We urge all Victorian teachers of Languages to become involved in the development of Australia's national Curriculum for Languages. Visit the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) website www.acara.edu.au to subscribe to the email alert list and remain fully informed, also to contribute your views.
NEW (ACARA Update October 2014) - More Languages are available in the Australian Curriculum
ACARA has made available seven new languages curricula to the Australian Curriculum: for Arabic, German, Japanese, Korean, Modern Greek, Spanish and Vietnamese.
While the curricula for these seven languages are yet to be finalised, the validation versions are being released as a part of the Australian Curriculum development process. The final curricula are scheduled for approval by the Education Council in the coming months.
Validation versions of the curricula are available to view in PDF format on the 'Languages' page of the ACARA website.
NEW (ACARA Update 21 July 2014) - A significant moment in Australian education history: four languages curricula made available in the Australian Curriculum
The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has today made available Australian Curriculum for four languages. With this release, ACARA has now published curriculum for all eight learning areas of the Australian Curriculum – a significant moment in Australian education history.
Curricula for the Chinese, French, Indonesian and Italian for Foundation – Year 10 are now available on the Australian Curriculum website. The curricula for the four languages are awaiting endorsement from the Education Council (formerly known as the Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood), but as per a decision taken by the Council, the curricula are now available for states and territories to use in schools in their jurisdictions.
ACARA's CEO Rob Randall said that the opportunity for Australian children to learn a language in addition to English from a young age will give them an edge in the future when they participate in our linguistically and culturally diverse world. 'Learning a language will allow students to develop linguistic and cultural resources that will help them embrace opportunities in the future,' said Mr Randall. 'It will enhance young people's skills to engage socially, culturally and economically in areas of business, trade, science, law, education, international relations and many other domains when they are adults,' he added.
Chinese, French, Indonesian and Italian are the first in a suite of languages to be released and are now available on the Australian Curriculum website. The remaining languages, including the Framework for Aboriginal Languages and Torres Strait Islander Languages, Arabic, German, Japanese, Korean, Modern Greek, Spanish and Vietnamese are currently under development. Funding for the additional languages – Turkish, Hindi, AUSLAN, and Classical Greek and Latin – has been provided by the Australian Government.
NEW - Federal Budget 2014: Commitments to Languages Education
Great news for Auslan, Hindi & Turkish in Federal budget; also support for early Language acquisition at preschool!
For full statement by the Hon Christopher Pyne MP (Minister for Education & Leader of the House) http://ministers.education.gov.au/pyne/keeping-our-commitments-116-million-investment-early-years-language-education
NEW - MLTAV Position Paper: Australian Curriculum for Languages
BACKGROUND The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is responsible for developing the Australian Curriculum, whilst implementation decisions rest with individual States and Territories. To date the Victorian government has made no commitment to implementing the Australian Curriculum for Languages, a situation which is of very serious concern to the MLTAV.
The UPDATED Position Paper - version 2 July 2014 ( DOWNLOAD HERE 244.01 Kb) was developed by the Committee of the MLTAV and we welcome feedback by email:
PURPOSES OF THE UPDATED MLTAV POSITION PAPER, July 2014
The MLTAV hopes to promote discussion of current issues amongst Languages professionals, particularly around the implementation of the Australian Curriculum for Languages in Victoria.
In the lead-up to the Victorian election this year, the MLTAV urges its members to lobby their local politicians regarding a timely decision/future commitment by the Victorian government with regard to implementation. We hope that the Position Paper will assist you in this process.
The MLTAV 2014 Annual Conference 'A Vote for Languages' included a panel discussion with politicians who were asked, amongst other matters, to outline their party's commitment to the implementation of the Australian Curriculum for Languages in Victoria. A full report on the panel discussion was published in the MLTAV Journal Languages Victoria Vol 1/2014, which all members receive as part of their membership entitlements.
The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) Board has approved the revised Australian Curriculum: Languages for Chinese and Italian for submission to Ministers. The curricula will be submitted to SCSEEC, via AEEYSOC, at their first meeting of 2014, tentatively scheduled for April. Obtaining approval from the ACARA Board is a milestone and I thank all of you for your commitment to the achievement of this goal.
The Languages information on the ACARA website http://www.acara.edu.au/curriculum/learning_areas/languages.html has been updated to reflect the new 2014 timeline for approval/implementation.
Any queries, please contact Suzanne Bradshaw (Senior Project Officer, Languages, ACARA) Level 10 | 255 Pitt Street | SYDNEY | NSW | 2000 Ph: 02 8098 3149 | Fax: 1300 995 468 Ph: +618 8302 4794 (Adelaide) Email:
Assoc Prof Angela Scarino and John Firth at the 2010 MLTAV Annual Conference
Angela (Lead Writer for the National Curriculum: Languages) and John (Chief Executive Officer, VCAA and ACARA Board member) spoke at the 2010 Annual Conference, also answering questions from conference delegates.
To download an edited transcript of this session, CLICK HERE
Release of draft Shape Paper for public consultation AFMLTA Media Release 4 Feb 2011 www.afmlta.asn.au Sydney Morning Herald Online 7 Feb 2011 A nation lost in translation
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