A 1+2 Approach

By 2021, every school in Scotland will offer children the opportunity to learn a first additional language from primary one, and a second additional language by primary five.

Developing a policy

75% of the world's population do not speak English, and only 6% of the world's population speak English as the mother tongue... In simple terms, young Scots can no longer afford to learn only the English language.

- Language Learning in Scotland: A 1+2 Approach

1+2: You can too ShowHide

Click a heading to expand and view these films of language learning in action.

author Education Scotland, (July 2016)

This video looks at how staff in Ardgowan Primary School in Inverclyde adapted to the changes from the previous model for language teaching and learning in primary schools, MLPS, to the 1+2 Approach to Primary Language Learning (PLL).


author Pan Tayside 1+2 team, (January 2016)

At the halfway mark of the implementation period, this video showcases the 'PanTayside' approach to implementing the 1+2 Approach to language learning. Dundee City Council, Angus Council and Perth and Kinross Council are working together and sharing expertise in order to create the sustainable delivery of language learning across the three authorities.

The video looks at how the 1+2 Approach is being implemented in primary, secondary and nursery. It features employers who value languages in the Pan Tayside area and some of the other partners who have been involved in delivering language learning in the schools. There is a discussion of the benefits of language skills as well as an opportunity to see the impact on the learning across sectors.


author South Lanarkshire Council, South Lanarkshire Council (May 2015)

1+2 aims to give every primary school pupil the opportunity to learn their own language plus two more. Watch this video and find out how, in South Lanarkshire schools, language learning is no longer limited to language lessons but can be found throughout the school day, from registration to the home time bell.


Audit Tool

SCILT has developed this audit tool to help Local Authorities identify their priorities and next steps for taking forward the recommendations of 'Language Learning in Scotland: A 1+2 approach'.

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