Education projects

From 1976 onwards ISSV had the responsibility of maintaining Slovenian language classes in the Victorian secondary state school system. This involved a range of interrelated activities which included maintenance of classes, curriculum and course development, examinations, promotion and enrollment drives.
STAV and ISSV undertook a range of educational and promotional activities to establish, maintain and develop the teaching of Slovenian language in Victoria:

Developing language and cultural resources and materials for learning Slovenian language and about Slovenian culture for all levels

Slovenian course writing and examination procedures for the Education Department of Victoria and Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA)

Producing teaching, informative and promotional materials about Slovenian language, language teaching and cultural resources

Promoting Slovenian language classes within the Slovenian community, by advertising in the print, sound and electronic media – in Australia, Slovenia and Italy, and through the Internet projects

Promoting exchange by attending the Seminars for Teachers of Slovenian Abroad, organized by the Office for Slovenes Abroad of Republic of Slovenia, the Ministry for Education, Science and Sport of Republic of Slovenia and the Institute for Education of Republic of Slovenia

Coordinating, organizing events and Slovenian resources distribution in association with Slovenian, Australian and other organizations
Providing ISSV publications and archival material to the National and University Library of Ljubljana for library archives

Instructing Slovenian students on the use of the Internet for research and use in the classroom

Research of: Internet technology, educational technology and multimedia instructional design

Introducing the innovative program Webclassroom, a thematic approach to language teaching, using the web resources

ISSV initiated student exchange with Škofijska klasična gimnazija and Škofijska gimnazija v Vipavi for four Australian secondary students of Slovenian in 2002 – 2003. Funding for travel and boarding expenses was negotiated with the Office for Slovenes Abroad. Subsequently three Slovenian students came to Melbourne and spent two months in an Australian secondary college in late 2003.



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.