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Community Languages Australia welcomes the Andrews Labor Government strong election commitment to strengthening community language school education by announcing a boost in funding of $7.5 million over 4 years if re-elected.

The announcement was made yesterday by Minister for Education the Hon James Merlino, Minister for Minister for Early Childhood Education, Jenny Mikakos and Steve Dimpolous Member for Oakleigh during visits to Greek community languages schools and by the Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott and Neil Pharaho Candidate for Prahan in a visit to a Chinese community language school. The Premier reiterated the commitment whilst outlining a series of election commitments at Federation Square.

The three-part election commitment package includes:
    • a first – Support for early childhood and preschool-aged children in community language schools,
    • a per capital increase to all students by $30.00 bringing the per capita funding to $245 per year and
    • additional $100,000 for professional development, training and administration.

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2018 SBS National Languages Competition

October 15 - November 18

The SBS National Languages Competition is back and it’s going to be bigger and better this year, starting Monday 15 October 2018. The competition is open from Monday 15 October until Sunday 18 November 2018.

SBS calling out to all language teachers to involve their students to send in a photo of a person, place or activity showing the possibilities created by learning a language.
Watch the video below and visit for the latest information and resources. If you have any questions, please contact Ms Neda Erjaei by email (

15Th National Community Language Schools Conference & Conference Dinner

Saturday October 6, 2018
OUR LADY’S COLLEGE, 15 Chester Road, Annerley QLD 4103

Theme: Community Languages – New Horizons in language and cultural maintenance

Keynote Speakers:
  • Dr Maria Gindidis – Monash University
  • Prof Rolly Sussex University of Queensland

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2018 Victorian Community Languages Schools Conference

Theme: Community Language Schools – Challenges and Opportunities in Languages Education
Sunday July 8th, 2018 at Storey Hall, RMIT

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2018 CLS Accreditation Process

In 2018, all accredited community language schools will be required to apply for reaccreditation for a three-year period (2019-2021). To assist schools in the preparation of their applications, a number of information sessions have been planned (please refer timeline below). Attendance at these information sessions is mandatory.
In the meantime, information about the reaccreditation process can be found at:

Please note that guidelines for the 2018 reaccreditation process are currently being updated. Principals will be notified of the updated guidelines in early 2018.

  • Information sessions(choose ONE date to attend): Tues 27 March OR Wed 28 March 2018
  • Reaccreditation applications due (all CLS): Tue 31 July 2018
  • CLS notified of outcome of reaccreditation applications: End of Dec 2018

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2018 CLS Grant Application

Community language schools are required to submit an online application for per capita funding via the online grants management system ‘SmartyGrants’.
Information sessions about the new process, including a demonstration of SmartyGrants, will be held in early February (please refer timeline below). Attendance at one of the information sessions is mandatory if your school will be seeking funding in 2018.

  • Information sessions(choose ONE date to attend): Tues 6 February 2018 OR Thurs 8 February 2018
  • 2018 funding applications due: Mon 19 March 2018
  • CLS notified of outcome of funding applications : May 2018
  • Payment of per capita funding grants to schools : June 2018

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SBS National Languages Competition Awards

In Sydney at SBS National Languages Competition Awards with Federal Minister for Education and Training The Hon Senator Simon Birmingham, SBS CEO Michael Ebeid and NSWFCLS President and Vice President Albert Vella and Lucia St. John's . Congratulations to all participants and winners. Community Languages Australia is proud to be associated with SBS in promoting language and culture.

Language and Literacy Research Hub Seminar

The Language and Literacy Education Research hub seminar in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education is holding its second seminar on Thursday 20th April, 5.30 to 6.45.
In public debate, language and literacy education is increasingly nominated as the answer to a number of urgent global policy problems including global economic growth, the challenges of technological innovation, national and regional economic competitiveness, stable democratic governance and individual human rights and participatory citizenship.

Although Language and Literacy education is recruited to these causes, it is not always clear what is meant by language and literacy education, what contribution it can reasonably make to addressing these challenges, what success would look like or what trade-offs there might be between sometimes competing goals.

In this seminar series, presenters will reflect on three overarching questions:
  • 1. What is language and literacy education for?
  • 2. How do we know if it is achieving its aims?
  • 3. What constitutes evidence in the assessment of language and literacy achievement?

The question for our second seminar is: Is academic literacy failing to keep pace? Addressing multilingualism, interculturality and multimodality in a changing education landscape. Our presenters will reflect on their own work and engage with four broad questions in relation to the needs of all students:
  • 1. What is the most urgent issue?
  • 2. Why does it matter?
  • 3. Why hasn’t it been dealt with yet?
  • 4. What should we do next?

