Professional learning for community languages teachers

High-quality programs for community languages schools
SICLE offers a range of programs for teachers working in community-languages schools, in partnership with the NSW Department of Education


The Community Languages Teaching – Foundation program is a 60-hour professional-learning program for teachers working in NSW Government-funded Community Languages Schools. Applications for the Semester One 2024 course (lessons commencing mid-February) close on Sunday, January 21.

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

All delivery modes of the Foundation Program include a visit to a mainstream school to observe teaching. This experience is interactive and practical, giving you confidence and new ideas in working with young children, teenagers and adults. A NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) is a mandatory requirement for this component of the program. Information about applying for WWCCs is available online at Service NSW. Applying for a WWCC can be completed online at the Office of the Children's Guardian at  

Students undertaking the Foundation Program are assessed on their practical skills, including developing resources, behaviour-management strategies and classroom activities.

The advanced program is a 60-hour program for community languages schools teachers in NSW and those who have completed the Community Languages Teaching Program – Foundation (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.

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.

Language teacher with a student