2 – 5 July 2018, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
This national leadership programme is now open for registration. It is hosted by SCILT and Education Scotland. The programme is aimed at those who have, or aspire to have, a responsibility for leading languages and developing colleagues’ capacity to deliver the 1+2 approach to languages in their context. The programme is free of charge for educators in the public sector and begins with a summer school.
The programme themes include:
1+2 languages: the national picture and the position of languages within the National Improvement Framework and the Scottish Attainment Challenge
Strategic leadership in languages: planning and evaluation
Progression in language learning
Parental and wider engagement in language learning
Raising attainment: practical ways to develop literacy skills across languages
Local Authority colleagues with responsibility for languages, together with colleagues from the Universities Council on Modern Languages Scotland, Bilingualism Matters, SQA and Scottish Government met at Atlantic Quay in Glasgow 29th January 2018, to hear about updates on languages, with a particular focus on 1+2 implementation, as well as looking at languages policy beyond Scotland. The group heard from Professor Judy Kroll, from the University of California Riverside, on language learning policies in the USA and closer to home, the findings of the recent Eurydice report on language learning in Europe; the report contains more than a fair share of mentions around language policy in Scotland, which is always pleasing to see. Professor Antonella Sorace of Edinburgh University gave a presentation on bilingualism and how language learning positively affects cognitive functions – ‘bilingualism’ in this sense meaning knowing more than one language, not just those born into bilingual families. Great news for all linguists out there!
SQA gave updates on National 5 assignment and local authority colleagues shared with us some of the ways in which they are helping to ensure 1+2 is becoming the norm in their communities.
The group was joined by JohnPaul Cassidy, HMI, who started at ES in November 2017. Many of you will know JohnPaul already, as he was a former DO in languages at ES, before moving to a QIO post in Angus Council. JohnPaul’s background is in secondary modern languages and he spoke briefly to the group about evaluating modern languages in the secondary context. Jane Renton, Assistant Director at ES gave an overview of the arrangements around the Regional Improvement Collaboratives and responses to the Education (Scotland) Bill. Jane’s powerpoint presentation also contains updates on changes in the leadership team at ES.
Scotland’s National Centre for Languages (SCILT) has published a case study which focuses on increasing the uptake for languages as young people move from the broad general education into the senior phase. It demonstrates how self-evaluation has been used to secure improvements.
SCILT have published a programme of professional learning which practitioners may find useful in implementing Gaelic (Learners) as part of the 1+2 Approach to languages. We have also taken this opportunity to list a few resources which curriculum planners may find useful in taking forward Gaelic as part of 1+2.
Brief: This Gaelic Enrichment Course is a career-long professional learning opportunity for teachers of GLE and GME. The course aims to support teachers use and develop their Gaelic language skills within a community setting. The course will be tailored to the specific needs of the teachers. It includes: conversational skills, grammar, resources for the classroom, workshops and field trips.
For more information, please contact: Ceòlas Uibhist, Taigh Gleus, Dalabrog, Uibhist a Deas HS8 5SS Tel: 01878 700154 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is Japanese calligraphy, what do you need to do it and how is it done? Discover the fun of writing in Japanese with Japanese teacher, Ms Emiko Abe plus staff from the Japanese Consulate and volunteers from Edinburgh University.
Ms Abe shows P3 students at Law Primary School that learners can practice Japanese calligraphy with basic materials found in every classroom.
This year St Ninian’s High school will hold East Dunbartonshire’s Confucius classrooms Chinese New Year 2017 showcase on Friday 27th January at 1.10pm.
Four primary and secondary schools in East Dunbartonshire will take part in the showcase, including: St Ninian’s High School, Douglas Academy, St Flannan’s Primary school, Holy Family, St Agatha’s Primary school and St Machan’s Primary school.
The programme includes traditional Chinese dance, Chinese school exercise, Chinese Kungfu fan dance, dragon dance, traditional and modern Chinese songs, traditional Chinese music, Chinese rap and some other performances.
If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.
The Language Show Live invites you to Scotland’s largest dedicated event for languages. The Show gives teachers and professionals an opportunity to attend professional learning seminars, enjoy taster sessions in a range of languages and peruse learning and teaching resources.
Please visit the website for more information and to book your free ticket:
This award is open to all 3-18 provisions doing Gaelic (Learners), Gaelic Medium as well as those that may be doing some learning of Gaelic and about Gaelic as part of the curriculum in English medium education.
Here are some questions which may encourage you to make a nomination:
Do children and young people enjoy learning Gaelic due to the approaches you are using?
Do you have a project which has included children and young people learning about Gaelic language and culture or learning some Gaelic?
Do you have a successful club, trip or an event which is helping children and young people to develop their fluency?
Does a group, organisation or business support the learning of Gaelic within your curriculum?
Have you changed the curriculum model with the result that there is an increase in the numbers learning Gaelic?
Are you using the Advice on Gaelic Education to improve the quality of provision?
Is there a sense of pride, value and identity with Gaelic within your provision?
Is there effective practice within a cluster group in implementing the 1+2 policy for language learning?
Do you have any effective examples of supporting families with Gaelic Education?