Foreign Languages Inquiry Phase 3: Conference

The European & External Relations Committee held its conference on the teaching of foreign languages in primary schools on Friday 10 May 2013. The conference featured experts from Europe and at home, who discussed key findings from the inquiry. The Committee published a formal report of these findings, and its recommendations to the Scottish Government, in June 2013.

Video summary and image gallery of the conference

  • Christina McKelvie MSP, EER Committee Convener, opening the foreign languages conference
    Christina McKelvie MSP, Scottish Parliament European and External Relations Committee

    10 May 2013

    Christina McKelvie MSP, EER Committee Convener, opening the Conference on foreign language learning in primary schools.

  • Mr Jan Truszczynski, Director General for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, European Commission
    Mr Jan Truszczynski, European Commission
    10 May 2013
    First keynote speaker - Mr Jan Truszczynski, Director General for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, European Commission - speaking at the Conference on foreign language learning in primary schools.
  • Second keynote speaker - Mr Waldemar Martyniuk
    Mr Waldemar Martyniuk, European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe

    10 May 2013

    Mr Waldemar Martyniuk, Executive Director, European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe, delivers the second keynote speech at the Conference on foreign language learning in primary schools.

  • Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages
    Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages

    10 May 2013

    Third keynote speaker - Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages - speaking at the Conference on foreign language learning in primary schools.

  • Q&A with keynote speakers
    Q&A with keynote speakers

    10 May 2013

    The conference brought together the key note speakers, other parliamentarians and those involved in language learning to discuss the key findings of the Committee's inqury.

  • Q&A with keynote speakers
    Delegates at the Conference

    10 May 2013

    The conference brought together the key note speakers, other parliamentarians and those involved in language learning to discuss the key findings of the Committee's inqury.

  • Break out session 1: Funding
    Funding

    10 May 2013

    The 1st break out session on 'Funding' looked at how to ensure Scottish and EU funds are used efficiently and effectively to implement the Scottish Government's proposal.

  • Break out session 2: Skills and Resources
    Skills and Resources

    10 May 2013

    The 2nd break out session on 'Skills and Resources' explored how existing teaching and learning resources and skills can deliver the 2+1 agenda in the current curriculum, the kind of teaching models that could be used, and the role of Continuing Professional Development and training for existing staff.

  • Break out session 3: The Importance of Learning Languages
    The Importance of Learning Languages

    10 May 2013

    The 3rd break out session on 'The Importance of Learning Languages' looked at how to develop linguistic skills in Scotland, the role of languages in economic development, and the question of which languages should be learnt.

  • Break out session 4: Policy and Development
    Policy and Development

    10 May 2013

    The 4th break out session on 'Policy and Development' discussed how to implement the Scottish Government's proposal effectively. This included how the proposal might fit into the existing curriculum, links between academia and the business community, continuity and transition between primary and secondary schools, and challenges associated with training teaching staff.