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  • $6 MILLION FOR COMMUNITY LANGUAGE SCHOOLS
    $6 MILLION FOR COMMUNITY LANGUAGE SCHOOLS
  • VICTORIAN STATE COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS CONFERENCE
    VICTORIAN STATE COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS CONFERENCE
  • VICTORIA'S CONSULAR CORPS SUPPORT LANGUAGES EDUCATION AND THE ARTS IN A MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY
    VICTORIA'S CONSULAR CORPS SUPPORT LANGUAGES EDUCATION AND THE ARTS IN A MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY
  • ESAQ - AGM
    ESAQ - AGM
  • German Community Language School receives ACT Chief Minister's Canberra Gold Award
    German Community Language School receives ACT Chief Minister's Canberra Gold Award
  • 2013 CULTURAL DIVERSITY WEEK
    2013 CULTURAL DIVERSITY WEEK
  • BLACK HARMONY GATHERING
    BLACK HARMONY GATHERING
  • 2013 FECCA Conference
    2013 FECCA Conference
  • What a difference a day makes - especially our national day
    What a difference a day makes - especially our national day

  • AUSTRALIAN DAY
  • Raising Children in more than one Language
    RAISING CHILDREN IN MORE THAN ONE LANGUAGE
  • Approaches to Researching Language and Identity
    Symposium - Approaches to Researching Language and Identity
  • Australian Citizenship Day Celebration Ideas
    Australian Citizenship Day Celebration Ideas
  • Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence 2012
    Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence 2012
  • TechQuest Awards 2012
    TechQuest Awards 2012
  • 2012 VICTORIAN COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS CONFERENCE
    A GATHERING OF A MINI UNITED NATIONS
  • 10th National Community Languages Schools' Conference
    10th National Community Languages Schools' Conference .. Register Now
  • PERTH VISIT
    PERTH VISIT
  • 2012 National Ukrainian Teachers Conference
    2012 National Ukrainian Teachers Conference
  • 2012 Victorian Community Languages Schools' Conference
    2012 Victorian Community Languages Schools' Conference
  • National Ukrainian Teachers Conference 2012
    2012 National Ukrainian Teachers Conference
  • Why Bilinguals Are Smarter
    Why Bilinguals Are Smarter
  • Multicultural young people take to the airwaves
    Multicultural young people take to the airwaves
  • QUEENSLAND ELECTIONS 2012
    QUEENSLAND ELECTIONS 2012
  • Community Languages schools a possible model for a diverse society in Japan
    Community Languages schools a possible model for a diverse society in Japan
  • STANDING ROOM ONLY AT ETHNIC SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION OF VICTORIA'S GENERAL MEEETING
GREAT BUILD UP TO CULTURAL DIVERSITY WEEK
    Standing room only at ethnic schools association of Victoria’s general meeting
    Great build up to cultural diversity week
  • Community Languages Australia Council votes to reignite National Languages Policy discussions
    Community Languages Australia Council votes to reignite National Languages
    Policy discussions
  • INTERCULTURAL UNDERSTANDING WITH UKRAINE
    INTERCULTURAL UNDERSTANDING WITH UKRAINE
  • ESAQ - AGM
    ESAQ - AGM

Snippets for Bilingual Families Issue 2014 / 3
  • German Film Festival
  • German teachers needed
  • Spanish children's books
  • Spanish playgroup
  • Useful Norwegian link
  • Bilingual story times
  • Creative workshops for German-speaking kids (VIC)
  • Geckos - German community school (VIC)
  • Polly Possum bilingual e-books for children
  • Where to learn German in Victoria?
  • Community events suitable for children (VIC)
  • Learn faster with gestures
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New Macedonian Community School in WA
The Ethnic Schools Association of WA welcomes the Macedonian Community School of WA and extends its best wishes in its continued promotion the Macedonian language, heritage and culture in WA.
Macedonian Teacher Position
The Macedonian Community of Western Australia (Inc.) is seeking a community language teacher to deliver Macedonian language classes after hours (Weekdays/Saturday).... Read More

