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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-08957: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 24 April 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to increase levels of bilingualism.

Answered by: John Swinney 9 May 2017

The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring all of Scotland’s children and young people are equipped with the skills they need for life and work. This includes language skills and we are committed to the successful implemention of the 1+2 language learning policy.

The 1+2 policy entitles pupils to learn two languages, in addition to their own, during their broad general education. A first additional language, known as L2, is taught from primary 1 and a second additional language, known as L3, from primary 5. It is expected that this will continue until they reach their third year of secondary. In most cases the first additional language (L2) will be one which will be taken onwards into the senior phase and to National Qualification level.

Schools provide language learning opportunities to pupils in many flexible and innovative ways, including non-certificated courses, clubs and master classes. The 1+2 language policy is supporting this in both primary and secondary contexts; however, decisions on which languages to offer in which schools rests with each individual school and local authority, allowing local circumstances to be taken into account.