1+2 newsletter. From SCILT, Scotland's National Centre for Languages
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SCILT's first 1+2 newsletter will give you information on what's happening nationally with 1+2. Please add news from your Local Authority and send it to colleagues in schools to keep them up to date. If you read on, you will find instructions on how to do this.

1+2 Newsletter

March 2014

Welcome to the first 1+2 newsletter

Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the first ever edition of SCILT’s 1+2 newsletter.  In it you’ll find a round-up of news from around Scotland as local authorities and practitioners work together to turn policy into practice.  You also have the opportunity to add your own articles about 1+2 work being done in your authority that you can then send to your colleagues to keep them updated.

The team at SCILT has been very busy organising a series of regional events in Glasgow, Stirling, Perth and Aberdeen that will feature presentations from schools, both primary and secondary, who have taken part in the national pilots.  We’re sure that their experience will generate lots of interesting discussion amongst the delegates.  

The “Train the Trainer” summer school is also proving to be popular with requests coming in from LAs across the country and we’re planning to repeat the course during the new school session in order to meet demand.

We at SCILT always like to hear from the profession, so please get in touch and tell us about the good work that you are doing so we can celebrate it and share it with others in the languages community.

Warmest regards


Support from SCILT

1+2 is coming to a place near you!

Do you want to find out more about ways of taking the 1+2 language policy forward in your establishment? Would you like the opportunity to discuss the policy and share strategies with other practitioners? SCILT is organising a series of regional 1+2 events where schools that have already taken part in the 1+2 pilots will present their experiences of implementing the policy. There will also be the opportunity for you to share your ideas in discussion groups.

Date and Time Location Participating Pilot Schools
Saturday 29th March
9.00 - 12.30
University of Strathclyde (Glasgow)
Dalmarnock Primary School, Glasgow
St Elizabeth's Primary School, South Lanarkshire
Saturday 26th April
Hazlehead Academy (Aberdeen)
Langlands Primary School, Angus
Tough Primary School, Aberdeenshire
Saturday 10th May
9.30 – 13.00
St Modan's High School (Stirling)
St Modan's High School, Stirling
Anderson High School, Shetland
Lochyside Primary School, Highland
Saturday 17th May
9.30 – 12.30
Perth High School (Perth)
Madras College, Fife
Hillside Primary School, Dundee

To register, please email with details of your name, school, education authority and which event(s) you would like to attend. Please note that places are limited and will be allocated strictly on a first come, first served basis.

Training the trainers

SCILT and Education Scotland are now able to offer two places to each education authority on our 1+2 Train the Trainer summer school. The school will take place at the University of Strathclyde from Monday 30th June to Friday 4th July.

The course is aimed at key people in local authorities who will be responsible for training others to take forward Primary Language Learning (PLL). Participants will already have a level of language at SCQF 6 (Higher or equivalent) and although the course will focus on pedagogy, exemplification will be in French. This shouldn't, of course, exclude people with other languages as the ideas and strategies we discuss will be completely transferrable.

By the end of the summer school, trainers will be able to identify:

  • the format of their own primary language course 
  • the content of their own PLL course in terms of grammar, cultural content and progression in the 4 significant skill areas of listening, talking, reading and writing 
  • how they will develop teachers’ language and pedagogical skills 
  • effective use of ICT in teaching and to reinforce and refresh teachers’ own language skills 
  • how to use, adapt and create resources to suit local circumstances

In order to confirm places for your EA, please contact stating the names of the participants and their contact details, the EA that they will represent, the language(s) they speak and whether they will require accommodation before Wednesday 2nd of April 2014.

Implementing 1+2 across sectors

How is SCILT working with partners to support the implementation of the 1+2 languages policy across sectors? Here are two free events at the University of Strathclyde where you can find out.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Scotland’s Universities and the 1+2 languages policy 
This symposium, jointly organised with the University Council for Modern Languages Scotland, aims to explore opportunities offered by Scotland’s 1+2 language policy through more strategic linkages between universities and schools. The event will bring together representatives from university language departments with stakeholders from the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Government and the secondary education sector.
More information

Inspiring language learning in the age of global English: Language Assistants and Scotland’s 1+2 languages policy
This lively showcase and networking event is a collaborative venture with the British Council Scotland.  It will demonstrate the impact of projects undertaken by British Council Foreign Language Assistants working in Scotland and the support returning English Language Assistants can offer to Scottish schools. There will be interactive presentations followed by a Q&A session.
More information

During the reception and exhibition at the start of the second event, light snacks and refreshments will be served and there will be the opportunity to meet and network with participants from both events.

1+2 FAQs

In response to a number of queries and questions around the 1+2 languages initiative which have been raised via email and at our professional learning events, we have now produced a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ page on our website. We hope this page will demystify some of the issues surrounding 1+2 in practice. 

Should you have any other queries which are not covered here, please send your question to us at and we will be delighted to respond.

Visit the 1+2 FAQs page of the SCILT website.

Case studies from secondary schools

We have two new case studies on our website showcasing how two secondary schools are working to embrace the recommendations in the 'Language Learning in Scotland: A 1 + 2 Approach' report.  The Breadalbane Academy Case Study looks at the progression of the teaching of Gaelic and French from P6 into S1, including the timetabling in place to support the provision of two languages into S1 and beyond.  The Case Study also looks at how partnership working, with local and international partners, has enabled the school to embed two languages from primary through to the end of Broad General Education and beyond.

The Queen Anne High School Case Study looks at how the school implements an integrated approach to language learning across the curriculum. The recent HMI report praised the school’s strong links with China as a means of developing a range of skills associated with global citizenship. The school has gradually built up an interesting IDL programme with China as its context. This has influenced the learning and teaching that takes place in several departments from the BGE to the end of the senior phase.

Access both these Case Studies on our website:

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News from our partners

Guidance for teaching a first modern language in P1

Education Scotland has issued new guidance to support language learning in P1. This resource offers a number of supportive approaches and helpful weblinks, along with examples of how primary teachers are delivering modern languages in the classroom.

The guidance will be useful to practitioners who are teaching, or planning to teach, a modern language in P1.

It contains suggestions on the integration of modern languages into everyday classroom situations. There are also sound files to support practitioners in using modern languages in class.

Publication of guidance for P2-P7 will follow in Spring and Summer 2014.

This Guidance is available from the Education Scotland website.

Documents and presentations from the second Scottish Government National Languages Conference now available

On 14 November 2013, the 1+2 Strategic Implementation Group hosted a national conference entitled Modern Languages 1+2: Moving Forward. The aim of the conference was to:

  • look inwards and take stock of developments since the first 1+2 national conference in 2012
  • look outwards and share good practice
  • look forwards and plan for next steps

The conference included contributions from Scottish Government, Education Scotland, SCILT, local authorities and practitioners. The mood was one of ambition, with creative solutions offered to the challenges ahead.

Documents and presentations are available to download from the SCILT website

Implementing 1+2 across sectors

How is SCILT working with partners to support the implementation of the 1+2 languages policy across sectors?  Please check out the partnership events we are running as part of the Engage with Strathclyde week. 

Local authority news

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