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2014 SEMESTER 2 - ESAV ACTIVITIES


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VICTORIAN 2014 STATE COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS - RECORD NUMBERS IN ATTENDANCE Theme: Community Languages Schools Where language and culture come together -Strengthening quality provision

Victoria's community language schools teachers and instructors came out in force to attend the 2014 State Community languages school Conference held on Saturday July 5 2014 at RMIT Storey Hall. ..
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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, Fair¬eld Amphitheatre, Fair¬eld 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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2013 SEMESTER 1 - ESAV ACTIVITIES


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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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

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
Welcome back to 2012
Wishing you all 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

2011 SEMESTER 2 - ESAV ACTIVITIES


MEDIA RELEASE
OVER 40 COMMUNITIES TO MEET AT NATIONAL COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS CONFERENCE FOR THE BENEFIT OF AUSTRALIA
Partners in delivering languages education in Australia
Storey Hall, RMIT, Melbourne

Over 400 community languages schools instructors and teachers from over 40 languages will attend the 9th National Community Languages Schools Conference at RMIT Storey Hall Swanston Street, Melbourne this Sunday July 3, 2011 commencing at 9.30am. Read More  View Flyer  View Photos  

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9TH NATIONAL COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOL CONFERENCE
Partners in delivering languages education in Australia
Storey Hall, RMIT, Melbourne

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MEDIA RELEASE
$16.3 MILLION BOOST FOR COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS OVER FOUR YEARS ANNOUNCED IN VICTORIAN COALITION GOVERNMENT'S 2011-12 BUDGET
Victoria' community languages schools welcomed the announcement of an increased investment of $16.3 million over the next four years for the community languages schools program The 2011 - 12 Victorian Budget has increased per capita support by $70 .to a total of $190 per year per student. "This is a sound investment in Victoria's social , education and economic future," Community Languages Australia's, Executive Director, Stefan Romaniw said today.
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AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM - LANGUAGES
Have your say: Draft Shape of Australian Curriculum - Languages

If you wish to comments on the ACARA draft paper please send your views to Community Languages Australia, afesa@netsol.net.au by March 31 View Draft Policy


2011 SEMESTER 1 - ESAV ACTIVITIES


YOUTUBE -- GREEK AMERICAN
The Importance of Language

The story of Greeks attending ethnic school and their reflections. You could substitute Greek for any language and receive similar reactions.
Worth viewing... View Video

MEDIA RELEASE
Baillieu Government Ministers reinforce commitment to languages education in Victoria

Victorian Minister for Education Martin Dixon and Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras met with over 150 community languages schools representatives from over 30 communities last night at Richmond Town Hall and reinforced... Read More  View Photos

MELBOURNE LANGUAGES PINIC
Come and 'taste' our city's talks of life

Sunday, 20th March, 2011
Edinburgh Gardens, North Fitzroy View Flyer
STATE ELECTIONS POSITION OF POLITICAL PARTIES SUPPORT FOR COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS
Community Languages Australia (CLA) and the Ethnic Schools Association of Victoria (ESAV) welcome the election commitments announced by the Liberal - National Party Coalition on Saturday November 6, 2010 and by the ALP on Saturday November 13, 2010.

Political Parties' Position:
  • COALITION: Increase Per Capita Grant to $190 Per student
  • LABOR: Increase Per Capita Grant to $200 over the course of the next 4 years.
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Bi-lingual resources launched for teaching human rights

A set of human rights education resources in two languages were launched by Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes,.... Read More     View Photos     Publications: Parent Guide   Leader Resource   Student Homebook   Student Workbook   Teacher Manual

2010 Victorian Community Languages Schools Conference
Saturday July 3rd, 2010
Theme: Community Languages Schools – The Home of: Language, Culture and Social Inclusion

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LANGUAGES MUST BE PART OF THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM
As the Education Revolution program is being rolled out, the position of languages in the curriculum is becoming a talking point and for some a concern.

