Modern Language Teachers' Association of Victoria, Inc. (MLTAV)
Quality Languages Programs MLTAV Audit Tool for Schools PDF Print E-mail

LOOKING TO REVIEW YOUR SCHOOL’S
LANGUAGE(S)  PROGRAM?

Quality Languages Programs
MLTAV Audit Tool for Schools

 

1. Background and Purposes

 

In response to an increasing demand for assistance to review the quality of a school’s Languages Program [‘Program’] the MLTAV has developed an online Audit Tool.

 

The survey is designed to encourage reflection on the quality of the Program, by monitoring the ongoing improvement in Program implementation. Results of the survey will:

• inform decisions regarding targeted assistance/improvement measures;

• feed into any systemic/sector school improvement processes.

 

Through these measures, we hope to support teachers of Languages to engage in particular school leadership. The overall aim of the Audit Tool is to improve student learning experiences and outcomes through data collection and stimuli for reflecting on the quality of the Program.

2. Mechanism

 

a) A school contacts the MLTAV requesting access to the online Audit Tool ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

b) The survey is customised with the school’s name and colours as specified, together with a closing date for the survey.

c) The school receives a URL link to the survey, which the school supplies to potential respondents, e.g. Languages teachers and teachers of other Learning Areas, students, school leadership and other members of the school community.

d) The survey comprises 13 standard questions (for details, see below) and will take 30-40 minutes to complete.

e) Quantitative and qualitative data is collected through the survey, which is supplied in raw form (Excel table) to the school within seven (7) working days after the closing date. MLTAV also offers the option of formatting the quantitative data in standard graphs at extra cost.

f) For MLTAV member schools, the cost of the above is $150, non-member schools $350 – formatting of quantitative data an extra $50. Schools will be invoiced once data has been supplied (note that data will remain confidential, in that it will be de-identified by MLTAV).

3. Standards & Framework used in developing the Online Survey

 

a) ‘Professional standards for accomplished teaching of languages and cultures 2005’, Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations (AFMLTA) NOTE: mapping of these Standards against those of AITSL can be found at Language Learning Space http://www.lls.edu.au/teacherspace/professionallearning/250, under text link ‘Aligning Standards’.

Please note that the AFMLTA Standards are used as the primary reflection tool for all extended MLTAV Professional Learning for Languages teacher, in particular LanguagesHAT.

b) ‘Framework for Effective Models in Schools’, work undertaken by Professor Joseph Lo Bianco in 2010. Whilst some elements of the Framework are now outdated, the underlying organisational principles are very strong. The Framework recognises that a student’s Language(s) learning experiences are multi-dimensional, comprising:

i. explicit teaching and scaffolding

ii. content-based/integrated instruction

iii. practical application.

 

In delivery of a Program, the principles within which the Framework values both the Language teacher (whether face-to-face in a school or through complementary providers and/or blended), and ‘supporting resources’, e.g. language assistants, the use of ICT, partnerships with local and international schools, cultural and professional associations, universities, business community members etc.

 

4. The Questions

 

The following is a sample question:

 

To what degree (on a five-point scale: very high … very low) are students motivated to learn Languages in your school’s Languages program [the ‘Program’], for example through:

a) their positive engagement in the Program;

b) their use of Languages in and beyond the school environment;

c) being made aware of the benefits of learning Languages;

d) being exposed to role models of users of languages?

 

Each question is similar in format to the above, followed by two mandatory free-text boxes, requesting:

a) Reason(s) for the respondent’s rating, referring to particular aspect(s), e.g. c) - I am aware that students learn about the link between first and second Language literacy at Year 5 level;

b) The respondent’s suggestions for Program improvement in relation to this question.

 

VERY IMPORTANT: Please note that the examples provided with each question are not checklists. In order to rate highly for a particular question, the school may be performing very well in just one of the suggested aspects of the area. The examples are provided, however, as stimuli for reflection on the quality of the Program.

Other questions include to what degree:

a) students’ preferences are taken into account (when appropriate) in designing and running the Program;

b) type(s) of Program have been well considered and planned;

c) assessment and reporting of student outcomes within the Program are well considered;

d) the school community is involved in the Program;

e) school leadership demonstrates that it values and respects the learning of Languages and Cultures;

f) the school retains quality teachers of languages;

g) the Program is well resourced.

