School Programs

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

Bilingual programs

Bilingual programs provide students with the opportunity to learn curriculum content in, and through, both English and another language. In the Victorian government school system one special school and eleven primary schools offer designated bilingual programs.

Schools participating in the designated bilingual programs are expected to provide:

  • content-based teaching in the target language using teachers who have appropriate teaching qualifications
  • content-based teaching in two or more of the domains within the Discipline-based Learning Strand of the AusVELS (Australian Victorian Essential Learning Standards). Schools may choose from Science, Mathematics, The Arts and The Humanities
  • face-to-face teaching in and through, the target language for a minimum of 5 hours per week to each target group in addition to the minimum of 2.5 hours per week for languages
  • transition arrangements with the neighbouring secondary school/s to provide the exiting primary students with the opportunity to continue their language learning at an appropriate level
  • opportunities to share their materials and teaching strategies with other languages teachers and for supervised teaching practice for trainee languages teachers.

Government schools offering bilingual programs in Victoria are:

School

Language(s)

Domains

Abbotsford Primary School

Chinese (Mandarin)

The Humanities
Mathematics

Aurora School

Auslan

The Humanities
Mathematics

Bayswater South Primary School

German

The Arts
The Humanities
Science

Benalla East Primary School

Indonesian

The Humanities
Mathematics
Science

Camberwell Primary School

French

Mathematics
Science

Caulfield Primary School

Japanese

The Arts
The Humanities

Footscray Primary School

Vietnamese

The Arts
The Humanities
Mathematics
Science

Gruyere Primary School

Japanese

The Arts
The Humanities

Huntingdale Primary School

Japanese

The Arts
The Humanities
Science

Kennington Primary School

Auslan

The Humanities
Mathematics

Lalor North Primary School

Macedonian
Modern Greek

Mathematics
Science
The Humanities
The Arts

Richmond West Primary School

Chinese
Vietnamese

Mathematics
The Humanities

Victorian School of Languages

The Victorian School of Languages is a government school which complements the provision of languages in mainstream schools by providing classes in over 40 languages, usually on Saturday mornings. It also offers distance education courses in approximately ten languages to secondary students who do not have access to language programs in their mainstream schools for reasons such as remoteness, medical disability and travel.

For more information see: Victorian School of Languages

Community Languages Schools

Community Languages Schools, previously known as after-hours ethnic schools, are conducted by incorporated community-based, not-for-profit organisations accredited for funding by the Department.

Community Languages Schools provide languages education programs that are complementary to those provided by mainstream schools and the Victorian School of Languages (VSL). Community Languages Schools provide classes to students from Prep to Year 12 (depending on the language) outside mainstream school hours; i.e. after school or on weekends.

Community Languages Schools teach up to 55 languages to approximately 36,000 students across Victoria each year. Students can study the languages spoken at home and within their communities at a Community Languages School.

A list of accredited Community Languages Schools, including class times, campus locations and languages taught is available: Community Languages Schools and locations (pdf - 109.4kb)