At the launch of the Love of Languages website at Parliament House this evening, Minister for Education Martin Dixon and Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Matthew Guy announced a re-elected Napthine Government will increase community language schools per student rate from $190 to $210 and for the first time expand community languages to four year-olds.
Minister Dixon and Minister Guy also recommitted the Napthine Government’s Vision for Languages Education, which was released in 2011, during the Love of Languages website launch. Mr Dixon and Mr Guy were joined by Hawthorn great Robert “Dipper” Dipierdomenico, journalist Helen Kapalos and other Language Ambassadors
Mr Dixon acknowledged the importance of learning a second language early and the positive impact it can have on a student’s first language and broader education.
“What better way to prepare our young Victorians for a life living, working and studying around the world than providing them with the opportunity to start learning a second language before they start school,” said Mr Dixon.