerships for higher education.

The British Council and the Centre for European Policy Studies recently convened a high-level policy dialogue in Brussels on ‘The Future of the EU-UK Partnership on Higher Education and Student Mobility’. This was part of a series of events between key EU and UK policymakers and influencers examining the implications of Brexit for existing collaboration in the sectors of international development, culture and education. 

Much discussion at the event focussed on the Erasmus+ programme. Erasmus+ is the largest provider of student mobility for British students to countries in Europe and beyond. Contributors to the seminar highlighted the importance of the UK to the scheme as a whole, as one of the most popular destination countries, which speakers attributed in part to the excellent reputation of UK universities. They also emphasised the call from British companies for more talent with international experience, intercultural awareness and language skills, which can all be gained through mobility programmes such as Erasmus+.


SQA course reports for National 5 Modern Languages 2017

22 March 2018 (SCILT/SQA)

We have summarised the Course Reports for National 5 Modern Languages. These reports highlight areas where candidates performed well in the 2017 exam and areas where they encountered difficulty.

They contain sound advice for both teachers and pupils in the run up to this year's exam diet.

The full report for each language can be accessed on the SQA website under the Verification and Course Reports tab.


Youth conference: Culture and heritage in a digital world

22 March 2018 (UK-German Connection)

In collaboration with British Council Germany, and as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage UK-German Connection is holding a three-day Youth Conference on 'Cultural Heritage' in Berlin on 15-17 June 2018. Successful applicants will work together with other young people, from the UK and Germany, to explore both the history and future of cultural heritage.

Applicants should be aged 16-19 and still in full time education. Those who are successful will be expected to do some preparatory work prior to the conference, which will include digital tasks.

German language skills are not required for the conference. Some German language elements will be included in the conference, but you don’t need any prior knowledge and/or translations will be provided.

UK-German Connection will cover all costs, including flights, local and domestic travel and full board and lodging.

Visit their website for more information and to apply by 19 April 2018.


Professional development in Germany

21 March 2018 (Goethe-Institut)

The Goethe-Institut is again able to offer a number of grants to teachers for professional development courses in Germany. The offer is aimed at German teachers just embarking on their career, as well as at teachers expanding their commitments to GCSE and A-level. Those who train German language teachers are also able to benefit from the variety of courses.

Visit the Goethe-Institut website for more information about the courses available and how to apply. Please note, teachers in Scotland should apply to the Glasgow office.


German Teacher Award 2018

21 March 2018 (Goethe-Institut)

The German Embassy is pleased to announce to award the 15th German Teacher Award. The award recognises outstanding achievements by individual teachers of German and pays tribute to the work of German language teachers in primary and secondary schools in the UK. 

Teachers will be selected who have made an outstanding and dedicated contribution to German teaching within the curriculum and beyond, e.g. through: 

  • a record of successful teaching at a school, including innovative language teaching 
  • successful introduction of German teaching at a school, e.g. in a primary school as a first foreign language or in a secondary school as a new language 
  • established and successful link activities with Germany, e.g. projects and exchanges, bilingual projects, curriculum projects 
  • use of German language in subjects other than German
  • local or regional outreach activities.  

Nominations must be submitted and signed by the head teacher by Monday 7 May 2018.

Visit the Goethe-Institut website for more information and to download the application form.


Scotland-Russia Forum news bulletin

20 March 2018 (SRF)

The latest news and events from the Scotland-Russia Forum (SRF) can be found in their March 2018 news bulletin. This edition includes information about Russian taster events and materials for schools, so why not take a look and find out how to introduce the language to your pupils?


Arsenal Double Club 2018 World Cup Competition

20 March 2018 (Arsenal Double Club)

Calling all modern language teachers! As we look forward to this summer’s 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Arsenal Double Club are back with yet another FREE languages competition – open to all UK secondary schools – for boys and girls in Year 7 or 8 (S1 or S2 in Scotland).

In small groups, pupils must organise and run a language-themed football match or activity.

Visit the Double Club website for more information and to enter your school by 29 March 2018.


Young People in Scotland Survey 2017: STEM and language findings

19 March 2018 (Scottish Government)

This report presents data from Ipsos MORI's Young People in Scotland Survey 2017 on the choices young people make regarding STEM and language subjects in school.

The report can be accessed on the Scottish Government website.


A 1+2 approach to language learning in the secondary sector - FAQs

19 March 2018 (Education Scotland)

These FAQs produced by Education Scotland cover the main points raised during a series of secondary 1+2 ‘roadshows’ held in 2017.

This resource is for those teachers in secondary modern languages departments who are responsible for transition and course planning. It can be accessed on the Education Scotland website.


New 'Science in the Language Class' - Spanish quiz sessions at Edinburgh Zoo

19 March 2018 (RZSS)

'Science in the Language Class' is an educational programme which provides resources that link language learning to RZSS conservation projects across the world, or to the conservation breeding programmes within RZSS sites.

You can now book a Spanish session at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo. Learn about RZSS projects in South America with our fun and interactive quiz session. Questions and answers are in Spanish and include animal names, threats, numbers, colours and parts of the body. The session includes sound files from a native Spanish speaker. Costs are at the education rates and you can book online or email

In addition, our language packs cost £50+VAT (plus £6 post and packing) and contain at least 5 different educational games and activities with all game boards and associated cards. These packs complement the sessions and can be used as pre or post activities. Visit the website to find out more about the language packs -  or email

All suitable for P4-P7 and S1-S2 age levels.

French packs and sessions will be available beginning of June. 


Chinese Arts and Culture Festival, Edinburgh 3-5 August 2018

18 March 2018 (SCEN)

Last year over 2,000 people attended the Third Chinese Arts and Culture Festival at Edinburgh Fringe. This year a Chinese Youth Arts and Culture Festival will be added. Jie Song, Chairman of the Scotland-China Chamber of Commerce, says that the organisers are now selecting and registering Chinese youth performances, all from famous schools/youth organisations in China

Jie Song explains that during the festival, she is looking for more engagements and links with local education sectors in Scotland. If any local education sectors/companies/organisations would like use these opportunities to build up relationships and business links with these Chinese visitors, please forward your proposal to Jie Song, so that it can be included in the Festival plan.

SQA course reports for Higher Modern Languages 2017

16 March 2018 (SCILT/SQA)

We have summarised the Course Reports for Higher Modern Languages. These reports highlight areas where candidates performed well in the 2017 exam and areas where they encountered difficulty. They contain sound advice for both teachers and pupils in the run up to this year's exam diet. They can be found in the Senior Phase section of our website.

The full report for each language can be accessed on the SQA website under the Verification and Course Reports tab.


SCHOLAR Modern Language webinar

16 March 2018 (SCHOLAR)

SCHOLAR’s last Modern Language webinar of the session is for Advanced Higher French, German and Spanish. Douglas Angus will give advice on tackling the reading paper, in particular the overall purpose question. Afterwards he will look at suggestions for revising for the final exam, and answer any questions on writing either the discursive writing or the folio. 

The session is on Monday 19 March at 6pm. Like all the other sessions, it is recorded and available on the SCHOLAR website. Enter as a guest. No password necessary!


Community Languages in Schools: Interview with Professor Terry Lamb

15 March 2018 (Creative Multilingualism)

In this interview, Professor Terry Lamb shares his insights into the role of community languages in schools and discusses how they should be celebrated, in both formal and informal school spaces.

He also explains how his interest in languages was inspired by a poster for cheese, and explores how language learning can open minds and help to challenge fears and prejudices.

Terry Lamb is Professor of Languages and Interdisciplinary Pedagogy, and Head of the Centre for Teaching Innovation at the University of Westminster. He spent 16 years teaching languages (French, German, Spanish, Turkish) in secondary schools before moving into higher education. He has also played a large role in the development of language policy, both nationally and internationally.


OU/SCILT languages course for primary practitioners

15 March 2018 (Open University in Scotland/SCILT)

Due to the success of the initial pilot of the course developed by the OU and SCILT, LXT192/4 Learning to teach languages in primary school (French/Spanish), we are delighted to now be able to extend the offer to all Local Authorities. The course will be offered for the following languages: French (LXT192), German (LXT193), Spanish (LXT194) and Mandarin (LXT197).

