This page provides links to research in the area of languages education and data about languages programs in Victorian government schools.
A trial and evaluation of the Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) approach to teaching Languages in Victorian schools was commissioned by the Department in 2011 and conducted by the University of Melbourne in 2012. The report on the trial includes findings from surveys of parent, student and staff attitudes, and case studies of the six participating schools. The report was released in July 2013:
The Innovative Languages Provision in Clusters (ILPIC) was an 18 month long project commissioned by the Department in 2011 and 2012. Its aim was to support clusters of schools to pilot a range of locally developed projects to strengthen collaboration in languages teaching and learning across schools and improve the quality, contact time and continuity of their language programs. The final evaluation report was released in December 2012:
Our Land Our Languages: Language Learning in Indigenous Communities – the 2012 Report to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs on, inter alia, the benefits of giving attention and recognition to Indigenous languages.
The National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program (NALSSP) ICT Professional Learning Project was led by the Department and conducted in two phases from 2009 to 2011. It aimed to increase the proficiency of teachers in using Web 2.0 technologies in Chinese, Japanese and Indonesian languages classes and ultimately expand the use of these technologies as a teaching and learning tool. Two evaluation reports are available:
Research into languages teaching and learning in high-performing jurisdictions was commissioned by the Department in 2011. The Executive summary provides information about the benefits of languages learning for the individual, community and society. It outlines key messages for school leaders, teachers, parents, students and the broader community about the importance of languages learning and what makes an ‘excellent’ languages program.
The research paper Teaching and Learning Languages Other Than English (LOTE) in Victorian Schools provides a succinct overview of Languages as part of essential learning for students from a range of perspectives.
The Research Unit for Multilingualism and Cross Cultural Communication compiled a paper outlining the benefits of learning a language based on research findings.
The total immersion language program at Bayswater South Primary School is documented in the report:
Heathmont East Primary School's integrated approach to their Japanese program, which makes links where possible with what the children are studying with their class teacher, is documented in the report:
Research demonstrates the benefits of developing literacy in more than one language. The report below presents case studies of schools which have established effective links between teaching languages and early literacy development in English:
The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations provides information about national projects for languages education, including the Student Achievement in Asian Languages Report (February 2012). This study was the first in languages education in Australia that measured student achievement in Asian languages, Foundation to Year 12.
Reports on the Current State of Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese and Korean Language Education in Australian Schools (May 2010) are also available.
The Asia Education Foundation – provides links to local and international research reports covering all facets of Asia education.
The Languages reports contain data about Languages programs in Victorian government schools. These reports are based on information gathered in a supplementary schools census conducted in August of each year.
Archived copies of Languages reports
For Languages reports from 1999, contact Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre (LMERC)