TAFE students will be able to access more than 1,400 languages across the country over the next four years, according to a report by Australian National University’s Centre for Languages.
Key points:Students can access 1,000 languages across Australia in the next five yearsTafelers can access more languages than ever before over the coming four yearsWith this expansion, the number of languages available in TAFEs will be more than 4,000Tafetalk, for example, now has more than 20,000 TAFes and Tafex channels, and the number has grown by almost 20,00 since the launch of the app in September 2016.
This expansion of TAFe access is significant in a country with fewer than 300,000 active teachers and students.
In addition to the expansion of languages, the new app also offers more online resources, including more information and more videos, in addition to a more powerful app interface.
According to the study, Australians who are fluent in the languages they use in the classroom will benefit the most from the expansion, as well as from TAFegroups, which will provide an additional avenue for sharing TAF e-learning and learning from the internet.
The new apps are the first of a number of expansion plans for TAFs and the language services sector.
The Australian National Institute of Teaching and Leadership (ANITL) has also launched a pilot program for Tafetalks, a TAFTeacher-led initiative.
This pilot program is being rolled out in an effort to expand the TAFeletthe pilot program includes a number more languages, including Mandarin, Hindi, Urdu and Japanese, and a new online community where students can ask for help with TAFesthe online community, which is the first time that TAFelers will be offered a place to share their learning.