Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Evaluating and improving language programs

About this Illustration of Practice

Three teachers of Indonesian meet to evaluate an assessment task that they have attempted to adapt from a previous unit of work. The assessment task has been reused within a new unit on ‘friendship’ which has as its underpinning, the development of intercultural understanding. The teacher, who is a curriculum leader at the school as well as a classroom teacher, wants to ensure that the task enables students to achieve anticipated linguistic and intercultural outcomes.


Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.6
Evaluate and improve teaching programs
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Work with colleagues to review current teaching and learning programs using student feedback, student assessment data, knowledge of curriculum and workplace practices.
  1. How do you use different sources of evidence to evaluate teaching and learning programs in your own school?
  2. How do you support colleagues to improve teaching and learning programs based on evidence about the extent to which programs are engaging and challenging?
Macarthur Anglican School (Secondary)
New South Wales
Year level
Year 8
Related subject
Stage of schooling
School type
Non Government
School location
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This illustration captures footage of the team of teachers at Macarthur Anglican School, Cobbitty, NSW, as they undertake a collaborative evaluation of a completed unit of work for Year 8 Indonesian. The teachers are able to draw upon feedback from students and student assessment data to effectively evaluate the task’s effectiveness for teaching and learning. In evaluating the task, they informally discuss a range of criteria. When analysing the data, the teacher is able to identify aspects such as student engagement and enjoyment, and distinguish between intercultural knowledge and understanding.
Content provider
Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations (AFMLTA)

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