Supporting our international future: cross-sector partnerships to promote languages in Scotland

Date: 1 December, 2008
Location: University of Edinburgh, Playfair Library
Event type: Workshop

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Organised jointly by the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies and the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (University of Edinburgh), this event will focus on providing support for languages through partnerships between universities, colleges and schools. It will also explore opportunities to build on existing initiatives and discuss practical and strategic issues involved in expanding collaborative networks to include more universities, colleges and schools and will also cover the following themes :

  • the current state of cross-sector activity in modern languages in Scotland
  • the delivery of language policy in an era of bilingualism, multilingualism and increasing internationalisation
  • the new Scottish Language Baccalaureate and its implications for universities and schools
  • transition into higher education in languages

Case studies of good practice in cross-sector work will also be showcased.

Programme for 1 December 2008
Time Session
09.30 - 10.00 Registration and coffee
10.00 - 10.10

Welcome and introduction
Elisabeth Kendall, Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World, University of Edinburgh

Vicky Wright, Subject Centre for LLAS

10.10 - 10.40 Languages in a globalising world 
Miranda Stewart, University of Strathclyde
10.40 - 11.00 Bilingualism Matters: raising awareness in the community (ESRC funded project)
Antonella Sorace, University of Edinburgh
11.00 - 11.30 The Languages Baccalaureate: what schools and universities need to know
Joanna McPake, Scottish CILT
11.30 - 11.45


11.45 - 12.45

Cross-sector activity in Scotland: the current situation

Mapping cross-sector activity in languages
Hannah Doughty, Scottish CILT

Promoting indigenous languages and providing customised CPD
Donna Heddle, UHI Orkney

On-line distance learners: additional teaching qualifications for language teachers
Linda Hartley, University of Dundee

12.45 - 13.45 Lunch
13.45 - 14.45

Languages in the 'real' world: making language-learning relevant in Scotland
Ann McFall and Margaret Sargeant, Heriot Watt University

Partnerships and widening participation
John Field, University of Stirling

14.45 - 15.00 Coffee
15.00 - 15.30

Universities, colleges and schools working together
Jocelyn Wyburd, University of Manchester

15.30 - 16.15

Recommendations for expanding the network: panel discussion
Chaired by Elisabeth Kendall

Contributors:Heather McGuinness, Routes into Languages 

Barbara Fennell, Chair of the Scottish LLAS Advisory Board, University of Aberdeen 

Graeme Trousdale, Chair, Committee for Language Awareness in Scottish Schools, University of Edinburgh

16.15 Close

Workshop fee

There is no charge to attend for employees and postgraduate students of publicly funded UK educational institutions. The fee for employees and postgraduate students of private institutions/organisations and non-UK institutions is £40.
Lunch will be provided. We reserve the right to charge a £50.00 non-attendance fee.