CIOL Scottish Society


Scottish Society newsletter: No 159 – April 2018


Welcome to our latest issue of the Scottish Society newsletter; it’s hard to believe that Easter has already passed and the months seem to be rolling by all too quickly.

In the news recently we’ve seen some very positive reports about British Sign Language, with The Silent Child winning an Oscar in the Live Action Short Film category. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to learn some BSL, make plans to attend our May event in Edinburgh where the topic of BSL research will be discussed followed by a short BSL taster session. The presentation will also be interpreted into BSL: you can find details of the event below.

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Paul Kearns MCIL CL, Chair

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A visual world – research on sign language
Professor Jemina Napier FCIL from Heriot-Watt University will give a presentation on British Sign Language.

Saturday 19 May 2018

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'Social Media for Linguists' & ‘Translation in occupied Germany'
A double event  which presents an excellent opportunity to engage in some CPD and networking.

Saturday 29 September 2018

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Glasgow event & AGM
Andrew O'Halloran from Annan Academy will give a presentation on Gaelic which will include an interactive session. This will be followed by the Society's AGM.

sSaturday 17 November 2018

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Other events in Scotland

'Variation in Scots'
When:  Wednesday 25 April 2018
Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
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Summer Workshop Melrose 2018
When: Friday 1 - Sunday 3 June 2018
Time: All day
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Continuing Professional Development

The Scottish Society can provide proof of attendance at a CPD event if requested. If you are interested, please talk to Paul Kearns, Chair, or Marjorie MacRae, Treasurer, at the next event. We are sorry but any requests made after the event cannot be fulfilled.

“Languages. Lost? Found!? Working across the sectors in HE, schools and the wider community."

On Saturday 17 February members from the Scottish Society met in Dundee for a relaxing lunch before enjoying a lively presentation from Dr Marion Spöring MCIL on the topic of Languages? Lost? Found! Collaborative cross-sector initiatives to support language learning in Scotland.

From the start of the presentation it was evident that Dr Spöring, who is Senior Lecturer in Applied Languages and European Studies at the University of Dundee and the Chair University Council for Modern Languages in Scotland (UCMLS), has boundless enthusiasm and passion for what she does. Her presentation looked at various joint initiatives that operate across different levels of society.

These initiatives are the result of cross-sector collaboration between UCMLS and Scotland’s National Centre for Languages (SCILT), and such collaborative efforts are vital, especially at a time where resources are limited. These bodies also provide essential support to Scotland’s 1+2 language education policy. UCML was established in 1993 and is a national organisation which represents the interests of modern languages, linguistics and cultural and area studies in higher education. SCILT aims to provide support and partnership to promote language learning in schools, further and higher education and in business.

Read the full report here

Breaking into the profession: the value of networking events

Embarking on a new career is both exciting and daunting. After deciding to change careers and immerse ourselves in the world of languages (German and Spanish), we joined Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University on two of its postgraduate Masters programmes accredited by CIOL: translation for business, and translation and interpreting.

How do we get started in our new careers? What is it really like working as a translator or interpreter day in, day out? What positions are available to us as employees or freelancers? What support networks can we access once our studies are finished? In February we set out to find answers to these questions (and more) at two networking events: SWATI and the CIOL’s Scottish Society networking meeting in Dundee. 

Read the full article by Fiona Baillie and Anna Binning, CIOL Student Affiliates, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

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