Last Updated: Thursday, December 22, 2022

Learning in 2 + Languages

Tags: Languages

What is this?

Learning in 2+ Languages aims to help practitioners working with bilingual learners by identifying good practice in supporting young people whose first language is not English to access the curriculum through English as an additional language (EAL).

Who is this for?

Support staff who work with bilingual children and young people as well as a range of practitioners across the broader educational domain working in English for speakers of other languages (ESOL).

This is a refresh to an existing document first published in 2005.  The majority of the changes are to Section 2 (policy).   The other changes are to the appendices (updating the annotated bibliography and the Useful websites section). It provides clear, practical advice for education practitioners on how best to support bilingual learners and reflecting Scotland’s cultural and linguistic diversity.

How to use this resource

As the resource will be used predominantly online, the format is an interactive PDF.  It has been designed to be easy to navigate between the various sections of the resource and easy to download each of the individual sections or as an entire document.

Education Scotland and SEALCC have updated Learning in 2+ Languages to be a resource relevant for the 21st century and one which provides clear, practical advice for  education practitioners on how best to support bilingual learners and to help ensure all our learners achieve their potential.

There are six main sections including: Introduction to bilingualism; the education of bilingual learners in the current Scottish context; Partnership with parents/carers; supporting the development of EAL in the classroom; assessing the progress of bilingual learners; and checklists for action.  There’s also an appendix section with useful websites and an annotated bibliography.

Download the resource

PDF file: Learning in 2+ Languages (3 MB)