What’s happening in Queensland?

You may have read in the news about the Queensland government’s push for Languages learning as part of their Global Schools initiative.

From 2015 all Queensland state schools are required to provide a language in Years 5-8

Queensland state schools will become familiar with the Australian Curriculum: Languages in 2015, commencing implementation in 2016.

The release of the Australian Curriculum: Languages covering Prep to Year 10 is continuing with four languages currently available – Chinese, French, Indonesian and Italian – and more under development.

One of the findings from the Queensland Plan External Link was Queenslanders’ support for students learning Asian language skills as part of a flexible, future-focused curriculum in the state’s schools.

A Consultation Draft has just been released detailing the Department of Education, Training, and Employment’s goals and strategies for achieving Global Schools.

The Draft: http://education.qld.gov.au/curriculum/framework/p-12/globalschools.html

Languages in Queensland State Schools Policy: http://education.qld.gov.au/curriculum/framework/p-12/docs/qld-languages-policy.pdf

QLD Gov Media Release: http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2014/8/25/more-language-lessons-for-students

The MLTAQ: http://www.mltaq.asn.au

The Draft is well worth reading!! As a MLTAWA member commented, “I loved every word”.

Should WA follow in QLD’s footsteps? Leave a comment below!

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