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What Works 8: Parents and the learning of Asian languages in schools

Parents and the learning of Asian languages in schools explores 'what works' for schools to empower parents to support their children’s Asian language learning. It comprises eight school illustrations, viewed through a parental engagement lens, and a review of research literature on the positive effects of parental engagement on student learning. The focus on language learning and parental engagement supports two priorities from the Australian Government’s Students First policy.

Analysis of the eight illustrations has identified five key approaches that can strengthen parental support for the learning of Asian languages in schools:

  • build and formalise leadership commitment to parental engagement
  • foster parents’ awareness and positive views of Asian languages and cultures
  • build and sustain parent demand for Asian language learning beyond compulsory years
  • keep parents in the loop about the language programme and their child’s progress
  • provide parents with practical tools to support their child’s language learning.


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  • Essendon North Primary School...more »
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  • Illawarra Sports High School...more »
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  • Overnewton Anglican Community College...more »
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  • St Andrew's Lutheran College...more »


Images: Armidale High School, Essendon North Primary School, Illawarra Sports High School, Overnewton Anglican Community College, St Andrew's Lutheran College, St Columba's College, Tenison Woods College, Tranby College

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