Languages

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 Victorian Government is committed to ensuring that all young Victorians have access to high quality languages education. This enables all Victorian children and young people to effectively participate in an increasingly globalised world and economy at the local, national and international level, where the ability to communicate in and across a range of languages and cultures is critical.

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 provide quality language programs, including:

  • scholarships to become qualified language 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 particularly in rural schools which experience difficulty in accessing a qualified language teacher

Important information

  • Languages Policy and Legislative Requirements - Outlines a school’s responsibility to provide a language program in line with Victorian legislation and policy including reference to the national policy context

  • Quality Languages Programs - Describes a quality language program and provides links to further information and support

  • Getting started with a new program - Provides a process for school communities to investigate, discuss, consult and plan for a new or changing language program

  • Staffing - Provides advice on how to staff a language program, information about languages teaching qualifications and how to address language teacher retention issues

  • Assistants for language education programs - Provides information about volunteer and paid assistants        

  • Funding and Resourcing - Provides information about funding for language programs in government schools and other resources and support

  • Approaches to languages education - Provides information about the types of language programs offered in Victorian schools, pedagogical approaches to language teaching, curriculum, assessment and reporting, and delivery options including clustering and video conferencing

  • Bilingual Programs - Provides information about bilingual programs in Victorian government schools 

  • Complementary providers - Provides information about students learning languages at the Victorian School of Languages and community language schools

  • Promoting languages learning - Provides posters, pamphlets and information schools can use to promote language learning within their communities