Modern Language Teachers' Association of Victoria, Inc. (MLTAV)
SA Languages Strategy News and associated new Job Opportunities PDF Print E-mail

The new DECD Languages Strategy 2018 – 2021 has been finalised and will soon be announced.

Implementation of the Strategy will require a number of appointments to undertake the new work that is signalled. Today the positions were advertised – please follow the links above for further information.

Please note that there are several positions for project officers at both primary and secondary levels.

Please also note that the position of Languages Strategy Leader is yet to be advertised.  

Lia Tedesco

Victorian Curriculum F-10 Update: October 2017 - Languages education opportunities PDF Print E-mail

Click here to go to the VCAA website for the following information:


Curriculum planning and assessment

Language Assessments now available

Curriculum Planning

Using the Victorian Curriculum F-10 or AusVELS in 2017

The VCAA aims to give schools one year before the implementation of a new curriculum for familiarisation. Some of the language curricula have not been available for the full year, and so the VCAA is making the previous AusVELS Curriculum available for those languages.

Whole-School Curriculum Planning

Whole-school curriculum planning plays a key role in enabling schools to deliver the F–10 curriculum for all students and reflects the decisions, resources and priorities of the school. As part of a comprehensive whole-school plan, schools are asked to consider the extent to which they have documented their teaching and learning plan for each curriculum area across the years of schooling to support a progression of learning.

More information and advice is available from the Curriculum Planning Resource website.

Curriculum mapping templates

Mapping identifies the extent of curriculum coverage in units of work and clearly links teaching, learning and assessment while working with the curriculum continuum. Mapping templates support teachers to identify where content descriptions and achievement standards are being explicitly addressed within the school’s teaching and learning program.

Please utilise the following links to access the curriculum mapping templates relevant to your school:

Indicative Progress

An important aspect of curriculum planning is being able to articulate what student progress looks like, using the achievement standards in the curriculum continuum.

To support teachers to tie together what is being taught and how progress between achievement standards is described and demonstrated, the notion of "indicative progress" emerged.

Developing Indicative Progress descriptions during the planning phase will assist teachers to explain the learning expectations to the students, and assess and report student achievement.

Indicative Progress templates (below) have been developed for all levels/bands within each curriculum area, and are made available as:

  • primary levels - covering Foundation level through to Level 7 or band 7-8
  • secondary levels - beginning at level 6 or band 5-6.

This structure is to support planning with a focus on student progression along the curriculum continuum and encourage primary schools to explore the extension into higher levels and secondary schools to consider the lower levels to scaffold learning.


Teachers can use the Indicative Progress templates to support the development of their own descriptions of student progress based on their teaching and learning plans. This annotated example (docx - 56kb) ) identifies the steps involved for developing indicative progress descriptions.

All  ‘Indicative Progress examples’, including those provided for each Language, are designed to act as stimulus material only. These examples will be progressively released, starting with Modern Greek and Non-Roman Alphabet, with other language-specific examples to follow.

Indicative Progress Templates

Foundation level to Level 10

Level 7 to Level 10

Indicative Progress Examples

Foundation level to Level 10

Level 7 to Level 10


Assessment and reporting

The Victorian Curriculum F–10: Revised Curriculum Planning and Reporting Guidelines provide advice for Victorian schools to develop whole-school curriculum plans and to report student learning achievement. Specific sectoral requirements related to curriculum provision and reporting are the responsibility of and published by the relevant sectoral authorities.

The Victorian Curriculum F–10: Revised Curriculum Planning and Reporting Guidelines are available from the Curriculum planning, assessment and reporting webpage.


Assessment resources

Language Assessments

To support teachers implementing the Victorian Curriculum F-10 Languages curriculum, the VCAA is offering access to a new suite of online language assessments. Developed and hosted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), the language assessments consist of a series of multiple-choice listening and reading tests. The assessments provide a snapshot of students' reading and listening skills, which can then be used to better target an individual students' learning needs.

All language assessments are available 'on demand' with teachers deciding when and how often they wish to use them.

