SALT Conference 2019


SALT Conference 2019

The SALT Conference 2019 is taking place at the Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling on Saturday 9th November. We hope to see as many language educators from all sectors attend. The theme for this year's conference is Together Everyone Achieves More which is to capture a partnership approach to implementing 1+2 Policy. Speakers include those from Education Scotland, local authorities, schools and universities. To find out more check out our programme below!We look forward to seeing you on the 9th of November!Keep reading for some information about this year's presenters and workshops.

Keynote Speaker: Laurence Findlay is Director of Education and Childrens Services at Aberdeenshire Council. Prior to taking on this role, he was seconded into the role of Regional Improvement Lead for the Northern Alliance, the Regional Improvement Collaborative which covers Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Highland, Orkney

Shetland, the Western Isles and

Argyll and Bute. After university in Stirling, Laurence’s career started as a teacher of French and German in Edinburgh, before moving home to the North East to take up positions in both Aberdeenshire and Moray Councils, including time spent at Fraserburgh Academy and Keith Grammar School before becoming Head Teacher at Forres Academy in 2008. Therefore, Laurence moved to HQ at Moray Council as Head of Schools and latterly, Corporate Director of Education and Social Work. Laurence took up the post of Director in Aberdeenshire in July 2018. Laurence co-chairs the Strategic Implementation Group for Languages (1+2) on behalf of ADES and remains a passionate advocate for languages learning and teaching.

Featured Speaker: Steve Smith taught French for 33 years in schools in England and was Head of Modern Languages at Ripon Grammar School, North Yorkshire. He is now an author and blogger about language teaching, writes French resources for his site, presents for the AQA exam board in England and is a visiting Lead Subject Tutor (MFL PGCE) at the University of Buckingham. He is the author of the handbook Becoming an outstanding Languages Teacher (Routledge) and coauthor of The Language Teacher Toolkit (Amazon). His latest book, co-authored with Gianfranco Conti, is entitled Breaking the Sound Barrier: Teaching Language Learners How to Listen

Read on for information about the workshops you can take part in at SALT 2019!

A rationale for teaching micro-skills will be presented followed by numerous innovative examples of lesson activities which can enhance them.

Led by Steve Smith, Lead Tutor at the University of Buckingham (Author of Becoming an Outstanding Languages Teacher and Co-Author of The Language Teacher Toolkit and Breaking the Sound Barrier: Teaching Language Learners how to listen)

A brief research background to the topic will be presented, following by a series of lesson ideas which move beyond micro-skills to listening in more communicative contexts. The role of questioning and other interactions will be discussed along with a rationale for using communicative tasks.

Led by Steve Smith, Lead Tutor at the University of Buckingham (Author of Becoming an Outstanding Languages Teacher and Co-Author of The Language Teacher Toolkit and Breaking the Sound Barrier: Teaching Language Learners how to listen)

This session will be led by HMI colleagues and Education Scotland.

Update on implementation of 1+2 and models of L3 in primary and secondary to highlight the updated guidelines and opportunities through regional working.

Led by Education Scotland.

Beyond the Panda & Science in the language class – using RZSS materials for primary language learning with cross curricular approach and linking to living things and endangered species learning maps.

Led by Sandie Robb, RZSS Language Project Coordinator

Understanding elements of pronunciation in English to move towards better pronunciation in the Target Language.

Led by Ross Smith, Teacher of French and Spanish at The Glasgow Academy

This participatory workshop will share creative approaches to introducing new vocabulary within the context of current global issues of gender equality, climate change and migration. Led by Kate Allen, Global Education Advisor (Scotdec) .

We shall explore feedback from a project between Aberdeen University and Aberdeenshire MLAs focussing on the planning of projects to maximise impact of MLA and PGDE students’ time in secondaries.
Led by Dr Colin Christie, Lecturer in Modern Languages for Initial Teacher Education at the University of Aberdeen; Sylvia Georgin, Modern Languages Development Officer at Aberdeenshire Council and Gerry McIntosh, Project Manager, Language Assistants, at British Council

This workshop aims to show how the ML Faculty at Meldrum Academy are using Microsoft Teams in the BGE and Senior Phase.

Led by Liegha Laing, Principal Teacher Languages and Fraser Mearns, Teacher of French and Spanish at Meldrum Academy

Find out how a primary school in North Ayrshire took forward a project which gave parents the opportunity to learn French with their children.

Led by Angela Noble, Development Officer at North Ayrshire Council and Clare Mouat, Teaching Fellow in Primary Education at the University of Strathclyde

We will share our best ideas and activities that motivate our learners. We teach French, German, Spanish, Mandarin and Russian.

Led by Chris Struth, Kinross High School (Perth and Kinross Council)

This workshop aims to share the ongoing work of the excellence in languages research based project undertaken by the South-East languages group. We will look at approaches taken, evidence gathered and explore findings before looking at the ultimate aim of the project: to develop a self-evaluation audit tool which can be used in primary and secondary schools.

Led by Thomas Chaurin, Head of Languages for All at the University of Edinburgh, Ann RobertsonBethan Owen, Languages Development Officer, Edinburgh City Council, Tamsin Frost, Development Officer 1+2, Fife

This workshop will provide stimulating opportunities for language learning in an inclusive and accessible way to equip participants with a bank of effective and engaging ideas to facilitate excellence in the primary languages classroom.

Led by Lindsay Allen, Neilston and Madras Primary (Winners of Education Scotland’s 1+2 Languages and Internationalism Award 2019)


Read on to find out more about the Round Tables you can get involved in at SALT 2019!

These are smaller workshops with lots of opportunities for active discussion of the topic.

Come and hear how the ML department at Kings Park Secondary are upgrading their language ambassador programme by adapting the SQA Wider Achievement Leadership Award as a timetabled Master Class.

Led by Mathieu Pégard, Teacher of French and Spanish at Kings Park Secondary School, Glasgow

Let’s share engaging resources to support upper school classes in the Primary School with Reading and Writing in French and Spanish, using a Harry Potter theme e.g. Nationalities + Numbers = Quidditch!

Led by Angela Noble, 1+2 Development Officer and Stacey Arneil, Primary Teacher (North Ayrshire)

During our last academic session, we invested in firmly embedding Makaton use within our Complex Needs ASN setting. Whilst we have always fully embraced a Total Communication approach, we felt that BSL use was not promoting
spontaneous and independent communication. We have invested in Makaton training for staffing at all levels. Our success has been clear for all to see- our pupils use Makaton both as a replacement for spoken language and as an enhancement to their spoken language
depending on pupil need and ability. The children have also been expanding their signing vocabulary by learning actively through song, rhyme and play activities. As the full staff team sign consistently, this has broadened pupil comprehension and understanding
of spoken language. Our next steps are also very clear. We are now cascading training to our parent group to facilitate consistent communication approaches between home and school. Key staff will also attend topic and key vocabulary refresher sessions and
cascade learning to the wider team.

Led by Gemma Carson, Depute Head, Haysholm School and Elspeth Mair, Manager for Speech and Language Therapy

Delivering Advanced Higher French? Looking for a new idea for the portfolio. Come and find out about graphic novels

Led by Louisa MacInnes, Principal Teacher at Holyrood Secondary, Glasgow

Presentation of the exploratory study where translanguaging approach was used in teaching upper primary school pupils L3 Polish through art-making. Consultations on developing teaching resources.

Led by Dobrochna Futro, Doctoral Research at The University of Glasgow

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