ONLY one Glasgow secondary languages teacher is not a multi-linguist as a new report reveals the success of language learning in city schools.

A Glasgow-wide push for the Scottish Government's 1+2 language scheme - where pupils learn two additional modern languages - has meant teachers are also students again.

And now teachers are trained in everything from British Sign Language (BSL) to Latin while language teachers are adding third languages to their skill set.

Gillian Campbell-Thow, Glasgow City Council's Quality Improvement Officer in Languages and Gaelic, said: "One of the things we are really committed to is ensuring that pupils get a good experience in that first additional language so we start in primary one and take the language right through to S3 - whether that's learning French as part of the Holyrood learning community or Italian in St Mungo's learning community.

"Our teachers have been really open and committed to taking on the challenge of learning a new language."

Last month Francisco Valdera-Gil, from the Scottish Council of Deans of Education, told an education committee at Holyrood that children from poorer parts of Glasgow are less likely to learn languages.

But education bosses in Glasgow were quick to dismiss this as unfounded.

A report going before the council's Education, Skills, and Early Years City Policy Committee details the work being put in city-wide to give children entitlement to learn two languages (L2 and L3) on top of either English or Gaelic.

The Scottish Government has given the council a grant to assist with language learning which, for 2018/19, was £302,622.

Teachers have been sitting alongside secondary pupils in Higher language exams: 25 for Spanish and four for French over the past three years.

Others study at the Open University, Strathclyde University and Dundee University, meaning a real time and effort commitment from teachers.

Second additional languages offered in schools are diverse with pupils learning Mandarin, BSL, Latin, Urdu, Portuguese, Polish and Arabic.

Gillian said: "In terms of being able to deliver 1+2, we are well on our way in training teachers so that children have that good experience we want them to have.

"There is a generation of people who have been really scarred - and I do say scarred - by the learning experience they have had in their youth.

"Anybody can learn a language to a level they can use it to, whether that is for conversation or for taking on to further study.

"So a lot of it is about giving teachers that confidence to both learn and then teach the language.

"When it's done right, it's really, really good but you need to have confidence with a language and so that's a huge investment for us, making sure teachers have that.

"I'm passionate about getting that