The first elements of the National Curriculum are now in the public domain for consultation. English, Mathematics, Science and History are the first areas to be released. .. Read More


Introducing Being Me: Knowing You: An innovative curriculum resource for teachers
A partnership project with Community Languages Australia
This project involves the development of a curriculum package of human rights educational resources for use with Year 7 to 9 students.. Read More


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MEETING WITH VICTORIAN CURRICULUM AND ASSESSENT AUTHORITY - SMALL CANDIDATURE LANGUAGES CALL FOR MORATORIUM ON SUSPENSION OF LANGUAGES
A meeting was held with the VCAA today to express concerns of the number of small candidature languages that may drop off the VCE program due ...... Read More


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AUSTRALIA – UKRAINE TIES IN EDUCATION
Executive Director of Community Languages Australia, Stefan Romaniw OAM recently met with the Minister for Education of Ukraine Mr Volodymyr Vakarchuk in Kyiv...... Read More


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NATIONAL COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOL CONFERENCE AND CELEBRATION OF ESAV 20th ANNIVERSARY
A worthwhile and great present!!

Community languages school teachers and instructors in Victoria and nationally showed their commitment again by attending the 7th National Community .... Read More    Photo: 1   2   3   4
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ACT ETHNIC SCHOOL TEACHERS HOLD ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL WORKSHOP
A strong number of teachers again attended a very exiting teacher workshop in Canberra on Wednesday night 22 July 2009. The theme was Developing our students communicative competence .....Read More


7TH NATIONAL COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS CONFERENCE AND CELEBRATING THE 20TH ANNUVARSARY ETHNIC SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION OF VICTORIA
SATURDAY JUNE 27, 2009
Asia Education Centre, University of Melbourne
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LANGUAGE PICNIC
Do you have language interests?
Come along to Melbourne’s first ever

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COMMUNITY LANGUAGES AUSTRALIA CALLS FOR SUPPORT TO ASSIST VICTIMS OF VICTORIAN BUSHFIRES
Community Languages Australia sends it deepest sympathy to the families and friends who have lost their love ones in the horrific Victorian Fires. We hold close to our hearts those who have lost their properties and .... Read More


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WHY SHOULD MY CHILD LEARN A LANGUAGE
by Sharyne Rankin

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AUSTRALIA DAY IS FAST APPROACHING COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS GET INVOLVED!!
Australia Day is fast approaching January 26, 2009

Community Languages Australia encourages all its members, the thousands of schools, students, teachers and the communities around Australia to get involved in the celebrations.... Read More    Photo: 1

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INTRODUCING VICTORIA’S NEW STATE DIRECTOR FOR IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP
JOSE ALVAREZ

The Australian Federation of Ethnic Schools Associations (AFESA) / Community Languages Australia (CLA) Council met in Melbourne on Saturday January 17, 2009.... Read More    Photo: 1

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AFESA – COMMUNITY LANGUAGES AUSTRALIA COUNCIL MEETS IN MELBOURNE
Securing support for languages education funding

The Australian Federation of Ethnic Schools Associations (AFESA) / Community Languages Australia (CLA) Council met in Melbourne on Saturday January 17, 2009.... Read More    Photos: 1  2  3  4  5

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The 6th National Conference of Community Languages Australia in Perth Sets Direction for National activity

Over 150 participants from all States and Territories had the opportunity to network, increase their overall understanding of languages education and cultural maintenance programs.... Read More  View Conference Program   Photos: 1  2  3  4  5  6

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QUEENSLAND ETHNIC SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION HOLDS STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSION

The Ethnic Schools Association of Queensland (ESAQ) Executive met last night Thursday 23 October 2008 at the LOTE Centre to plan for 2009 and beyond... Read More  Download Strategic Plan   Photos: 1  2  3

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ACT ETHNIC SCHOOLS TEACHERS ATTEND WORKSHOP

A two hour work shop for ethnic school teachers in ACT was held last Wednesday October 15 2008. The Presenter was Dr Elke Stracke TESOL/Foreign Language ... Read More   Photos: 1

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FIRST NSW STATE CONFERENCE OF COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS HAILED A HUGE SUCCESS

The first NSW State Community Languages School Conference held on Saturday October 11, 2008 at Epping Boys High School, Eastwood attracted interest from many participants... Read More   Photos: 1  2  3

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DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER FOR EDUCATION JULIA GILLARD MEETS WITH COMMUNITY LANGUAGES AUSTRALIA

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education Julia Gillard met with representatives of Community Languages Australia and the New Chinese Culture ... Read More   Photos: 1  2

6TH NATIONAL COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS CONFERENCE
2008 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF LANGUAGES
SATURDAY OCTOBER 4, 2008 @ PERTH

