Languages pilot launched at Midlothian schools

Lucy Zhang, Mandarin teacher at Lasswade High School, Midlothian.

Lucy Zhang, Mandarin teacher at Lasswade High School, Midlothian.

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A pilot scheme involving 13 Midlothian primary schools has rolled French language lessons to children as young as four.

It is part of the “1+2 Languages Initiative” which, based on the mother tongue plus two additional languages, is aiming to revolutionise language learning in Scotland.

Pupils will learn the first foreign language from P1-P7 and continue with this until at least S3. The second foreign language will be introduced no later than P5.

Recently selected by the Scottish and Chinese governments to act as a Confucius Hub, Lasswade High School already provides Mandarin lessons and has a teacher seconded to its primary school cluster group, enabling pupils in P5-P7 to learn the Chinese language.

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