Languages 

The Australian Curriculum: Languages is designed to enable all students in Australia to learn a language in addition to English. The Australian Curriculum: Languages recognises that students bring their own linguistic and cultural background to their learning, whether this is English or the target language or various combinations of languages. The organisation of the curriculum addresses learner background in the target language by providing a number of pathways and entry points of study to cater for background language learners, first language learners and second language learners.

The Australian Curriculum: Languages includes language-specific curricula for world languages and two frameworks.


The development of the Australian Curriculum: Languages was completed in December 2016:

See more information:

Visit the Australian Curriculum website to view the Foundation – Year 10 Australian Curriculum: Languages curricula.


The development of the Australian Curriculum: Languages

2009

Development of the Australian Curriculum: Languages commenced. Work included addressing key issues such as defining an appropriate rationale for learning languages and shaping the design and structure of the languages curricula.

2010

The National Languages Forum was held. Approximately 150 people with expertise and/or interest in languages education from across Australia participated. The feedback from the forum was analysed and used to inform the development of the Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Languages document.

2011

Stakeholder consultation on the consultation report on the draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Languages document (PDF 1.3 mb) was conducted. ACARA received 2,150 survey responses from a wide range of stakeholders representing many languages, including teachers, principals, parents, students, academics, professional associations, state and territory education authorities, and the general public.

Following consultation revisions, the Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Languages paper (PDF 1.1. mb) was published. This document provides broad directions for the development of Languages curriculum.

Writing of the draft Foundation – Year 10 Australian Curriculum: Languages (PDF 1 mb) commenced. This was conducted in a staged approach:

Stage 1. Drafting of the overview section, presented as an introduction to the Languages learning area, and drafting of Chinese and Italian curricula.

Stage 2. Drafting of the Framework for Aboriginal Languages and Torres Strait Islander Languages, and Arabic, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Modern Greek, Spanish and Vietnamese language curricula.

2012–13

Consultation on the draft Framework for Aboriginal Languages and Torres Strait Islander Languages was supplemented by a series of face-to-face community consultation forums across the country. These forums engaged local communities and gathered targeted feedback on the draft Framework.

See the consultation report on the draft Framework for Aboriginal Languages and Torres Strait Islander Languages (PDF 2.4 mb)

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Stage 3. Drafting of the Auslan, Hindi and Turkish curricula as well as a Framework for Classical Languages (including curricula for Classical Greek and Latin, Years 7–10).

2015

The draft Hindi and Turkish curricula were made available for public consultation. Consultation feedback was received via an online survey on the Australian Curriculum Consultation website and through written submissions.

2016

The draft Auslan and Framework for Classical Languages (including exemplars in Classical Greek and Latin, Years 7–10) were made available for public consultation on the Australian Curriculum Consultation website.

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