Presenters: Prof. Liz McKinley, MGSE, (Focus: Indigenous engagement and academic literacy)
A/Prof. Paul Gruba, School of Languages and Linguistics, (Focus: Literacy and translingual listening)
Dr Mahtab Janfada, MGSE, (Focus: Pedagogy and academic literacy)
Trent Newman, MGSE, (Focus: Academic literacy in multilingual spaces)

Details:Thursday 20 April, 5.30 - 6:45pm
Room 219 - Level 2, 234 Queensberry Street, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne

Effective learning networks and collaboration around outcomes - useful links and key success factors

In relation to how schools and stakeholders build effective learning networks and collaboration around outcomes, the following fourteen links may be of interest. With each link, a key success factor (for optimising collaboration, co-design, personalisation and outcomes in student learning, development, health and wellbeing) is also profiled (in green). All fourteen factors are included in a table at the end of the note. :

Urgent Public Meeting

All Community Languages Schools are invited to attend an urgent public meeting held on Monday December 5th, at 6.00pm at our new offices COASIT building (Entry from University St, Carlton).

There are number of issues that need to be discussed.

Child Safe Standards Compliance
The most pressing is your school’s compliance with Child Safe Standards Compliance. Schools must respond to this issue and have relevant documentation ready by January 1, 2017.
As you will recall, this matter was raised at our State Conference in July this year and subsequently we are conducting Child Safe Standards Training Sessions. If you have not enrolled, we strongly advise you to attend one of these sessions (Nov 7th, Nov 16th and Nov 22nd). Compliance in this matter is mandatory. It has been legislated by Parliament and schools MUST COMPLY.
Failure to do so will result in schools (who are not compliant) WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE for FUNDING.

As you are aware schools pays a per capita levy to CLA/ESAV to cover insurance, assist with professional development, subsidising the annual conference and assist with administration costs.
Currently the levy is $6.00 per capita. We are writing to seek your support for a $1.00 increase to be taken out the $25.00 increase which we were able to negotiate to bring the total per capita funding to $215.00 from 2017.

The additional funding would be used for research and enhancing our work. We will present the reasons in more detail at the meeting.

Raising Children in More Than One Language seminar

A FREE seminar for parents, early childhood and pre-school workers, teachers, grandparents and others interested in bilingualism and multilingualism for children at home and elsewhere. ..


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ESAV New Location

The Ethnic Schools Association of Victoria office will be relocated on September 2nd to a new venue 189 Faraday St, Carlton, VIC, 3053.

The contact details will remain the same and hopefully the phone line will be active again shortly.

For urgent message you can email us on or call 0422178062.

2016 Accreditation Process

The Department of Education and Training (DET) has made a change to the accreditation process for community language schools.
The Research Unit for Multilingualism and Cross-Cultural Communication (RUMACCC) has been appointed to help undertake the accreditation/re-accreditation of community language schools on its behalf.

Community Languages Australia / ESAV facilitated Two Information Sessions (2/9/2016 & 5/9/2016) conducted by RUMACCC staff to explain the accreditation guidelines.

CLA/ESAV will provide schools the necessary assistance to prepare and submit their applications for re-accreditation.
The closing date for applications for re-accreditation is 31 October 2016 .

Nominations open: Victoria's Multicultural Awards for Excellence 2016

Who are Victoria's 2016 Diversity Heroes?

Do you know an inspiring individual or organisation that has demonstrated extraordinary passion and commitment in promoting cultural diversity in Victoria?
Presented by the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Victoria's Multicultural Awards for Excellence shine a spotlight on people and organisations who are making a difference. ..



SBS National Languages Competition 20 June - 29 July 2016

SBS has partnered with Community Languages Australia to launch the SBS National Languages Competition to encourage and celebrate a love of learning languages in Australia.

SBS is offering a new focus to encourage and celebrate a LOVE OF LEARNING LANGUAGE in partnership with Community Languages Australia and the Ethnic Schools Association of Victoria.


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2016 Victorian Community Languages Schools Conference

Saturday July 9th, 2016 at Storey Hall, RMIT


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ESAV End of Year Message

What an exciting, successful and busy year it was …

ESAV has conducted many successful activities this year; here is a snapshot:

  • Membership record (204 schools)
  • 700 teachers attended the Professional Developments Sessions
  • 293 successfully completed the Teacher Training Courses
  • 124 completed the First Aid, Anaphylaxis and Asthma Courses
  • 34 successfully completed the Cert IV in Community Languages Teaching
  • 509 attended the 2015 Victorian Community Languages Schools Conference
  • 69 VCE Single Language Provider

ESAV also assisted Community Languages Schools with:
  • Grant Application
  • Schools Accreditation
  • Rental
  • Conflicts

2016 will also be a busy and hopefully successful year, we have plan for many activities.
As for this year which is nearly ending, some schools are busy preparing for 2016 while others are ready to enjoy the end of year holiday and upcoming celebrations. I wish you all colleagues, teachers, administrators, principals, parents and of course our students, the best in the coming festive seasons and look forward to working with you in 2016.

