Curriculum and Standards Framework (CSF) for LOTE and Slovenian Language

Following the consolidation of the VCE levels 11 & 12, the CSF reform of all levels of school education called CSF began, initially with intensive series of professional development sessions, which included curriculum development.

Skill areas for each field of learning were identified and their separate progress marked for each stage of learning.

A guideline was published for each area of learning, which provided a framework for all curriculum development in the specified learning area.  For languages: Curriculum and Standards Framework for Languages Other Than English (Board of Studies, 1995).

In her role as Assistant Principal, Aleksandra Ceferin planned a strategy for curriculum and professional development for the 40 languages, by developing a CSF Guideline Framework document to be published for each VSL language. The first developed model was Slovenian CSF Guidelines, which was subsequently used to develop other language models. It contained a description of linguistic elements, suitable topics for year levels 4 to 10, a sample topic developed for all levels, a specimen multilevel course outline, a topic planning guide, CSF achievement charts and an extensive bibliography.

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Aleksandra Ceferin
Aleksandra Ceferin

Aleksandra Ceferin (M.A., B.A., Dip.Ed.) has introduced Slovenian language as a school subject in Australian school system and founded the Slovenian Teachers' Association of Victoria in 1976. She has extensive experience in language education: as teacher, lecturer, curriculum coordinator, course writer, language consultant and manager, VCE State Reviewer and Chief Examiner. Since 1998 she has been the President of ISSV and the manager and chief editor of its projects. Aleksandra visits Slovenian annually, establishing and maintaining contacts with Slovenia, and initiating exchanges and cooperation between organizations. In 2004 she was the recipient of the National Education Award of RS Slovenia.