Linguistic Sections of the European School system are defined by the dominant language used for the education of pupils in that section, e.g. in the Anglophone section pupils study English as their main language. This is the language they use for most subjects, therefore the language of the section (English, German or French) should be at mother tongue level or equivalent, for a pupil to be able to join that section.
Language 2 (obligatory throughout Secondary) and language 3 are separate subjects, and gain ever greater importance, as pupils progress upwards in the Secondary School. Students joining the first year of the Secondary school should have a reasonable level of language 2, equivalent to several years of exposure to the language – A1/2 level is desired. As from year 3 in the Secondary (s3), the Human Science subjects are taught in L2 (first foreign language). Language 3 starts to be taught as a beginner’s language in the first year of the Secondary school, and is obligatory in the curriculum until s5.