Footscray Primary School is a member of the Designated Bilingual School Program. DET describe the program on their webpage, Approaches to Language Learning;
'Bilingual education utilises two languages as means of instruction for students, providing them with the opportunity to learn curriculum content in, and through, both English and a target language...Schools in the Designated Bilingual Program offer strong models of bilingual education, leading to biliteracy learning in students that demonstrate high levels of sociocultural, linguistic, academic and cognitive outcomes. Language teachers who offer bilingual education are suitably qualified teachers with native or near native level of language proficiency able to deliver the Victorian curriculum in the target language.' (DET, 2020)
This year, we will launch our Italian bilingual program commencing with Foundation and Year 1 students and continuing with each new Foundation cohort to progress towards a whole school program. Within the program, all students learn 50% of the full Victorian Curriculum in Italian language and 50% in English language.
To learn more about the many benefits of bilingual education, view this short video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HFqBulqjR8
CO.AS.IT Language Assistant
We are grateful to CO.AS.IT who have approved our application for an Italian Language Assistant in 2021. Federica Macusi will join our FPS team this year and work across the Foundation and Year 1 classrooms supporting language learning.
Sorry, there are no vacancies at this time. Recruitment commences via Recruitment Online in Term 3 & 4 for the following year and we will be requiring additional Italian classroom teachers each year as our program expands. Please feel free to email your questions to email@example.com if you are suitably qualified (VIT registration and Italian speaking) and have any specific questions about working at Footscray Primary School.