- Year 7 courses assume little or no previous secondary language study.
- Year 8 courses are suitable for students who have completed approximately one year of secondary language study.
- Year 9 courses are suitable for students who have completed approximately two years of secondary language study.
- Year 10 courses are suitable for students who have completed approximately three years of secondary language study.
- Accelerated Level 1 courses involve a faster moving program for older beginners with little or no previous knowledge of the language. In Classical Greek, French, German, Indonesian, Latin, Italian and Spanish they lead on to a Year 9 or Accelerated Level 2 course.
- Accelerated Level 2 courses follow on from Accelerated 1 or Year 8. At completion they lead on to Year 11 VCE Units 1 & 2.
- VCE Unit 1 is suitable for students who have completed approximately four years of secondary language study. VCE Unit 2 follows on from VCE Unit 1.
- VCE Unit 3 follows on from VCE Unit 2. For credit at VCE level it must be combined with VCE Unit 4.
- VCE Unit 4 follows on from VCE Unit 3. For credit at VCE level it must be combined with VCE Unit 3.
Parents/guardians are welcome to contact the VSL to discuss the most suitable course. Students who are unsure of the level at which they should enrol may ask for a placement test.
NOTE: Students cannot enrol for Second Language courses in VCE Units 3 & 4 Chinese, Indonesian or Japanese until they have made sure that they are eligible to study Chinese, Indonesian or Japanese as a Second Language. Eligibility is sought from VCAA through the student's home school.
Who can enrol in Distance Education?
• Victorian School Based Students
- The language course is currently not available in the school attended during the day.
- A timetable clash prevents students from studying the language of their choice at their home school.
- Students who may not be attending a regular school due to overseas or interstate travel, ill health or other difficulties
- All students must be Australian citizens or have residency status according to DET guidelines, otherwise full fee recovery will apply.
- A student cannot be enrolled in Distance Education if they are also enrolled at a VSL Centre for the same language in the same year level.
If you have any questions about the enrolment process please contact us on 9474 0500 or 1800 675 872
School based students can only enrol in VSL Distance Education with the support of their regular ‘home’ school. Parents should contact the student’s home school to discuss this. Once approved, the online enrolment request form must be completed by the home school. VSL Online enrolment request form
(Parents cannot complete this form.)
Once the enrolment request has been completed parents will receive an acknowledgement email with an invoice attached. Once paid, enrolment is complete and access to the course will be granted.
$160 per student per language for Government Schools.
$560 per student per language for Non Government Schools (includes $400 DET Fee).
• Non School Based Students
If you are not able to attend school on a daily basis, you may be eligible to enrol on the basis of remoteness, approved home schooling, medical disability, travel, or other approved reasons. In all cases, a contact address in Victoria is required. All students must be Australian citizens or have residency status according to DET guidelines otherwise full fee recovery will apply. Students under 20 studying VCE in a TAFE Institute also need to enrol online as non-school based students. If you have any questions about the enrolment process please do not hesitate to contact us on 9474 0500 or 1800 675 872.
Parents/guardians of non-school based students must contact the VSL Enrolment Officer prior to enrolment. Once approved, parent/guardians should complete the online enrolment form: VSL Online enrolment request form
. Once the enrolment request has been completed you will receive an acknowledgement email with an invoice attached. Once paid, enrolment is complete and access to the course will be granted.
$210 per language for two semesters.
$105 for one semester.
• Full time students of the Distance Education Centre, Victoria (DECV)
Students should apply to study VSL languages on the DECV enrolment form, available at www.distance.vic.edu.au. However enquiries about the enrolment levels of the language should be directed to the VSL on 9474 0500 or 1800 675 872. All students must be Australian citizens or have residency status according to DET guidelines otherwise full fee recovery will apply.
Year 5 and 6 students already studying with the DECV will also have the opportunity to include languages for beginners in their study program. The VSL is currently offering French, German, Greek, Indonesian and Spanish in distance mode for upper primary school students.
Enrolment of DECV students in VSL classes is made through the DECV enrolment process. Student wishing to study a VSL language subject should nominate the subject when completing the DECV enrolment form. Contact the DECV with any question about the enrolment process. If parents/guardians have questions about the appropriate level for a student contact the VSL enrolment officer.
Fees are as detailed in the DECV enrolment information and should be paid directly to the DECV
• International (or Overseas Full Fee Paying) Students
Enquiries about the enrolment levels of the language should be directed to the VSL on 9474 0500 or 1800 675 872. In all schools, the International Student Coordinator should arrange the enrolment. International students enrolled in TAFE colleges are regarded as students of non-government schools and must pay the full fee prior to enrolment.