National Conference --- $35
Catholic Education Office of Western Australia
National Conference Dinner --- $85
University of Western Australia
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RAISING CHILDREN BILINGAULLY SEMINAR
Sunday August 31, 2008
The Sidney Myer Asia Centre
Cnr Swanston Street and Monash Road
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URGENT MEETING TO DISCUSS NEW Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) RREGULATION FOR VCE PROVIDERS
MONDAY JULY 21, 2008 @ 6.00pm LMERC Carlton

All community languages Schools VCE Providers are invited to attend a very important meeting of community languages schools in Victoria that offer VCE to discuss the new regulations
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HAVE YOUR SAY ABOUT YOUR ORGANISATIONS, ESAV & COMMUNITY LANGUAGES AUSTRALIA
MEMBER SURVEY

Now tell us what you think is working and would should happen and what could improve in the Community Languages Schools school sector.
What do you want from the ESAV and Community Languages Australia?
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COMMUNITY LANGUGES SCHOOLS PARTNERSHIP WITH IMMIGRATION MUSEUM

Community Langusges Australia., the Ethnic Schools Association of Victoria and the The Immigartion Museum of Victoiria have formed a partnership. Community languages school teachers were presented witha range of practical options...
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GREAT NUMBERS EXPERIENCE SUCCESSFUL VICTORIAN STATE COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOL CONFERENCE

Close to 400 community languages school teachers / instructors and administrators representing more than 25..... Read More   Photos:   1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11
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VICTORIAN COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS MEET TO DISCUSS NATIONAL ASIAN LANGUAGES AND STUDIES SCHOOL PROGRAM (NALSSP)
Chinese, Japanese and Korean Community languages schools authorities in Victoria met last night Wednesday July 2, 2008 at LMERC to discuss a major component of the Australian Government’s Education Revolution the new languages education program titled National Asian Languages and Studies in School Program (NALSSP)..... Read More   Photos:   1  2
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WHAT WILL GLOBALIZATION DO TO LANGUAGES?
A FREAKONOMICS QUORUM

By Stephen J. Dubner
The headline says it all, although the unspoken question is: Will globalization indeed result in the hegemony of English, as has long been promised/threatened?
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QUALITY ASSURANCE A FRAMEWORK WORKSHOP IN MELBOURNE – A SELL OUT

Over 90 teachers and instructors attended the Quality Assurance Framework Implementation Workshop at LMERC in Melbourne last night. The large room had standing room only.... Read More   Photos:   1   2   3   4
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ONLINE Opinion
Australian e-journal social and political debate Multilingualism and multiculturalism

From the perspective of a Canadian, the current discussion on language education in Australia is very interesting - primarily because many of the questions being raised about the viability of language education have arguably been answered by other international experiences.
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TURKISH LANGUAGE OLYMPICS UNITE CHILDREN FROM AROUND THE WORLD

The Community Languages Materials Project was officially launched by In Colombian traditional dress, a girl speaks with a Yemeni boy. The Colombian girl says she has been learning Turkish for one year. A spectator interrupts: "How come you can speak it so well?" ... Read More
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QUALITY ASSURANCE FRAMEWORK SESSIONS FOR COMMUNITY LANGUAGE SCHOOLS - JOURNEY CONTINUES

Quality Assurance Framework Workshop sessions continue to attract interest from community languages schools in Australia
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VICTORIAN COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS EDUCATION ROUND TABLE
HELD ON MAY 16, 2008 in MELBOURNE

The Minister for Education, The Hon Bronwyn Pike MP opened the Round Table on Community Languages Schools Education in Victoria last Friday May 16, 2008 at the Old Treasury Building in Melbourne.
Read More   Presentation: Stefan Romaniw  Carol Kelly  Statement of Commitment   Photos: 1  2  3   4   5   6


The Leadership Australia Resource Guide
The Leadership Australia Resource Guide was developed by the Australian Multicultural Foundation as an outcome of our Leadership Australia - a New Generation Program.
Although it was developed for young Australian Muslims, we believe the resource guide itself can be helpful to all young people.