Recruiting for casual interpreters
Do you know any bilingual speakers
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MEDIA RELEASE $6 MILLION FOR COMMUNITY LANGUAGE SCHOOLS A re-elected Rudd Labor Government will invest $6 million over four years in community language schools to enhance and increase access to quality language education in Australia....
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MEDIA RELEASE VICTORIAN STATE COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS CONFERENCE SHOWS THE DIVERSITY AND STRENGTH OF LANGUAGES EDUCATION IN VICTORIA Many cultures, many faiths, many backgrounds - All in one room focused on one thing - Being better educators
Languages - a skill to take into life, Using technology in the language classroom, Arts and languages education and Implementing the Victorian State Government's ..
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NEWS RELEASE VICTORIA'S CONSULAR CORPS SUPPORT LANGUAGES EDUCATION AND THE ARTS IN A MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY
Victorian Government policies supporting diversity, languages education, community language schools and the arts and ways of cooperating with homeland governments were topics for vibrant discussion at ..
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2013 NSW Federation of Community Language Schools Annual Dinner
Saturday, 15 June at the Cyprus Community Club in Stanmore
Saturday July 6, 2013
The event was attended by 440 people from 33 different language groups that came together to acknowledge the achievements of the community language schools sector in NSW ... Read More

2013 Victorian Community Languages Schools Conference
Theme - Languages – A Skill you take into life - For use in life
Saturday July 6, 2013
Story Hall, RMIT University ... Register Now

2013 NATIONAL COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS CONFERENCE
October 12 2013 - Rydges Hotel Canberra
Theme:
Community languages schools - Partners in delivering languages education in Australia


Snippets for Bilingual Families Issue 2013 / 4
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ESAQ AGM
On 24th April, 2013 the Ethnic Schools Association of Queensland (ESAQ) held its annual general meeting ...
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German Community Language School receives ACT Chief Minister's Canberra Gold Award
On 12 March 2013, Canberra turned 100 years old. On that day, the ACT German Language School received an ACT Chief Minister's Canberra Gold Award. This award recognises individuals and organisations that have been a part of the Canberra community for 50 years or more...
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2013 CULTURAL DIVERSITY WEEK
Cultural Diversity Week is a state-wide celebration of our cultural, linguistic and religious diversity. The Week is held annually to coincide with the United Nations day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March...
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BLACK HARMONY GATHERING
A day of First Nations and culturally diverse art, music, dance, food & more.
SUNDAY MARCH 17, 1-5PM, Faireld Amphitheatre, Faireld Park


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Canberra Region Languages Forum Update
February 2013
1- Languages at the Multicultural Festival in Civic this coming weekend (Friday 8 February - Sunday 10 February 2013)
2- Free language related activities for children at the festival on Saturday 9 Feb and at Gungahlin Library Thursday, 7 and 14 February from 10.30-11.30am
3- A chance to publicise your language programs and find out about local language-related activities at the festival on Sunday 10 feb
4- New language programs at ANU: Diploma of Languages and Portuguese language unit.
5- Free language resources in many languages, including children's books from around the world
6- AIATSIS public forum: language revitalisation, Wed 13 February 2013, 1:30-3.30pm
7- Seminar for families raising children in more than one language, Saturday 23 March, 2pm-5pm, University of Canberra
8- Have your say about the draft curriculum for Italian and Mandarin languages in Australian schools
9- Language conferences in Canberra in July 2013: Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU), 3 -5 July, Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers
10- Associations 5-8 July, National Chinese Teachers' Conference, July 6 and 7
11- News from the telephone interpreter service (TIS) national
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2013 FECCA Conference
Breaking down the barriers: A strength-based approach for a just society.
The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) in conjunction with the Ethnic Communities Council Queensland (ECCQ) and the Multicultural Communities Council Gold Coast (MCCGC) invites
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Bilingual Options
Snippets for Bilingual Families - Issue 2013 / 2
  • When should a speech pathologist be consulted?
  • Bilingual story times
  • Community language events suitable for children
  • Blogspot
  • Italian School Melbourne
  • Parent query: why doesn't she respond?

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What a difference a day makes - especially our national day
by: Stefan Romaniw - from: Herald Sun - January 22, 2013 12:00AM
Australia Day is a good time to party but it's also a good time to ask what we can do to build a stronger society, writes Stefan Romaniw

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RAISING CHILDREN IN MORE THAN ONE LANGUAGE
Sunday December 2, 2012 - Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Melbourne Uni
Raising children in more than one language is a very important process. There are many positive strategies that can be employed. The sessions in this seminar discuss issues

