The Australian Government funded the National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program (NALSSP) to increase opportunities for school students to become familiar with the languages and cultures of China, Indonesia, Japan and Korea, and also funded the construction of Asian language-learning centres.
The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) contracted Education Services Australia (ESA) to build an online environment that collects and hosts data and facilitates connections between schools that promote the teaching of Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese and Korean languages.
The We Link website that was released in April 2013 enables teachers to:
- register their classroom and view other participating classrooms and institutions
- participate in live video conferences with other classrooms and institutions, and in webinars supporting the teaching of the four NALSSP priority languages
- view exemplar language lessons
- view videos that demonstrate web and video conferencing in the teaching of Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Indonesian languages and meeting the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers in the teacing of languages
- share digital content with all schools via the National Digital Learning Resources Network.
By belonging to the We Link community of practice, teachers and students will be able to participate in an expanded range of web video conferencing opportunities with other teachers, classrooms, institutions and providers for both teaching and professional learning.