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Global schools through languages

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Technology is driving rapid change and creating new ways of doing business no longer bound by borders. Our schools play a key role in setting our students up to engage in the opportunities of a connected and global economy. We are helping students to become global citizens by building their confidence to interact with other cultures and communicate in other languages, with a focus on Asian languages.

Key highlights include:

  • expanding the study of culture and languages from Prep to Year 12 in state schools with a focus on Asian languages
  • developing new ways of teaching languages including using technology
  • marketing Queensland’s education sector internationally.

To learn more about our exciting initiatives and what we have delivered, view the Advancing education action plan (PDF, 2.2MB) and the Advancing education 2020 report card (PDF, 2.8MB) or download the accessible version (DOCX, 109KB).

Our progress

We have made significant progress and built strong foundations for ongoing success by delivering:

Languages for every student
Teaching for a global world
International education

Key: * Aligns to relevant 2017 election commitments and Minister's Charter Letter commitments.


Ideas into action

Japanese bilingual program

Queensland’s first primary Japanese bilingual program began in 2014 with 75 Year 1 students at Wellers Hill State School and extended to Year 6 in 2019.

The children are taught in English 50% of the day and in Japanese 50 % of the day, based on the philosophy of Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL). CLIL takes place in the normal classroom while students learn about science, history or maths, however the teacher presents the topics in a language other than English. Students can use both English and the second language to speak to the teacher, but the use of the second language is encouraged.



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Last updated 20 November 2020