Initially, the assessments will offer teachers raw test scores only. This means that teachers will see which questions that students got correct, which were incorrect and which questions were not attempted. In 2018 there will be some additional functions added so you can explore the students results from different perspectives.

What languages will be offered?


The Language Assessments offers separate tests in listening and reading in eight languages:

  • Chinese* (background and second language learner)
  • French
  • German
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Modern Greek*
  • Spanish*.

*Additional assessments in Chinese, Modern Greek and Spanish will be added by February 2018.


How can teachers use the language assessments?


The language assessments are available for teachers to use at any time. It is important that teachers preview the tests to determine the suitability for use with their students.

The VCAA will provide an indication of where the language assessments align with the curriculum, but teachers have the flexibility to decide which test they wish to use to assess their students' listening and/or reading skills.

Language assessments and reporting

The language assessments are a resource schools may choose to use to support the teaching of Languages. They provide assessments of the receptive skills of listening and reading. They are not intended to be the sole means of assessing student progress against the Victorian Curriculum Languages achievement standards.

Who can use the language assessments and what will they cost?

The language assessments are available at no cost to all Victorian schools, including community language schools.

How to access the Language Assessments?

To access the language assessments, Victorian schools need to register through the ACER's Online Assessment and Registration System.

Once registered, schools will receive a confirmation email and further instructions from ACER on how to proceed. Please note: at peak times, this process may take up to five working days from registration to accessing the assessments.

Registration Support

All registration support is provided by ACER. E:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

T: 03 9277 5324

Professional Learning support

The VCAA and ACER are conducting a series number of online professional learning sessions to support teachers using the new language assessments. For session details please see the F-10 Professional Learning section on the VCAA website

For more information about Languages Assessment F-10

For more information about the Languages Assessment F-10, please contact

ACER at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or T. 03 9277 5324

VCAA F-10 unit  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or T. 9032 1788.

Student work samples

Work samples illustrate satisfactory achievement in relevant aspects of the achievement standard. These are currently being developed and will be published during 2017.


MLTAV Annual General Meeting 2017 & Project Awards Celebration Dinner - Tuesday 5 December PDF Print E-mail

Formal Notification to all Members of the

2017 Annual General Meeting of the

Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Victoria, Inc. (MLTAV)

Date:    Tuesday 5 December

Time:    5.30pm - 7pm (refreshments from 5.00 pm)

Venue: Graduate House, 220  Leicester Street, Carlton

The MLTAV cordially invites you to attend the 2017 Annual General Meeting
(AGM) of the Modern Languages Teachers’ Association of Victoria, Inc. (MLTAV)


  • Welcome, Present and Apologies;
  • Guest speaker -  Thérèse Mercader, Manager, Languages Unit Secondary Reform, Transitions and Priority Cohorts Division, generally discussing the ‘Current state of Languages Education in Victoria, including the collaboration between the Languages Unit and Language Teacher Associations’. 
  • Confirmation of the Minutes of the 2016 Annual General Meeting;
  • Reports from the President, Treasurer and Sub-Committees on the activities of the Association during the preceding financial year;
  • Election of the 2018 Committee of Management; (under the current Rules); and
  • Collection of names of the incoming Single Language Representatives (where finalised), in accordance with Rule 50 (6) of the MLTAV ‘Rules’.

You are also invited to join the MLTAV Committee, if you are interested in contributing to the organisation in this way. Click here for a 2018 Committee Nomination form [covering nominations for MLTAV Executive Office positions, General Committee Member positions, and Single Language Association Committee Representative positions]. ONLY MLTAV financial members are able to nominate and/or vote for 2018 Committee Members. Each current membership has the right to ONE vote. This includes School Memberships - only ONE person representing their School is entitled to vote. Nominees must also be current MLTAV financial members. ALL nomination forms MUST be completed and returned to the MLTAV Secretary, Catherine Spurritt, (including the written consent of the nominee(s), to the MLTAV Office (via post or scan email), NO LATER THAN 5.30pm Monday 4 December.