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2016 Grant Application for Community Languages School

Prior to the beginning of Term 1, 2016, accredited organisations will receive, via email, an Excel spreadsheet containing the school’s 2015 student enrolment data. This spreadsheet will only contain student data that the Department was able to confirm through its verification process.

To claim the per capita funding for 2016, organisations will be required to:
  • 1. Delete 2015 Year 12 school students from the spreadsheet
  • 2. Confirm and/or amend existing student details
  • 3. Add new eligible students to the spreadsheet.

Further details and instructions will be sent to all accredited organisations in January 2016.
For all CLS queries please email:

Deputy Premier and Minister for Education - Support for languages education

The Education State sets out the Andrews Labor Government's commitment to support all students to reach their potential by giving them access to quality education regardless of their location, learning needs or backgrounds. This includes expanding and strengthening languages programs in Victorian schools.

Language education is one of the eight learning areas that all Vcitorian are required...

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2015 German Saturday School Open Day

Saturday 12th September 2015
The German Saturday School is once again having an Open Day on the 12th September 2015 at Clifton Hill Primary School, 185 Gold St, Clifton Hill VIC, 3068
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Cert IV in Community Languages Teaching

Community Languages Australia has embarked on another professional development initiative to assist community language teachers. The Certificate IV in Community Languages Teaching is now taking enrolments for Semester 2, 2015. This course will assist participants to develop necessary skills to work effectively across a range of teaching activities and provide quality teaching and learning outcomes at your school.
Please read the information carefully and consider whether you wish to apply. Places are limited so it is important to review the material below before expressing interest.

2015 Victorian Community Languages Schools Conference

Saturday July 4th, 2015 at Storey Hall, RMIT

Over 500 participants listened to the Acting Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino offer the Andrews’ Government support for languages education and for community language schools.
Inga Peulich Shadow Spokesperson for Multicultural affairs also spoke about the importance of languages in building communities and offered the State Opposition’s support. Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Finance Robin Scott sent a strong message of support.
An array of speakers including Dr Marian Gindidis – Monash University , Stefan Romaniw Community Languages Australia , Nic Abbey VICCSO, Dr Lynda Sydor Petkovic Geelong ECC, Dr Teresa De Fazio Coordinator of the Cert IV Program spoke about the future the challenges and the opportunities in the community languages education sector. Their presentations will be posted on our website as will a full wrap up of the conference. Tassos Douvartzides Chair of AFESA offered a vote of thanks. AFESA Council members from throughout Australia also attended.
Also in attendance were OMI (WA) representatives Catherine Colvin and two teachers from WA community languages schools who were awarded bursaries to attend.
A wide range of workshops were presented by highly professional group of presenters.
Multicultural Arts Victoria provided the cultural entertainment. A highly successful conference supported by highly committed and dedicated teachers and instructors who work in their community for their community and for Victoria and Australia.

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    New process for 2015, DET is trialling of an electronic CLS student data collection process for 2015 to:
    • Improve and streamline the per capita funding process
    • Reduce manual processing, allowing for quicker and more efficient processing of data
    • Eliminate anomalies that may be missed through manual checking
    • Enable earlier calculation and payment of grant entitlement to CLS than is currently possible
    • Save resources and time for all

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Community Languages Australia has embarked on another professional development initiative to assist community language teachers. We are pleased to announce the Certificate IV in Community Languages Teaching course. This course will assist participants to develop necessary skills to work effectively across a range of teaching activities.
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Community Languages Australia, with support of the Victorian Government and the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, is proud to launch a motivational, aspirational website aimed at promoting the learning of language. As a communication tool, it sits within the Victorian Government’s Vision For Languages Education 2013-25.. ..
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Activity Calendar


Professional Development:
VCE Study Design for Victorian Second Languages

Co.As.IT, Italian Centre, Carlton at 6.00pm


2018 Victorian Community Language Schools Conference

Storey Hall, RMIT


Professional Development:
Incorporating speaking in the language lesson

Co.As.IT, Italian Centre, Carlton at 6.00pm


Professional Development:
Speaking skills: debating

Co.As.IT, Italian Centre, Carlton at 6.00pm


Training Course :
LOTE Methodology Ph1&2 Vietnamese

VU Uni, Footscary Campus


Training Course :
LOTE Methodology Course Chinese Ph2

RMIT Uni, City Campus


Training Course :
LOTE Methodology Course English Ph1

RMIT Uni, City Campus


Training Course :
LOTE Methodology Course Chinese Ph1

RMIT Uni, City Campus


Training Course :
LOTE Methodology F - Yr 10 Course

Monash Uni, Clayton Campus


First Aid Level 2 Training

Co.As.It, Carlton


CPR First Aid Level Training

Co.As.It, Carlton


Anaphylaxis Training

Co.As.It, Carlton


Asthma Training

Co.As.It, Carlton

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