Mapping the landscape of language learning in Victorian independent schools

John Tuckfield, DEd

This quantitative study investigated language learning across the independent sector in Victoria, Australia, investigating the language learning of 126,377 students in 202 primary and secondary schools. It then explored issues that arose from the initial investigations into language learning: languages in primary schools, compulsory languages, gender and socio-economic status. Amongst other findings, the research revealed the low frequency and time for lessons in primary schools; associations between SES and language choice and retention rates; and that the gender mix for languages was highly nuanced.


  • Dr Richard Sallis
  • Associate Professor Neryl Jeanneret