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Canberra Region Languages Forum Update
November 2012
1. Australian Curriculum: languages
2. Meeting to discuss proposed interpreters’ association in Canberra
3. Call for papers, posters and workshop topics for LCNAU colloquium
4 Intergenerational conversation practice for language students
5. National objectives for language education in the Australia in the Asian Century white paper
6. Impending end of the Radio National program Lingua Franca
7. A chance to promote languages at the National Multicultural Festival
8. Ministers for education in ACT government announced
9. Update on the multilingual interactive artwork for Civic Square
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Canberra Region Languages Forum Update
October 2012
1. ACT LANGUAGE POLICY 2012-2016, MANY VOICES
2. A FORUM FOR LOCAL PARENT GROUPS (P&Cs), ESL TEACHERS, AND NEW AND EMERGING COMMUNITIES IN THE ACT
3. ACT COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS OPEN DAY
4. ANU SUPPORT FOR THE TEACHING OF LANGUAGES IN THE ACT REGION
5. COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES TO PROMOTE LANGUAGES
6. ACT LIBARARIES AS LANGUAGE HUBS
7. TRAINING FOR COMMUNITY INTERPRETERS
8. OUR LAND OUR LANGUAGES: LANGUAGE LEARNING IN INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES
9. SYMPOSIUM: APPROACHES TO RESEARCHING LANGUAGE AND IDENTITY
10. ACT EDUCATION DIRECTORATE ACTIVITIES SUPPORTING STUDENT EN-GAGEMENT WITH LANGUAGES.
11. LINGUAELIVE: FREE WEB TOOL FOR TEACHERS TO CONNECT STUDENTS TO PRACTICE EACH OTHER'S LANGUAGES IN PEER TANDEMS.
12 LANGUAGES PROMOTION AT THE NATIONAL MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL
13 CANBERRA: CONFERENCE CAPITAL 2013
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Approaches to Researching Language and Identity
Friday, 9 November 2012 - University of Sydney
This symposium brings together national and international researchers working in the field of language and identity across a wide range of languages, research areas and contexts

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Australian Citizenship Day Celebration Ideas

Australian Citizenship Day is celebrated annually on 17 September. It is an important opportunity for all Australians to take pride in their citizenship and to reflect on the meaning and importance of being Australian.
Communities and organisations are encouraged to celebrate Australian Citizenship this year.

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Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence 2012
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TechQuest Awards 2012
The new closing date for entries is now October 12th 2012
This exciting challenge provides people with a chance to share in $6,000 worth of prizes by demonstrating their digital creativity
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Message to Teachers, Instructors and Administrators
Languages Teaching Scholarships for Language Instructors
As you may be aware the 2012–13 Victorian State Budget provides $6 million over the next three years for Languages Teaching Scholarships. A small number of scholarships are available for aspiring teachers who are currently employed in complementary languages education providers and have native/fluent proficiency in a language and undergraduate tertiary qualifications in any discipline. The attached circular from DEECD provides information about this.
DEECD has requested we provide this information to language instructors in Community Languages Schools who may be interested and eligible to apply . Please circulate to your teachers and instructors.
Stefan Romaniw
Executive Director, Community Languages Australia
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10th National Ethnic Schools Conference
Haven't we come a long way? - Congratulations Ethnic Schools in Australia
The 10th National Community Languages Schools - Ethnic Schools Conference being held in Adelaide today is another signpost, highlighting the success of the ethnic schools program in Australia. ... Read More

