Languages in the primary school.

Celebrating languages

SCILT opportunities

Language Linking Global Thinking

Students on their year abroad are linked with a primary or secondary school keep in regular contact with their partner school during their time abroad using blog posts, emails, postcards and other resources. The two-way correspondence between student and class brings the language and culture of the student's host country alive for pupils.

Mother Tongue Other Tongue

This exciting multilingual poetry project celebrates linguistic and cultural diversity through creative writing, and showcases the many languages which are spoken and learned by young people in school and at home. Pupils from P1-S6 can participate, as well as bilinguals and those studying languages beyond school. 


Piloted in session 2017-18, the competition brings together two of our favourite topics – languages and food! Pupils from P1-S6 work on their social, literacy, numeracy and financial skills, as well as their language, when they work in teams to submit a recipe for a dish symbolic of a country where either a language they are learning in school or a language that pupils speak at home is spoken.

European Day of Languages

The European Day of Languages is celebrated across Europe on the 26 September every year. It aims to promote the rich linguistic diversity of Europe and raise awareness of the importance of lifelong language learning for everyone. Why not celebrate with your class, and use this opportunity to raise the profile of languages in your school.

SCILT has put together ideas to support you in celebrating the European Day of Languages.

Each year the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) produces a variety of materials which schools can use to celebrate the day.

Tell us how you celebrated the European Day of Languages and we will feature you in our European Day of Languages blog. If you include some colourful photos your article could even appear in our next newsletter!

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Opportunities from our partners

Concours de la francophonie

French pop video competition and Teaching French through music CPD tour 2019

German Language Adventure (P7-S2)

Workshop for pupils: German outdoors (P3-P6)

UK-German Bears Unique way to build a partnership with a school in Germany.

Euroquiz annual competition for P6 pupils (SEET)

Looking for replicable ideas to use in your school to promote languages?

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