Out-of-school-hours programs offering language teaching for students who cannot access the language of their choice in their mainstream school.
Victorian School of Languages (VSL)
Victorian School of Languages (VSL) is a specialist government school that offers language programs in over 50 languages to students from year 1 to year 12. Classes usually take place on Saturday mornings in 42 metropolitan and regional centres.
The VSL also provides distance education programs in 12 languages for secondary students.
Distance education language programs now open to Year 6 students
Year 6 students can now enrol in a Victorian School of Languages (VSL) distance education language program. The new distance education language programs will support highly able students, home school students, students who have had exposure to language during an extended period overseas, and students wishing to learn their home or heritage language.
Initially four languages (French, German, Indonesian, and Italian) will be available and others will be rolled out during 2019. In 2020, eligible Year 5 students will also be able to enrol in these programs.
To enrol in a VSL distance education language, Year 6 students (and Year 5 students from 2020) must meet the following requirements:
the student is not attending school but is travelling interstate or overseas for the year
the student is not attending their home school due to ill health
the student is undergoing school disciplinary procedures
the principal of the student's home school endorses the enrolment
no more than four students per school may be enrolled in a primary level distance education language programthe student must also continue to participate in their home school's language program; or
the student is approved for home schooling
more information, contact the Victorian School of Languages
Community Language Schools (CLS)
Community language schools (CLS) are community-based, not-for-profit organisations that provide language programs in over 40 languages to school aged children on weekends or after school.