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MELC has welcomed the opportunity to contribute to the review of the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians and is pleased to share its response.
MELC’s response focuses on the linguistic and cultural diversity of learners, while respecting all of the diversities that they bring to their learning. Knowledge is culturally formed and applied, and language is a central mediating resource for learning. This is why we see linguistic and cultural diversity as the basis of all learning and not just as a trait. We consider it crucial that these aspects be prominent in the refreshed goals.
MELC welcomes feedback on any part of this submission.
Download the response to the review (PDF 293KB).
In 2016 MELC commissioned a paper to review the current state of languages education policy across Australia. The paper focuses on the nature of each of the state and territory policies and the general picture that emerges. This snapshot was then considered in terms of its relevance to the context of languages education in South Australia. Thus the paper presents not only a comprehensive analysis but a broad sweep of the policies to determine directions and implications that may inform work in languages education in South Australia.
It is intended that this be used as a resource to inform policy development at a systems and school level.
In 2017 MELC commissioned a paper to review the current state of languages education policy in the international arena.
This paper aims to provide a broad sense of the current and changing landscape of languages education policy internationally as a resource for considering the local languages education policy environment and possible directions.
The paper focuses on a selection of countries, some with similar features to the Australian policy context and others that are divergent. As a set, these countries offer potential both for comparing likeness with the South Australian context, as well as points of difference that may be worthy of consideration.
A major focus of the work of MELC during 2016 was the provision of advice to the Minister for Education and Child Development on the development of a position statement and related strategy in the 3 interrelated areas of languages education, multicultural education, and the internationalisation of education.
Building on this initial advice paper the MELC was asked to develop an overarching Statement that would provide a common vision, rationale and explain the significance for South Australia of an education that is oriented towards engaging in linguistic and cultural diversity.
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