More South Australian public school students will benefit from opportunities to learn a language in school and be better prepared for the jobs of tomorrow under two new State Government strategies announced today.
A new $12 million Languages Strategy will deliver better access to language learning across all school year levels, more support for teachers to deliver language education and an increased number of qualified language teachers in public schools.
A scholarship program will help 100 secondary students from low socioeconomic schools participate in study tours in multiple locations to enhance their learning and build cultural understanding.
Grants of $80,000 over two years will be available to schools to trial innovative ways of delivering languages, including through the use of online programs to provide more flexibility and continuity in language learning.
Additional support will be provided for ethnic schools to deliver SACE language subjects, with targeted SACE professional learning, access to teaching resources and support for teacher wages and administrative costs.
Each public school in the State will also be guided by a $3.8m Internationalisation Strategy to help teachers prepare students for life and work by delivering a curriculum that instils intercultural and international awareness.
A range of options are being explored such as teacher exchange programs and expanding our current sister school initiatives to improve cultural understanding in South Australia’s schools.
Other key features include:
- a new professional development program for language teachers starting next year
- scholarships to attract more teachers into a language specialty, including Masters scholarships for 40 teachers
- enabling our school system to share expertise with schools overseas
- strategic partnerships to support students to learn languages and understand and engage in different cultural settings
The state government has also signed a Statement of Collaboration to acknowledge the significant language learning and multicultural education that the ethnic schools sector provides to South Australian children and students.