Community Languages Australia

Australian Federation of Ethnic Schools Associations Inc.


2022 National Community Language Schools Day

Every year, on the third Saturday of May, is National Community Languages Schools Day.

"WE LOVE OUR SCHOOLS" - students across Australia featured in videos

Students across Australia shared short messages, which were captured in two video compilations.

CLA NEWS 29/2021


CLA Annual Report 2020 now available

CLA's Annual Report for 2020 reflects on a year with unique challenges and adjustments.

CLS Teachers Invited to AFMLTA Focus Groups

The AFMLTA is currently developing a national languages education plan and strategy for Australia. Community Language School Teachers are invited to focus groups to provide input and feedback in August. Please make sure to share the information and register your interest.

MASTERCLASS Workshops for language teachers

The NSW Federation of Community Language Schools is offering FREE Community Language Teacher MASTERCLASSES with some of the leading academics in the field - starting tomorrow!

The June 2021 Canberra Regional Languages Forum Update

A short update with some language-related activities and news for your information shared by the Canberra Regional Languages Forum.

The 15th of May is Community Language School Day! All schools are asked to submit a short video.

We encourage all schools to use the day to acknowledge the importance of their school and their achievements. As part of this year's Community Language School Day, we ask all schools to submit a short video of students saying "Hello! We love our school!", in their own language into the camera.



Important - NATIONAL LANGUAGES POLICY - Principals, Teachers and Instructors Need to Provide Input - 2nd Survey

Urgent - please complete the 2nd survey and share it across your community language school teaching community! We are requesting principals and administrators send the information below to all their staff and encourage them to complete the survey by NOVEMBER 10,2020.

Minister Tudge's Media Release on Funding for Community Language Schools

A total of 364 community language schools across Australia will receive a base payment of $1,500 and a per capita payment of up to $60,000 in grant funding. The grants can be used to support their operational costs such as staff wages, teaching materials and resources, as well as professional development programs. Please read the Hon Alan Tudge MP's full release here.

All CL School Teachers - Invitation to Contribute to National Languages Strategy (AFMLTA) - Survey I NOW OPEN

An important opportunity for community language schools to contribute. Teachers of languages in schools or community language programs are encouraged to participate in a series of 3 online surveys to be conducted across Semester 2, 2020 to inform development of the national plan and strategy.

National Project - The Commonwealth Funded CLA for the Coordination and Support of Community Languages

CLA is funded by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment to deliver a 4 years project 2019-2022. Specifics are outlined in this article and in the attached project plan.

CLA's Recent Planning and Monitoring Activities

This article provides an overview of CLA's recent planning and monitoring activities, which it regularly undertakes to further improve its operational effectiveness.

National Survey - Parental Attitudes at Community Language Schools

Parents are a key stakeholder who can provide a comprehensive view into the experience of community language learning of their children in community language schools. This Report a first of its kind in Australia and commissioned by Community Languages Australia attempts to probe deeper into current issues. Find the full report and a summary of key outcomes here.

The 2020 Forum, a National Roundtable for Languages Policy Discussion

To facilitate national discussion around a national languages policy and the place of languages in education, CLA brings academics and members of the Department together at "the Forum". Take a look at outcomes in the report attached to this article.


NATIONAL LANGUAGES STRATEGY Get All Teachers to Participate in a National Survey by the AFMLTA to Shape the Future of Languages Education in Australia


ACT NEWS 1. ACT THE FIRST AUSTRALIAN PARLIAMENT TO BEGIN EACH SITTING DAY IN AN INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE. From 30 July 2020, the Acknowledgement of Country by the speaker at the start of each sitting day of the ACT Legislative Assembly will be in the Ngunnawal language. The wording has been determined in consultation with the United Ngunnawal Elders Council.

Contact Us

Community Languages Australia

Executive Officer: Fahry Abubaker

L2, 189 Faraday St,
Carlton Vic 3053

Phone: (03) 9349-2683
Fax: (03) 9349-26893