For the next presentation of this course starting in October 2018, registration will open on 1 April 2018. The course fee is £240.00 per student.

The course will be available to all primary practitioners but also secondary teachers who teach at primary level. We have produced an FAQ document with further detail about the course for your information.

In order to make the enrolment process as smooth as possible, we advise that in the first instance Development Officers contact Sylvia Warnecke at the Open University ( ) with a list of the names and email addresses of teachers planning to study this in their Local Authority. We aim to complete enrolment by late June 2018 to allow time for planning staffing and timetabling.

And last but not least, we are planning to offer teachers, who enrol on the course, a summer school experience which will offer immersion in the language to boost confidence and provide ample opportunities to learn more about the cultures in which the language they are studying is spoken. The summer school is not part of the course, it is optional and can be booked separately. More information on this will be published in due course.

Policy makers, local councils, local authorities, MSPs and Consulates may also be interested in an event celebrating last years' pilot course, Primary school teachers learning to teach languages - A celebration, being held in Edinburgh on 7 June 2018.

Healthy Linguistic Diet website

15 March 2018 (Healthy Linguistic Diet)

Created as a result of collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and UCL, the newly launched Healthy Linguistic Diet (HLD) website aims to initiate and facilitate a shift in thinking about learning another language/other languages as a key skill or an academic subject, to understanding that using two languages is a key ingredient in our cognitive development and well-being.

Visit the website to find out more.


Multilingual Debate 2018

15 March 2018 (Heriot-Watt University)

The Multilingual Debate 2018 takes place on Wednesday 21 March at Heriot-Watt University's Edinburgh campus. As with previous years, the event is being streamed live over the internet. Schools should visit the website for information on how to participate in the online stream.


IberoDocs 2018

13 March 2018 (Consejería de Educación)

IberoDocs is the first showcase for Ibero-American culture in Scotland, focused on documentary films by Spanish, Portuguese and Latin- American filmmakers. The event takes place 4-8 April in Edinburgh and 4-5 May in Glasgow.

This year IberoDocs has organised “Family Day”, a special event aimed at younger audiences, where attendees will have the chance to take part in some interesting workshops. If your school is interested, please have a look at the attached programme and contact the organisers. More information is also available on the website.


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Employ a language assistant for 2018/19

12 March 2018 (British Council)

Language Assistants provide an interactive language resource for your classroom. We recruit our assistants directly from their home countries, meaning their language and resources are always up-to-date and, importantly, authentic.

Native speakers of French, Spanish, German, Italian, Chinese and Irish, they help pupils to build their confidence, develop conversational skills, boost motivation for learning, and better understand other cultures. Feedback from schools with a Language Assistant noted an improvement in pupils’ listening and speaking skills.

Not only that, many teachers have found that having a native speaker to talk to and share teaching ideas with can reinvigorate both their teaching practice and their own love for language learning. 

So, with applications now open for the 2018/2019 academic year, there hasn’t been a better time to ensure your classroom has access to the best language learning resource around – a native speaker.

Visit the British Council website for more information and to apply for your language assistant by 31 March 2018. Please note that the deadline for Chinese Language Assistants is 1 June 2018.


Le Petit Monde - Puppet shows & Picture Book Launch

12 March 2018 (Le Petit Monde )

Le Petit Monde, bilingual puppet theatre company, will be on tour with The Wonderful World of Lapin throughout Scotland as part of the Puppet Animation Festival during the Easter holidays.

Artistic Director and now author Tania has also written Lapin is Hungry, a bilingual picture book based on her French puppet characters. The Book Launch Party will be on the 21st April at the Institut Francais d'Ecosse in Edinburgh.

The company is preparing Teaching Packs and is planning to tour schools with shows and book readings. Please get in touch with Tania for more details.


Sharp drop in subject specialists at Scottish secondary schools

10 March 2018 (Herald)

The number of specialist teachers in secondary schools has plummeted over the past decade amid claims heavy workloads and static pay are driving staff away [...] Most modern languages have also seen numbers decline steeply with a 32% drop in French teachers and a 44% drop in German teachers.


Online course: Learning for Sustainability: Connecting Classrooms through critical thinking and problem solving

9 March 2018 (British Council)

This professional learning initiative by the University of Edinburgh, in partnership with the British Council, is a timely opportunity for teachers to grapple with what Learning for Sustainability means, what existing and new skills and knowledge are required, and how this might all look in the your school context. The10-week active learning course takes a Learning for Sustainability approach, which involves critical thinking and problem solving, participation, and practitioner enquiry.

This online course runs from 16 March - 26 May 2018.


Foreign Language Enrollments Drop Sharply

12 March 2018 (Inside Higher Education)

Foreign language enrollments dropped 9.2 percent from fall 2013 to fall 2016, according to new data from the Modern Language Association. The drop is the second largest since the MLA started tracking such information in 1958.


Could languages help young women break the glass ceiling?

7 March 2018 (MEITS Blog)

The gender pay gap is persistent and while the number of female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies is at an all-time high, according to the 2017 list released by Fortune magazine, it still only amounts to 32, or 6.4%. But young women might have an ace up their sleeves ...


Amazon wants Alexa to translate other languages as they're spoken

1 March 2018 (The Sun)

According to Yahoo News, several sources "familiar with the matter" have confirmed Amazon's plans to turn Alexa into an expert linguist. It means that people who own Alexa devices – like Amazon Echo speakers – might not need to learn new languages in the future.


Calling all language teachers - Easter competition alert!

1 March 2018 (Kidslingo)

If you teach languages to children, you’ll know that games and resources can be a great way of enhancing the learning experience.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with award-winning children’s language learning franchise, Kidslingo, to offer you the chance to win a fabulous Easter hamper that contains a host of useful (and tasty) goodies.

The language learning hamper includes: Kidslingo audio CDs, French and Spanish story boxes from One Third Stories, Lil’ollo posters and flashcards, family and animal finger puppets, a cuddly bear and a selection of posters and cards from Cartes Cochons. Oh, and as Easter is coming up, it’d be rude not to include a selection of chocolate too!

To win, all you have to do is email your name, contact number and position to: by the 31st of March* and you will go into a random prize draw. Bonne chance!

Kidslingo teaches French and Spanish to over 8,000 babies, toddlers and primary school kids through a national network of over 100 franchisees and tutors. Its innovative approach is based on the science of learning, and uses a clever mix of music, games, role-play, drama and storytelling.

*By entering this competition, you agree to Kidslingo contacting you with news, views and offers. We may also share your information with a small selection of our trusted partners.

Scotland-Russia Forum bulletin

26 February 2018 (SRF)

The latest bulletin from the Scotland-Russia Forum has been published.


Opportunities from Alliance Française for teachers and students

22 February 2018 (Alliance Française Glasgow )

Read the latest newsletter from Alliance Française.

The newsletter provides information on exam preparation and revision courses for secondary pupils and university students, spring break workshops for children, CPD workshops for primary teachers and twilight training in French for primary schools, as well as an online courses to learn French.


£3 million for language learning

21 February 2018 (Scottish Government)

Schools will be allocated £3 million this year to support pupils learning additional languages, Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn has announced.

A lack of language skills has been estimated to cost Scottish businesses hundreds of millions of pounds a year in lost exports.

The Scottish Government funding will enable every primary school pupil to start learning an additional language in Primary 1 and a second additional language by Primary 5, and for language learning to continue to the end of S3. This includes Mandarin, Gaelic and British Sign Language as well as European languages.

There has been a sustained increase in language Highers and skills-based qualifications in recent years and the Scottish Government’s continued investment will build on this success, ensuring the workforce has the right skills to make the most of international economic opportunities.


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£3m fund for language education confirmed (Holyrood, 21 February 2018)

Learning for Sustainability

20 February 2018 (SCOTDEC )

The Scottish Development Education Centre SCOTDEC is launching a Europe-wide project for secondary teachers which aims to support them to add a Global Citizenship dimension to their subject teaching – probably with a focus on BGE. There is a focus on teaching controversial issues such as climate change and migration as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The first phase of the project is the creation of small teacher working groups around 5 curriculum areas – Science, Maths, English, Modern Languages and Social Subjects who will receive training on Global Citizenship and develop classroom materials. This is a fantastic opportunity for teachers to get involved in a project and network with colleagues across Europe. If you are interested then please contact Charlotte Dwyer at SCOTDEC by email.

