The department is working with experts at the University of South Australia to deliver a languages program centred on 5 key ideas.
Developing and extending understanding of and advocacy for the personal, social, global and cognitive benefits of learning languages in the context of multilingualism.
Developing and extending understanding that language learning is an intercultural process and there’s a need to get students to do the hard thinking in and about languages to develop their reflective and reflexive skills.
Developing and extending understanding that literacy skills are not language-specific, but transferable (translanguaging), drawing from their full linguistic repertoire.
Acknowledging and drawing on the cultural and linguistic resources students bring with them, challenging deficit perceptions of linguistic diversity.
Using the Australian Curriculum: Languages and SACE frameworks to design high-quality learning in languages, collective teacher efficacy for change in languages education.