Current financial members who are unable to attend the AGM in person, are entitled to complete a proxy voting form nominating another MLTAV member as their proxy. Each current financial membership has the right to ONE vote. This includes School Memberships - only ONE person representing their School is entitled to vote. Persons acting as proxies must also be MLTAV members entitled to vote at the time of the AGM. Click here for a Proxy Voting form.

Immediately following the AGM (7.15pm - 9pm, at the same venue) will be an MLTAV 2017 Project Awards Celebration Dinner.

At this event, the participants of the current cohort of the very successful MLTAV Mentoring Project will be formally presented with a graduation certificate for their participation in this project.


All members are welcome to attend this two-course dinner event (at own expense - $70 inc. GST).

If you plan to attend MLTAV’s Annual General Meeting, and / or the MLTAV Project Awards Celebration Dinner, please rsvp, via email, to Kerry O’Connor, Office Manager, MLTAV, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , by 20 November, for catering purposes.




MLTAV ICT Webinar - FREE PL - 'Get Started with Google Classroom' - 22 November - Register Now PDF Print E-mail

ICT Webinar - 'Get Started with Google Classroom'.

WHEN: Wednesday 22 November

TIME: 4.00pm - 5.00pm

1. Ensure you have Version 10.1, or above, of Adobe Flash Player installed on your computer / device;

2. From 3.50pm on 30th October, access the online PL via the URL:

3. Once you have participated in the webinar, the facilitator will provide (in the Chat Box), the link to a brief online feedback survey you will need to complete in order for us to customise a certificate of participation for you for 1 hour PL time. This certificate will be emailed to you, so it is important that you include your correct and current email address in your survey responses.

Recordings of the webinars will also be available from the MLTAV website ( post the live webinar dates. If you have not used Adobe Connect before, please go to this link for instructions on how to set up your computer/ device,

(The MLTAV IT Blended Learning Webinar Series Project was supported by the Victorian Government)

MLTAV 2016 Annual Conference - FRIDAY 6 May - REGISTER NOW! PDF Print E-mail

Conference Title: '
Voting for Languages Nationally'

Date:         Friday 6 May, 2016
Venue:      Cliftons, 440 Collins Street, Melbourne CBD


DRAFT MLTAV 2016 Conference Program


MLTAV obtained statements from the three Major Federal Political Parties to showcase at the Conference (during the afternoon Plenary with Andrew Ferguson, President, MLTAV), as well as to our full membership via the June edition of Languages Victoria.

Morning Keynote Speaker:
Maree Dellora, Languages Unit Curriculum Manager, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, speech title, ' An overview of Languages in the Victorian Curriculum including approaches to planning and assessment.' 

Click here for Maree's Keynote presentation

Unitl the day of the Conference (Friday 6 May), this program is considered a DRAFT as sessions can change due to unforeseen circumstances, outside of MLTAV's control, leading up to the event. However, any changes will be indicated on this online program if and/or when they occur.

Click on the link below to download the DRAFT Program (current as at 3 May 2016). 

2016 MLTAV Conference DRAFT Program

To view individual session blurbs and presenter biographies, please see detailed program below (names of presenters are linked to their biographies and session titles are linked to full session descriptions):

Conference Program and Individual Session Details

Registration from 7.45am - tea / coffee supplied

Session 1: 8.45am - 10.00am
 (Main Room 2.04 & 2.05 joined together)

8.45am - 9.00am - Welcome (and housekeeping) and introduction of the Keynote Speaker by Andrew Ferguson, President, MLTAV

9.10am - 9.40am - Keynote Speaker, Maree Dellora , Languages Unit Curriculum Manager, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, speech title, 'An overview of Languages in the Victorian Curriculum including approaches to planning and assessment'.

9.50am - 10.00am - Dr. Isobel Crombie, Assistant Director, Curatorial and Collection Management, National Gallery of Victoria, launching the 'MLTAV/NGV Language Support Educators 2016 Program'

10.00am - 10.10am - Launch of MIFF Next Gen 2016 Program - Cinema for Young People, sponsored by MLTAV: Thomas Caldwell, Storts & Next Gen Programmer

10.10am - 10.40am - Morning Tea & Opportunity to interact with Conference Exhibitors

Session 2: 10.45am - 11.35am
IMPORTANT - Click on the Session Title Names  (in bold) throughout the program information below to read a full description of the session title and associated presenter bio.

