Language learning in Scotland: a 1 + 2 approach

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


The Languages Working Group was set up by Scottish Government in September 2011. Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages attended the first meeting of the working group to outline the Government's aim. He invited the Group to consider:-

  • the implications for staff at all levels of language learning and teaching within the framework of Curriculum for Excellence;
  • options for engaging with employers and parents and learners to make the case for language learning;
  • the key issues for local authorities, schools, CPD providers, colleges and universities with respect to teacher supply, teacher support and education and the professional development of staff;
  • strategic advice and direction to support implementation of the Government's policy in relation to the development of languages in schools.

The Working Group addresses these areas either directly through recommendations or through highlighting areas for further detailed consideration as part of the work of a 1+2 Implementation Group.

The Working Group included representation from head teachers, teachers, modern language practitioners, Education Scotland, SCILT (Scotland's National Centre for Languages), ADES, universities, STEC (Scottish Teachers Education Committee), GTCS, National Parent Forum Scotland and business.

The Group met on 6 occasions. This report proposes the basis of a national languages plan together with recommendations for its delivery.


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