MEDIA RELEASE
VICTORIAN STATE COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS CONFERENCE - A GATHERING OF A MINI UNITED NATIONS
Over 400 community languages schools instructors and teachers from over 40 languages attended the State Community Languages Schools Conference at RMIT Storey Hall, Melbourne on Saturday July 7 2012. Some in national dress, musicians providing entertainment, teachers and instructors from all parts of the community met as a mini United Nations to show Victoria's diversity and commitment to languages education
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MEDIA RELEASE
PERTH VISIT
Community Languages Australia Executive Stefan Romaniw visited Perth on 21, 22 June 2012 and together with AFESA Deputy Chair and Ethnic Schools Association of WA President Enzo Sirna attended a number of meetings including a meeting with the Premier of WA to discuss ..
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10th National Community Languages Schools State Conference
Theme: Role of Ethnic Schools in the National Curriculum
Union House,The University of Adelaide - Saturday July 14, 2012
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2012 Victorian Community Languages Schools State Conference
Theme:National Languages Policy: will strengthen languages education in Australia
Storey Hall, RMIT University - Saturday July 7, 2012
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2012 Victorian Community Languages Schools State Conference
Theme:National Languages Policy: will strengthen languages education in Australia
On Saturday June 9 and Sunday June 10 2012 the 18th National Conference of Ukrainian Community languages School teachers was held in Melbourne. The Ukrainian Education Council of Australia headed by Orysia Stefyn coordinated a program of reporting, professional development and information exchange. Teachers from Victoria, NSW and SA attended. The elections of the UECA were also held and Mrs Orysia Stefyn was re elected President.
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Canberra Region Languages Forum Update
June 2012
1. REPRIEVE FOR JAPANESE PROGRAM AT UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA
2. MISSED LITERACY OPPORTUNITY FOR MIGRANT & REFUGEE STUDENTS (EALD REVIEW)
3. TWO EVENTS ON SUNDAY 17 JUNE, 2012
a) Languages Potluck Lunch
b) Traditional German Lantern Walk in Canberra
4. FAREWELL AND THANKS TO TRISH WILKS, Director Learning and Teaching, ACT Education and Training Directorate (ETD)
5. RECLAIMING INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES
6. BILINGUAL CONFERENCE: Thursday 14 June 2012, 8.30am-4.00pm, University of Sydney
7. A CHANCE TO PROMOTE LANGUAGES THROUGH THE NATIONAL YEAR OF READING (NYR)
8. LANGUAGE PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS IN THE CANBERRA REGION
a) Spanish Easy in Reid and Campbell
b) Chinese at the Belconnen Arts Centre
9. PROGRESS ON THE MULTILINGUAL INTERACTIVE ARTWORK FOR CIVIC SQUARE
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Why Bilinguals Are Smarter
by Gray Matter
SPEAKING two languages rather than just one has obvious practical benefits in an increasingly globalized world. But in recent years, scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with a wider .. Read Article

MEDIA RELEASE
Multicultural young people take to the airwaves
With a vision of increasing cultural diversity on Australia’s airwaves, youth project Next Generation Media takes to the air on SYN Media 90.7 FM every Sunday at from 1pm -3pm.
“The Australian media is often dominated by the same few players and to be entirely honest most of them come from a fairly similar background. Rarely do we ever hear from young peopl.. Read More  View Flyer  Photos: 1   2   3

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QUEENSLAND ELECTIONS 2012
ESAQ and CLA are campaigning for increased support for After Hours Schooling Program in Queensland
In the lead up to the Queensland State Elections after hours ethnic schools and ethnic communities are seeking commitments from both parties on issues of languages education and support for the After Hours Ethnic Schools (AHES)program Read More   View Photo

MEDIA RELEASE
Community Languages schools a possible model for a diverse society in Japan
The community languages school model in Australia may form part of new research in developing new strategies in education for promoting diversity in Japan. Read More   View Photo

MEDIA RELEASE
STANDING ROOM ONLY AT ETHNIC SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION OF VICTORIA'S GENERAL MEEETING GREAT BUILD UP TO CULTURAL DIVERSITY WEEK
Over 120 members from over 30 communities attended the Ethnic Schools Association of Victoria's General Meeting held at LMERC in Carlton last night Monday March 5, 2012. Read More   Photos:    1    2    3    4    5

MEDIA RELEASE
Community Languages Australia Council votes to reignite National Languages Policy discussions
Community Languages Australia (CLA) will commence discussions with key stakeholders to reignite the debate for the introduction of a National Languages Policy. Australia last had a National Languages Policy endorsed by the Commonwealth Government in 1987. Read More   View Photo

MEDIA RELEASE
INTERCULTURAL UNDERSTANDING WITH UKRAINE
Victoria's Department of Education and Early Childhood Development connects with Ukraine Let's build the education bridges
Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development's Multicultural Education Senior Project Officer Gary Shaw recently presented at a conference in Ukraine on intercultural understanding and global citizenship. Read More   View Article

MEDIA RELEASE
VICTORIAN SECONDARY SCHOOLS PRINCIPALS PROVIDE INPUT ON COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOL RENTAL AGREEMENT FRAMEWORK
Community Languages Australia (CLA) and the Ethnic Schools Association of Victoria(ESAV) strengthened their partnership with the Victorian Secondary Schools Principals Association (VSSPA) today, Friday February 24, 2012 by inviting ....Read More  View Presentation  Photos:   1  2
GENERAL MEETING OF VICTORIAN COMMUNITY LANGUAGE SCHOOL MEMBERS
MONDAY MARCH 5TH 2012 at 6.00pm/font>
We are convening general meeting of all members on Monday March 5th, 2012 at 6.00pm at LMERC 150 Palmerston Street, Carlton.
We have many important issues to discuss so we encourage your school to send a representative. ... Read More

