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Introduction of the Australian Curriculum provides the opportunity to:
The curriculum is the defined and mandated set of knowledge and skills that schools are required to teach and assess.
Languages are no longer an option for Victorian schools – all schools will be required to report on each student every year.
This shifts the focus of teachers and schools
It is no longer an option to say “This stuff is too hard for this student”.
Now we need to say “What different approach can we take to help this student learn this stuff?”
The role of English
Learners are encouraged to use French whenever possible, with the teacher providing rich and supported languageinput. English is used as a medium of instruction and for explanation and discussion. This allows learners to talk about differences and similarities they notice between French and their first language(s) and culture(s), to ask questions about language and culture, and to consider how they feel when they hear or use French and about how they view different languages and the people who speak them. This introduction to the ‘meta’ dimension of intercultural learning develops the ability to consider different perspectives and ways of being
The role of English
English continues to be used for substantive discussion, explanation and analysis. This allows learners to talk in depth and detail about their experience of learning French, and about their thoughts on culture, identity and intercultural experience. English is the language of analysis and critique, supporting discussion of concepts such as ‘stereotypes’, ‘difference’, ‘diversity’ and ‘values’. It allows for a degree of expression and debate that is beyond learners’ communicative capabilities in French.
Structure of Australian Curriculum: Languages
Structure of VELS Languages