The Victorian School of Languages (VSL) is a government school with a
strong history of commitment to the provision of language programs for
students in Years 1 to 12 who do not have access to the study of those
languages in their mainstream schools. The school`s language program is
delivered through face-to-face teaching in language Centres across the
state and through Distance Education mode. The school had its beginnings
in 1935 when it started Saturday classes at MacRobertson Girls` High
School for pupils who desired to learn modern languages. The first
classes offered were in Italian and Japanese. Currently the VSL offers
over 40 languages around Victoria to 13,000 students in face-to-face
classes and 1600 students in distance education.
VSL students are drawn from three school sectors (State: approximately
70%, Independent: approximately 20% and Catholic: approximately 10%).
The VSL also caters for a number of adults and full fee paying overseas
students. The school is the largest single VCE language provider with
over 4000 VCE students. For many languages the VSL is the only provider
through to VCE level.
Frank Merlino - Principal