2012 International Mother Language Day
Languages Australia sends it heartiest greetings on the occasion of the 2012 International Mother Language Day:
This is a good time for us to reflect on the importance of language, the processes of maintaining and promoting languages education.
To our all students, teacher, parents, community workers and policy makers we trust you will have a wonderful day- feeling positive about the fact that you are the custodians of your mother tongue and you have in sense a responsibility to pass on the baton in the future. Are we prepared for this?
Best wishes
Stefan Romaniw OAM, Executive Director Read Article  
Schools join forces to rescue languages
Amanda Dunn, The Sunday Age - February 5, 2012
VICTORIAN schools will form "clusters" to teach foreign languages under a state government plan to turn around the dramatic decline in the number of students learning a second language. Schools this year will also begin teaching core subjects such as maths, science and humanities in a second language as part of an "immersion" program that is the first of its kind... View Article

Challenging the monolingual mindset
In memory of Prof. Michael Clyne - Thursday 23rd February, 2012
RUMACCC 10th anniversary Colloquium and Michael Clyne Lecture
The Research Unit for Multilingualism and Cross-Cultural Communication (RUMACCC) at The University of Melbourne was established by Prof. Michael Clyne, one of Australia's greatest linguists and language activists, in 2002 and reached its ... Register Now   Collaquium Abstract   The Inaugural Michael Clyne Lecture   Symposium Program

Chinese Horoscopes: Dragon
Community Languages Australia wishes you all a very happy Chinese New Year.

In this the Year of the Dragon, let it be a fruitful year filled with luck, harmony, success and inspiration.
To all our students, we wish you a successful 2012 academic year, where you have the opportunity to grow in all aspects of your life.
Stefan Romaniw, Executive Director

Bumpy ride from migrant to minister
The age, Reid Sexton, January 28, 2012
AMONG the thousands of people expected to attend today's inaugural Piers Festival, few will have more attachment to it than the man set to launch it. Port Melbourne's Station Pier, which will host the festival along with nearby Princes Pier, is where Nick Kotsiras landed as a five-year-old in 1964. ... View Article

Piers Festival
a celebration of migration at Station Pier & Princes Pier in Port Melbourne
From the goldrush to wartime, from post-war migration to cruise shipping, Station and Princes Piers have played a pivotal role in Victoria’s growth and offered a gateway to the great diversity of cultures that enrich our community. Multicultural Arts Victoria cordially invites you and your community to join us at the Piers Festival. ... View Flyer
Welcome back to 2012
Wishing you all a great year

Language and cultural diversity
The Age 9-01-2012
Language learning not only increases our ability to communicate, it also helps us understand – and in some cases preserve – cultural diversity. By Ingrid Sanders....

Globalisation has changed the world we live in. It is no longer enough for Australians to speak only English. Instead, to strengthen professional and personal relationships we should be ... View Article

Lance Vertigan
It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that our good friend, colleague and mentor-Lance Vertigan passed away on December 31, 2011. For those who worked with Lance you would agree that he was committed to education, worked hard, was ready to assist , advise and mentor.
He was just 'a good bloke who was great to be with, who inspired others to greater things'. ...

His funeral will be held on Friday January 13, 2012 at 10.00am at the Tobin Brothers Chapel, 294 Burwood Highway, East Burwood 3151 - Melway Reference: 62 B7

To his family and many friends I wish to express my personal and that of Community Languages Australia's deepest sympathy and condolences and simply say -
Thanks Lance for the support, advice and commitment. May you rest in peace!

ACARA - Languages Education Shaping Paper
The next stage of the National Curriculum discussion on Languages Education has been presented and accepted by ACARA We encourage teachers, administrators, students and parents to read the Shaping Paper and make your comments and send to Community Languages Australia sromaniw@bigpond.net.au by January 14, 2012.
Community Languages Australia will make a further contribution to the discussion based on your responses. View Document


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Statistical Figure:

States & Territories Languages Offered Total Students Total Schools
ACT 30 1,861 39
NSW 56 30,440 520
NT 7 1,500 8
QLD 31 6,234 78
SA 46 7,712 94
TAS 6 260 15
VIC 45 38,052 190
WA 17 25,117 28
 
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