Languages: Taking you further. Presentation Overview. Introduction Let’s test your knowledge! Why languages matter The Scottish Baccalaureate in Languages: What is it and how is it assessed? Feedback from learners What skills will you develop? External endorsement
Did you know there are 6,912 known living languages in the world?
Test your knowledge, part 1…
How many people in the world speak these languages as their mother tongue?
A) Almost 400 million
Arabic (all varieties)
B) 309 million
C) 65 million
D) 100 million
E) 206 million
F) 876 million
Test your knowledge, part 2 – Closer to home mother tongue?
Do you know how many languages are spoken by young people in
8? 13? 19? 39? 70? 98? 104? 144? 251? 300?
Question 1: 60%
Question 2: 6%
Question 3: 51%
English is not enough!
“Language skills and an ability to work in a multi-cultural environment are also valuable in an increasingly globalised workplace. Foreign language proficiency adds significantly to a candidate’s portfolio of skills, not just in terms of conversational ability, but also general cultural awareness and sensitivity.” (CBI 2009)
‘In an increasingly competitive job market, it is clear that foreign language proficiency adds significant value to a candidate’s portfolio of skills, and can give them a real competitive edge when applying for jobs’
(CBI Education and Skills Survey, 2009)
Which languages? mother tongue?
Language learning helps develop these transferable skills
•‘an international dimension’
•‘ability to build relationships’
•‘awareness of cultural differences’
The Scottish Baccalaureates in Languages mother tongue?Design specification
Very significant and demanding qualification – “deep” learning
Emphasis on analysis, research skills, independent study, extended essay-writing/scientific investigations
Provide a bridge between classroom-based learning at Higher and self-motivated, proactive study at university
UCAS has changed tariff scores to reflect the value HE places on AH
5 mandatory pieces of evidence:
- Project proposal
- Project plan
- Presentation of project findings/product
- Evaluation of project
- Self evaluation of generic/cognitive skills development
FL teaching methods in Scottish and French primary schools
How foreign films shape Scottish audiences’ perceptions of other European nations and cultures
Support for foreign students: Scotland vs. France
Languages in international finance
Created a play in French about AIDS and how it affects Francophone countries in Africa
Developed e- magazine to support e-twinning project
Success in HE
Support from Higher Education
SCILT: supporting the languages community the potential applicants to universities to develop independent study skills and to develop project management skills closely related to their academic interests.
Research and Statistics
Six Good Reasons for the potential applicants to universities to develop independent study skills and to develop project management skills closely related to their academic interests. taking your language learning further…
It’ll get you a job
It gets you places
You’ll meet loads of new people
You’ll find out more about yourself
You can enjoy new cultures
In the words of Nelson Mandela….
SCILT – Leading on Languages