The Victorian Curriculum F–10 incorporates the Australian Curriculum and reflects Victorian priorities and standards. Students participate in discussions, debates and presentations on a range of issues. They extend their writing skills to include more informative and objective language and write in more formal genres. They develop their skills in analysing characters and recognising word and clause boundaries in extended text. Students explore the influence of English on their own communication in Chinese, both in pronunciation and in linguistic structures. They share ideas about how they can contribute to Australian society through maintaining their bilingualism and through the development and consolidation of intercultural knowledge and skills.
Students read nonfiction texts that are often glossed in Pinyin or supported with vocabulary lists. Written language use includes learning to read extracts from both Chinese and English literature to compare features of individual works. They learn to analyse new characters encountered in texts with a focus on mapping these character forms to their known spoken language.
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.
Asia Link aims to promote public understanding of the countries of Asia and of Australia’s role in the region. This site is a comprehensive teacher and student resource, including curriculum resources and lesson plans.
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.