The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring that all Victorian children benefit from a broad, world class curriculum that equips them with the skills to excel in an increasingly multicultural and multilingual world.
Languages education opens up career opportunities, and provides a range of benefits including, stimulating brain development; enhancing English literacy skills; and encouraging respect and understanding of other cultures.
All Victorian schools are required by legislation, Education and Training Reform Act 2006, and as a condition of their registration with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority to provide instruction in the eight learning areas, including Languages.
A range of initiatives are available to support schools to extend and improve their languages programs, including:
scholarships to train new languages teachers
online resources in a range of languages
language-specific support for teachers
professional learning programs included Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and Leading Languages courses
support for cluster approaches to languages education, including sharing languages teachers across schools
use of technology to provide language programs to rural schools which experience difficulty in accessing a specialist language teacher
Information is provided on these pages to support teachers to deliver quality languages programs.
Legislative context and requirements - Outlines a school’s responsibility to provide a languages education program in line with Victorian legislation and policy and provides a national policy context
Getting started with a new program - Provides a suggested process for school communities to investigate, discuss, consult and plan for a new languages program
Quality languages programs - Describes a quality languages program and provides links to further information about aspects of quality provision
Approaches to languages education - Information about the types of languages programs provided in Victorian schools, including bilingual programs; pedagogical approaches to languages teaching, including blended learning; curriculum, assessment and reporting; and options for delivery including video conferencing and working in clusters
Schools Connect Portal - an online platform that connects Victorian schools with schools local and global for sister school partnerships or for project collaboration
Assistants for languages education programs - Information about volunteer and paid assistants for languages education programs
Promoting languages learning - Posters, pamphlets and information schools can use to promote languages learning within their communities
Research and data - Links to research reports in the field of Languages education, including the Innovative Languages Provision in Clusters (ILPIC) initiative and the Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) trials, and annual data reports on the provision of languages programs in Victorian government schools
Complementary providers - Information for government school principals about students learning languages at the Victorian School of Languages or a Community Language School