Promoting Languages Learning

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

​The links to languages video testimonials, web pages, online articles, posters, pamphlets and brochures below provide information schools can use to promote learning a language in both school and community settings.

Languages Video Testimonials

The Languages Video Testimonials is an online communications resource promoting the benefits of learning a language and targeting secondary students, school leaders, parents and the wider community. 

The online resource comprises 20 video testimonials – 4 by principals and teachers and 16 by past students of languages in Victorian schools talking about how learning a language at school has impacted positively on their personal and professional lives.

See: Language Video Testimonials

Ideas for using the resource

School leadership teams and members of staff:

  • To build awareness among community, staff and students of the need to develop language skills
  • To highlight the importance of providing quality languages education programs to all students

Language teachers:

  • To highlight the benefits of language learning including for example at the end of the year when students are deciding whether or not to continue with their language study

  • Students and their parents:
  • To raise awareness on the importance of intercultural and language competency
  • To promote the benefits of language learning including broadening career opportunities
  • To highlight the school’s language program at information night and other events

The Languages Video Testimonials were developed by the Department of Education and Training in partnership with the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Victoria.

Web pages

Presentations and other material on these web pages can be adapted to suit your school context.

  • Languages open the door - is published by The Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Association and provides a range of promotional materials including PowerPoint presentations, postcards and advocacy statements for parents, school leaders and teachers.
  • The benefits of languages learning - outlines the major benefits for students of all ages learning languages.
  • Linking languages and literacy - answers frequently asked questions about how languages learning leads to improved literacy skills, including English literacy.

Fact sheets

Four fact sheets have been designed for school communities to understand the benefits of languages learning and to support the quality of languages programs.

Research links

For articles based on research about learning languages, see:

Languages posters

Four posters are available to promote the benefits of learning a language. They are designed to inform parents and young people of the advantages of learning another language.

    'Why Learn' pamphlets

These pamphlets for parents promote the learning of Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish.

Pamphlets from the Research Unit for Multilingualism and Cross-Cultural Communication

These research-based pamphlets provide information for school communities about the value of language learning.

    For more information about the Research Unit (from the University of Melbourne), see: RUMACCC