Language curriculum

Integration of language and culture

In 2008, the School of Languages and Linguistics and the Asia Institute in the Faculty of Arts at The University of Melbourne began to reform the language curriculum to more readily face the professional, global and cultural challenges of the new millennium. The new language curriculum is based on international best-practice models. It integrates the teaching of language and culture in a proficiency-based model that caters for students from all backgrounds and from across the University.

The new curriculum will be introduced in 2012 and 2013 for the 9 languages offered by the two Schools.

Proficiency-based language progression

The language curriculum is based on a sequential progression of proficiency levels from 1 to 10 that is designed for learners at any stage, from total beginners to advanced. Each semester constitutes one step in the sequence of subjects. Students can enter at different points, depending on their language proficiency. All learners from total beginners to post-VCE students, as well as students with an advanced (native or near-native) command of the language, will be placed in the sequence at the commencement of their studies and then progress sequentially through the levels.

Starting in 2012, new placement tools will help each student enrol. Placement tools in Arabic and French will be available in 2012. Placement tools in other languages will be available in 2013.

Added value

Language students at The University of Melbourne have access to unparalleled learning opportunities, including exchange programs, mobility scholarships, language clubs, exciting cultural events, worldclass facilities and highly experienced, internationally focussed academic staff.

Languages offered

Asia InstituteSchool of Languages and LinguisticsSchool of Historical and Philosophical Studies

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