Vive la Francophonie Quiz is back!

20 February 2018 (Institut français d’Écosse )

Vive la Francophonie Quiz is back! The Institut Français du Royaume-Uni, in collaboration with Francophonie UK, is pleased to offer a quiz during la Semaine de la Francophonie 2018 to celebrate the French language and the French-speaking countries.

This quiz is open to S1/S2/S3 learners.

It will be available online during la Semaine de la Francophonie week, from 17 to 25 March 2018, and will take a maximum of 45 minutes to complete.

How to take part: register your team (up to 10 participants maximum per team) online before 15 March through the link below.

You need to register each team separately.

Reminder emails and a link to the quiz page will be sent shortly before these dates.

Bonne chance à tous,


Enter our 2018 World Cup Competition!

19 February 2018 (Arsenal Double Club)

Calling all MFL teachers! As we look forward to this summer’s 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Arsenal Double Club are back with yet another FREE languages competition – open to all UK secondary schools – for boys and girls in Year 7 or 8 (S1 or S2).


Yakety Yak Book Clubs

16 February 2018 (Yakety Yak)

Take the opportunity not only to meet and speak a targetted foreign language in a small group, in a local Café and with an experienced tutor but to experience a glimpse of a targetted foreign culture from through the most common form of art- Litterature! Sessions are offered in French, Spanish, German and Italian. Suitable for intermediate level and above.


Opening of the Confucius Hub at Culross Primary School

14 February 2018 (Queen Anne High School)

A group of QAHS pupils and staff attended the opening of the Confucius Hub at Culross Primary School yesterday. The Hub is a fantastic learning and teaching resource for our cluster primary schools and we look forward to working collaboratively with the Culross Hub to deliver an engaging Chinese language and cultural curriculum.

S3 pupils Bethany McIntosh, Katherine Smith and Abbie Carrie gave an eloquent presentation, delivered in Mandarin, about their experiences of learning the language. After musical performances from Culross pupils, three of our senior pupils (Fiona McArthur, Erin Moyes and Matthew Godsell) demonstrated their skills on the Chinese drums to rapturous applause from the audience!

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RCS Haven e-bulletin

7 February 2018 (RCS Haven)

Read the latest bulletin from RCS Haven, full of information on exciting opportunities connected to Russian language and culture.

RCS Haven is welcoming anyone who is interested in studying Russian language, literature and culture. We have English and Russian language lessons. There are a library, Art studio for children and Web-design Studio. Also, the Centre provides consultations in law, finance and other aspects of work and business in Russia and Britain.


SCEL Teacher Leadership Programme? Go for it!

6 February 2018 (SCILT/SCEL)

Recruitment is now open for the next cohort of the Scottish College of Educational Leadership’s Teacher Leadership Programme (aka SCEL TLP).

‘I’d urge any teacher working in Scotland to sign up for this tremendous professional learning opportunity whatever your career stage, sector and curricular specialism,’ says Lynne Jones, SCILT Professional Development Officer. ‘Since August 2017, I’ve been seconded from SCILT one day a week as a tutor on the SCEL TLP. It’s has been a fascinating experience for me to support teachers as they explore the concept of an enquiring approach to teaching and go on to carry out a small scale investigation into an aspect of their own classroom practice.’

The TLP is open to all post-probation classroom teachers in Scotland and is primarily delivered online through Glow. Throughout the programme participants are supported and challenged by a group of their peers as well as a critical friend and a tutor.

‘Since the programme revolves around blogging and online tutorials,’ adds Lynne, ‘I’m particularly looking forward to the TLP Sharing Summit in June. Participants from right across the country will come together to share their experiences of enquiry and the impact it has had on their leadership of learning.’

The deadline for applications is 31st March 2018. You can find out more information about SCEL TLP.

‘There are some teachers on the current cohort who are enquiring into aspects of ML practice,’ reveals Lynne. ‘It would be great to see even more primary, secondary and special education teachers on the next cohort with a focus on learning and teaching languages next time.’

Feel free to email Lynne Jones with any queries about SCEL TLP.

Thanks to SCEL for allowing us to use this image.

International Mother Language Day

6 February 2018 (ALL)

International Mother Language Day takes place on 21 February. It was created by UNESCO to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism: “Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage. All moves to promote the dissemination of mother tongues will serve not only to encourage linguistic diversity and multilingual education but also to develop fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world and to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue.”

Looking to mark this event in your school and celebrate multilingualism? Read how Noelia Rivas (ALL Primary Language Teacher of the Year 2017) celebrates Mother Language Day in her school.


Keep Your Brain And Body Active: Bilingual Training!

6 February 2018 (Bilingualism Matters)

Want to try learning languages creatively? What about learning a language with exercise and theatre? Join Bilingualism Matters for three exciting workshops in February! Free and open to all.


Speaking more than one language can boost economic growth

6 February 2018 (World Economic Forum)

Multilingualism is good for the economy, researchers have found. Countries that actively nurture different languages reap a range of rewards, from more successful exports to a more innovative workforce.

Concours de la francophonie 2018 - winners announced

5 February 2018 (Institut français d’Écosse )

The winners of Le concours de la francophonie 2018 have been announced. Please see attached file for the full list.

This competition was launched in 2016 to support and encourage teachers and learners in primary and secondary schools and to showcase their progress as teaching of modern languages in primary schools becomes the new norm. The competition was designed to encourage wide participation: schools need to submit a short video of a class production in French. The selection takes place in two phases, a semi-final at the council level, with a special semi-final for independent schools, and a national final, which took place on 1st February.

The international day of la francophonie is celebrated all over the world on 20 March to celebrate the French language.

French Holiday Mini Camps

1 February 2018 (Institut Français Écosse)

The Institut français d’Ecosse has joined forces with Theatre Sans Accents to offer French holiday mini camps for primary and secondary school learners in February, April, and July 2018.


Exam Preparation Classes

1 February 2018 (Institut Français Écosse)

IFE offers Exam preparation classes for National 5, Higher and Advanded Higher French during holidays: 

  • from 12 to 16 February 2018, Mon TO Fri, 2-4pm 
  • from 9 to 13 April 2018, Mon TO Fri, 2-4pm  

The team also offer regular classes for S4/S5/S6 on Tuesdays from 4.15 to 5.15pm.


Planned changes to Higher Modern Languages from session 2018-19

31 January 2018 (SQA)

Read about the planned changes for Higher Modern Languages that will be introduced from session 2018-19.


Ricefield workshop and merchandise catalogue

30 January 2018 (Ricefield)

Ricefield has just released its new merchandise and workshop catalogues, offering a range of Chinese art and craft supplies and the opportunity to bring Chinese culture into the classroom for a varied learning experience.

Ricefield Arts & Cultural Centre is Scotland's leading charity and social enterprise for the exploration and promotion of Chinese culture, contributing to the diversity of cultural fabric with an excellent reputation for delivering original and inspiring creative experiences for schools, community organisations, and art audiences.

Please note there is a charge for resources and workshops.

Summer courses in Germany: Deadline 1 March 2018

30 January 2018 (UK-German Connection)

The following summer courses in Germany are now open for application.

1) two-week part-funded German Pupil Courses for S3 and S5 pupils (separate courses)

2) fully-funded four-week German Scholarships programme for S5 pupils

Both programmes combine language learning with cultural trips and excursions, as well as staying with host families.

"I have a new appreciation for language-learning and I have realised how fulfilling it is to experience different cultures."

3) There’s also a paid CPD opportunity for teachers to act as group leaders on the German Pupil Courses. 

The application deadline for all programmes is 1 March 2018.

German Olympics 2018

29 January 2018 (Goethe-Institut Glasgow)

The German Olympics (IDO) is the biggest competition for the German language. Every two years over 100 students from all around the world meet to compete in their most beloved foreign language.

This year, the German Olympics for schools worldwide is open to pupils in the United Kingdom for the second time. The final will take place in Freiburg, 15 to 28 July 2018. The United Kingdom are eligible to send two secondary school students born 2001 to 2004. The German Olympics promotes young people from all around the world to encounter one another thanks to the fact they all study German. They will become friends and build up an international network.


