The Victorian Curriculum F–10 incorporates the Australian Curriculum and reflects Victorian priorities and standards. Students become more fluent and accurate in spoken and written language production. They gain greater control of grammatical and textual elements. They use expressive and descriptive language as appropriate for different purposes and demonstrate understanding of language variation and change. Students develop understanding of how Japanese phrases, which cannot be translated into English, convey values and beliefs that underpin Japanese culture. Students understand the relationship between language, texts and culture.
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.
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.
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.