Essential Reading

From time to time we all need to remind ourselves about the big picture of teaching and learning languages in Australian schools. Or maybe we need to convince others of the importance of learning languages in the modern curriculum.

The documents on this page are just what we need to refresh our thinking, bolster our conviction and support our argument. Visit often to keep up-to-date and explore the links to learn more at the original source.

AFMLTA Professional Standards

Australian Federation of Modern Language Teacher Associations

Why read it?

The standards, both generic and language-specific, have been developed by and for Australian language teachers.

The standards project provides professional learning modules related to the standards themselves, educational theory and languages pedagogy and assessment for learning. 

Teachers who have undertaken research into aspects of their practice tell their stories in detail in Teacher Investigations, with investigations in all languages.









Australian Curriculum Online

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority

Why read it?

During 2014 curriculum for Chinese, French, Indonesian, Italian, Arabic, German, Japanese, Korean, Modern Greek, Spanish and Vietnamese will be released. This website makes clear that decisions to implement the curriculum will be taken by the appropriate authority in each state and territory. The curriculum expected to be taught in all WA schools by 2017 will be that produced by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority.  However, as the Australian Curriculum is available for use, any school may choose to adopt components of it, or in its entirety, for their own purposes as an interim measure until the WA curriculum is produced.

Languages also feature strongly among the seven general capabilities that are to be developed in all students with Literacy and Intercultural Understandings being standout capabilities integral to the learning of languages.

In another key area of the Australian Curriculum, Asia and Australia's Engagement with Asia is one of the three cross-curriculum priorities that are to be embedded in all learning areas

Australian Charter for the Professional Learning of Teachers and School Leaders

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership 2012

Why read it?

The Charter promotes high quality professional learning in improving teacher and school leader practice.

It links to the National Standards for Teachers which identify the professional knowledge, professional practice and professional engagement required by graduate, proficient and highly accomplished teachers.

Centres for Innovation in Asian Languages

AISWA Languages

Why read it?

Let others tell you what worked for them. AISWA Languages supported schools to trial new ideas in 2010-2012. These innovations are summarised in the brochure with details of the schools and teachers to be contacted for more detailed information.




Linking Languages and Literacy


Why read it?

This brochure answers the questions most commonly asked by parents and teachers about the links between languages and literacy. A literacy approach to language teaching embeds the language program more deeply in the curriculum  and strengthens the sustainability of the program.

The Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians

Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs 2009

Why read it?

This is the agreed position of all Australian state and territory governments on why Languages, particularly Asian Languages must have a place in Australian schools.