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Professional learning for community languages teachers

Free programs for Community Languages Schools
In partnership with the NSW Department of Education, the Sydney Institute for Community Languages Education offers three courses to support development of teachers working in community-languages schools.


Our programs are funded by the NSW government and free to teachers working in NSW Community Languages Schools.

The Sydney School of Education and Social Work is endorsed to provide Professional Development for teachers at Proficient Teacher and Highly Accomplished Teacher levels from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Completing the Community Language Teaching (Foundation) Program will contribute 60 hours of Professional Development, addressing desciptors 1.3.2, 2.1.2, 2.2.2, 3.2.2, 3.3.2, 4.2.2, 5.1.2 and 5.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

This program is not a higher-education award and not a qualification recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework. It is designed to develop and support the careers of people working in community language schools: teachers, administrators and board members.

The Community Languages Teaching – Foundation program is a 60-contact-hour professional-learning program delivered in face-to-face or mixed mode to teachers working in NSW Government-funded Community Languages Schools.

The program will help you to:

  • understand how children learn and develop languages and how to teach them
  • engage and interest students in maintaining and extending their language and cultural abilities
  • plan lessons and assess student learning
  • develop resources and teaching activities that work with a range of students

As part of the program, you will visit mainstream schools to observe teaching. The classroom learning is interactive and practical, giving you confidence and new ideas in working with young children, teenagers and adults.

The program assessment is practical and involves developing resources, behaviour management strategies and classroom activities.

Applications for the 2020 intake of this program have closed.

The advanced program is a 60-hour face-to-face program for community languages schools teachers in NSW who have completed the Community Languages Teaching Program (see above) or equivalent.

The program will help you to:

  • plan units of work
  • develop advanced teaching skills
  • use technology in the classroom 
  • mentor other teachers.

For the assessment, you will research a topic of interest such as developing a school program or designing materials and resources that you will then present to other teachers in the program.

Applications for 2020 intake of this program have closed.

The Community Languages School Leadership and Management Program is a 60 contact-hour program for school principals, leaders and management committees.

You will learn up-to-date ways to teach students and design school programs, as well as develop skills in leading and supporting teachers. There is a focus on learning how to manage schools, organise finances and meet government requirements. 

For the assessment task, you will need to evaluate aspects of your school and develop a plan of action. To assist in this, experienced principals of community languages schools will mentor groups of participants.

Applications for 2020 intake of this program have closed.

Course contacts

Program Director

Associate Professor Ken Cruickshank

Michelle McAlinden

Program Coordinator