The purpose of the guide is to assist young people with contacts, networks, information and opportunities to engage in further community activities. The National Leadership Australia - a New Generation program is funded by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
Click here to download the Guide


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CHANGES IN STATE ASSOCIATION LEADERSHIP – QUEENSLAND AND ACT

We say farewell and thank you to Narendra Nand as President of ESAQ and Emiliana Afeaki as President of ESA ACT. Both have served AFESA well and we look forward to their continued support.
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LEARNING A LANGUAGE IS NOT JUST WORDS
The Melbourne Age, Matthew Davies - April 28, 2008
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It is in Australia's best interest to look beyond speaking only English.
THE 2020 Summit missed half of the problem: Australia's weakness in foreign languages comes from widespread problems of attitude. Overcoming bad attitudes is crucial to mastering languages. How could Australians miss the publicity for Prime Minister Rudd's command of Mandarin? And what does it say of Australian identity and our place in the world when such pride and curiosity greet a public figure who has mastered another tongue very different from his first language of English?
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A LANGUAGE IS A WINDOW TO ANOTHER WORLD
The Age, Joseph Lo Bianco - March 26, 2008

The study of other languages is important as English becomes more prevalent.
IN 2004 I took part in a joint conference of the US departments of education and defence. In the wake of 9/11, languages were a major concern:
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Language skills push for schools

The Age, Farrah Tomazin - March 24, 2008
THE Federal Government is moving to significantly increase the number of students graduating with foreign language skills by pushing the states towards a nationally consistent language curriculum.
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WOLLONGONG LAUNCHES NEW COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOL MATERIALS DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

The Community Languages Materials Project was officially launched by Hon. Linda Burney, Minister for Fair Trading, and Minister for Youth, and Minister for Volunteering on ... Read More   Photos: 1  2

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MESSAGE FROM THE HON BRONWYN PIKE MP , MINISTER FOR EDUCATION TO VICTORIAN COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS

I wish Community Languages Schools a warm welcome to 2008. This year, the Year of Languages as proclaimed by UNESCO, will provide us all with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the value of language learning. ... Read More

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POSITIVE DISCUSSIONS IN FURTHERING LANGUAGES EDUCATION AND ROLE OF ETHNIC SCHOOLS IN ACT MINISTER HARGREAVES PROVIDES LEADERSHIP IN MOVING DISCUSSION FORWARD TO NEW LEVELS

Languages education and the role of ethnic schools as complementary providers received a boost in the ACT at a meeting between ... Read More

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR
Community Languages Australia wishes all our Chinese speaking communities together with broader community languages school population a
2008 is the YEAR OF THE RAT

People born in the Year of the Rat are noted for their charm and attraction for the opposite sex. Read More

Dr Zhongjun Cao RIP
On the 22nd January 2008, Dr Zhongjun Cao an active members of our community languages schools sector and the Ethnic Schools Association Victoria, teacher at Mt Waverly Chinese Ethnic Schools was attacked returning from work at Footscray Park., Zhongjun was admitted to Royal Melbourne Hospital in a critical condition into the ICU with very serious head injuries, from which he did not regain consciousness. He passed away on Saturday 26 January 2008. The Community Languages Australia and the Ethnic Schools Association Victoria extends its condolences to his wife, daughter and relatives. Police have made arrests and will be charging people this week. Read More

COMMUNITY LANGUAGES AUSTRALIA
WISHES YOU A HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY !!

Get involved, Celebrate what’s great!
CHECK FOR ACTIVITIES IN YOUR STATE OR TERRITORY Click here

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AFESA COUNCIL HOLDS TWO DAYS OF MEETINGS

The Australian Federation of Ethnic Schools Associations (AFESA) Council met in Melbourne on January 18 & 19 2008. The Executive met on Friday to examine current strategic ... Read More
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MONOPOLY BOARD

VOTE AUSTRALIA CITIES AND THE LANGUAGE (COUNTRY) YOU ARE LEARNING
International Board Game to be produced in 37 languages ....
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MEETING WITH VICTORIAN MINISTER FOR EDUCATION THE HON. BRONWYN PIKE

Community Languages Australia and Ethnic Schools Association of Victoria representatives Stefan Romaniw and Tassos Douvartzides recently met with the Victorian Minister for Education the Hon Bronwyn Pike.... Read More
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DIVERSE LANGUAGE SKILLS WILL OPEN THE WORLD TO AUSTRALIANS

