Distance Education
The VSL also offers 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 is only offered at Secondary school level.
Please note: Enrolments for school-based students must be completed by the student's home school. Parents should read the information below and then discuss enrolment with the student’s home school.

Some language programs for years 5 and 6 are also available. Please call on 9474 0500 for further information.

The VSL offers Distance Education in the following Languages and levels:
LanguageSecondaryVCEAcceleratedCertificate
Arabic
Chinese - Mandarin
Chinese - Mandarin FL
Chinese - Mandarin SLA
Classical Greek
French
German
Greek
Hindi
Indonesian
Indonesian FL
Italian
Japanese
Japanese FL
Latin
Punjabi
Spanish
Vietnamese
Pre-requisite Learning
  • Year 5 and 6 courses assume little or no previous language study.
  • Year 7 courses assume little or no previous secondary language study.
  • Year 8 courses are suitable for students who have completed approximately one year of secondary language study.
  • Year 9 courses are suitable for students who have completed approximately two years of secondary language study.
  • Year 10 courses are suitable for students who have completed approximately three years of secondary language study.
  • Accelerated Level 1 courses involve a faster moving program for older beginners with little or no previous knowledge of the language. In Classical Greek, French, German, Indonesian, Latin, Italian and Spanish they lead on to a Year 9 or Accelerated Level 2 course.
  • Accelerated Level 2 courses follow on from Accelerated 1 or Year 8. At completion they lead on to Year 11 VCE Units 1 & 2.
  • VCE Unit 1 is suitable for students who have completed approximately four years of secondary language study. VCE Unit 1 is not a beginners course. VCE Unit 2 follows on from VCE Unit 1.
  • VCE Unit 3 follows on from VCE Unit 2. For credit at VCE level it must be combined with VCE Unit 4.
  • VCE Unit 4 follows on from VCE Unit 3. For credit at VCE level it must be combined with VCE Unit 3.
  • Students should enrol in the language course equivalent to their day school level or the appropriate Accelerated course.
  • Students are not permitted to enrol two or more years above their day school level.
Parents/guardians are welcome to contact the VSL to discuss the most suitable course. Students who are unsure of the level at which they should enrol may ask for a placement test.

NOTE: Students cannot enrol for Second Language courses in VCE Units 3 & 4 Chinese, Indonesian or Japanese until they have made sure that they are eligible to study Chinese, Indonesian or Japanese as a Second Language. Eligibility is sought from VCAA through the student's home school.

Who can enrol in Distance Education?
• Victorian School Based Students
Eligibility Criteria:
  1. The language course is currently not available in the school attended during the day.
  2. A timetable clash prevents students from studying the language of their choice at their home school.
  3. Students who may not be attending a regular school due to overseas or interstate travel, ill health or other difficulties.
  4. All students must be Australian citizens or have residency status according to DET guidelines, otherwise full fee recovery will apply.
  5. A student cannot be enrolled in Distance Education if they are also enrolled at a VSL Centre for the same language in the same year level.
If you have any questions about the enrolment process please contact us on 9474 0500 or 1800 675 872.

Enrolment Procedures:
School based students can only enrol in VSL Distance Education with the support of their regular home school. Parents should contact the student’s home school to discuss this. Once approved, the online enrolment request form must be completed by the home school. VSL Online enrolment request form (Parents cannot complete this form.)

Once the enrolment request has been completed parents will receive an acknowledgement email with an invoice attached. Once paid, enrolment is complete and access to the course will be granted.

Cost:
$160 per student per language for Government Schools.
$560 per student per language for Non Government Schools (includes $400 DET Fee).

• Non School Based Students
Eligibility Criteria:
If you are not able to attend school on a daily basis, you may be eligible to enrol on the basis of remoteness, approved home schooling, medical disability, travel, or other approved reasons. In all cases, a contact address in Victoria is required. All students must be Australian citizens or have residency status according to DET guidelines otherwise full fee recovery will apply. Students under 20 studying VCE in a TAFE Institute also need to enrol online as non-school based students. If you have any questions about the enrolment process please do not hesitate to contact us on 9474 0500 or 1800 675 872.
Enrolment Procedures:
Parents/guardians of non-school based students must contact the VSL Enrolment Officer prior to enrolment. Once approved, parent/guardians should complete the online enrolment form: VSL Online enrolment request form. Once the enrolment request has been completed you will receive an acknowledgement email with an invoice attached. Once paid, enrolment is complete and access to the course will be granted.
Cost:
$220 per language for two semesters.
$110 for one semester.

