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Languages: Still here!

Once again we are delighted to present a varied programme for our annual conference.

We fully understand that teachers need to be supported if they are to deliver high quality learning experiences for all, and so we hope you will be able to select sessions that will enhance your professional development in that respect.

We are delighted to welcome Julia Belgutay as our keynote speaker. Julia is an ardent supporter of language learning and teaching and educational correspondent for the Times Education Supplement.

SALT is run by a group of language teachers from across the spectrum who volunteer in their own time to provide CPD opportunities and represent the views of teachers from across Scotland. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you at our conference and teachmeets.

Please do keep in touch via Facebook and Twitter!

Still here!

Gillian Campbell-Thow, Chair of SALT

The Programme

Time
09:15 to 09:50 ~ REGISTRATION ~
10:00 to 10:50 Musical performance by the pupils of Carmyle Primary

Keynote presentation by Julia Belgutay, TESS
Choose one session from each timeslot below
11:00 to 11:55 Sabine Schlüter

German (:not) Rocket Science
Francisco Valdera-Gil

FULLY BOOKED
Thomas Chaurin

Discover IFProfs
Rachel Diane Young

FULLY BOOKED
Joe Dale

Using Apple Clips
Larbert High School

FULLY BOOKED
12:00 to 12:20 Jenny Carr

Russian 1+2
Elwira Grossman

Polish: Easy as 123!
Laura McEachran

FULLY BOOKED
Arlene Holmes-Henderson

FULLY BOOKED
Visit the Exhibitors
12:25 to 12:45 Jenny Carr

Russian 1+2
Elwira Grossman

Polish: Easy as 123!
Laura McEachran

British Sign Language Taster Class
Arlene Holmes-Henderson

Discover Latin
Visit the Exhibitors
12:45 to 13:30 ~ LUNCH ~
13:35 to 14:15 Louise Whyte

FULLY BOOKED
Kandi Higgins, Denise Riley & Tito Cortes

What We Want From Student Teachers
Ingeborg Birnie

Framework for Languages and Plurilinguilism
Katrina Price

FULLY BOOKED
Tania Czajka

Le Petit Monde
Alison Sutherland

FULLY BOOKED
Gerry McIntosh and Hannah Doughty

The Contribution of MLAs
14:20 to 15:00 SQA

What SQA Can Do For You
Education Scotland

Mls - Key Players in the Curriculum
Joe Dale

Curating Digital Resources
Larbert High School

FULLY BOOKED
Kirsten Herbst-Gray

German: Let's Take Them Higher
Clare Carroll and Francesca Boyle

Engaging Parents & Families in Language Learning

The Speakers

Julia Belgutay
Julia is the Edinburgh-based further education reporter for the Times Educational Supplement Scotland.

Julia says she feels strongly about further education, but as a native German speaker, she is incredibly passionate about language learning and the opportunities it can offer.

She has tutored for a number of years and has taught at the German Saturday School in Edinburgh. When not working, Julia spends her time rowing, baking, sewing, or cycling.

@JBelgutay
Joe Dale
Joe is an independent consultant who works with a range of organisations such as Network for Languages, ALL, The British Council, the BBC, Skype, Microsoft, and The Guardian. He is host of the TES MFL forum, Vital MFL portal manager for the Open University, former SSAT languages lead practitioner, a regular conference speaker and recognised expert on technology and language learning. He has spoken at conferences and run training courses in Europe, North America, the Far East and Australia.
Hannah Doughty
Hannah works for SCILT, Scotland's National Centre for Languages. Amongst other things she edits SCILT open-access online journal, the Scottish Languages Review & Digest, and together with Marion leads on the cross-sector initiative in support of 1+2.
Denise Riley
Denise describes herself as a lover of languages and is currently head of the modern languages department in St Andrew's Secondary School in Glasgow's East End. She says she spends her time juggling family life and work life and loves to keep busy.
Alison Sutherland
Alison is currently Faculty Head of Modern Languages at Rosshall Academy and was recently appointed Leader of International Learning for the International Education Office at Glasgow City Council. Alison firmly believes that languages are for all and she endeavours to promote and encourage their learning at every level of accreditation and for every level of ability.
Maureen Andrew and Lorna McMurray
Both Lorna and Maureen are former principal teachers of modern languages with many years of classroom experience between them.

