Benefits of language learning

'Personally, I think that languages are very important in education. Educating our young people in school to have an international outlook and to be comfortable operating in a foreign language will remain very important economically as we move forward.'
Karen Betts, Chief Executive, Scotch Whisky Association

Developing the Young Workforce

Promotional films

Our series of short films demonstrate the value of languages in a variety of sectors: sport, the creative industries, hospitality and tourism, engineering, business and health. Contributors include Judy Murray and Jim Fleeting from the Scottish Football Association. 

Toolkit

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

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

Our Job Profiles provide relevant, labour-market focused career advice on languages, direct from the workplace. Enhance learning about the world of work and promote the relevance of language skills.

Parents

Languages in a nutshell

Languages in a nutshell explains how the 1+2 Approach will be put into practice and why learning other languages is so important. It also suggests ways parents can support their child’s language learning.

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

Further materials from SCILT

Our leaflets support teachers and schools in engaging with parents to reinforce the benefits of learning a language. These leaflets also enable practitioners to make the case for languages to colleagues and senior management. 

Visit our leaflets pages to order 'Languages in a nutshell' and other resources for your school.

Learners

Promotional postcards

These postcards, designed by pupils in Scotland, demonstrate why languages are important. A useful tool for rewarding and motivating your learners.

Why learn a language (PDF)

World at your fingertips (PDF)

Visit our leaflets pages to order these postcards
Resources from our partners

'I love languages - do you?' Fun quiz for young language learners.

Top ten reasons for studying languages 

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

Take on a Language! Animated video.

Why study languages Designed to excite, educate and encourage young people to continue with their language learning.

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