School practice

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

There are a number of factors that contribute to enhanced international education programs and activities in schools

These can include a whole-school strategic approach, international perspectives that are effectively embedded in the curriculum and school community support and participation. 

Together, these factors have the potential to build a strong, multi-faceted approach to equipping students with a high level of global awareness and intercultural capability.

Teachers and school leaders play a critical role in bringing international education into the classroom.

By enriching their teaching with multiple international perspectives and methodologies, teachers are helping Victorian students investigate the world, fostering their curiosity and enthusiasm and preparing them for active interaction in an interdependent globalised world and, in doing so, contributing to improved student outcomes.

International education in the classroom

Teachers and school leaders are:

  • developing sequenced learning about international and intercultural issues
  • developing cross-curriculum units of work
  • focusing on developing students’ skills, understandings and knowledge of the world and global issues
  • providing opportunities for students to learn another language, including content and language integrated learning (CLIL) approaches that involve teaching a range of subject areas in a target language
  • creating opportunities for students to connect with other students around the world

Specific examples of classroom activities include:

  • innovative use of Web 2.0 enabling technologies to design and implement collaborative learning projects with students from schools in other countries
  • the study of world issues, including controversial and contentious global issues
  • challenging students’ stereotypes of peoples and cultures
  • bringing the school community into the classroom to add different perspectives to the study of international and intercultural issues
  • special events and projects with an international or intercultural focus

For more information on how to implement international education in schools, see; Internationalising Schooling: A How to Guide for Schools.

Internationalising the curriculum

Teachers and school leaders are central to the internationalising of schools. Many teachers are enriching their teaching with international perspectives across the curriculum. Our aim is to support this practice in more schools to foster greater global awareness and global citizenship in students.

Some schools have adopted a whole-school approach to designing curriculum that specifically intends to develop internationally-minded students, with key globally focused concepts and overarching questions framed through AusVELS - the Australian Curriculum through the Victorian Essential Learning Standards. The AusVELS provides multiple opportunities for teachers to internationalise the curriculum, for example:

  • addressing global citizenship issues through the Civics and Citizenship domain
  • analysing and creating cultural artefacts through the Arts domain
  • developing effective cross-cultural communication skills through the Communication domain

Case study – Ashburton Primary School

World Wise Program

Ashburton Primary School’s World Wise program is based on students coming to an understanding of the five emphases of the Global Education Project:

  • Diverse cultures – same, same but different
  • Peace building – solving conflict
  • Human rights – equity and justice for all
  • Global interdependence – think globally, act locally
  • Sustainable futures – year of the forest

The school aims for students to learn to take responsibility for their actions, respect and value diversity and see themselves as global citizens who can contribute to a peaceful, just and sustainable world.

The school’s approach to global education emphasises the unity and interdependence of human society, developing an appreciation of cultural diversity, affirmation of social justice, human rights, building peace and actions for a sustainable. Global education promotes open-mindedness leading to new thinking about the world and a predisposition to take action for change.

Underpinning the school’s World Wise program is the notion that twenty-first century Australians are members of a global community, connected to the whole world by ties of culture, economics and politics, enhanced communication, travel and a shared environment.

Case study – Hawkesdale P12 College

Connecting, communicating, collaborating and creating with students all over the world

Hawkesdale P12 College students connect, communicate and create with students from across the globe through the use of blogs, wikis, nings, videoconferencing and online virtual classroom software. The school has participated in many global projects, where students work together with students from schools in other countries.

Examples of specific projects includes:

  • videoconferencing with schools in Korea, Russia, Thailand, the United States, Canada, Philippines, New Zealand, China and Qatar
  • students have shared classrooms online with the Phillipines, South America and the United States
  • student collaborative projects where students work with students in schools in the United States and Korea. This involves students from each of the three countries working together on projects relating to a set topic for a fortnight
  • Years 9, 10 and 11 students have worked on the Flatclassroom project with students across the globe. They work in small mixed nationality groups to develop webpages and movies

More information

  • Multicultural Education − resources, strategies, events and professional learning opportunities in multicultural education
  • Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Domain − information and resources to support the teaching and learning of languages in school
  • Global Education (AusAID) − provides teacher resources to support the integration of a global perspective across the curriculum
  • Global Perspectives: A framework for global education in Australian schools (AusAID) − provides examples of integrating global perspectives within and across learning areas. To download a copy, see: National Statement: Global Perspectives
  • Victorian Studies of Asia Wiki − Studies of Asia – information and resources about intercultural understandings and studies of Asia in Victorian schools