A suite of measures have been introduced to reinvigorate language studies in SA schools and aim to create new opportunities that benefit our students, schools and education system.
The Languages in Schools initiative will allow four additional schools to offer the International Baccalaureate, with interested schools being invited to attend an information session later this month.
The International Baccalaureate is an internationally recognised and highly regarded certificate, which is currently only offered in one public school.
The initiative also includes increased support at the SACE level to provide a range of expanded options for how students can undertake language study, as well as providing greater access for remote and regional students.
Other measures being introduced as part of the initiative include:
- Overseas study tour scholarships that will provide secondary students immersive opportunities to build language skills in other countries
- An expanded Languages Alive holiday program for primary students, which will run during school holiday periods starting this July
- Improved professional learning and scholarships for language teachers
- The development of an Innovative Language Grants Program for primary schools
- A review of both current and future workforce needs; and
- A review of the language content in teaching degrees.
Learning a language has become increasingly important in a globalised market and a growing bilingual workforce, and it is also beneficial for students’ overall cognitive and academic development.