Upwey High School students are among the thousands of young Victorians who will learn a language alongside native speakers in 2013.
Education Minister Martin Dixon this month welcomed to Victoria 22 languages assistants from China, 10 from France, seven from Germany, three from Japan, two from Spain and two from Indonesia.
“The languages assistants program literally brings the world to Victorian schools,” Mr Dixon said.
“I am sure that each and every one of our languages assistants will do fantastic work in developing the language skills of Victorian students, while providing real world insights into their home countries and cultures.”
Mr Dixon said the year-long languages assistants program is a key part of the Victorian Government’s plan to ensure that every Victorian government school student from Prep to Year 10 is learning a language by 2025, starting with Prep in 2015.
Demand for languages assistants is growing, with more than 100 schools applying for an assistant in 2013.
Eastern Victoria Region MP Edward O’Donohue said Upwey High School was among the 68 successful schools and will host a language assistant from France in 2013.
“Language assistants provide hands-on support with pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary and also bring skills in ICT, drama, music and sport to both students and languages teachers,” Mr O’Donohue said.
“I’m sure the students of Upwey High School will benefit immensely from their French language assistant.”
Languages assistants are mostly recent university graduates in their home countries.