The Age, Professor Michael Clyne
IN 2008, the International Year of Languages and the European Year of Inter-cultural Dialogue, many countries will be reflecting on their achievements in these areas and what can be done better. On such occasions, Australia is often cited as a nation that has achieved a unique identity based on cultural diversity, successful integration, harmony, and inclusiveness. ....
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WELCOME TO 2008 - THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF LANGUAGES

Community Languages Australia wishes you, your family and all our co workers a successful and prosperous 2008. 2008 is the International Year of Languages. This is a great opportunity for all who see languages as a most important ingredient in strengthening our educational, social, economic make up to work in partnership. ....
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TEACHER TRAINING COURSE
SEMESTER 2 AUGUST TO OCTOBER 2007
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5TH NATIONAL ETHNIC SCHOOLS CONFERENCE
Community Languages Schools - Connecting Communities

Saturday, October 6, 2007
Centre for Teaching and Learning - CANBERRA
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MEDIA RELEASE
Languages and cultures education: Keys to a globalised world and social cohesion

On Saturday, 7 July, 400 Community Language School teachers gathered at the 2007 Victorian State Community Language Schools conference at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology...... Read More   Photos:    1   2   3   4   5   6   7
Presentation:    Quality Assurance   Internet Based Technology    DeBono    Six Thinking Hats   
Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowships (ELTF)
Awards will be available to practising and pre-service (trainee) teachers.
Applications will close on Friday, 20 July 2007. Awards will take place over a three-week period from December 30, 2007 to January 23, 2008..
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AFL WORLD – AN EXPERIENCE FOR COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS

Last Thursday I visited AFL World - and met with the Education Officer Paul Zappa and one of the AFL Multicultural Development Officers Peter Romaniw who initiated the visit.

The purpose was to develop stronger links with the AFL and see how community languages schools could use this resource... View Media Release


Lost in translation: language crisis targeted
The AGE, Saturday June 2, 2007 By Farrah Tomazin

STUDENTS from primary school to year 10 would be required to study a second language as part of a national push by university chiefs to stem the language "crisis" in schools... View Media Release    Read Article


VICTORIAN COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS STATE CONFERENCE
Saturday, JULY 7, 2007 - 10.00am
RMIT – STOREY HALL SWANSTON STREET MELBOURNE

A great program including - the following -
  • Tony Cook – General Manager Strategic Policy and Research, Department of Education –The Future of Education in Victoria and Role of Languages
  • The Child Safety Commissioner, Bernie Geary OAM
  • Dr Bob Carbines and Dr Tim Wyatt QUALITY ASSURANCE FRAMEWORK Implementation at school level
  • Representatives of AFL, Cricket Australia
  • Workshops
  • Distribution of Operational and Administrative Procedures Manual for Community Languages Schools CD
  • Cultural program
  • Networking Opportunities
View Brochure    Register Now


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LANGUAGES LANGUISH IN SCHOOLS: REPORT

The Melbourne Age Today
FOREIGN language teaching in schools has been neglected over the past decade as Federal Government rhetoric about Australian values and the "downgrading of multiculturalism" have turned the nation more inward..
Media Release    Visit Website


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REPORT KEY FINDINGS – COMMUNITY LANGUAGES IN UK

Please find attached for your information, a document released by the National Centre for Languages (CILT) in the UK. This document presents some key findings of a survey (conducted in 2005) of community languages in Britain.
Their website is also worth visiting: www.cilt.org.uk
Thanks to Lia Tedesco for providing this information ... Read More

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FIRST AID COURSES FOR VICTORIAN COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOL TEACHERS AND INSTRUCTORS

Fifty Seven ethnic schools teachers and instructors successfully completed Level 1 First Aid Course this week and another sixty are ready to join in coming weeks.... Read More   Photos:   1  2  3

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MEETING WITH NEW MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP THE HON.KEVIN ANDREWS

The new Minister for Immigration and Citizenship The Hon Kevin Andrews met with Victorian Community leaders last night (3 April 2007) at a function hosted by... Read More

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VICTORIAN EDUCATION MINISTER SUPPORTS LANGUAGES EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS

The Ethnic Schools Association of Victoria (ESAV) and Community Languages Australia recently had the opportunity to meet with Victoria’s new Minister for Education The Hon John Lenders and deliver a briefing on.. Read More

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VICTORIAN VIETNAMESE COMMUNITY LANGUAGES NETWORK CONDUCTS ONE DAY SEMINAR

