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About the Languages

Learning languages in addition to English extends student’s literacy repertoires and their capacity to communicate. It strengthens student’s understanding of the nature of language, culture, and the processes of communication.

Language categories

The languages included in the Victorian Curriculum F–10 are grouped into six categories (outlined in the table below).

All language-specific curriculum has now been released through the Victorian Curriculum F-10.  

The VCAA has included generic curriculum for Roman and Non-Roman Alphabet languages, which will allow any world language to be offered by a Victorian school, and the Framework for Classical Languages, which schools can use to develop language-specific programs for Classical languages other than Classical Greek and Latin.

Language Categories Description Specific Languages
Roman Alphabet Languages These are languages whose writing system, or means of being visually recorded, is Roman alphabetic, and whose reading demands on learners are similar to those of English.
  • French
  • German
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese
  • Roman Alphabet Language
Non-Roman Alphabet Languages These are languages whose writing system is alphabetic but non-Roman, and for which a learner needs to acquire a new alphabet.
  • Arabic
  • Modern Greek
  • Hindi
  • Korean
  • Non-Roman Alphabet Language
Character Languages These are languages whose writing system is either syllabic, ideographic, or a combination of syllables and ideograms, involving different reading processes from alphabet reading, and the learning of the new script.
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
Classical Languages These are ancient languages which are no longer used as a means of everyday communication by a contemporary community.
  • Classical Greek
  • Latin
  • Framework for Classical Languages*
Sign Language This is a language of the Australian Deaf community. For most learners, this will also involve reading in English.
  • Australian Sign Language (Auslan)
Aboriginal Languages Each Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language is unique. It gives voice to the landscapes, thoughts and ways of seeing and interpreting the world. When the language of the Land is spoken, it brings together all of the elements of the landscape and its people. It encompasses the relationships of these people with one another and with the landscape, past, present and future.
  • Victorian Aboriginal Languages 
 *Framework for Classical Languages is available as a download only.

Using the Victorian Curriculum F-10 or AusVELS in 2017

The VCAA aims to give schools access to the curriculum one year before implementation, for familiarisation and planning processes. Given some of the Languages, curricula have not been available for a full year, for 2017 schools have the option to use either a copy of a previous AusVELS Languages curriculum or to use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10 Languages. To download a copy of an AusVELS Languages curriculum, please select one of the language categories in the table below.

Language CategoryDescriptionSpecific Language
Roman Alphabet Languages These are languages whose writing system, or means of being visually recorded, is Roman alphabetic, and whose reading demands on learners are similar to those of English.
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese
Non-Roman Alphabet Languages These are languages whose writing system is alphabetic but non-Roman, and for which a learner needs to acquire a new alphabet.
  • Arabic
  • Modern Greek
  • Hindi
  • Korean
Character Languages These are languages whose writing system is either syllabic, ideographic, or a combination of syllables and ideograms, involving different reading processes from alphabet reading, and the learning of the new script.
  • Japanese
Classical Languages These are ancient languages which are no longer used as a means of everyday communication by a contemporary community.
  • Classical Greek
  • Latin
Sign Language

This is a language of the Australian Deaf community. For most learners, this will also involve reading in English.
  • Auslan

Information Communication Technologies and Languages

Information Communication Technologies (ICT) are powerful tools that can support student learning. Students can develop and demonstrate their understanding of concepts and content in Languages using a range of ICT tools. It is also important that students know how to use these ICT efficiently and responsibly, as well as learning how to protect themselves and secure their data.

Details of how ICT can support student learning in Languages is set out in the attached Information Communication Technologies and Languages pdf.

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