The Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Languages is now available. The shape paper provides broad directions for the development of languages curriculum. Writing of languages curriculum will now commence, starting with F-10 Chinese and Italian and a Framework for Aboriginal languages and Torres Strait Islander languages.
VELS is no longer the current curriculum in use. For comparative purposes this site provides access to the former Curriculum Standards document outlining the two learning pathways for the LOTE domain. Pathway 1 contains six levels and the Pathway 2 consists of two levels. Standards are organised by dimension from Level 4 in Pathway 1 and Level 5 in Pathway 2.
Over 220 engaging interactive tasks and games and 190 printable worksheets that introduce, reinforce and recycle vocabulary. Activities are self-paced and self-correcting. They are presented in 35 topic-based sections, and include recordings by native speakers.
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 incorporates the Australian Curriculum and reflects Victorian priorities and standards. Students become familiar with the Italian pronunciation and sound system, noting similarities and differences with English. They build a vocabulary about people and objects in their immediate worlds. They learn how to use definite and indefinite articles. They learn how to form singular and plural nouns, to recognise patterns of noun categories and to understand the general rule of gender and agreement. Students learn simple sentence construction (subject–verb–object), enriched by the use of adjectives. They create their own texts mainly using the present tense of regular and common irregular verbs. They gradually build more extended texts, using cohesive devices. Students develop language for interacting with the teacher and each other. They learn to distinguish between formal and informal register. They develop a metalanguage to describe and discuss the features of Italian.