2.1 Room 2.01
Session Title:  CLIL Science

Presenter:    Nadine Fraize (International Presenter)
Target audience: Primary to Early Secondary
To view Nadine's session resources go to: 

username:    Nadine_MLTAV_conf2016

password:    MLTAV_conf2016

2.2 Room 2.02
Session Title:  Making Writing a Less Frustrating Activity (for Students and Teachers)
Presenter:  Rowena Bata
Target audience: Secondary
Click here for Rowena's session handout

2.3 Room 2.03- CLARE AND KRISIT HAD TO CANCEL THIS SESSION (Replaced with Jaclyn Curnow session 3.3 Multimodal Text Magic Scratch - this will be re-run in session 3.3 as well)
Session Title:  Web Tools and apps to Engage Students in Learning
** Note: bring own device to hands-on session (laptop/iPad/tablet)
Presenters:   Clare Rafferty and Krisit Usher - CANCELLED filled in by Jaclyn Curnow - "Scratch"
Target audience:
Primary and Secondary

2.4 Room 2.04
Session Title:  The VCE for Teachers new to Languages  
Presenter:  Maria Dikaiou
** Note: bring own VCE Study Design to this session
Target audience:

2.5 Room 2.05
Session Title:  Interactive Whiteboards for Language Learning and Teaching
** Note: bring own laptop or iPad to this hands-on session
Kathleen Duquemin
Target audience: ALL

2.6 Room 2.06
Session Title:  What's Really Happening with Languages in Victoria
Presenter:  John Tuckfield
Target audience: ALL

2.7 Room 2.07
Session Title:  MLTAV Mentoring Project Workshop
Note: This is a CLOSED session for Mentoring Project participants only
Presenter:  Kylie Farmer
Target audience: CLOSED 

2.8 Room 2.08
Session Title:  Student Retention in Language Programs: A Need to Teacher Leadership
Presenter:  Dr. Teresa De Fazio
Target audience: ALL

Session 3:
 11.40am - 12.35am 
IMPORTANT - Click on the Session Title Names  (in bold) throughout the program information below to read a full description of the session title and associated presenter bio.

3.1 Room 2.01
Session Title:   Content and Language Integrated Learning: Re-engaging and Challenging Languages Learners
Presenter:   Dr. Margaret Gearon
Target audience: Primary and Secondary

3.2 Room 2.02
Session Title:  Creating Interactive Presentations with Keynote
** Note: bring own iPad to this hands-on session (not Android tablet) WITH 'Keynote' preinstalled
Presenter:   Jade Cleave 
Target audience:

3.3 Room 2.03
Session Title:  Multimodal Text Magic - "Scratch"
Presenters:   Jaclyn Curnow
Target audience:
Upper Primary to Secondary

3.4 Room 2.04
Session Title:  VCAA School Assessed Coursework Auditing Process for 2016  
Presenter:  Gabriella Bertolissi
Target audience: VCE

3.5 Room 2.05
Session Title:  Avant-Garde Pedagogy - Finding the Opportunities for Languages in the World: Linking Essential Learning Areas
Presenter:  Tammy Van Rossum
Target audience: Primary, Secondary and Tertiary

3.6 Room 2.06
Session Title:  Using Comprehensible Input to Help Students Achieve Functional Classroom Fluency
Presenter:  Kathryn Macfarlane
Target audience: Foundation, Primary and beginning Secondary

3.7 Room 2.07
Session Title:  Intercultural and meta-linguistic Awareness: Improving Students' Language Abilities
Presenter:  Patrick Chin-Dahler
Target audience: Primary, Secondary and Tertiary

3.8 Room 2.08
Session Title:  Developing Bi-Literacy Capacities Through our Second Language Program
Presenter:  Carlos Franco
Target audience: ALL

12.35pm - 1.35pm - LUNCH - Talk with Exhibitors at Stands & Network with other Languages Delegates

Session 4: 1.40pm
- 1.55pm 
Session Title: Afternoon Plenary - 'Advocacy for Languages Education'
Presenter: Andrew Ferguson, President, MLTAV

Session 5: 2.00pm - 2.50pm

IMPORTANT - Click on the Session Title Names  (in bold) throughout the program information below to read a full description of the session title and associated presenter bio.