Europe in 2018 - what does this mean to you? Enter for the Young Europeans Award and win a trip to Warsaw!

26 January 2018 (UK-German Connection)

Are your pupils interested in Europe-related activities? The Young Europeans Award offers both German language-learners and other internationally-minded pupils the opportunity to team up with their peers from Germany, Poland and France and enter a project idea to win a trip to Warsaw.

Whether you already have a partner school in any of the participating countries or not, we’ll be happy to support you in finding project partners in Germany, Poland or France.

The deadline for submitting your project idea is 1 March 2018, though projects don’t need to have taken place by then.

For further details, please the link below. You can also visit UK-German Connection on Twitter (@ukgconnection) or Facebook for further information.

Please send us a short email to Alison Dolamore if you’d like to take part or if you have any questions. You can contact Alison on +44 (0)20 7824 1570.


Young persons jobs roadshows - Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian

23 January 2018 (DYW Edinburgh, Midlothian & East Lothian)

Developing the Young Workforce Edinburgh, Midlothian & East Lothian Regional Group is running three jobs roadshows in March for young people in Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian. More information is in the attached poster. Schools can book through the Marketplace platform on My World of Work that all teachers should have access to. If any teacher needs assistance with booking through Marketplace, please contact the DYW group.

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Scotland China Association's Chinese Competition for Primary 5, 6 and 7

23 January 2018 (SCA)

The Scotland-China Association national competition for pupils from Primaries 5, 6 and 7 has been launched. If pupils from your school plan to enter, please let the organisers know by 23 February 2018. Entries should be submitted by 18 May 2018 and winners will be invited to the awards ceremony in June at Edinburgh Zoo, where they will enjoy a talk and a visit to the Zoo, as well as receiving their prizes. The overall winning school will receive a RZSS Beyond the Panda Outreach visit to their school and hold the Tom Murray Trophy until the next competition.

Please see attached document with entry details and a sample of the Chinese Scottish tartan which is a resource for the competition. SCA hope you will encourage your school to take part and that pupils will find the competition interesting and fun!

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PhD study - participants required

22 January 2018 (Heriot-Watt University)

A PhD student at Heriot-Watt University is currently selecting Spanish speaking and Catalan speaking families with limited or no English proficiency. Families should have school age children (primary or secondary) who speak English better than their parents. She is looking for families where Dad, Mum, grandparents etc. have help from their children when they have to communicate in day-to-day tasks, such as speaking to teachers, doing the shopping, etc. until their English skills improve.

If you are interested in participating, or know of someone who would be, please download the attached document for further information.

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Latest news from the Scotland-Russia Forum

19 January 2018 (Scotland-Russia Forum)

The latest bulletin from the Scotland-Russia forum contains information on Recently videoed performances from Moscow theatres that will be screened at the Cameo Cinema, Edinburgh as well as forthcoming Chai n Chat / Чай н Чат opportunities.


NEW - School Exchange Partnerships

19 January 2018 (British Council Scotlan)

Erasmus+ Schools-Only Partnerships have changed to School Exchange Partnerships for 2018. If your school wants to expand its international outlook, improve language learning through real life experience, visit eTwinning partners or start a new partnership with a European school, it’s now even easier to arrange exchanges of pupils and staff, through a streamlined application process. Here are some details:

  • Eligible schools, plus colleges involved in secondary education, can send groups of pupils on short-term exchanges, accompanied by staff, lasting from three days to two months excluding travel days, instead of the minimum five day period offered before. For long-lasting partnerships and bigger life experiences, schools can also offer long-term exchanges of between two months and a year for pupils aged over 14.
  • Schools can send staff on short-term joint training events of three days to two months, excluding travel days, and long-term teaching or training assignments of between two months and one year.
  • Partnerships must involve a minimum of two and a maximum of six schools, from at least two programme countries.
  • Funding is limited to €16,500 per school per year of the project.
  • Projects will last between 12 and 24 months, except projects organising long-term exchanges of pupils, which may last up to three years, depending on the project and the applicant’s request.
  • Projects should start between 1 September and 31 December 2018.
  • Schools can choose to be the lead organisation or a partner in a project led by an organisation from another participating programme country. The lead organisation applies to the Erasmus+ National Agency in their country for funding on behalf of the project as a whole.
  • The deadline for applications is Wednesday 21 March at 11am (UK time)

The main goal of School Exchange Partnerships is to strengthen the European dimension in the participating schools, to build up their capacity for cross-border cooperation and their ability to cope with new challenges. By organising mobility activities for pupils, these partnerships will also promote the values of inclusion and tolerance as underlined in the Paris Declaration.

Pupils: The short-term exchange activities are designed to offer international learning experiences to pupils, to develop their understanding of the diversity of European cultures and languages, and to help them acquire social, civic and intercultural competences necessary for their personal development

Teaching and non-teaching staff: A short period abroad enables staff to work together to exchange experience and know-how, or receive joint training.  A longer posting in a partner school can allow staff to develop their knowledge and understanding of other countries' education and training systems, and helps them share and acquire professional competences, methods and practices.

Participating schools in all projects are strongly encouraged to use the eTwinning online platform to work together on the project before, during and after the mobility activities.  See


Summary of funding available:

The maximum funding available for School Exchange Partnerships is €16 500 per year and per participating school, excluding Special Needs Support and Exceptional costs for expensive travel.  This can be made up of:

Project management and implementation – A contribution to the activities of the co-ordinating school of €500 per month, and €250 per month for partner schools (up to a maximum of €2750 per month per project).  This is intended as a contribution towards the following eligible costs:

  • Project management (e.g. planning, finances, coordination and communication between partners, etc.)
  • Small scale learning/teaching/training materials, tools, approaches etc.
  • Virtual cooperation and local project activities (e.g. class-room project work with learners, organisation and mentoring of embedded learning/training activities, etc.)
  • Information, promotion and dissemination (e.g. brochures, leaflets, online dissemination platforms, etc.).
  • Costs linked to the implementation of the partnerships.

Travel costs – A contribution to the travel costs of participants, including accompanying persons, from their place of origin to the venue of the activity. Travel distances are calculated using the distance calculator supported by the European Commission. Amounts vary from €20 per participant for short distances between 10 and 99km, €275 pp for distances between 500 and 1999km, €360 pp for distances of 2000 to 3000km, to €1500 per participant for travel distances of 8000km or more. Please check the Programme Guide for more detailed information on the rates applicable to each distance band.  Applicants will have to justify that mobility activities are necessary to achieve the objectives and results of the project. 

Individual support - Unit costs per day are provided to contribute to the subsistence of participants, including accompanying persons, during the activity.  These vary, depending on the participant, and duration of the activity.  For example short term pupil mobility is €58 per person per day up to 14 days and €42 pp per day for 15 – 60 days.  Short term joint staff training or teaching costs are €106 pp per day up to 14 days and €74 pp per day for 15 to 60 days.

Linguistic support - Contributions can be sought for linguistic support offered to participants in order to improve their knowledge of the language for activities lasting between 2 and 12 months of up to €150 per person.

Exceptional costs and special needs support - Funding is also available to cover exceptional costs and additional costs related to participants with disabilities.  Requests for additional funding must be outlined within the application and will be considered by the National Agency on a case by case basis. 

For full details of eligible funding please see the Erasmus Plus Programme Guide.

For detailed guides for applicants by sector and Key Action, and info on application support webinars, go to

Free places at Japan Day

19 January 2018 (RZSS)

Come along to our Japan Day at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, Kingussie on Wednesday 14th March 2018. Experience 'The Snow Monkey' educational pack of activities designed for cross curricular learning where pupils investigate and discover more about Japan, its culture, language, geography and wildlife. The pack has been produced with the support of the Japan Foundation and is a fun introduction to learning Japanese but also covers topics in science, topical science and social studies. Suitable for upper primary levels P4-P7.

There are limited free places although you must book by 14th February. Please contact Sandie Robb for further details and booking information.

For more information see the report on a similar event at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo through the link below.