• Full time students of the Virtual School Victoria (VSV)
Eligibility Criteria:
Students should apply to study VSL languages on the VSV enrolment form, available at www.distance.vic.edu.au. However enquiries about the enrolment levels of the language should be directed to the VSL on 9474 0500 or 1800 675 872. All students must be Australian citizens or have residency status according to DET guidelines otherwise full fee recovery will apply.
Primary:
Year 5 & 6 students already studying with the VSV will also have the opportunity to include languages for beginners in their study program. The VSL is currently offering French, German, Indonesian and Italian in distance mode for upper primary school students.
Enrolment Procedures:
Enrolment of VSV students in VSL classes is made through the VSV enrolment process. Student wishing to study a VSL language subject should nominate the subject when completing the VSV enrolment form. Contact the VSV with any question about the enrolment process. If parents/guardians have questions about the appropriate level for a student contact the VSL enrolment officer.
Cost:
Fees are as detailed in the VSV enrolment information and should be paid directly to the VSV.

• International (or Overseas Full Fee Paying) Students
Eligibility Criteria:
Enquiries about the enrolment levels of the language should be directed to the VSL on 9474 0500 or 1800 675 872. In all schools, the International Student Coordinator should arrange the enrolment. International students enrolled in TAFE colleges are regarded as students of non-government schools and must pay the full fee prior to enrolment.
Enrolment Procedures:
International students attending a Victorian school can enrol in VSL subjects. Students should contact the International Student Coordinator at their home school to discuss and organise enrolment.
Cost:
For students attending non-government schools and TAFE colleges, the International Education Division sets the annual enrolment fee (or pro rata by semester).

• Other Students
Eligibility Criteria:
If you are not eligible for enrolment under any of the categories outlined above, or if you require any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us on 9474 0500 or 1800 675 872.

What you need to study through Distance Education
Studying via Distance Education requires students to be well organised. Each week students must complete one ‘workset’ and submit to their VSL teacher. The time required to complete a VSL ‘workset’ is designed to be the same amount of time required for other subjects at that year level. Courses include:
  • Weekly work: Each week students must complete a set amount of course work and submit it to their VSL teacher, who will then correct and return the work.
  • Oral lessons: Students also have regular ‘oral lessons’ with their VSL teacher. They will practise the language, get feedback on the work they have completed and have the chance to ask the teacher any questions. These are conducted fortnightly on the phone/video conferencing during school hours.
  • Seminars: Many courses, particularly in senior levels, have several day long Seminars throughout the year to help students with their study. They also offer the opportunity to meet the teacher and fellow students. Attendance at Seminars is not compulsory but is encouraged.
  • VCE Formal Assessment: As with all VCE subjects School Assessed Coursework is conducted under exam conditions at the student’s home school. These are organised by the VSL and the home school.
Mode of Course Delivery
The VSL has created a Course App where students can access their weekly course materials and submit their work. Printed course materials are also posted to students.

To use the VSL Course app you will need good internet access and a computer/device with one of the following operating systems:
  • Windows (7. 8, 8.1, 10)
  • Mac OS
  • iOS (iPad only)
Depending on the language course, students will be offered a different mix of online and print materials:

Mailed: printed Coursebook

 

App:

·         download weekly work for submission worksheet

·         access audio tracks

·         upload completed work

·         library of additional resources

 

Regular speaking lesson with teacher

Mailed:

·         printed Coursebook

·         weekly work for submission worksheet

App:

·         access audio tracks

·         upload completed work

·         library of additional resources

 

Regular speaking lesson with teacher

Mailed:

·         printed Study and Revision Notes

·         weekly work for submission worksheet

App:

·         interactive course content

·         access audio tracks

·         upload completed work

·         library of additional resources

 

Regular speaking lesson with teacher

 

Mailed:

·         printed Study and Revision Notes

App:

·         interactive course content

·         access audio tracks

·         upload completed work

·         library of additional resources

 

Regular speaking lesson with teacher

 

French: Years 7 - 10, Accelerated 1

Arabic Year 10

Chinese: Years 7-8

French: VCE Units 1 - 4

German: Years 7 – 10, Accelerated 1 and 2

Arabic VCE Units 1 - 4

Chinese: VCE Units 1-2

German: VCE Units 1 - 4

Indonesian: Years 7 – 10, Accelerated 1

Chinese: Years 9, 10

Chinese SL/A: VCE Units 1– 2

Indonesian: VCE Units 1 - 4

Indonesian FL: VCE Units 1 - 4

Chinese: Units 3-4

Hindi: VCE Units 1 - 4

Italian: VCE Units 1 - 4

Italian: Years 7 – 10, Accelerated 1

Chinese FL: VCE Units 1 - 4

Punjabi: VCE Units 1-2

Japanese: VCE Units 1 - 4

Latin: All levels

Chinese SL/A: VCE Units 3 – 4

Vietnamese: VCE Units 1 and 2

Spanish: VCE Units 1 - 4

Spanish: Years 7 - 10, Accelerated 1 and 2

Classical Greek: Accelerated 1 and 2

 

 

 

Classical Greek: VCE Units 1 - 4

 

 

 

Greek: All levels

 

 

 

Japanese: Years 7 - 10

 

 

 

Japanese FL: VCE Units 3 & 4

 

 

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Phone: +613 9474 0500
Fax: +613 9416 9899
Web: www.vsl.vic.edu.au
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