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Notice 151 2019

Notice to Schools 151/2019 – 4 December 2019

Modern language study score changes

Principals/Directors, VCE coordinators and VCE language teachers

From 2021 the VCAA will introduce a change to the way study scores are determined for students in 31 VCE Unit 3 and 4 language studies.

The VCAA will use two categories of VCE Language students in this new process: First Language Learners and Second Language Learners.

First Language and Second Language Learners will follow exactly the same curriculum and sit exactly the same examinations.

The study scores of Second Language Learners will be determined separately from First Language Learners.

A student will be considered a Second Language Learner if they have had no more than seven years of education in a school where the language is the medium of instruction. This same criterion is used for VCE Japanese, Indonesian, Korean and Vietnamese Second Language studies.

VCE Language students will be required to complete a declaration at enrolment in the affected studies.

This change will ensure that assessment of VCE modern languages is fair to all students.

For each applicable VCE Language study, scores will be determined for Second Language Learners and then applied to all students (both First and Second Language Learners). This will ensure that the resulting study scores reflect the rank of all students based on their assessment results in the study and that there is no disadvantage to either First or Second Language Learners.

Schools should advise current Language students in Years 9 and 10 about this change to ensure they make informed choices for their VCE studies.

The VCE languages affected by this change will be Arabic, French, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Armenian, Bosnian, Chin Hakha, Croatian, Dutch, Filipino, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Karen, Khmer, Macedonian, Maltese, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Sinhala, Swedish, Tamil, Turkish and Yiddish.


Action required

Principals/Directors should advise VCE coordinators and modern language teachers that arrangements for modern languages will change in 2021 for Units 3 and 4 to differentiate between First Language and Second Language Learners.

Critical dates

Changes will be implemented in 2021 for the study of Units 3 and 4 languages.

Additional information