Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority) has made the first four
languages – Chinese, French,
Indonesian and Italian – available. ACARA has now released the Australian
Curriculum for eight learning areas, a significant moment in Australian
The curricula of the four
languages are yet formally to be endorsed by the Education Council, but have
been made available to states and territories.
ACARA will continue to
support the implementation and French teachers will be able to start soon with
their planning for 2015 and beyond.
As ACARA’s CEO Rob Randall
pointed out, this is the opportunity for Australian children to learn a language in addition to English from early
years. Mr Randall also added and I quote
a Language while at school will enhance young people’s skills to engage
socially, culturally and economically in areas of business, trade, science,
law, education, international relations and many other domains when they are
The national languages
curriculum for thirteen foreign languages has been prioritised by the Federal
Government and the revised draft curricula for German, Korean, Modern Greek and
Spanish were recently considered by the ACARA Board and are now to be
considered by the Education Council.
With our focus on
international education I encourage all parents to have discussions about
Language learning with their children during the upcoming subject selection. Check
out the VET Certificate II in Applied
Language and consider the mark-up in
If you still wonder “Why
learn another language when everyone speaks English?” please read the following
Guardian article about a roundtable discussion including views of the British
Academy and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences!