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Speaking the same language at national meeting

Looking Beyond 1+2’ was the focus of the annual National Modern Languages Network meeting in Stirling this month.

The day saw the launch of the new National Modern Languages Hub on GLOW, incorporating a new Yammer forum and bringing together policy, resources and CLPL for practitioners delivering languages for Scotland’s learners.

Participants heard updates from the Scottish Qualifications Authority on changes to Advanced Higher. This included information on changes to the marking of the portfolio and extra exemplification on talking and discursive writing.

Representatives from Larbert High School cluster came along to discuss their innovative approach to implementing the 1+2 approach to language learning – worthy winners of a Scottish Education Award in 2018.

Dr Joe Carson from St Andrews University gave a thought provoking presentation on the challenge of a first year university course in French, while a presentation by Scotland's National Centre for Languages (SCILT) gave examples of how the Developing the Young Workforce agenda and language learning can work together.

Colleagues ended the day by taking time to share their priorities for implementing the Language Learning in Scotland: A 1+2 Approach​ in their local authorities.

The 1+2 approach is the Scottish Government’s policy aimed at ensuring that every child has the opportunity to learn a modern language from P1 until the end of the broad general education (S3).

Related link: A 1 + 2 approach to modern languages​.​

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