The Australian Curriculum: Languages is designed to enable all students to engage in learning a language in addition to English. There are 14 individual Languages curricula in the Australian Curriculum. The review has so far proposed revisions to the second language pathways for F-10 and Years 7-10 in Chinese, French, Italian and Japanese. The other Languages subjects and pathways will follow in stages and be completed by 2023. It is expected the review of the first four languages will provide a framework for the revision of the other languages curricula.

The need for flexibility of language content to cater for different entry points into a language program, particularly in the F–10 sequence, has been a key consideration in the Review. In addition, the perceived unrealistic volume and the focus of content for the amount of teaching and learning time available in schools have been addressed. The Review has focussed on a number of opportunities for improvement, in particular, greater consistency and coherence across Languages, along with a reduction in volume, duplication and repetition of content.

Please see Australian Curriculum – Languages, What has changed and Why for more detail on the proposed revisions.

Australian Curriculum Review – the process

In preparing for the Review, ACARA:

  • considered the latest research and international developments; and
  • consulted with practising teachers, curriculum experts, key academics and professional associations.

We formed the Languages Curriculum Reference Group and Teacher Reference Group to provide advice and feedback, with members nominated by state and territory education authorities and non-government sectors.

We also wanted a specific focus on primary schools, so we created the Primary (F–6) Curriculum Reference Group and Teacher Reference Group. These groups helped give advice and feedback on how we could improve the curriculum for our youngest students.

From this research, teacher feedback and our work with the reference groups, we identified some key areas where the Languages Curriculum could be improved.

Download the Languages Consultation Curriculum

The proposed Australian Curriculum is available in three formats:

  • all elements
    • introductory information - includes the rationale, aims, organisation of the learning area, key connections and key considerations
    • curriculum content for all levels which includes year/band level descriptions, achievement standards, content descriptions and elaborations
  • scope and sequence - with achievement standards and content descriptions only
  • comparative information - showing the current and proposed revisions to content descriptions and achievement standards only.
You can access the primary level scope and sequence charts that combine all the learning areas and are presented by year level