Brexit and modern languages in the UK curriculum

19 January 2018 (Association for Language Learning)

The recent British Council publication ‘Languages for the Future’ spells out clearly the challenge facing the MFL fraternity in the UK. MFL are fading in both the secondary and HE sectors at precisely the time when we are going to need more English speakers with competence in foreign languages. Although we do not yet know precisely what lies ahead for us after March 2019, the probability is that we will need more people with competence in a wider range of languages than what our current system produces.


New German courses - enrol now!

17 January 2018 (Goethe-Institut Glasgow)

The new semester of classes at the Goethe-Institut in Glasgow starts on 12 February 2018. Information about the new semester, enrolment details and assessment opportunities are available through the link below.


The Scottish Education Awards 2018 – 1+2 Languages Award (primary and secondary cluster working)

16 January 2018 (Education Scotland)

Do you know of  or work in a school with strong cluster-working in languages? Nominate now for the Scottish Education Award for 1+2!

The Scottish Education Awards recognise early learning and childcare settings and schools that have developed a vibrant and progressive culture and climate of continuous innovation in relation to Language Learning in Scotland: A 1+2 Approach.


Threlford Cup 2018 - CIOL invites nominations

16 January 2018 (Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL))

CIOL is calling for nominations for the next winner of the Threlford Cup – the prestigious award for inspiration and originality in language teaching and learning.

The cup is presented annually to a person, to an organisation, or for a project that has inspired others with an original language-learning initiative.

Maybe you know of a teacher who has inspired young minds, a business or organisation that has led a project, or someone who works hard within the local community to keep alive a heritage language and culture. If so, CIOL would love to hear from you.


Being bilingual may help autistic children

16 January 2018 (EurekAlert)

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) often have a hard time switching gears from one task to another. But being bilingual may actually make it a bit easier for them to do so, according to a new study which was recently published in Child Development.


Erasmus+ stories

16 January 2018 (Erasmus+)

Looking for inspiring Erasmus+ examples in the UK? Read these Case Studies on how Erasmus+ has supported language learning.


Worrying decline in study of languages, warns British Academy

11 January 2018 (British Academy)

Following today’s publication by HESA of HE Student Statistics (2016/17), the British Academy has expressed concerns at a decline of student numbers choosing languages at undergraduate level. Entries for full-time and part-time undergraduate students taking languages were down 4% and 9% respectively. The British Academy is deeply concerned that this year’s decline will further reduce the already low supply of students who are qualified to go on to careers as language teachers in secondary schools.


Bai Meigui Translation Competition now open!

9 January 2018 (Writing Chinese)

The University of Chinese Writing Chinese Network runs an annual translation competition. This year it is open exclusively to secondary school students. The winning writer will be mentored by a professional translator and have their translation published in a journal.

The competition deadline is midnight (GMT) on 26th February 2018.


Opportunities from Alliance Française for teachers and students

9 January 2018 (Alliance Française Glasgow )

Read the latest newsletter from Alliance Française and find out more about enrolling for the new term of French classes for adults and children..

The newsletter provides information on oral revision courses for Higher and Advanced Higher pupils, CPD workshops for primary teachers and twilight training in French for primary schools.


Looking across the North Sea – are Hamburg and Orkney really so different?

9 January 2018 (UK-German Connection)

In November, UK-German Connections 2017-18 cohort of FLA/ELA Ambassadors all met for the first time at the introductory seminar in London. They were given the opportunity to find out more about their new roles as Ambassadors, discuss the three project themes for the year, as well as develop their project plans together in groups.

Hamburg and Orkney are at opposite ends of the North Sea – and what better idea for a project than to compare the regional identity and cultural heritage of these two coastal spots? Read the blog for the project, where they and their students will share posts diving into an analysis of Orcadian and Plattdeutsch dialects. They plan to consider spoken language, as well as the dialect’s prominence in contemporary and past literature, asking what significance it still holds today and – more importantly – “Are these strange tongues really quite so foreign?”


Nihongo Cup 2018 - Applications Open!

8 January 2018 (Japan Foundation London)

Japan Foundation London is delighted to announce that the Nihongo Cup Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary Schools in the UK is open for applications!

Nihongo Cup, the Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary School students, is accepting applications across three categories: Key Stage 3, Pre-GCSE Key Stage 4/5, and Post GCSE Key Stage 4 and 5.

Finalists will be invited to perform their speech at Conway Hall in front of a panel of judges and VIPs from the field of Japanese language education and Japan-UK relations, for the chance to win some fantastic prizes – including a trip to Japan!

Applications will close on 23rd March 2018 (Friday) and finals day will take place on 16 June 2018 (Saturday). Finals will take place at Conway Hall in London.


AMOPA Advanced Higher French speaking competition

8 January 2018 (Alliance Française Glasgow )

The AMOPA Advanced Higher French speaking competition is been running for seven years and is going from strength to strength. We are delighted to open the competition again this year, with support from Total.

It must be the easiest competition ever to take part in!

To enter, all you need to do is submit a short recording of students as they prepare for their speaking test. The panel will assess it and give everyone some feedback. We also award prizes and certificates.

We hope that taking part in the competition is a way to support your pupils’ learning and exam preparation, and it's a great opportunity for them to receive feedback. Once again we will have prizes for the best entries and a gift for each school taking part.

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31 ways to make January your best language-learning month ever!

31 December 2017 (Radio Lingua)

There are only a few hours left before we begin a new year, and it’s the best possible time to make a resolution to challenge yourself to become a better language learner next year. And this doesn’t necessarily mean hours and hours of study every day!

At Coffee Break Languages, we champion the idea of making your down-time your do-time: by using any spare moments of time you find yourself with to work on language-learning, you can make real progress. On this basis, we’ve done the hard work for you, and compiled this list of New Year language-learning mini challenges that can be completed in short bursts, on each day of January 2018. Whether it’s your New Year’s resolution to jump into German, or to freshen up your French this coming year, this list of challenges will help you on your way to language mastery in 2018!


Erasmus+ 2018 application support

19 December 2017 (Erasmus+)

2018 application deadlines announced
The European Commission has published the Erasmus+ 2018 Call

All the application details are contained in the 2018 Call for Proposals and the 2018 Programme Guide, which are on the Key Resources webpage. You can view and download the full list of deadlines on the funding deadlines page.

The Call for Proposals is an overview document with the deadlines for 2018, while the Programme Guide contains detailed information on project rules, funding levels and application processes for Erasmus+ funding. You will need to read both documents when planning an application.

The two key changes are in Schools Key Action 2 and in Youth Key Action 1:

Schools Key Action 2 strategic partnerships: there is a new name for ‘schools only’ strategic partnerships, which is now called ‘school exchange partnerships’. There is a significant budget increase and a simplified application process.  

Youth Key Action 1 mobility:some elements of European Voluntary Service transfer to the new European Solidarity Corps programme. Information will be published on this as it becomes available.  


For 2018 there is a budget uplift for the programme. The amount of funding available to UK applicants increases from 148 million euro (in 2017) to almost 170 million euro. 

Erasmus+ and Brexit

There is a reference in the Call for Proposals to the eligibility of UK organisations beyond the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. If the UK leaves the EU without an agreement UK Government has confirmed that the Treasury will underwrite grant agreements for Erasmus+ signed while the UK is still an EU Member State, even if payments continue beyond the point of the UK’s EU exit date.

Practical details regarding how this will be implemented will be discussed with the Department for Education (the UK’s Erasmus+ National Authority) over the coming months. In the meantime UK applicants should to prepare for participation as usual ahead of the 2018 deadlines for funding. More information is on the Brexit update webpage.

One-to-one calls

You can also now book a one-to-one session to discuss your individual 2018 KA2 application and reporting with the UK National Agency. These are being offered from 14 December to 21 February 2018.

Visit the schools section of our webinars page regularly to ensure you hear about the latest webinars and one-to-one sessions as they are announced and watch the recordings for some of those you miss.

Whether you are a school which is relatively new to Erasmus+ or experienced in applying for funding and managing the projects, look out later this month for our December schools blog which will highlight all the information you need to help you find partners and opportunities.

The EC has also produced a new handy schools leaflet that you may find helpful.

