Courses in Australia
offering Slovenian is the Victorian School of Languages in Victoria
(since 1977) and the Saturday School of Community Languages in
New South Wales (since 1979).
For the last twenty years students in Australia have
been able to select Slovenian as one of their Higher School Certificate
subjects (matriculation/high school graduation/matura). They could
select it in preference to any other HSC subject. The Higher School
Certificate (HSC) in New South Wales and the Victorian Certificate
of Education (VCE) in Victoria is the responsibility of an independent
statutory body in each state – the Board of Studies. The Board functions
independently from the Department of Education and the universities,
and has the responsibility for undertaking reforms, setting standards
for all fields of study, publication of requirements, assessment
procedures and methodologies. A committee or reference group is
established for each subject or language, which prepares materials
specific to that subject/language according to the guidelines established
for all subjects by the Board of Studies.
It is Australian government policy to encourage and
support the study of languages to the HSC/VCE level. All languages
are regarded of equal value, since the Board of Studies ensures
equal standards and assessment procedures for all languages. Consequently
the study of Slovenian as one of HSC/VCE subjects is of great advantage
to a student of Slovenian descent, who is familiar with the language.
Bonus points are allotted for language study, which raise the chances
for entry into a preferred course or preferred university. In acquisition
of places at tertiary level or vocational training, the HSC/VCE
certificate is regarded as a considerable advantage, particularly
in Humanities, Business courses, paramedical, tourism and hospitality
Since accreditation of Slovenian as an HSC/VCE subject
about 230 students have selected Slovenian in preference to another
language or other subject.
Slovenian language was introduced by
Aleksandra Ceferin (M.A.,B.A., Dip.Ed), into the Victorian state
school system in 1977. It was the first time that Slovenian language
was an accredited school subject anywhere in the world beyond the
immediate borders of Slovenia. Mrs. Ceferin also established Slovenian
Teachers Association of Victoria (1976). The mission of STAV was
to teach and support the teaching of Slovenian language; to integrate
Slovenian into the standards and methodology of the Victorian school
system; to prepare syllabi, teaching materials and examination papers;
to undertake professional development, participate in school reforms.
The immediate task for Aleksandra Ceferin was to prepare
the documentation and the necessary requirements for the Board of
Studies in Victoria and New South Wales for accreditation of Slovenian
as an HSC/VCE subject. By 1979 Slovenian was accredited by the Boards
of Studies in both states. Scores received for Slovenian “matura”
could be now used to add to the best five subjects scores. Slovenian
was now established as a subject of free choice within the school
system and has been offered continuously since then.
Slovenian classes in Victorian School of Languages
are provided with extensive resources. They have been partly funded
by the school, partly by the Slovenian government, in particular
the cultural institute for Slovenes around the world – Slovenska
At pre-primary and primary level Slovenian is taught
on Sundays in the Slovenian Religious and Cultural Centre in Melbourne,
and depending on demand, in Slovenian clubs. They cater mainly for
the younger children and are well supplied with cultural material
from Slovenia and with textbooks for pre-primary and primary school
children published in Australia.
Institute for Slovenian
Studies of Victoria in Australia (ISSV)
In 1998 STAV was reformed into the Institute
for Slovenian Studies of Victoria (ISSV). This occurred as the
result of new challenges and new role of the association, the
introduction of the computers and the Information Technology into
the school curriculum opening new possibilities and opportunities
for learning Slovenian language and culture.
is the first project of the reformed ISSV. It was published on
the internet in the beginning of 1999. The web site has been conceived
as the web node or entry point for conceptually selected and organized
sources, links and contents for the requirements of study and
broadened presentation of Slovenia, its culture, language and
people. Thezaurus contains selected Slovenian and worldwide links,
webzine Sloveniana, linguistic resources and discussion forums.
It also foreshadows development and inclusion of further projects,
such as on-line course of Slovenian language, archives of Slovenian
art and translations of Slovenian literature.
Webzine Sloveniana represents the content-based contribution
to Slovenian cultural resources, with the evolving ethnographica/cultural
archive of features unique and characteristic of Slovenia – customs,
historical and natural landmarks, arts and crafts, and more.
- Institute for Slovenian Studies of Victoria Inc.
Telephone: 03 9544 0595
Fax: 03 9544 4729
language and cultural archives the site offers direct access to
Slovenia and Slovenes around the world through selected links.
Victorian School of Languages
IN OTHER STATES OF AUSTRALIA
The V.S.L. is a Victorian Government
School with a proud record in teaching Languages Other Than English
since 1935. Currently the V.S.L. offers 40 languages in 32 locations
throughout Victoria, catering for the needs of more than 13 000
students. Slovenian was introduced in 1977, and has been offered
continuously since then.
In Victoria students receive a systematic grounding
in Slovenian language with the aim of achieving the Victorian
school Certificate standard, and to stimulate interest in Slovenian
language and culture. The courses are characterized and enriched
by a strong cultural content, which covers unique features of
Slovenian culture, interesting places and landmarks, major historical
events, literary and other culturally significant texts.
Primary and secondary school students and VCE candidates
from Government and non-Government schools as well as adults may
enrol. Enrolment takes place in the first Saturday in February
at the beginning of the school year.
Students attend classes every Saturday from 9:00 am
to 12:20 pm during school terms at the
V.S.L. Centre at Princes Hill Secondary College, North
Carlton, 3054, Melbourne.
For information contact Tel: 03 9414 0641
Saturday School of Community Languages,
For information contact Tel: 02 9644
and Cultural Centres in Adelaide, Melbourne & Sydney and Slovenian
clubs across Australia
offer classes for primary age children,
whenever there are enough children and depending on the availability
of teachers. In all the centres there are annual celebrations
and festivities. An important feature are children's performances
with songs, plays, recitations and dances.
Contact the Slovenian centre/club in your city or town
for further information.
Courses in Slovenia
There are a number of courses available
for study of Slovenian, the majority in Ljubljana. There is also
an attractive summer course in Koper.
The Centre for Slovenian as a Second/Foreign Language at the Faculty of Arts at Ljubljana
offers one year Slovenian language
course - Celotno solo slovenskega jezika, which begins in October.
Applicants also have a choice of shorter courses, a half-year
course, short winter and summer school, afternoon courses and
I nternet: http://www.ff.uni-lj.si/center-slo/index-eng.html
7th Summer Courses of Slovene Language
on the Slovene Coast Portoroz, 31st July
– 13th August at
Znanstveno in raziskovalno sredisscce republike Slovenije, Koper.
offering summer courses in Portorozz, on the Slovenian coast. They
are two-week courses of 40 lessons. Participants can also select
from a number of themes: history, folklore, folk music, literature,
theatre and film.
ZRS KOPER - POLETNI TECCAJI prof. Vesna Gomezel Mikolicc, Garibaldijeva
18, 6000 Koper, Slovenija tel/fax 386 66 272 317 or 271-702; e-mail:
Education and Sport
is offering a number of scholarships for participation
in these courses. Applications with a short biography, if possible,
with a recommendation by a Slovenian association.
Courses in USA and Europe
There are a
number of university courses and programs in USA and in Europe outside
Slovenia, focusing on linguistic and literature studies and commonly offered as a study option.
Aleksandra Ceferin, Thezaurus (Melbourne 2000)