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Growth in Aboriginal Languages

In the July edition of The Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority Bulletin, there is a very interesting article on the state of Aboriginal language programs in Victorian schools. Aboriginal Language learning in Victorian schools began in 2012 in two pilot schools. It … Continue reading

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Q & A with Carlos Franco – teacher of Spanish

MEET THE TEACHER Q & A ¡Hola! My name is Carlos Franco and I teach Spanish at our VSL Collingwood College Centre.  I’ve been at the VSL since 2011.  The most important thing I take into the classroom each week is … Continue reading

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Premier’s Awards 2017

On Thursday 27 April, the 23nd Premier’s VCE Awards were held at Palladium at Crown. The main presenter was the Minister for Education and Deputy Premier, James Merlino. The aim of these annual awards is ‘to recognise some of Victoria’s best … Continue reading

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From the archives: The origins of Italian at the VSL in 1935 Catherine Bryant

  When I started researching the school’s history for my PhD, I discovered the fascinating story about the origins of Italian teaching at the school. In 1935, there had been a strong push for the establishment of Italian and a … Continue reading

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Launch of Chin Hakha VCE courses and textbooks

On Saturday 29 October the VSL held a historic function to launch new Chin Hakha VCE Textbooks for Year 11 and Year 12. At the same time there was a presentation of awards to the inaugural Chin Hakha Year 12 … Continue reading

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When one language isn’t enough…

According to the British Council, more than half of the world’s population functions in two or more languages on a daily basis. In other words, multilingualism, not monolingualism, is the norm and for some students, learning just one language other than English … Continue reading

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From the archives: The origins of Japanese at the VSL in 1935 Catherine Bryant

When I started researching the school’s history for my PhD project, I discovered the fascinating story about the origins of Japanese teaching at the school. The first Saturday Japanese class was held early in 1935 at MacRobertson Girls High School. … Continue reading

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Being the VSL “historian” 2012-2015 – Catherine Bryant

As many people know, the VSL celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2015. Some may also be aware that for the past four years, I researched the VSL history for my PhD project at Swinburne University. This was a special project … Continue reading

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Q & A with Zoe Kaufmann – teacher of Japanese

Zoe Kaufmann first began formal language study when she was in Grade 5, and has been in love with the VSL and its languages since! She fondly remembers her first few lessons at the VSL. At the age of 10, … Continue reading

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Launch of Virtual English as an Additional Language (EAL) New Arrivals Program

On Thursday 15 June 2016, Dr David Howes, Assistant Deputy Secretary, Schools, Department of Education and Training launched the Virtual EAL New Arrivals Program, an initiative of the Department of Education and Training and the Victorian School of Languages. Victoria … Continue reading

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