Key Action 101 School Application Support Q&A Webinars
  • Wednesday 13 December 2017 15:45 - 17:15hrs - register
  • Wednesday 10 January 2018 15:45 - 17:15hrs - register

Ten top tips for schools applying for Erasmus+ funding in 2018

14 December 2017 (Erasmus+)

Whether you are a school which is totally new to Erasmus+, or experienced in applying for funding and managing the projects, there is plenty of information available on the opportunities, as well as a range of application support and tools to help you find partners and opportunities and even to manage your project.


LfS: Connecting Classrooms ONLINE course

14 December 2017 (British Council)

Bookings are now open for tried and tested fully online British Council Learning for Sustainability: Connecting Classrooms course 19 January – 30 March 2018

Please spread the word and invite others in your school to participate by registering online.

There are also upcoming face to face/online courses in:

These courses are fully funded until June 2018, please encourage anyone you think might be interested to sign up and get involved.

School of Modern Languages and Cultures (SMLC) working with schools

11 December 2017 (University of Glasgow)

Dr Elizabeth Geary Keohane (French) and Dr Eamon McCarthy (Hispanic Studies), along with SCILT (Scotland's National Centre for Languages) colleagues Louise Whyte and Janette Kelso at the University of Strathclyde, have organised and facilitated two workshops to date as part of the SMLC Cross-Sector Schools Outreach Workshops for Secondary Teachers and Pupils.


Scottish Education Awards - nominations now open

8 December 2017 (Education Scotland)

The Scottish Education Awards celebrate the hard work and success which takes place in Scottish education. They recognise the achievements of people who dedicate their lives to children and young people and showcase the valuable work and innovation in Scottish classrooms.

Nominations are now open and language practitioners will want to consider applying for the following categories:

  • The 1+2 Languages Award (primary and secondary cluster working)
  • Gaelic Education Award


Christmas competition for primary schools

7 December 2017 (Goethe-Institut)

Christmas time in Germany is special and possibly a little different from the UK’s traditions during the festive season. The film Christmas time in Germany explains mostly in pictures, what usually happens in Germany in December and can be used in your lessons. Teachers can print out the entry form for their pupils (versions with questions in English or German depending on what level is needed are downloadable). Pupils are supposed to watch the film at home again and answer the questions on the entry form in order to receive a small gift. They should add a greeting for Felix and Franzi in German. Teachers can either send their pupils’ entry forms to the Goethe-Institut in one batch or pupils send us their entries individually. We will send small presents via the schools to everyone doing his homework.


Competition: German Olympics 2018 (IDO)

7 December 2017 (Goethe-Institut)

The German Olympics (IDO) is the biggest competition for the German language. Every two years over 100 students from all around the world meet to compete in their most beloved foreign language. We are happy to welcome the German Olympics for schools worldwide to the United Kingdom in 2018 for the second time. The final will take place in Freiburg, 15 to 28 July 2018. The United Kingdom are eligible to send two secondary school students born 2001 to 2004. The German Olympics promotes young people from all around the world to encounter one another thanks to the fact they all study German. They will become friends and build up an international network.


Certificate exams in German

8 December 2017 (Goethe-Institut Glasgow)


Goethe-Institut examinations are well known throughout the world and the associated certificates are accepted as a qualification by employers and further education institutions in many countries. The Goethe-Institut Glasgow offers certificate exams twice a year, in February and in June. For details about the exams and practice materials, please check our webpage.

Forthcoming exam dates:

02.02.2018 (level C1 & C2)

09.02.2018 (levels B1 & B2)

10.02.2018 (levels A1 & A2)

Registration deadline:

12 January 2018 for exam levels C1 & C2.

19 January 2018 for exam levels A1 to B2

Registrations can be made online.


SQA Spanish Opportunity: Advanced Higher Visiting Assessors

7 December 2017 (SQA)

SQA is currently recruiting Visiting Assessors for Spanish Advanced Higher Performance-talking in 2018.

A Visiting Assessor visits centres to assess candidate performance against national standards, in accordance with SQA policy and instructions.

Support and training will be provided for this role. Successful applicants will complete a training exercise prior to attending a briefing event, which will be held on the morning of Saturday 3 February 2018.

Attendance at the briefing event in 2018 is mandatory for new Visiting Assessors.

Centre visits will be carried out during the period 12 February-23 March 2018. Up to 5 days release will be required. Release fees and/or own time fees will be paid, as well as expenses.

Further detail about the role is available at the link below, where applications may be submitted. Closing date is Sunday 7 January 2018.

More information is available through the link below. If you have any queries, please contact Elaine Clusker, Qualifications Officer.


Barcelona summer school on bilingualism and multilingualism

4 December 2017 (Bilingualism Matters)

In September, the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona hosted the Barcelona Summer School on Bilingualism and Multilingualism, a renowned school for postgraduate students and researchers to gather, present and discuss the newest developments in their respective fields.

A few members of Bilingualism Matters Edinburgh were able to attend this year, promoting their research either in an oral presentation or a poster session.

The overarching theme was, as the name suggests, research concerning bilingualism and multilingualism: ranging from neuro-cognitive factors and the implications for ageing and health to the sociolinguistic development in bilingual children. The talks and posters provided an interesting and broad overview of the work that has been conducted in the field.


SCHOLAR online sessions - Higher Modern Languages

1 December 2017 (SCHOLAR)

SCHOLAR’s upcoming online sessions include:

Higher Modern Languages on Monday 4 December 2017 at 6:00 pm

Join a session and enter as a guest.

For more information on how to take part in our Online Sessions as well as upcoming sessions, please visit: SCHOLAR's Live Online Sessions.

Please note that worksheets will be available and should be attempted before some sessions.

Oral Revision Courses: Higher and Advanced Higher French

1 December 2017 (Alliance Française Glasgow )

The AF Glasgow will be running special revision courses for pupils who are sitting their Higher and Advanced Higher French oral examinations in early 2018.


Scotland-Russia Forum bulletin

1 December 2017 (SRF)

The latest bulletin has been published by the Scotland-Russia forum.


Concours de la francophonie

1 December 2017 (Institut Français Écosse)

We launched in 2016 le concours de la francophonie, a national school competition to encourage all young French learners and their teachers around Scotland and to celebrate the international day of la francophonie.

Many schools across Scotland have taken part in 2016 and 2017 and we hope to receive great entries this year again.

Who can take part? All Scottish primary and secondary schools offering French may enter this competition by submitting a short video of a classroom activity in French.

4 Categories: P1/P4 - P5/P7 - S1/S3 - S4/S6

Eligible entries: A video in French of maximum 5 minutes. The learners should speak/sing clearly in French. The level of French will be adapted to the learners, not too easy, not too difficult. We will also value the participation of ALL learners in the class and the creativity of the piece.

In primary, you may want to film a regular activity in French: a song you have prepared in class, a game, or a small dialogue etc.

In secondary, students need to show their communication skills in French, so a song is not receivable at that level. Students may want to conduct interviews in their school or create a short drama or else.

How to take part?

State schools: your council will organise a semi-final to choose their local champions in January 2018. Send your entry before Christmas holiday to your Modern Languages Development Officer or your QIO.

Independent schools: a jury composed of representatives of the Alliance Française de Glasgow and the Institut français d’Écosse will choose the Independent schools champions in January 2018. Send your video to before 19 December 2017.

Semi-final winning entries will enter a national competition in early February 2018.

  • first prize in each category: invitation to attend a special French immersion day on 23 March 2018 in Edinburgh to celebrate the international day of la francophonie. Transport and lunch for the entire classroom will be offered. Winners will take part in French workshops and will receive a selection of French books.
  • second prize in each category: a selection of French books

This school competition is sponsored by TOTAL E&P, the Franco Scottish Society and is organised in partnership with the Alliance française de Glasgow, SALT, SCILT, the University of Edinburgh and TV5 Monde.

Gaelic (Learners) conference materials

30 November 2017 (Education Scotland)

Materials from the conference Gaelic (Learners) in a 1+2 Approach to Languages are now available online and includes a keynote address from the Deputy First Minister.


Secondary summer courses in Germany

29 November 2017 (UK German Connection)

A unique opportunity for pupils to immerse themselves in German language and culture in 2018! Places will be available for part- or fully-funded summer courses.

