VATS constitutes a point of contact for advice regarding the commencement and/or implementation of a Spanish language program in government schools all around Victoria. We embrace a great and productive relationship with community counterparts and organisations representing the Spanish speaking world such as consulates of varied Spanish speaking nations as well as local and international education related institutions and individuals. From its beginning VATS has been delivering professional development to support school language teachers to implement and deliver a Spanish language programs. Every year, VATS strives for identifying the professional learning needs of our members translated into conferences, seminars, workshops, networks and school-based support. 

The Victorian Association for Teachers of Spanish was founded in Melbourne at the beginning of the 80's after discussions with teachers who saw the need for such an organization. By 1985 it had a small number of active members. Now with a powerful promotion of quality programs and the provision of current research-based initiatives, Spanish has flourished in Victoria. Our strategic plan involves: leadership capacity, increase collegiality and networking, teaching support for effective program delivery and student outcomes, replicate success from one school to another, advise to Spanish language teachers and school leaders on resources, current language teaching methodology and instruction that works and share of expertise. To achieve these, we plan a variety of professional learning opportunities for teachers and student learning activities to promote the outstanding teaching and learning of Spanish in Victoria.

Aims
VATS would like to promote:
Quality teaching of the Spanish Language in Victoria.
The cultures and traditions of the Spanish-speaking countries.
Bilingualism (Spanish/English) in our community.
Intercultural understanding for all Australians

VATS is proudly supported by The Education State and Department of Education and Training logo