Over 100 teachers and instructors participated in a one day Vietnamese Network Professional Development Seminar held on Saturday March 10, 2007 ..
Read More     Photos:   1  2
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LEARN AN ASIAN LANGUAGE OR FLUNK SCHOOL: VANSTONE

EVERY child in Australia should learn Mandarin or Bahasa Indonesia until year 12, Senator Amanda Vanstone believes... Read More   View Website

First Aid Courses:
Training Provider: South West Training Services Pty Ltd
Curriculum – Our course includes:
  • Duty of care
  • Legal requirements
  • Workplace hazards and risks
  • Resuscitation
  • Airway management
  • Bleeding control
  • Infection control
  • Shock
  • Decision making
  • Communication skills
  • Basic anatomy & physiology
View Brochure    Download Registration

Walk together at same speed:
A forum to dialogue...a cultural journey

A grass-root initiative based conference to be hosted by Victoria’s African communities
Be part of the inaugural African Resettlement in Australia 2007 Conference, to be held at the University of Melbourne from 11–13 April 2007.. Read More

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COMMUNITY LANGUAGES AUSTRALIA COUNCIL MEETS IN CANBERRA

The Australian Federation of Ethnic Schools Associations (AFESA) - Community Languages Australia Council met in Canberra on 20 January 2007 to discuss national issues.. --Read More
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WELCOME TO 2007 COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS YEAR

Community Languages Australia welcomes you back to the 2007 school year and wishes all those learning, teaching, supporting and cooperating with community languages schools in Australia every success in 2007...... Read More

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VICTORIA’S COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS STUDENTS AMONGST THE BEST OF THEM AT VCE

In excess of 70 students from 31 different Community Languages Schools in Victoria were amongst the VCE 2006 TOP SCORERS published in today’s Victorian Newspapers..... Read More   View List

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2006 POSITIVE YEAR IN CONSOLIDATING COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS SECTOR IN AUSTRALIA
AFESA COUNCIL MEETING REVIEWS ITS ACTIVITY

2006 has been a year of consolidation and crystallisation of direction and positioning for Community Languages Australia... Read More

VICTORIAN ELECTION COMMITMENTS
ALP Multicultural Affairs Launch in Victoria:
The ALP has agreed to offer a $20 per capita increase and an additional one off $300 000 PD Grants through the Victorian Multicultural Commission.
The Liberal Party Education Policy
Liberal Party has agreed to offer a $20 per capita increase. Promoting Diversity    Liberal LOTE Policy   Photos:   1  2

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VICTORIAN COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY AND STRENGTHEN LINKS

Over 270 community languages schools teachers and administrators joined together in a night of entertainment, dancing and team building at.. Read More    Photos: 1  2  3  4  5
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4th NATIONAL COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS - ETHNIC SCHOOLS CONFERENCE SAYS:
“Australia can’t afford to be monolingual?”

Australia cannot afford to be monolingual! That was the overwhelming resolution from presenters and participants at the successful 4th National Community Languages..
View Media Release    View Program   Photos:  1  2
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VICTORIAN PD CONTINUES …. TEACHERS KEEP COMING , GIVES US MORE !
WE LOVE IT

Victorian community languages schools teachers continue with their professional developing program.... Read More!!
Photos:  1  2  3  4  5  6
COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS NIGHT OUT AT THE FOOTBALL
FREE TICKETS FOR STUDENTS, PARENTS AND FRIENDS OF COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS

Ask your school to send form back
AUGUST 14, 2006 ...
Register Now!!
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GERMAN SATURDAY SCHOOL MEETS TO DISCUSS ONGOING QUALITY OUTCOMES

Parents and Staff met from the German Saturday School at Clifton met with Community Languages Australia’s Executive Director Stefan Romaniw on Saturday morning August 5, 2006 to discuss issues ... View Media Release     Photos:  1
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DEVELOPING A STRATEGIC PLAN FOR THE ACCREDITATION PROCESS FOR COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS

Quality Assurance continue to be at the forefront of Professional Development. Last week (Wednesday 7 August 2006 ) over 50 Victoria’s Community Languages ... View Media Release
Presentation    Photos:  1  2  3
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VICTORIAN COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS MEET TO RECEIVE UPDATE ON FUNDING CAMPAIGN

Members of the Ethnic School Association of Victoria met last night Tuesday August 1, 2006 to receive an update on current negotiations in seeking ... View Media Release
View Briefing    Visit to Local MP   Photos:  1  2  3
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY
International perspectives in curriculum
Professor Jo Lo Bianco from the University of Melbourne

International perspectives in curriculum provides an opportunity for school leadership teams to understand curriculum developments.. Read More!!

