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Translated resources on current coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions

As a key stakeholder with important connections across Victoria’s multicultural communities, we ask for your support in sharing the Victorian Government's latest translated materials widely through your networks.

There are now in-language materials available — including posters, social media banners and translated audio messages — explaining the current restrictions and encouraging anyone who has any coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, however mild, to seek advice and get tested.

Please share the materials with your community by email, social media or through messaging apps you use like WhatsApp, WeChat, Messenger and others. By sharing these messages, you are helping your network stay safe and informed about coronavirus (COVID-19). Please read more Here


What is CyberParent?
The Australian Multicultural Foundation (AMF) has developed an app on Android and Apple devices called CyberParent which encourages safe and healthy internet use in Australian homes. This takes into account a range of dangers that young people may be exposed to online from cyberbullying through to recruitment by an extremist group. The accompanying CyberParent Toolkit aims to provide an overview of the themes and objectives of CyberParent and instruct new users on how to access, download and use CyberParent in the most effective way. Please read more Here

Online Virtual Classroom Protocols

Community Languages Australia encourages schools to move to the virtual classroom model at this time. It allows for contact with parents and students. That’s a good thing – we need to support each other.
However we strongly urge you to follow all the protocols of Working with Children and Child Safety Policies
They are set out in our manual – You can find the information by going to
  • You need permission,
  • you need to work with parents,
  • you must not work one on one with students,
  • you must not share private information , emails , addresses.

Technology is a wonderful vehicle if used correctly. There will always be those who ruin it for others, those who are selfish, irresponsible and who have no respect for the law.
Therefore it is incumbent on us to not let them in or if they hack – report them to the authorities
Children safety is paramount

Below a link with information in relation to possible hacking. Worth noting

Important Message - Coronavirus

As you know there is no direction from the Federal or State Governments to close schools.
However, some schools are taking the decision to close early for the school holidays. The decision to close schools is left to individual schools. The same applies to community language schools. Please read the advice of Victoria’s Chief Medical Officer Here

Some things to keep in mind:
If a student attends a mainstream school and has been instructed to self-quarantine, the student should not attend community language school classes. Schools should follow the instructions being circulated by the Department of Health and the Department of Education.
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2020 Community Languages School Funding

Click here to see the instructions on how to complete the spreadsheet for your student enrolment data. Please also find the link to the online application form:

Number one priority in 2020 will be ensuring all schools are Child Safety Compliant. The Department will not provide funding to schools who on not fully compliant.
We will be delivering a series of PD session in 2020 to assist schools.
If you have questions or require assistance, please contact our Child safety Officer Neda Erjaei on 039349 2683 or

How aged-care facilities can become language labs for preschoolers

In Australia there are limited opportunities for young children to be immersed in language. There are also few trained second-language carers, educators and teachers working in early childhood.
Monash’s Maria Gindidis, Jane Southcott and Sarika Kewalramani have been working with the Protypo Greek Centre and the Fronditha Aged Care Centre to develop a new program that supports educators, teaches children and connects the generations. Research shows there are rich benefits for children who are bilingual – they learn faster, have better problem solving skills, and become more open-minded. Research also shows second languages are best learned young.
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16Th National Community Languages Schools Conference

Theme: Community Languages Schools – Hubs for linguistic and cultural learning in socially cohesive environment
Burton Theater, Canberra Grammar School, 40 Monaro Crescent, Red Hill, ACT 2603
Saturday October 5th, 2019 - 9.30am – 4.30pm
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At our 30th Anniversary celebration event the new TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD was announced. The award is an opportunity to recognize our teachers who perform well above what is expected. Nominate a teacher from your school. Save the date Saturday November 9, 2019 – Bayview Eden – Dinner dance to announce the winners. For further information, or to register, please complete the registration form .

2019 Victorian Community Languages Schools Conference

Theme: A menu and ingredients for keeping community language schools tasty and interesting .. A smorgasbord of practical ideas
Close to 400 participants attended the Victorian State Community Language Schools Conference at RMIT Storey Hall.
The Conference commenced with the resounding singing of the National Anthem. Welcome to Country was done by Prof Mark Rose, a welcome and overview of CLA activity was presented by Stefan Romaniw OAM Executive Director Community Languages Australia, greetings from Rosaria Zarra – Commissioner with the Victorian Multicultural Commission and a vote of thanks from AFESA Chair Tassos Douvartzides. This year’s conference focused on listening and hearing from practitioners, teachers and instructors. A panel discussion followed by Q&A from the floor with a vibrant exchange of ideas, kicked off proceedings.

