A 1+2 Approach

The Scottish Government’s policy aims to ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn an additional language from primary one, and a further 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

Films from the early stage of the implementation period, demonstrating 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 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'.

University of Strathclyde Education Scotland British Council Scotland The Scottish Government
SCILT - Scotlands National centre for Languages