Overview
The Victorian School of Languages (VSL) is at the forefront of language teaching. Due to its single faculty language focus, the VSL has a high concentration of expertise and is well placed to offer quality, innovative language programs. A common curriculum rationale, methodological approach and organisational focus is implemented for every language and year level and this forms the basis of the development of individual syllabi and teaching materials.

The VSL curriculum provides for its students a balanced set of learning experiences which are active, cooperative and participatory and which give students maximum opportunity to realise their potential. Curriculum development is based on the communicative approach to language teaching, aimed at the intellectual, social, emotional and creative development of all students and is inclusive of gender, ability and background. Learning tasks and assessment practises are structured in such a way that student progress is measurable and so that participating students are enabled and encouraged to perform well. All courses are reviewed to ensure compatibility with the Victorian Curriculum and VCE.

VSL courses are for students who are unable to study the language at their regular school. Enrolment eligibility for all VSL courses is determined by Department of Education guidelines.

The VSL offers:
Face to Face Classes
The VSL offers a wide range of face to face classes in over 40 VSL Centres throughout the metropolitan area and regional Victoria. Courses in many Languages are available from Year 1 to VCE. In standards and content, courses are comparable to those offered in day school language classes, and follow a standard course design. Our face-to-face classes are held out of school hours in VSL Centres, which are located in government secondary colleges. These classes are held mainly on Saturday mornings. Some classes are run on weekday evenings.

For more details and enrolment criteria go to: VSL Face to Face courses
Distance Education
The VSL also offer many courses which students can study via Distance Education. Students complete and submit course work in their own time, and have regular phone/video conferencing lessons with specialist teachers based at the VSL. Distance Education courses are offered at Secondary School level to students from Government, Catholic and Independent schools. Students may decide to study through the VSL Distance Education for a variety of reasons:
  • the language that they wish to study is not available at their home school
  • a timetable clash prevents them studying the language of their choice at their home school
  • they are not attending school
  • some of these students are travelling interstate or overseas; others are unable to attend school due to ill-health or other difficulties.
Some adults are also able to enrol under specified arrangements.

For more details and enrolment criteria go to: VSL Distance Education

VET and Tailored RTO Programs
The Victorian School of Languages is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), through the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), which is able to deliver the following nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) certificate courses:
  • Certificate II in Applied Language
  • Certificate III in Applied Language
Each certificate has 4 Units of Competency from beginners through to a VCE equivalent standard.

There are three VSL VET programs
  1. The VSL can deliver certificate courses via Distance Education to school aged students who are less than 20 years of age. The languages currently offered in these certificate courses are: Chinese, French and Spanish.
  2. VETiS - The VSL is also able to auspice schools to allow them to run VET in Schools Programs
  3. As an RTO, the VSL can also tailor face-to-face courses to suit individual corporations or community groups.
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THORNBURY VIC 3071
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Web: www.vsl.vic.edu.au Training Organisation Identifier (TOID): 21269
Email: vsl@vsl.vic.edu.au
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