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

Information and initiatives that support language programs in your school.

All Victorian schools are required by legislation, and as a condition of their registration, to provide instruction in the eight learning areas, including languages.

It is vital that all Victorian students have access to high quality languages education so they are equipped to participate in an increasingly globalised, multilingual world where the ability to communicate in and across languages has never been more important.

Information on a range of programs and initiatives to support languages education is provided, including:

Salzburg Statement for a Multilingual World released on International Mother Language Day – 21 February 2018

The Department marked International Mother Language Day and the release of the of the Salzburg Statement for a Multilingual World by a reception hosted by the Secretary, Gill Callister. The event highlighted the importance of maintaining children’s mother languages by the release of two posters.

These posters encourage parents to Speak to your child in the language you know best, because it is through our mother language that we build our cultural identity and sense of belonging. Speaking two or more languages helps children become better thinkers and communicators and supports the development of literacy in English.

Salzburg Global Seminar

Salzburg Global Seminar www.salzburgglobal.org is an independent not-for-profit organisation founded in 1947 to challenge present and future leaders and innovators to solve problem of global concern.

In December 2017, 40 languages education leaders, policy makers, researchers and practitioners from 30 countries were invited to participate in a seminar to explore the transformation of languages policy to meet 21st century needs in an increasingly globalised world, and to draft the Salzburg Statement for a Multilingual World.

The Department, given its strong and progressive languages education policies that support  the teaching of some 67 languages, played a significant role in the drafting of the Salzburg Statement for a Multilingual World.