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A 1+2 approach to modern languages

Last updated:
24 October 2017

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
  • video clips of teachers using classroom language, as well as delivering discrete language lessons
  • learning maps to exemplify how to incorporate the teaching of the target language within some typical primary learning contexts
  • guidance on L3.

Who is this for?

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


Seven videos showing a 1+2 approach to language learning in P1/2

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10 videos on embedding a 1+2 approach in schools

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PDF file: A 1+2 approach from P1 onwards

Zip file: 1+2 audios in French, Gaelic, German, Italian, Mandarin and Spanish

Zip file: Learning maps: for first and second levels

Zip file: Learning maps: first and second level comparison

Zip file: 1+2 Pilot Programme Evaluations

PDF file: L3 guidance (October 2017)

PDF file: Knowledge about language flowchart

PDF file: Languages strategy advice

PDF file: Working within the recommendations


Primary; Modern Languages