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Languages Curriculum strands

The content of the Australian Curriculum: Languages is organised through two interrelated strands. These are:

  • Communicating: using language for communicative purposes in interpreting, creating and exchanging meaning
  • Understanding: analysing language and culture as a resource for interpreting and creating meaning.

The strands reflect three important aspects of language learning:

  1. communication
  2. analysis of aspects of language and culture
  3. reflection that involves:
    • reflection on the experience of communicating
    • reflection on comparative dimensions of the languages available in students’ repertoires (for example, the first language in relation to second language and self in relation to others).
A set of sub-strands has been identified within each strand, which reflects dimensions of language use and the related content to be taught and learned. The strands and sub-strands do not operate in isolation but are integrated in relation to language use for different purposes in different contexts.

From The Australian Curriculum: Languages – Content structure

Illustration of practice


Video of BRIDGE school partnerships supporting primary school language learning.


  • Which benefits did the school partnerships have on language learning for students?
  • How did the school partnerships influence changes in the community?

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