Report

The report describes the rationale, aims, design of the study, test specifications and test materials used to elicit student achievement, the analyses of student achievement, the process used to develop the descriptions of student achievements and accompanying examples, and the findings of the study

The report is in four volumes:

Part 1: Project Report (1.3MB)

Part 2: Descriptions of Student Achievement (3.4MB)

Part 3: Appendices (7.2MB)

Part 4: Exemplars with Commentaries (22.3MB)

Full Report (32.2MB)



Background to the Project


The Student Achievement in Asian Languages Education project was commissioned and funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). It was developed and managed by the Research Centre for Languages and Cultures (RCLC) at the University of South Australia and the Language Testing Research Centre at The University of Melbourne.

The aim of the project was to conduct research to describe the achievements of students in learning particular languages (Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, and Korean) at Year 6/7, Year 10, and Year 12, based on evidence of performance under different conditions (e.g. program type, duration and intensity of learning). The descriptions are designed to characterise performance differences according to language background (i.e. students’ different degrees of prior exposure to the target language).

The project responds to the need in languages education for baseline data on student achievement. That is, it addresses the question of what students actually achieve as a result of learning languages as part of their education in Australia. Addressing the question is necessary, because those involved in the field need to be able to respond adequately to questions of ‘what’ and ‘how well’ students learn in languages education. This in turn is necessary both for referencing and describing learning expectations and for developing community understanding of what can be achieved realistically in a school language learning program.

 

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If you require more information, do not hesitate to contact the Project Directors:

Associate Professor Angela Scarino
Research Centre for Languages and Cultures
University of South Australia
Telephone: 08 8302 4775
Email: angela.scarino@unisa.edu.au

Associate Professor Catherine Elder
Language Testing Research Centre
University of Melbourne
Telephone: 03 8344 5180
Email: caelder@unimelb.edu.au

 


Project team

Dr Noriko Iwashita

School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies, The University of Queensland

Dr Sun Hee Ok Kim

 

Dr Michelle Kohler

RCLC, University of South Australia

Mr Andrew Scrimgeour

RCLC, University of South Australia

Dr Ute Knoch

LTRC, The University of Melbourne

Dr Anne-Marie Morgan

RCLC, University of South Australia

 

Project assistants

Mr Ari Bickley

RCLC, University of South Australia

Ms Anna Dinys

RCLC, University of South Australia

Ms Hyejeong Kim

LTRC, The University of Melbourne

Ms Jamie Mazraeh

RCLC, University of South Australia

 

Project advisory group

Ms Sarah Barron
(March–July 2009)

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Ms Rachael Taylor
(July–December 2009)

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Ms Amanda Day
(January 2010–)

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Ms Josephine Holzner

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Ms Connie Andreana

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria, representing MCEECDYA Languages Education Working Party

Ms Kylie Farmer

Australian Federation of Modern Languages Teachers Associations

Ms Gillian Cordy 

Catholic Education Commission of NSW, representing the National Catholic Education Commission

Dr Antonio Mercurio

SACE Board of South Australia,
representing the Australasian Curriculum, Assessment and Certification Authorities (ACACA)

Associate Professor
Angela Scarino

Project Director

Associate Professor
Catherine Elder

Project Director

 

Language-specific teacher assessor panels

Chinese

Mr Andrew Scrimgeour (Chair)
Ms Marnie Foster
Mr Wei Ha
Ms Jenny Jin
Ms Danying Liu
Ms Faraday Pang
Dr Ning Zhang

Indonesian

Dr Michelle Kohler (Chair)
Ms Vicki Fischmann
Ms Melissa Gould-Drakeley
Ms Ida Harsojo
Ms Lee Pereira

Japanese

Dr Noriko Iwashita (Chair)
Ms Meredith Beck 
Mr Greg Dabelstein
Ms Kylie Farmer
Ms Naoko Nishikawa< style="mso-spacerun: yes"> 
Dr Robyn Spence-Brown

Korean

Dr Sun Hee Ok Kim (Chair)
Ms Hee-Kyoung Lee
Ms Jennifer Lewis


Verification process teachers

Chinese

Mr Lewis Liu

St Ignatius College, Riverview NSW

Ms Weifeng Mao

St Ignatius College, Norwood SA

Mr Michael Shaw

Melbourne Grammar, Vic.

Mr Philip Wilson

Adelaide High School, SA

Indonesian

Ms Diyah Christie

Darwin High School, NT

Ms Andrea Corston

School of Languages, Adelaide SA

Ms Liz Formby

Portland School, Vic.

Japanese

Ms Jessica Clark

Mawson Lakes Primary School, SA

Mr Nathan Lane

St Columba’s College, Essendon Vic.

Dr Robyn Moloney

Macquarie University, NSW

Korean

Ms Mi Kyung Kim

Canberra Montessori School, ACT

Ms Chungsoon Pak

School of Languages, Adelaide SA

 

Expert consultation group

Ms Sarah Barron

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR)

Ms Gabriella Bertolissi

Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

Ms Libby Bond

Queensland Studies Authority

Ms Maree Dellora

Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

Mr David Jaffray

Department of Education and Training (DET) NSW

Ms Josephine Holzner

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR)

Dr Antonio Mercurio

SACE Board of South Australia and
representative of ACACA

Dr Jane Orton

The University of Melbourne

Dr David Reeve

University of NSW

Ms Kristien Sarwo-Rini

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD), Victoria

Dr Seong-Chul Shin

University of NSW

Dr Margaret Silink

Board of Studies NSW

Dr Robyn Spence-Brown

Monash University

Ms Sue Tolbert

Tasmania Department of Education

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