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1+2 Gaelic and Modern Languages


The Scottish Government set out in 2011 to introduce a norm for language learning in schools, based on the European Union 1+2 model – to create the conditions in which every child will learn two languages in addition to their own mother tongue.


The 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 (BGE) in S3 and then has the opportunity to progress to a national qualification. Additionally, each child is entitled to learn a second modern language (known as L3) from P5 to P7 and have an experience of it within the BGE. This policy should be fully implemented across the local authority by 2021.

As with other areas of the curriculum, positive language learning experiences contribute to young people’s development as successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens. In Highland we hope to foster a confidence in languages that encourages our young people to at least try out other languages, and not to assume that everybody speaks English.


In Highland all pupils are now learning another language (L2) from P1 and are beginning to learn a third language (L3) from P5.


Gaelic resources are provided by the GoGaelic! 1+2 programme, based at Storlann, and this is supported by progressive planning sheets and includes age appropriate learning activities. These planning sheets and activities support the pupils’ learning from early through to second level for L2 and L3 schools. Core language vocabulary lists have also been added into the online language learning resource, Quizlets. This web-based and app-based resource can be accessed by teachers and pupils to help improve pronunciation and to reinforce vocabulary learnt.

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