Last Updated: Monday, June 20, 2022

A 1+2 approach to modern languages

What is this?

This resource is designed to support practitioners to implement the 1+2 approach to language learning. The Scottish Government’s policy, Language Learning in Scotland: A 1+2 Approach, is aimed at ensuring that every child has the opportunity to learn a modern language (known as L2) from P1 until the end of the broad general education (S3).

Additionally, each child is entitled to learn a second modern language (known as L3) from P5 onwards.

The policy should be fully implemented across the country by August 2021.

This resource contains:

  • guidance and advice on introducing L2 from Primary 1 onwards
  • audio files of typical classroom vocabulary in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Gaelic and Mandarin to support teachers to introduce the target language into daily routines
  • guidance on L3
  • video clips of teachers using classroom language, delivering discrete language lessons, demonstrating and outlining how they ensure progress in language learning
  • learning maps to exemplify how to incorporate the teaching of the target language within some typical primary learning contexts
  • examples of how to incorporate cultural awareness as pupils progress through primary stages
  • a broad overview of expected outcomes Primary 1 to Primary 7 in the L2, based on a Primary 1 start.

Who is this for?

​These resources are for practitioners delivering languages (L2 and L3) from P1 through to P7 and for SLT with planning.