5.1 Room 2.01
Session Title:   Engaging Students in the Foreign Language Classroom (kinesthetic activities)
Presenter:   Nadine Fraize
audience: Primary to Early Secondary
To view Nadine's session resources go to:

username:    Nadine_MLTAV_conf2016

password:    MLTAV_conf2016

5.2 Room 2.02
Session Title:  Enhancing Student Feedback
Presenter:   Catherine Spurritt
Target audience:

5.3 Room 2.03
Session Title:   Amazing Apps!

Presenter:   Jaclyn Curnow

Target audience:

5.4 Room 2.04
Session Title:  Assessing Translating as a Communicative Outcome
Presenter:   Stanley Wang
Target audience: Secondary

5.5 Room 2.05
Session Title:   Strategies for Supporting and Managing Students with Special Needs
Presenter:  Sarah Pavey
Target audience: ALL
Click here for Sarah's session presentation

5.6 Room 2.06
Session Title:  CLIL: Taking the First Step
Presenter:  Dr. Andrea Truckenbrodt
Target audience: 
Foundation, Primary & Junior Secondary

5.7 Room 2.07
Session Title:  Intercultural and Meta-Linguistic Awareness: Improving Students' Language Abilities
** Note: PRACTICAL Session - Bring a textbook or unit of work to this session. A THEORETICAL Session preceded this Practical Session held in Session 4.7, Room 2.07
Presenter:  Patrick Chin-Dahler
Target audience:
Primary, Secondary and Tertiary

5.8 Room 2.08
Session Title:  Implementing the Victorian Curriculum through Art and Languages Education (mapping of Sub-Strands and Resources). ALSO MLTAV/NGV Language Support Educator Program 2016
Presenter:  David Menzies and Juliette Halliday
Target audience: ALL

Session 6: 2.55pm - 3.45pm
IMPORTANT - Click on the Session Title Names  (in bold) throughout the program information below to read a full description of the session title and associated presenter bio.

6.1 Room 2.01
Session Title:   Teaching Humanities with CLIL Approach: A Unit of Work on Ancient Egypt
Presenter:   Tong Lin
Target audience: Secondary

6.2 Room 2.02
Session Title:  
Teaching Languges Authentically in the Second Language
Presenter:   Jenna Lo Bianco
Target audience: Secondary

6.3 Room 2.03
Session Title:  Extension, Engagement and Culture
Presenter:  Megan McLaughlin
Target audience: Secondary

6.4 Room 2.04
Session Title:  How to deliver Language Programs Through Video-Conferencing: Best Practise Case Studies from Rural and Regional Victoria  
Presenter:  Dr. Yvette Slaughter
Target audience: Primary

6.5 Room 2.05
Session Title:  Implementing the Victorian Curriculum for Languages
Presenter:  Andrew Ferguson
Presenter: ALL
Click here for Andrew's session handout

6.6 Room 2.06
Session Title:  Flipping Your Classroom
Presenter:  Angela Minuzzo and Sarjit Ladd
Target audience: Primary & Secondary
Click here for Angela and Sarjit's session handout

6.7 Room 2.07
Session Title:  The Power of ONE
Presenter:  Kerry Law
Target audience: ALL
Click here for Kerry's session handout 1
Click here for Kerry's session handout 2
Click here for Kerry's session handout 3
Click here for Kerry's session handout 4

6.8 Room 2.08
Session Title:  Cross-Age Tutoring
Presenters: Bernadette Brouwers and Adam Camron
Target audience: Primary and Secondary


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