They have performed a number of functions within SQA – marker, setter, visiting assessor, principal assessor and principal verifier among them -and are therefore very much au-fait with both the principles and the practice of assessment in all its forms.

In their current role as subject implementation managers with SQA they have been heavily involved in the implementation of the revised National 5 course and have produced a range of materials to support this development. In addition they have been responsible for the preparation and delivery of a number of verification events, understanding standards events and CPD Webinars relating to National 5, Higher, Advanced Higher and the Languages for Life and Work Award.
Francisco Valdera-Gil
Francisco was a French and Spanish teacher at Dalkeith High School, where he also became principal teacher of modern languages. He has a particular interest in the use of the target language in the classroom and the communicative approach, and that led him to research the technique which later led to his qualifying as a chartered teacher with GTCS.

Francisco now lectures at the School of Education at Glasgow University where he continues to do research relating to the communicative approach and initial teacher education, and is the principal assessor for Higher Spanish at the SQA.

In 2016 he published CfE Higher Spanish: a classroom guide with many resources he had previously created during hid classroom years.
Kandi Higgins
After teaching French and German for 21 years in Bishopbriggs High and then Bishopbriggs Academy, Kandi began a secondment to work with PGDE modern languages and BA students within the School of Education at the University of Strathclyde. She is now permanent in this role and says 'it is her absolute privilege and pleasure to work with and support the fabulous languages teachers of tomorrow!'.
Louise Glen
Senior education officer at Education Scotland.
Arlene Holmes-Henderson
Arlene taught Latin, Greek and Classical Studies in South Lanarkshire before completing her doctorate in Classics Education at the University of Glasgow. She now trains teachers to teach classical subjects (in the UK and worldwide) and runs two classics education research projects.

Arlene is currently collaborating with SALT and SCILT to promote Latin as L3 in Scottish schools. Full funding for teacher training is available from the national charity Classics for All.
Katrina Price
Katrina is a Principal Teacher of Modern Languages at Linwood High School; ClassDojo UK Ambassador; Co-operative Learning trainer; Quizlet Ambassador; Edmodo subdomain administrator; website builder; DofE Award Co-ordinator; Twitter Educator.

Follow her at @macfloss
Louise Whyte
Louise has worked in three authorities over the span of her teaching career and is currently on secondment from her most recent appointment at St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary school in Glasgow where she has been working as Principal Teacher of Modern Languages for five years.
Elwira Grossman
Elwira has been teaching Polish for over 20 years at the University of Glasgow. Although Polish herself, her specialism is in teaching Polish as a foreign language.

During her academic career she taught students who now have successful careers in Poland working in business, education, translation and/or diplomacy.

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Kirsten Herbst-Gray
Kirsten teaches Germa at a fully inclusive comprehensive school in Dumfries and Galloway.

Degree educated in English language and literature as well as German language and literature, Kirsten is passionate about her job, about improving attainment in her classes, and concerned about the level of literacy across Scotland. To this end she always looks for opportunities to use the full potential that German has to support learners in improving their general literacy as well as enjoying learning a very relevant modern language. Kirsten says she is better at showing than telling which is why her presentation is practically orientated with lots of live classroom experience and approaches.
Sabine Schlüter
Sabine Schlüter has been the head of the language department at the Goethe-Institut in Glasgow since November 2016. She has a background in secondary foreign language teaching (English, Danish and French in Flensburg, Germany) and has also worked as a teacher trainer and as a translator.

Sabine loves languages and travelling and has lived and worked in Germany, the UK, France, Denmark and Canada. Her academic background is in English-Canadian theatre, and she has dabbled in acting and directing as well.

