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Professional learning for community languages teachers

High-quality programs for community languages schools
In partnership with the NSW Department of Education, we offer a broad range of workshops and courses to support development of teachers working in community-languages schools.


The Community Languages Teaching – Foundation program is a 60-contact-hour professional-learning program for 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

In 2021, all lessons will be conducted via Zoom, although there is provision for two of the scheduled lessons in each program to be held as face-to-face sessions (subject to prevailing Covid-19 health orders).

Most lessons will be three hours long (5–8pm)  on Thursday nights for 17 weeks from March 25 to August 19.

An intensive program that can be completed in 9 weeks is also available on Sundays, commencing May 2 and concluding July 18. The hours of the Sunday program are 9am–4pm.

As part of the Foundation program, subject to Covid-19 restrictions, 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 2021 intake of this program have closed.

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.

Applications for the 2021 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 the 2021 intake of this program have closed.

Program Director

Professor Ken Cruickshank



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