Release type: Media Release


New resources to enhance language teaching in schools


The Hon Julia Gillard MP
Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Minister for Social Inclusion
Deputy Prime Minister

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, today releasedTeaching and Learning Languages: A Guidewhich will support teachers in delivering quality language education programs in Australian schools.

The Guide is a significant new resource for teachers, schools and communities which can be used to create inspiring language learning environments.

The Guide was prepared by The University of South Australia’s Research Centre for Languages and Cultures with funding of $277 000 from the Australian Government’s School Languages Program.

The Guide represents a key part of the Australian Government’s commitment to supporting teachers in delivering quality language education programs for all young Australians.

All Education Ministers’ recently agreed to include languages in the second phase of the new national curriculum development, together with the arts and geography.

The Rudd Government has also recently committed $1 billion to build new science and language labs in around 500 secondary schools around the country.

The Guide will complement initiatives undertaken through the Government’s $62.4 million National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program, which supports the teaching and learning of Asian languages and cultures.

The Government is committed to languages education in Australian schools and recognizes the important role it plays in equipping young Australians with the knowledge skills and capabilities to communicate and work with our international neighbours.

The Guide is supported by a number of on-line materials which provide online practical examples of teaching practice.

The Guide will benefit teachers of languages in Australian primary and secondary schools and after-hours community languages schools.

Hard copies of the Guide will be distributed to primary and secondary schools and key language education stakeholders over the coming weeks. The Guide and its online support materials are available at