The combination of languages and STEM subjects is a particularly interesting field, and there have been numerous Goethe projects on the matter. In the light of German astronaut Alexander Gerst’s impending space flight in 2018, her presentation will be on German language and astrophysics in schools.
Rachel Diane Young
Rachel works as a primary teacher in Glasgow’s east end. She became coordinator of modern languages to ensure the subject is taught in line with the 1+2 approach – creating resources, assessment and progression documents, and cultural days to celebrate the diversity of the school.

Last year Rachel undertook a professional enquiry at masters level using content language Integrated learning to determine its effect on pupil motivation to learn a foreign language (Italian).
Ingeborg Birnie
Ingeborg is a Lecturer in Gaelic Medium Education at the University of Strathclyde, having previously been involved in education at all levels. More recently she has worked as a research assistant with the Scottish Council of Deans of Education Languages Group on the creation of the National Framework for Languages and Pluriliteracies and the accompanying professional portfolio as well as the Language Education Network Scotland (LENS) tool. She is a representative on the University Council for Modern Languages Scotland (UCMLS) and a team member of the European Council for Modern Languages Early Years Expert Group.
Tania Czajka
Tania is a French native living in Scotland. In 2008, she set up the Puppet Theatre company Le Petit Monde which specialises in crafting immersive bilingual storytelling experiences and introducing young children to French language and culture.

After a short introduction of Le Petit Monde's work in schools, Tania will explain how she works and writes in a bilingual way which led to the idea of a picture book. She will also run a short fun story making session using the French the teachers know.
Thomas Chaurin
Thomas is the Scotland-based Education Attaché of the French Embassy in the UK, supporting French teaching and learning and Franco-Scottish cooperation in education. He holds a Master of French as a Foreign Language of the University of Rennes and I have worked in the French cultural diplomacy network in Europe, Africa, South and North America.
Laura McEachran
Laura is Principal Teacher at Carmyle Primary School and has been teaching for seven years having previously worked in a school to support street children in India. She also travelled to Malawi as part of Malawi Leaders of Learning cohort.

Her remit this year includes: mentoring, supporting and team teaching with a probationary teacher, as well as reflecting, evaluating and improving her school's approach to digital learning.

Laura has achieved Levels 1, 2 and 3 qualifications in British Sign Language and hope to continue on to BSL Interpreter Level.
Larbert High School
The school is being represented at the conference by Karen Kelly, Kirsty McLaren and Colin Meikle.

Larbert High School is one of the largest secondary shools in Scotland. There are sixteen teachers in the faculty which offers students a choice of French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Mandarin.
Jenny Carr
Jenny is passionate about Russian and the importance of awareness of Russia in Scotland. She has a degree in Russian and lived in the country for two years as a student, visiting several times since. She has taught the language in schools, universities and privately and now represents the Scottish charity The Scotland-Russia Forum which works to raise interest in Russia and neighbouring countries in order to promote understanding in Scotland.
Clare Carroll
Clare is a languages graduate and an experienced primary teacher specialising in Early Years Education. As a professional development officer at SCILT she has facilitated a wide variety of professional learning for teachers, local authority development officers and student teachers across Scotland.

Clare leads on developing opportunities to engage parents and families in language learning. She liaises with a variety of national organisations representing parents and carers in order to promote the benefits of language learning and intercultural awareness for Scotland's young people.
Gerry McIntosh
Gerry is the project manager in Scotland for the British Council’s Language Assistants programme. He has degrees in Polish and Russian from the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde and can also speak Spanish, Catalan and Ukrainian. He is a CELTA- and DELTA-qualified teacher of English as a foreign language and has been involved in large-scale, language-teaching reform programmes in Ukraine as well as teaching centre management and teacher professional development.
Tito Cortes
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The Exhibitors

  • Scottish European Educational Trust
  • Scottish Association for Language Teaching | Lexus for Languages logo
  • Little Linguist
  • Scottish Association for Language Teaching | Giglets logo

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