Language learning in Scotland: a 1 + 2 approach

Report and recommendations from the Languages Working Group on Scotland's language education policy.


The Working Group wishes to thank a number of organisations and individuals who provided information and advice to the Group either in writing or via face to face meetings with the Working Group Chair and Government officials. These include:-

  • L'Institut Francais d'Ecosse
  • The Consulates in Scotland of France, Germany, Italy and Spain
  • Goethe Institute
  • Confucius Institute for Scotland
  • Richard Talleron - Le Francais en Ecosse
  • Professor Antonella Sorace -The University of Edinburgh/ Bilingualism Matters
  • Scotland's Centre for Languages
  • Scotland Russia Institute
  • Campaign for Slavonic Languages
  • John Mulgrew and Barbara McLeod - Scottish European Educational Trust
  • Eduardo Lees, Liz Neil - British Council Scotland
  • Scottish Qualifications Authority
  • Convention of Scottish Local Authorities
  • Scottish Council of Independent Schools
  • Scotland China Education Network
  • Matthew Maciver - University of Highlands and Islands

The Working Group is grateful to Doreen Grove for the work she undertook in reviewing the links between languages and employability which is summarised in Annex A.

The Chair also wishes to place on record his appreciation for the time taken by a number of schools, headteachers and teaching staff to accommodate visits to discuss language learning and to explore the issues surrounding the implementation of a 1 + 2 language policy. Visits to secondary schools in many cases involved engagement with staff from associated primary schools. These include Perth High, Queen Anne High, Liberton High, Bathgate Academy, Loudon Academy, Grange Academy, Hillhead High, Elgin Academy,

George Heriot's, Craigour Park Primary School, Boroughmuir High, St Ninian's High (Kirkintilloch) and Irvine Royal Academy.


Email: Pam Semple

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
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