Applications open mid-January 2018

German Pupil Courses

German Scholarships Programme

Group leadership opportunities

For teachers of German: Become a group leader on the German Pupil Courses and accompany a group of 12 pupils to Germany. This is a great opportunity for your professional development, whilst spending two weeks immersed in German language, daily life and culture.

Group leadership opportunities

Young Europeans Award

29 November 2017 (UK German Connection)

Calling all pupils interested in European issues! Take part in the Young Europeans Award and win a trip to Warsaw!

This initiative aims to encourage dialogue and exchange between young people in the 'Weimar Triangle' countries - Germany, France and Poland. For the 2017-18 round, the UK has been invited to take part as a guest country.

Teams of young people from within schools in Germany, France, Poland and the UK are invited to enter the competition (with support from their school) in groups of 6+ by sending in a collaborative creative project of their choice addressing the statement: 'To be or not to be...a European'.


Gain recognition for your school’s international work

28 November 2017 (Schools Online)

If you are already planning to do international work in your school over the academic year 2017/18 you could apply for the International School Award and join our prestigious national award ceremony.

Although it’s called an award, everyone who meets a given standard gets the accreditation. That’s because we believe that everyone who is willing to put the work in to enrich the curriculum with international work is worthy of celebration.


Your first EURES job

28 November 2017 (European Commission)

Your first EURES job is a European Union job mobility scheme to help young EU citizens to find a job, traineeship or apprenticeship opportunity in another EU country, Norway or Iceland and to help employers find qualified workforce. It aims to match young jobseekers with remunerated employment offers across Europe. Placements must have a duration of at least 6 months (for jobs and apprenticeships) or 3 months (for traineeships).


Language Futures – The Primary approach

28 November 2017 (ALL)

Before October half term, I had the opportunity to deliver training for the Language Futures initiative as part of a school’s inset day. Sir Edmund Hillary Primary School in Worksop, Nottinghamshire were keen to get underway with the Language Futures approach but needed a staff CPD session covering the main aims of Language Futures, how the approach works, how it differs to ‘normal’ language teaching, and to assist with planning.


Opportunities from Alliance Française for teachers and students

27 November 2017 (Alliance Française Glasgow )

Read the latest newsletter from Alliance Française and find out more about current CLPL opportunities for teachers. These include the twilight training in primary schools and a new programme of workshops for primary teachers.

The newsletter provides information on oral revision courses for Higher and Advanced Higher pupils and on the Concours de la francophonie 2018.  


Agon Armonias 2018

27 November 2017 (Hellenikon Idyllion )

Announcement for an international competition for school classes to promote the ancient Greek language and classical philosophy through poetry and composition.

The assignment is to compose the text for a song based around a quote or verse from ancient Greek philosophy or literature. The quote or verse - not more than 20 words - has to appear in its original ancient Greek form. The rest of the lyrics can be in German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, modern or ancient Greek. The music can be composed by the students of the class or an external composer. It is important that the melody and text are easy to learn and will inspire people to sing along. Submissions should be made in video format. One class can submit more than one contribution.


Future-proof grads: new study pinpoints arts, humanities and social science graduates’ skills

27 November 2017 (British Academy)

The British Academy has published the first ever evidence of the skills that the 1.25m students who study arts, humanities and social science (AHSS) develop through their degrees. AHSS graduates make up 55% of all university students, but to date it has been unclear which skills they develop and where they work after university.

Researchers found that the skills in demand from employers were the same as those developed by studying the arts, humanities and social sciences:

  • communication and collaboration;
  • research and analysis;
  • independence and adaptability.

With the type of jobs likely to change in the future, the research showed that flexible and adaptable graduates, many of whom have AHSS degrees, were highly valued by employers, even when their degree was unrelated to the business.


Related Links

Download The Right Skills: Celebrating Skills in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) (British Academy, 2017)

Key messages on language skills:

  • Skills of critical analysis, problem solving, negotiation and communication, speaking other languages and understanding other cultures have intrinsic value with huge benefits for society, contributing to social cohesion at home and the UK’s prosperity and security abroad.
  • We live in an increasingly diverse, multicultural society. In an increasingly global labour market and with more mobility in the workforce, the world is more interconnected than ever. Language skills, intercultural understanding, global awareness and an international mind set will be crucial for the future of the UK economy, society and for UK security and diplomacy.
  • AHSS graduates are already equipped with many of the skills required to thrive in a global context. These skills are not just limited to language and area studies graduates, but are found in many AHSS disciplines, including for example in history and geography, along with the broader skills of communication, diplomacy, negotiation and empathy which are shared across AHSS disciplines.
  • British Academy recommends that Government, universities and learned societies work together to realise the potential and added value of AHSS as a context in which language, digital and data skills can be developed to ensure that the UK has the skills needed for productivity and growth in the 21st century

Mapping the learning of Chinese and about China in Scotland

23 November 2017 (SCEN)

SCEN are keen to give all young people in Scotland the opportunities they need, and to that end, it is looking to find out the current situation with regard to learning Chinese and about China in Scotland. SCEN has published a report, 'Mapping of the Learning of Chinese and about China in Scotland's Schools' following on from a survey carried out by SCEN and the Confucius Institute for Scotland. Access the report through the link below.

For further information or to comment, please contact Dr Judith McClure, Chair of SCEN.


Back in work after a fantastic immersion course. I have to say it’s one of the best things I have done in recent years

22 November 2017 (LFEE)

Another positive and inspired round of immersion courses in France and Spain this summer and autumn, now it's time to plan for next year...

Join our team of native speakers in either France or Spain and top up your French or Spanish language skills and understanding of language methodology.

LFEE Europe has been an international course provider since 2002 and recently won a GTCS award for Pedagogy and methodology for the three-week French/Spanish Immersion Programmes and the 12-month Modern Languages Immersion and Methodology Programme.

More information and dates are available through the link below.


Multilingual actors sought for practice-led research project led by Flavia D’Avila of Fronteiras Theatre Lab in partnership with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

21 November 2017 (Fronteiras Theatre Lab)

Actors are sought for practice-led research project led by Flavia D’Avila of Fronteiras Theatre Lab in partnership with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. This project will lay the foundations for the next stage of the company’s practical work and also feature prominently in the director’s PhD thesis submission, comprising of a joint portfolio and critical reflection.

The aim of this research project is to investigate ways in which syncretic theatre (cultural fusion) can be used in a devising process.

This is not a production, commercial or otherwise. There will be no tickets sold and there will not be performances to the general public. Instead, these Performance Research Tests are a laboratory in which rehearsal and performance practice can be explored. Performers from diverse cultural/linguistic backgrounds (including Scottish), of any gender, and any age over 18 are invited to submit their CV and statement of interest. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview and workshop audition in Glasgow in January. The Performance Research Tests will happen over three staggered weeks between February and April 2018.

More information is available through the link below.


My World of Work resources for language learners

21 November 2017 (Skills Development Scotland)

Language learners are encouraged to visit My World of Work and find out more about the value of languages in a whole range of careers.

Learners should visit My career options and type in "international" or "languages" into the "I have a career in mind" tab to discover a wide list of careers where language and cultural skills are needed.

There are also live vacancies related to international work, which learners might find helpful as they plan for the future.

Finally, for language teachers, there are new Lesson Inserts related to Modern Languages.

CLPL for primary teachers in 2018

21 November 2017 (Alliance Française Glasgow )

Alliance Française is running a new programme of CLPL workshops in French for Primary School teachers in 2018.

  • 10 topics covered over ten weeks, tailored to the needs of Primary School teachers.
  • Suitable as a follow-up to one of our Beginners 1 classes or for French teachers in Primary schools.
  • 4.15-5.45pm between 6th February and 23rd April included. Days of the week will vary; a detailed programme is available below.
  • The cost to attend 10 workshops is £75/teacher.
  • Option to enrol in less than 10 CPDs, please contact us for more information.
  • Certificates of attendance will be given once the programme is completed.
  • Places are limited so booking early is highly recommended.

