|Professional Standards Project|
The Professional Standards Project (PSP) is a nationally coordinated professional learning program for Languages teachers, to improve the quality of Languages teaching and thereby improve the learning outcomes of students. It is based on the use of the Professional standards for accomplished teaching of languages and cultures ('the Standards') as a framework. These Standards are available at
2010 PSP Stream C Information and Participant Investigations
In 2010 MLTAV delivered Stream C to approximately 40 teachers. Stream C focuses on strengthening teacher capacity, understanding and expertise in the area of languages assessment. Teachers involved selected an aspect of their practice that they wanted to investigate. They documented their investigations in a short powerpoint presentation. Participant investigations can be viewed via the following links:
- Investigation by Angela Khan- Investigation by Chizuru Takahashi
- Investigation by Clare Fleming
- Investigation by Heather Brown
- Investigation by Jodie Taniguchi
- Investigation by Julie Tee
- Investigation by Violeta Binuya
- Investigation by Marlene Dingle
Funded by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) under the School Languages Programme, the MLTAV led an extensive program of PSP Professional Learning in 2009, especially in conjunction with our DEECD Stragegic Partnerships Program. In addition, we ran a
2009 Workshop for Languages teachers at Victorian Community Languages Schools.
The AFMLTA and the MLTAV, together with the Research Centre for Languages and Cultures Education (RCLCE) at the University of South Australia offered an opportunity to participate in a national professional development program using the Professional standards for accomplished teaching of languages and cultures developed by the AFMLTA as a framework to update and extend your knowledge and skills in languages teaching.
This Project was funded by the then Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST), now the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) under the School Languages Programme. It was one of the suite of DEST funded national projects undertaken to support the implementation of the MCEETYA National Statement for Languages Education in Australian Schools and the National Plan for Languages Education in Australian Schools 2005-2008.
The professional learning programme was developed in 2007 and implemented in 2008. It incorporated a train-the trainer model, where educators from each State and Territory were trained to lead the professional learning programme in their particular context. The professional learning programme comprised two streams:
Approx. 400 teachers nationally participated across both streams. The target group was teachers of all Languages (including Indigenous languages) across Australia, in all sectors, across all levels of experience, and including those in mainstream schools, Government Schools of Languages, distance education, and ethnic/community schools. The materials and professional learning programme developed will be relevant to all Languages and programmes.