Languages teaching resources

General and language-specific support and resources to assist teachers deliver quality language programs.

SBS National Languages Competition

SBS Radio presents the SBS National Languages Competition 2019 to encourage and celebrate a love of learning languages in Australia. Languages learners of all ages are invited to enter the competition, including those learning English and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.

Participants will be asked to answer the question 'How does learning a language make a world of difference to you?' in writing or through drawing (depending on the age category).

Entries will close on Friday 29 September 2019.

For more information and to enter the competition, click here.

Best-practice in languages education in Victorian schools digital stories

The 'best-practice in languages education in Victorian schools' digital stories show case a range of innovative, whole-school approaches to the provision of high quality and sustainable Languages programs that are being implemented by government primary and secondary schools. 

The Best-practice in languages education in Victorian schools digital stories can be viewed on FUSE, our digital library and sharing space.  

VCAA language assessments

To support teachers implementing the Victorian Curriculum F-10 Languages curriculum, the VCAA is offering access to a new suite of online language assessments.

Developed with and hosted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), the language assessments consist of a series of multiple-choice listening and reading tests. The assessments provide a snapshot of students' reading and listening skills, which can then be used to better target an individual students' learning needs.

All language assessments are free of charge and are available 'on demand' with teachers deciding when and how often they wish to use them.

What languages are being offered

The language assessments are available as listening and reading tests in the following eight languages:

  • Chinese (background and second language learner)
  • French
  • German
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Modern Greek
  • Spanish

Find out more information and access the language assessments.

My passport to languages

My passport to languages (the Passport) has been developed as a resource for language teachers and as a means of engaging prep to year 3 students and their families in languages education. All students starting prep in government schools in 2018 can use the Passport to keep as a record of their language learning over their first four years of school.

Passports are available in Chinese, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese and Spanish, which are eight of the most widely-taught languages in Victorian government schools.

Resources for multiple languages

  • Blended learning in languages education – eBook with resources and classroom ideas about how to use technologies to enhance language learning in Victorian schools
  • Guidelines to support assessment of digital language resources – guidelines to assist schools and teachers in selecting appropriate language resources for use in the languages classroom
  • eduSTAR Languages – a catalogue of apps and software applications for teachers and students
  • Languages education through virtual conferencing – a resource package consisting a manual and digital stories on how to set up or participate in language programs using virtual conferencing
  • Duolingo for schoolsblended learning companion where teachers can set up virtual classrooms. Duolingo lessons give each student personalized feedback and practice.
  • Schools Connect is an online platform where Victorian schools and other local and global schools can connect for project collaboration or sister-school partnerships
  • Digital videos and teacher resources - FUSE is our digital library and sharing space. Use the advanced search to find online resources and tools for language teachers.
  • The Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre (LMERC) loans language teaching resources to Victorian educators (from early years to adult) free of charge. The resources in all languages taught in schools and many community languages are available in all formats and are designed for a range of teaching approaches. The loans are for a maximum of 1 term. The centre is open all through the year (apart from public holidays). Government school teachers in non-metropolitan areas are able to request free postage of resources to the school but the school needs to pay for their return.  
  • The Asia Education Foundation provides schools and teachers with a range of services that include curriculum resources, advice for schools, professional learning programs, study tours and conferences in Asia and an email discussion group.
  • Aboriginal Languages and Cultures Victoria  supports the teaching of Aboriginal languages in Victorian schools. It contains a collection of resources and links and sample units to assist language teams in the development of their lessons.
  • Koorie Heritage Trust Cultural Centre hosts more than 20,000 artefacts, artworks and photographs, has an interactive sound and visual exhibition and a range of tours.

Language teacher associations

The Department provides annual professional development funding support to the following language teacher associations:

Language-specific resources

The Department provide schools and languages teachers with resources, weblinks and information about up coming teacher professional learning and student activities for specific languages:

Aboriginal languages

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA), in partnership with the Department, provides professional development activities and advice to support schools and language teams delivering an Aboriginal language program.

contact: Julie Reid
email: reid.julie.j@edumail.vic.gov.au
phone: 9032 1679

For more information, see  Aboriginal Languages and Cultures Victoria .

General languages support

Regional project officers assist schools and teachers by promoting the benefits of languages and supporting schools to establish and sustain quality languages programs.

North-Eastern region

email: nevr@edumail.vic.gov.au          

North-Western region

email: nwvr@edumail.vic.gov.au

South-Eastern region

email: sevr@edumail.vic.gov.au  

South-Western region

email: swvr@edumail.vic.gov.au