Footscray Primary School has a proud history of language learning. In 2021, we will introduce an Italian bilingual immersion program grounded in evidence of best practice for our incoming Foundation students (and possibly 2021 Year 1 students TBC).
We will also be enhancing our Vietnamese language learning program to provide a high-quality language learning experience for every child at Footscray Primary School. This framework is the beginning of our journey and will be strengthened by our students, our staff, and our community as we move forward together.
Current students at FPS will continue to learn Vietnamese for two hours each week. One of these sessions will be pure language learning and the second will combine language and content learning through an innovative dual teaching approach with another specialist area. This teaching approach is well-evidenced and known as Content and Language Integrated Learning.
100% of 2021 Foundation students will learn 50% of their curriculum in Italian and 50% in English. Students will have two teachers and two classrooms – one for speaking, listening and learning in English, and one of speaking, listening and learning in Italian.
To learn more about teaching approaches to language learning you can visit the Department of Education and Training's website.
Thank you to all those who attended our community meeting in May. Please find the presentation slides via the link below.
Community Meeting Slides
Research undertaken on identifying factors for implementing a successful bilingual program including historial recruitment data, bilingual subcommittee meetings, visits to bilingual schools, attendance at bilingual network meetings.
12 February – Bilingual subcommittee meeting
19 February – School council meeting
28 February – Bilingual update provided in school newsletter
18 March – School council meeting
26 March – Bilingual update provided in school newsletter
7 April - Bilingual newsletter released confirming commitment to re-establishing a successful bilingual program at Footscray Primary School in 2021.
15 April – School council extraordinary meeting
20 April – Second bilingual newsletter released announcing commitment to establish a rich, comprehensive Vietnamese language program to sit alongside a re-established bilingual program with a new target language to be determined through community consultation. Members of school community invited to join the bilingual subcommittee to develop a consultation process with the community.
24 April – School meets with Chairperson, Vietnamese Community Australia, Victoria Chapter; Chairperson Victorian Multicultural Commission; and local member for Footscray.
29 April – School council meeting
22 May – Bilingual subcommittee meeting
25 May – Online community meeting to outline the future of language learning and consultation process for a new bilingual program language. Participants invited to contribute questions for discussion.
29 May – Languages subcommittee (subcommittee name changed to incorporate language and bilingual program)
29 May – Language update provided in school newsletter
5 June – Languages subcommittee meeting
12 June – Languages subcommittee meeting
12 June – Language update provided in school newsletter https://www.footscra.sponsored1.com/uploaded_files/media/june_12.pdf
17 June – School council meeting
19 June – Languages subcommittee meeting
24 June – Bilingual survey opens with notifications to school community on compass and school website. Surveys provided to current and future families in English and Vietnamese, online and in hardcopy.
26 June – Language update provided in school newsletter
15 July – survey closes with over 180 responses from current and future Footscray Primary School families and staff.
17 July – Languages subcommittee meeting
20 July – Presentation by Languages Education consultant to Languages subcommittee
21 July – Languages subcommittee prepares report for school council consideration on future bilingual program target language
29 July – School council meeting
30 July – Language update includes school council decision to deliver Italian as the bilingual program language commencing in 2021.
14 August – Language update in school newsletter
 Languages Provision in Victorian Government Schools, 2018 https://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/school/teachers/teachingresources/discipline/languages/eduState-languages-provision-report-2018.pdf p50