A strategy for all languages
The National Languages Plan and Strategy project (NLPS project) is a federally funded project that focuses on the learning of all languages, including First Nations languages and community languages in school and community contexts. The aim of the project is to develop advice to government that informs future policy design at the national level, for a sustainable approach to planning and implementing languages education.
The NLPS project has had extensive consultation with key stakeholders across the country. A National Summit, in June, involved policy-makers and leaders across state and territory sectors. The basis of discussion and reflection at the summit was the Discussion Paper Altitude and Amplitude: The case for a blue-sky blueprint for Languages Education in Australia.
After the summit, the NLPS project moved to the next phase of consultation of talking with teachers and other interested stakeholders across the country. Recently completed were 16 Focus Groups which included sessions for teachers of languages in mainstream classrooms in each state and territory, teachers of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander languages and teachers who teach in community languages contexts. Participation was extraordinary (particularly from the community languages sector) with over 350 individual participants across all key groups. The insights from this consultation process were invaluable.
There was overwhelming support for all goal areas and each of the goals as included in the Discussion Paper. The full Discussion Paper is now available on the AFMLTA's National Languages Plan and Strategy website.
The Project Team are now collating and analysing all the data gathered to inform the writing of the project reports which will go to the Department of Education, Skills and Employment by the middle of 2022. Included in the reports will be recommendations associated with each of the identified goals.