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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 6 Hansard (11 May) . . Page.. 2209..


Schools—language programs

(Question No 134)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 24 March 2009:

(1) Which schools are offering the eleven new language programs offered in ACT primary schools in 2009, referred to by the Minister in the Legislative Assembly on 11 February 2009, Hansard page 685.

(2) What languages are being taught in each program.

(3) How many students are attending each language in each program.

(4) What is the average weekly classroom exposure of students to each language in each program.

(5) What teaching resources, both human and materials, have been allocated to each program.

(6) What teacher training was provided prior to introduction of the new programs.

(7) On what basis, including but not limited to community consultation, were the new programs introduced.

(8) What is the total cost for each program.

(9) How is the cost for the programs funded.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) and (2) The eleven primary schools offering new language programs are:

  • Italian: Arawang Primary School
  • Japanese: Bonython Primary School, Evatt Primary School, Fraser Primary School and Gowrie Primary School
  • Spanish: Duffy Primary School, Richardson Primary School and Theodore Primary School
  • Indonesian: Garran Primary School
  • Mandarin: Latham Primary School and Kingsford Smith School.

(3) and (4) All students in years 3 to 6 have one hour of language instruction per week in the language offered by the school. This is in accord with the commitment the ACT Government announced in 2008 and is now a requirement under the Department of Education and Training's Curriculum Requirements for Schools Policy.

(5) Each school has a fully qualified language teacher and has received five staffing points to help establish the program. They have also received a resources grant of $1,000 to purchase additional teaching resources. Each school will be able to apply for further grants of $2-3,000 in term 2 2009. In addition, all schools teaching Japanese, Italian and Mandarin have been provided with a scope and sequence document. In term 2, Garran Primary School will have an Indonesian language assistant.


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