About Mother Tongue Other Tongue

Mother Tongue Other Tongue is a celebration of poetry written by young people in the languages they speak as a first language or at home, or in a language they are learning at school. The project is run by SCILT, Scotland’s National Centre for Languages, which supports and celebrates language learning in all Scotland’s schools. Mother Tongue Other Tongue is open to all young linguists in Scotland aged 4-18, and celebrates not only language skills, but creativity and cultural diversity. Entrants are invited to submit an original poem, written in a language other than English and recorded in their own voice. Poems have been written and performed in languages as diverse as Gaelic, Telugu, Urdu, Arabic, British Sign Language (BSL) and Hausa, as well as French, Spanish, Italian and German.

Mother Tongue, Other Tongue gives young linguists the opportunity to proudly showcase their learning, their heritage and their love of languages. You can find more information here.

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