If you wish to enrol, please contact or visit the Language Office at the Alliance Française as soon as possible:
Alliance Française Glasgow - 3 Park Circus, G3 6AX Glasgow
0141 331 4080

  • Tuesday 6th February 2018: Phonetics / La phonétique
  • Thursday 15th February: Daily life in a Primary School / La vie quotidienne dans une école primaire
  • Thursday 22nd February: Songs from France and the Francophone world / Les chansons françaises/francophones
  • Thursday 1st March: Conducting an activity in French (PE, maths, arts, etc.) / Le français comme langue d’enseignement
  • Tuesday 6th March: Celebrations & calendar / Les fêtes et le calendrier
  • Tuesday 13th March: Resources and activities for year-round festive events / Ressources et activités pour les fêtes
  • Monday 19th March: Indoors and outdoors games / Les jeux d’intérieur et d’extérieur
  • Monday 26th March: Films, Cartoons & TV5 Monde / Les films, dessins animés & TV5 Monde
  • Monday 16th April: Storytelling in French / Raconter des histoires
  • Monday 23rd April: French regions & their delicacies / Les régions de France & leurs spécialités

Gaining international experience and learning new languages enhances careers

17 November 2017 (British Council Scotland)

For International Education Week, we spoke to John Crawford, Team Leader, Education at Scottish Development International, about the importance of being globally mobile.


Why should we learn Dutch?

16 November 2017 (British Council)

Dutch recently joined the ranks as one of the top ten languages that the UK needs in 2017. But why is learning Dutch useful? We asked Anna Devi Markus from British Council in Amsterdam.


It is essential that education and skills provision builds the knowledge and capability to work well internationally

15 October 2017 (British Council Scotland)

For International Education Week 2017 we asked John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, about the Scottish Government's efforts to engage young people in international activity.


Why limited resource models are of limited use, particularly when it comes to languages

14 November 2017 (University of Edinburgh)

In the early 1990s, after the fall of the Berlin Wall and lifting of travel restrictions, Vienna become a favourite destination for Eastern Europeans keen to buy hitherto unavailable Western goods. My West German friend Wilhelm recalled a conversation with an East German colleague while looking at the frantic markets. “Poor Viennese”, said the East German, “those Eastern Europeans will buy everything and leave them with nothing”. “Lucky Viennese”, answered Wilhelm, “they are doing the business of their lifetime”. Obviously, their comments reflected different economic reality under which they grew up, but they illustrate rather well the general contrast between “limited resource” and “added value” models.

Limited resource models are so seductively simple and intuitively compelling, that they tend to be applied implicitly, without much critical reflection (let alone empirical evidence) to a wide range of economic, social and political debates (e.g. immigration). Their major weakness is that, unlike the added value models, they do not take into account interactions between individual components and the capacity of well-functioning systems to adapt and re-configure. People buying goods are not just depleting a storehouse, they stimulate the production of new goods and development of better products. Immigrants do not just take away existing jobs; by stimulating economic growth, they can in fact create new ones.

When I first met Dina Mehmedbegovic in European Commission Multilingualism Panel in Brussels in September 2016, we were stunned to discover how much our two disciplines, education and cognitive science, have in common in terms of implicit assumptions made in respect to language learning and use. In our first joint publication, in May 2017, we explored the idea of a “healthy linguistic diet” (1), from primary school education to cognitive ageing and dementia prevention (2). In the second one, published this week, we examine systematically three important implicit assumptions underlying current controversies around multilingualism (3).

The first one is the above-mentioned limited resources model, well illustrated by the recent “Guardian” debate about the merits and disadvantages of learning foreign languages (4). One of the most commonly used arguments against teaching foreign languages at schools is that they prevent pupils from learning “more useful” subjects, such as maths (limited resources). No mention is usually made how learning languages can in fact improve the performance in other subjects (added value). These arguments continue across the lifespan: a new social enterprise Lingo Flamingo has a lot of work convincing professional carers that teaching languages to dementia patients is not dangerous and can even improve their cognitive abilities.

The second assumption is the “myth of the mother tongue”, the idea that the “normal” state of human brain, mind and society is to have one clearly defined “mother tongue”; other language can be learned, but are only secondary. Census questions like those used in the UK, allowing each individual to name only one “home language”, perpetrate this misconception. The third one is the belief that the only worthwhile aim of language learning is to reach a “native-like” proficiency. Although the drive to reach high proficiency is well meant, ultimately such attitude prevents people from appreciating multiple benefits of language learning.

As we demonstrate, there is hardly any evidence in favour of these assumptions, either in education or in cognitive and brain sciences; in fact, most of current research contradicts them. However, as we discuss in the paper, these assumptions are closely connected to political ideologies, dictating what is considered to be “normal” for individuals and states. We argue that such underlying, often implicit, beliefs can exert a profound influence on our thinking. Participants, whose performance we are examining as well as the researchers who analyse and interpret the data are human beings, deeply rooted in their languages, cultures, societies and values. We cannot study human performance in isolation from human beliefs and attitudes which influence it. Social and cognitive sciences and humanities are usually treated separately and there is remarkably little exchange of ideas between them. But we believe that we have much to learn from each other. As proposed by the added value models, a synthesis is more than the sum of its parts. The path is long, but we hope to have taken a step in the right direction.

Thomas H Bak, University of Edinburgh, Strand Leader of Strand 6 (Cognition, health & wellbeing) of the AHRC Project, “Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies” (MEITS). Co-Director, Bilingualism Matters (Bilingualism in later life, healthy ageing & dementia).

(1) Healthy Linguistic Diet (MEITS blog, June 2017) 

(2) Healthy Linguistic Diet: The value of linguistic diversity and language learning across the lifespan (Languages, Society and Policy, May2017)

(3) European Journal of Language Policy

(4) Just speaking English won’t get us very far in the world (Guardian,August 2017)

Kick start your international project with these free resources!

14 November 2017 (British Council)

Until 7 December 2017, UK teachers who register an eTwinning project can choose to be posted a travelling eTwinning teddy bear or a virtual reality headset. We will also post an eTwinning wall map, homework and a passport challenge.

The pack that we will send to you contains pre-prepared, cross-curricular homework challenges spanning key stages one to five, all designed to help you kick-start your first international project with eTwinning.


Share your project images and videos with us on Twitter @eTwinningUK via #eTmaps and we will award the class with the most retweeted post with £500 worth of Amazon vouchers on 8 December.


Which foreign languages will be most important for the UK post-Brexit?

14 November 2017 (British Council)

The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union is fundamentally changing its relationships with the countries of the EU, and with the rest of the world. But which languages will be most important for the UK? And how well is the UK equipped to meet the current and future language need? The British Council's Alice Campbell-Cree, who edited the Languages for the Future report, summarises.


We must help our young people to embrace internationalism

14 November 2017 (British Council Scotland)

For International Education Week 2017, Jackie Killeen, Director, British Council Scotland, writes about why we need to encourage young people to embrace internationalism.


Commonwealth Class children's short story writing competition

13 November 2017 (British Council)

What images, emotions or memories come to mind when you think of the word ‘Peace’? Children around the world are invited to capture its meaning for this year’s Commonwealth Class Short Story Writing Competition. The competition offers a unique opportunity for students to become part of the Commonwealth’s rich storytelling heritage and to be in with the chance of winning some great prizes!


Masters Level Languages Education Study at the University of Strathclyde

10 November 2017 (University of Strathclyde)

Are you teaching a new language to your pupils, or supporting bilingual learners to learn English and keep up with their home language?

Are you ready to start masters level study in 2018? You don’t have to wait until September 2018!

We are now offering a number of Masters level classes relating to modern languages, English as an additional language and support for bilingual learners, starting in January 2018.

Goethe-Institut (London) news

10 November 2017 (Goethe-Institut)

The following opportunities from Goethe-Institut in London will be of interest to teachers in Scotland:

  • New Karla and Kai songs - added new songs have been added to the Karla and Kai resources for the fourth year with German. All lesson plans as well as songs are available as a free download.
  • Christmas competition for primary schools - A new clip, Christmas time in Germany with our popular characters Felix and Franzi, has just been published. Let pupils answer some questions about the film and win great prizes!
  • Free 2018 resources calendar - Primary or secondary German teachers can order a free calendar with images, texts and resources for their classroom. The topic this year is Sport in Deutschland. Just fill in the online form and return it to us to place an order. Stock is limited - first come, first served!