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Register of interest

 

Expressions of interest: curriculum writers and experts for languages

ACARA is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced individuals for the role of curriculum writer or expert to assist in the development of the Australian Curriculum in the following languages:

  • Australian Sign Language (Auslan)
  • Classical languages, including Classical Greek and Latin
  • Hindi
  • Turkish

Writers and experts will have:

  • extensive knowledge, understanding and expertise in the area of languages-teaching or related experience in the languages learning area
  • experience in writing and developing curriculum and/or achievement standards within and beyond the classroom
  • language-specific expertise.

The writing team for each language will comprise of two–four writers and five–eight experts and will include people with particular expertise across the stages of schooling Foundation – Year 2, Years 3–6, Years 7–10, in addition to expertise in the specific language.

Final selection of each language-specific writing team will tak account of:

  • writing skills (including use of plain English) and experience in working collaboratively
  • expertise in the area of languages education as well as language-specific expertise
  • representation across the stages of schooling (F–2, Years 3–6, Years 7–10).

Depending on the current employment situation, the selected writers will be contracted or deployed (subject to approval of the current employer) to undertake the writing. They will be required to formally declare any perceived conflict of interests and to give a formal undertaking that they will maintain confidentiality in relation to the project being undertaken.

It is envisaged that the writing of language-specific curriculum will be a staged process. Selection of writing panels for specific languages will occur in accordance with the curriculum development process and timeline for each specific language.

The curriculum development process is managed by ACARA Curriculum staff and includes:

  • writing of draft curriculum
  • ongoing provision of advice and guidance from advisory panels
  • targeted consultation on these materials with national panels of curriculum experts/teachers
  • revising the curriculum in response to advice and consultation feedback.

It is anticipated that during the curriculum development process, writers will meet on a number of occasions, including by teleconference and video conference. Between these times, writers will also undertake activity electronically.

All applicants must also ensure they are available for an induction in ACARA’s Sydney office prior to the commencement of writing, the date of which will be discussed when offers are made to successful applicants.

Lodging an expression of interest

To register, please download and complete the application form (Word 68 kb)and attach your resume and list of referees by 27 October 2014, 5 pm (AEDT).

For further information, contact:

Suzanne Bradshaw, Senior Project Officer, Languages, via email at suzanne.bradshaw@acara.edu.au or
Elaine Byrne, Project Officer, Languages, via email at elaine.byrne@acara.edu.au