The teaching of Language 2

“The learning of languages is a defining feature of the European Schools, giving the schools much of their special character. The place of the second language is central. As well as personal and social benefit, learning a language should widen students’ educational employment opportunities.”

(Extract from European Schools Language 2 syllabus)


  • At the European School, a second language is learned consistently throughout the primary years and language skills are gradually built up. By the secondary level students have attained a high degree of fluency.
  • Primary One and Two classes study their chosen Language for 30 minutes per day, five days per week. Primary Three, Four and Five classes study their L2 for 45 minutes five days per week.

How is Language 2 taught ?

  • Pupils’ knowledge of the vocabulary and grammar of the second language is developed through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities.
  •  A wide range of activities is provided to give all pupils opportunities to contribute and to communicate.
  •  To ensure that communication makes sense, the lessons are programmed around mini projects.

Who teaches Language 2 ?

Pupils in the European School have Language 2 lessons taught by native speakers who speak only in the target language. The whole primary teaching team is involved in Language 2 teaching.

How are L2 pupils grouped ?

Language classes are composed of mixed sections. Groups are formed according to the pupils’ different linguistic competencies. The levels do not necessarily correspond to year groups given the mixed ability of pupils at the European Schools.

Second language learners will acquire the target language in natural and real interactive learning situations where communication is meaningful and relevant.

Pupils work from oral communication towards written communication.

Pupils may talk about themselves, exchange news, create stories or playlets.

Pupils play table and class games.

Pupils may work in groups, pairs, as a whole class or individually.

Pupils are encouraged to develop strategies of deduction to understand the second language.

Pupils may read individually, with the teacher, with a partner or in front of the class.

In the first instance, written work will reflect the work undertaken orally.

Writing should develop gradually over a period of time.

Pupils have opportunities for role-play.