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Notice 104 2020

Notice to Schools 104/2020 – 29 July 2020

Changes for enrolment in VCE Modern Languages

Principals/Directors, VCE coordinators, VASS administrators and VCE language teachers

From 2021, enrolment into VCE Modern Languages at Units 3 and 4 requires students to declare their status as either a First Language Learner or a Second Language Learner.

Students will need to complete the Declaration for enrolment in VCE Modern Languages Units 3 and 4 in 2021 form and submit this to their home school.

  • A student will be considered a Second Language Learner if they have completed all of their schooling in Australia or they have accumulated less than seven years of education in a school where the language they are enrolling in was the main language of instruction.
  • A student will be considered a First Language Learner if they have accumulated seven or more years of education in a school where the language they are enrolling in was the main language of instruction.

All students will follow the same curriculum and sit the same examinations.

The VCAA will use the two language learner categories in the study score calculation process for VCE Modern Languages.

For each applicable study, study scores will be calculated based on Second Language Learners. The outcomes from these calculations will then be applied to all students. This process maintains the rank order of all students within the study but ensures that the study scores of Second Language Learners are not impacted by First Language Learners.

Home schools will be required to record on VASS whether students are First or Second Language Learners in the language of study.

The VCE Modern Languages group comprises the following studies: Arabic, Armenian, Bosnian, Chin Hakha, Croatian, Dutch, Filipino, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Karen, Khmer, Macedonian, Maltese, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Sinhala, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Turkish and Yiddish. 

Information for schools and students is available on the Enrolment in VCE Modern Languages webpage. 

Action required

Principals/Directors should advise VCE coordinators, VASS administrators and VCE language teachers that arrangements for enrolment in VCE Modern Languages Units 34 will change in 2021 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 VCE Modern Languages.

Additional information

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