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Languages data and research

This page provides links to languages reports containing data analysis of languages programs in Victorian government schools and research in the area of languages education.

Languages data

The languages reports contain data analysis of languages education in Victorian government schools. These reports are based on information collected via the annual schools census conducted in August.

Latest report

Previous reports

Archived copies of languages reports

For languages reports from 1999, contact Languages and multicultural education resource centreExternal Link .

Languages research

Senior secondary languages education research projectExternal Link (2014) — This report is part of the Australian Government’s efforts to revive the teaching of languages to ensure that at least 40% of Year 12 students study a language in addition to English within a decade. Its purpose is to inform all Australian governments on practical, implementable ways to enable this.

Content and language integrated learning (CLIL) evaluation reportExternal Link (2013) — An evaluation of the CLIL approach to teaching Languages in Victorian schools commissioned by the Department in 2011. The report includes findings from surveys of parent, student and staff attitudes, and case studies of the 6 participating schools.

Innovative languages provision in clusters (ILPIC) evaluation reportExternal Link (2012) — An evaluation of an 18 month initiative funded by the Department in 2011 and 2012 to support clusters of schools to pilot locally developed collaborative projects to strengthen the quality of language programs.

Our land our languages: language learning in Indigenous communitiesExternal Link (2012) — A report to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs on, inter alia, the benefits of giving attention and recognition to Indigenous languages.

Learning from high performing jurisdictionsExternal Link (2011) — A research report outlining the benefits of language learning for the individual, community and society. It contains key messages for school leaders, teachers, parents, students and the broader community about the importance of languages learning and what makes an ‘excellent’ language program.

The Impact of Web 2.0 Technologies in Asian Languages Classroom was an ICT Professional Learning Project led by the Department as part of the National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program (NALSSP). It aimed to increase the proficiency of teachers in using Web 2.0 technologies in Chinese, Japanese and Indonesian languages classes. Two evaluation reports are available:

Current state of Asian languages educationExternal Link (2010) — Reports outlining the current situation of Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese and Korean language education in Australian Schools.

Teaching and learning languages other than English in Victorian schoolsExternal Link — A research report containing a succinct overview of Languages as part of essential learning for students from a range of perspectives.

Promoting the benefits of language learningExternal Link (2007) — A paper outlining the benefits of learning a language based on research findings.

Linking languages to the early yearsExternal Link (2000) — A research report presenting case studies of schools which have established effective links between teaching languages and early literacy development in English.

The Asia education foundationExternal Link — Provides links to local and international research reports covering all facets of Asia education.

The following reports and papers provide evidence about the benefits of learning languages:

Guidance chapter on languages data and research

Reviewed 27 March 2024

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