 

 

If you are interested in using the MLTAV Audit Tool to assist with a review of the quality of your school’s Languages Program [‘Program’], please contact Kerry O’Connor, Office Manager, MLTAV -   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it / Ph: 0437 130 976

 
VICTORIAN CURRICULUM UNITS OF WORK available on FUSE website for Chinese, French, Indonesian and Ita PDF Print E-mail

Victorian Curriculum Exemplar Units of Work for Languages 

MLTAV has worked with experienced primary teachers of Languages to develop a number of Units of Work aligned to the Victorian Curriculum. These comprehensive units are now freely accessibly on FUSE (fuse.education.vic.gov.au) along with all the associated resources required to implement the units. Each unit is designed to be implemented across a term and includes innovative teaching ideas as well as suggestions for assessment.

We encourage you to trial these units of work and to adapt them to suit the needs of your students.

Chinese Unit for Year 1-2 students:
http://fuse.education.vic.gov.au/?YDH2FW

 

This unit is designed for Year 1 and 2 students. It introduces the Chinese names of common fruits and phrases for students to be able to express which fruits they like and which they don't. Students will also be able to describe fruits as healthy or delicious. Students will participate in a variety of songs, games and other activities to build their confidence in using the key words and phrases. They will have opportunities to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a story about jungle animals ordering juice at a juice bar. They will present this story in a role play and will also use this language more creatively at a 'pop-up' juice bar.

Indonesian Unit of Work for Year 5-6 students:
http://fuse.education.vic.gov.au/?DYTFP2

 

Resources for FRENCH and ITALIAN, now available on the Department of Education and Trainings FUSE website, via the following direct links: 

 
REGISTER NOW! FREE Online Language Assessments offered by VCAA PDF Print E-mail

REGISTER NOW! FREE Online Language Assessments offered by VCAA

 
   


To support teachers implementing the Victorian Curriculum: F-10 Languages, 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 assessments. The assessments provide a snapshot of students’ listening and reading skills, which can then be used to better target and individual students’ learning needs.

REGISTER NOW at:

https://www.acer.org/vcaa-language-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:

http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/foundation10/viccurriculum/viccurr-proflearning.aspx

Teachers can also subscribe to the VCAA’s F–10 Curriculum Update list, and receive notices about future professional learning opportunities and curriculum developments directly to their email address.

For more information about Language Assessments

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. 03 9032 1788
 
Enquiry into the Education of Gifted and Talented Students - Report & Response PDF Print E-mail
Enquiry into the Education of Gifted and Talented Students - Report and Response

Final Report

The final report for the Inquiry into education of gifted and talented students was tabled in Parliament on 20 June 2012.

The report can be downloaded from the link below.

pdf Final report on the Inquiry into the education of gifted and talented students (PDF, 1.93 Mb)

Government Response

The Government Response was tabled on 11 December 2012.

Download a copy of the pdf Government Response (PDF, 592.43 Kb)
 

2011 Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the Education of Gifted and Talented Students
The Modern Language Teachers' Association of Victoria (MLTAV) was invited to respond to the 2011 Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the Education of Gifted and Talented students. The MLTAV welcomed the opportunity to make a submission as part of the Inquiry into this area which, whilst not ‘core business’ of Languages educators, is of high interest and importance to us. All submissions to the Inquiry are published online here: www.parliament.vic.gov.au/etc/article/1338.

In addition to the MLTAV response being available in pdf format, the MLTAV is pleased to share a doc WORD version. Please note that use of any parts of the text for not-for-profit, educational purposes is freely given with acknowledgment of the MLTAV and the author, Rita Felder.

Please also note the MLTAV Terms of Use for information from our website.
 
DET Language Teacher Register PDF Print E-mail
The Language Teacher Register has been developed by the Department of Education and Training (DET) to assist schools to source qualified languages teachers to fill vacant language teaching positions in government schools.

The Language Teacher Register is open to graduating, graduate and currently employed language teachers who are seeking a language teaching position in a government primary or secondary school. Eligible language teachers can register using the online form at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ltregister

Given that many schools commence planning for the staffing of their languages program for the following year during Semester 2, it is opportune to remind language teachers and schools of the availability of DET's Language Teacher Register.

 
 
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