Promote Learning a Language

This page includes materials to promote learning a language to students and the community.​

Language video testimonials

Language video testimonials talk about how learning a language at school has impacted positively on their personal and professional lives. See: Language Video Testimonials

Ideas for using the resource

School leadership teams and members of staff:

  • To build awareness among community, staff and students of the need to develop language skills
  • To highlight the importance of providing quality languages education programs to all students

Language teachers:

  • To highlight the benefits of language learning including for example at the end of the year when students are deciding whether or not to continue with their language study

Students and their parents:

  • To raise awareness on the importance of intercultural and language competency
  • To promote the benefits of language learning including broadening career opportunities
  • To highlight the school's language program at information night and other events

The Language Video Testimonials were developed by the Department of Education and Training in partnership with the Modern Language Teachers' Association of Victoria.

Fact sheets

Four fact sheets have been designed for school communities to understand the benefits of languages learning and to support the quality of languages programs.

  • How languages can boost your child's brainpower outlines the benefits in brain development that learning additional languages brings for children in kindergarten and early primary school
  • Learn a language, live your dreams outlines the career, cultural and travel benefits for students studying languages in secondary school
  • Teaching languages: quality counts provides advice for schools and teachers in continuing to build the quality and effectiveness of languages programs
  • Speak to your child in the language you know best outlines the reasons it is important that young people maintain their home language

Research links

For articles based on research about learning languages, see:

Language posters

Two posters are available to promote the benefits of learning a language. They are designed to inform parents and young people of the advantages of learning another language.

Why learn pamphlets

These pamphlets for parents promote the learning of Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish.

Research Unit for Multilingualism and Cross-Cultural Communication

These research-based pamphlets provide information for school communities about the value of language learning.

For more information about the Research Unit (from the University of Melbourne), see: RUMACCC

Learning another language means more than just memorising lists of words. Languages all use different 'systems'. Children automatically compare and contrast the system of the new language they are learning with English. This gives them an insight to how English works, which accelerates their ability to read and write.

Learning another language strengthens children's memory for sequences and their ability to concentrate and build connections. Learning another language is associated with excellent, long-term academic results. Studies show that in the world's highest-performing school systems, all students in all year levels learn one or more languages.

Learning another language sparks children's curiosity for other cultures. It opens their minds to different ways of living and promotes harmony and respect in the schoolyard and beyond.

From 2015 children starting Prep are able to learn a language throughout their schooling. This commitment recognises that learning another language is crucial to preparing children for our increasingly globalised and multilingual jobs market.

Remember, learning any language – whether it's Italian or Indonesian, Punjabi or Portuguese – helps children to become better thinkers, better communicators and better global citizens. Starting early will put your child on-track to proficiency in another language, ready to seize the world of opportunities that this brings.

Benefits of learning a language

Quality languages programs will be more successful with community support based on a common understanding of the reason for the inclusion of languages as core curriculum, and the many benefits for students. Communicating the benefits is an important step in gaining parent and community support for your languages program.

Learning a language:

  • develops an understanding of how languages work which leads to improved literacy skills, including English literacy
  • helps students develop critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills
  • teaches students about other peoples, their ideas and ways of thinking
  • inspires interest in and respect for other cultures
  • enhances employment and career prospects
  • contributes to social cohesiveness through better communication and understanding
  • contributes to economic, diplomatic and strategic development

The following reports and papers provide evidence about the benefits of learning languages:

For other research in languages education, see: Research and data