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COMMUNITY LANGUAGES AUSTRALIA FACILITATES MEETING OF ETHNIC SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS /
COMMUNITY LANGUAGE SCHOOLS FEDERATION EXECUTIVE OFFICERS’ FORUM IN CANBERRA

The forum discussed a range of issues that will continue to bring a stronger and more coordinated ethnic schools sector nationally.. View Media Release   Photos:  1  2
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VICTORIAN COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS MEET WITH STATE GOVERNMENT TO DISCUSS INCREASED FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS AND REDUCTION IN RENTAL COSTS!

The ESAV and Community Languages Australia have presented the Victorian Government with a submission for increased per capita funding... View Media Release
TEACHER TRAINING COURSE
SECOND SEMESTER
   View Brochure   Register Now!!


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CENSUS 2006 - AUGUST 8 COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS IN AUSTRALIA HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY OVER COMING WEEKS
August 8, 2006 is Census Night!
Community Languages Australia calls on community language schools in Australia to promote this important event.....
Read More
Key Question  Curriculum Activities   Map:   1 2   Game:   1 2
visit ABS website
MEDIA RELEASE
VICTORIAN STATE COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS CONFERENCE STIMULATES ACTIVITY HUGE TURNOUT SHOWS COMMITMENT
Languages education and cultural maintenance programs must be strengthened to ensure Australia continues to be an effective international partner.... Read More      Photos: 1 2 3 4
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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS ENHANCING QUALITY IN VICTORIAN COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS
Professional Development sessions for Victoria’s Community Languages School Teachers and Instructors are in great demand attracting strong numbers of participants....Read More
     Photos:1 2 3 4    Presentations:   1 2 3  View Activities
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COMMUNITY LANGUAGES AUSTRALIA CONGRATULATES SOCCEROOS !
OZZIE! AUSSIE! OZZIE ! OI ! OI! OI!
Australia Welcome to the World of Football.

One of Australia’s finest moments! As Australia moves into the next round of the World Cup... Read More
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VICTORIAN COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM ADVERTISED

Tasmanian ethnic school teachers again participated in the Professional Victorian Community Languages School teachers and instructors are invited to register for the June-August 2006 Professional development Program The sessions being offered are very practical and useful workshops, delivered by experienced practitioners in languages education teaching and training.....Read More    View Brochure   Register Now!!

VIETNAMESE COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOL TEACHERS COMPLETE TRAINING COURSE RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR EFFORTS
VICTORIA UNIVERSITY CERTIFICATE PRESENTATION NIGHT -
Over 40 Vietnamese Community Languages School Teachers received their Certificates of Completion of the 30 Hour Credit Bearing.... Read More      Photos: 1 2 3 4 5
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AFL AND COMMUNITY LANGUAGES AUSTRALIA KICKING GOALS TOGETHER
AFL AND COMMUNITY LANGUAGES AUSTRALIA FORM PARTNERSHIP

Community Languages Australia and the Australian Football League (AFL) will work together in promoting the strengths and benefits of cultural and linguistic diversity through Australian Football...... Read More

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RAISING CHILDREN BILINGUALLY SEMINAR CONDUCTED IN MELBOURNE’S WEST

Raising Children Bilingually, a well known Seminar program for parents, teachers, child care workers and others interested in ensuring children have every opportunity to learn more than one language was held in the Western Region at the Polish Centre in Sunshine on Sunday May 7, 2006.... Read More





Ethnic Schools - Statistical Data

Language Schools Students Teachers
Arabic 21 2,942 146
Chinese 29 11,767 351
Greek 40 6,599 136
Hebrew 2 399 23
Russian 6 559 36
Serbian 3 209 8
Sinhala 6 733 41
Somali 5 911 37
Turkish 5 378 19
Vietnamese 18 7,588 247

Summary Data

Languages Schools Students Teachers
42 181 36,704 1,298



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