International students attending a Victorian school can enrol in VSL subjects. Students should contact the International Student Coordinator at their home school to discuss and organise enrolment which requires completion of the enrolment form issued by the International Education Division of DET
For students attending non-government schools and TAFE colleges, the International Education Division sets the annual enrolment fee (or pro rata by semester).
If you are aged 20 or over on January 1 in the year of enrolment, you should contact us to discuss enrolment. You can contact us on 9474 0500 or 1800 675 872. Students under 20 studying VCE in a TAFE Institute need to enrol online as non-school based students. Adult students may enrol in VCE courses if they are at that level. Please note that numbers of adult enrolments are strictly limited. VCE courses are available for all the languages offered. You can contact us on 9474 0500 or 1800 675 872.
Adults wishing to study at the VSL must contact the VSL Enrolment Officer to discuss enrolment. If approved, the prospective student can then complete the enrolment form. An acknowledgement email will then be sent with an invoice attached. When payment has been made the enrolment is complete and access to the course will be granted.
Coursework Cost is $560 per language for two semesters or $280 for one semester. Please note: In addition, the student will need to purchase course books from a bookstore. Details will be given after enrolment.
• Other Students
If you are not eligible for enrolment under any of the categories outlined above, or if you require any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us on 9474 0500 or 1800 675 872.
What you need to study through Distance Education
Studying via Distance Education requires students to be well organised. Each week students must complete one ‘workset’ and submit to their VSL teacher. The time required to complete a VSL ‘workset’ is designed to be the same amount of time required for other subjects at that year level. Courses include:
- Weekly work: Each week students must complete a set amount of course work and submit it to their VSL teacher, who will then correct and return the work.
- Oral lessons: Students also have regular ‘oral lessons’ with their VSL teacher. They will practise the language, get feedback on the work they have completed and have the chance to ask the teacher any questions. These are conducted on the phone/video conferencing during school hours.
- Seminars: Many courses, particularly in senior levels, have several day long Seminars throughout the year to help students with their study. They also offer the opportunity to meet the teacher and fellow students. Attendance at Seminars is not compulsory but is encouraged.
- VCE Formal Assessment: As with all VCE subjects School Assessed Coursework is conducted under exam condition at the student’s home school. These are organised by the VSL and the home school.
Mode of Course Delivery
Different VSL course are delivered in different ways:
Moodle based courses
Printed Workbooks that include course notes and exercises are posted to students. Students complete a ‘Workset’ each week and post their work back to the VSL where teachers mark their work. Workbooks have an accompanying CD with required listening tracks.
These courses also have an associated ‘moodle’ webpage with electronic copies of the workbooks and listening tracks. The webpage may also contain additional resources such as links to relevant learning websites, activities and study and revision notes. The electronic version of the Workbooks can also be completed ‘on screen’ and submitted online. Once enrolment is complete students will receive login details to access web resources.
Access to a computer is not essential for these courses – but is preferable.
In 2017 the following courses will be offered through this mode:
- Chinese: Years 9, 10, VCE Units 1 - 4
- Chinese FL: VCE Units 1 - 4
- Chinese SLA: VCE Units 1 – 4
- Classical Greek: Accelerated 1 and 2
- French: Years 7 - 10, Accelerated 1 and 2, VCE Units 3 & 4
- German: Years 7 – 10, Accelerated 1 and 2
- Greek: All levels
- Indonesian: Years 7 – 10, Accelerated 1
- Indonesian FL: VCE Units 1 - 4
- Italian: Years 7 – 10, Accelerated 1
- Japanese: All levels
- Japanese FL: VCE Units 1 - 4
- Latin: All levels
- Spanish: Years 7 - 10, Accelerated 1 and 2, VCE Units 3 - 4
VSL Course ‘App’
The VSL course app takes the place of printed workbooks. Once installed, students login and can access all course material through the ‘app’. This has the advantage of integrating audio and interactivity. Most work is completed and submitted through the app.
To use the VSL Course app you will need good internet access and a computer/device with one of the following operating systems:
- Windows (7. 8, 8.1, 10)
- Mac OS
- iOS (iPad only)
In addition students completing courses offered through the app are mailed printed booklets of key resources to support their study. These include Grammar Summaries, Reading Texts, Wordlists etc.
When a student’s enrolment is complete they will be sent details on installing and using the app.
In 2017 the following course will be delivered through the VSL Course app:
- French: VCE Units 1 & 2
- German: VCE Units 1 - 4
- Indonesian: VCE Units 1 - 4
- Italian: VCE Units 1 - 4
- Spanish: VCE Units 1 & 2