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Workshop Presentations:


3rd SATURDAY IN MAY EACH YEAR - This year it falls on Saturday May 18, 2019 ( which happens to be Election Day)

  • Promote the work of community language school
  • Share our activities with the local community
  • Promote the importance of language education

Whilst the Day itself is May 18, 2019 school can work around this date a week before a week later

Some ideas Some suggestions – Encourage schools to :
  • Do an article in school newsletters,
  • Have a school assembly on the day or nearest date around the 18 May
  • Classroom activity on why community language schools are important.
  • If classes are held in government or independent school facilities , the school can communicate a message to the principal and school council that we are introducing the concept on National Community Language Schools Day
  • Contact your local newspaper and advise of any activities

Here is a link you can use to assist your school:

DINNER DANCE - Celebrating 30 years of CLA / ESAV & National Community Language School Day

You are invited together with your staff, students, parents to the 30th ANNIVERSARY DINNER DANCE & INUAGURAL NATIONAL COMMUNITY LANGUAGE SCHOOLS DAY Saturday May 18, 2019 at 7.00pm
BAYVIEW EDEN, 6 Queens Rd, Melbourne VIC, 3004
  • Pre-dinner Cocktails
  • Three course Dinner
  • Entertainment
  • Cultural Performances
We encourage you to wear the “National Costumes”, Cost $50 per head, RSVP by May 10, 2019
Book a table – Bring your friends ! Need booking form - Dietary Requirements
For further information, or to register, please complete the registration form and email it to Neda Erjaie at


Community Languages Australia extends its deepest sympathy to all affected buy the tragic events in Christchurch on Friday.
We embrace all our Muslim brothers and sisters. We pray with you, we cry with you and we will continue to build a stronger world together.

Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.
The Quran calls its way "... The ways of peace ..." (Quran: 5:16). It describes reconciliation as the best policy (4:128), and states that God abhors any disturbance of peace (2:205).
The first verse of the Quran breathes the spirit of peace, : "In the name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate."

Together we will overcome the evil , we will use these terrible events to seek ways of strengthening understanding and acceptance and buildi the sense of ONE.

Please pass on our message to all parents, students, teachers and administrators


February 21 , 2019, or weekend either side

What is your school planning?

Send us photos or videos to help build our national community language schools MOSIAC of the 2019 Day
Community Languages Australia is asking schools to record – through photos, videos, artwork, writing competition or other projects their activities to mark.

We will then produce a mosaic of activities to show the work being done nationally in community language schools, Send to

Please follow the instructions below to complete your 2019 funding application:

    If you received funding in 2018 (you will already have a SmartyGrants account)
  • Please go to:
  • Click on ‘Start a submission’
  • Enter your email and password and click Log In.
  • This will then take you to a new page where it will advise your Application Number.
  • Click Next Page to start the application.

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Liberal Nationals to support community languages

The Liberal Nationals are committed to investing in schools and language education.
That’s why a Liberal Nationals government will invest $6.88 million over four years into Community Languages Schools to boost per capita funding, expanding delivery to 2000 pre-school students, and enhance training and administration.

There are currently 160 Community Language Schools in Victoria, who play a leading role in providing language and cultural education to over 36,000 students in 40 different languages.
An elected Liberal Nationals government will raise funding per student from $215 to $245 to ensure these schools receive the funding they need to provide first-class language education for our students.

The Liberal Nationals will also reform the volunteer Ministerial Advisory Council on Languages and Multicultural Education. This will ensure that all relevant stakeholders come together to provide input to the Victorian Curriculum review to improve language education delivery.

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Community Languages Australia welcomes the Andrews Labor Government strong election commitment to strengthening community language school education by announcing a boost in funding of $7.5 million over 4 years if re-elected.

The announcement was made yesterday by Minister for Education the Hon James Merlino, Minister for Minister for Early Childhood Education, Jenny Mikakos and Steve Dimpolous Member for Oakleigh during visits to Greek community languages schools and by the Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott and Neil Pharaho Candidate for Prahan in a visit to a Chinese community language school. The Premier reiterated the commitment whilst outlining a series of election commitments at Federation Square.

The three-part election commitment package includes:
    • a first – Support for early childhood and preschool-aged children in community language schools,
    • a per capital increase to all students by $30.00 bringing the per capita funding to $245 per year and
    • additional $100,000 for professional development, training and administration.

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2018 SBS National Languages Competition

October 15 - November 18

The SBS National Languages Competition is back and it’s going to be bigger and better this year, starting Monday 15 October 2018. The competition is open from Monday 15 October until Sunday 18 November 2018.

SBS calling out to all language teachers to involve their students to send in a photo of a person, place or activity showing the possibilities created by learning a language.
Watch the video below and visit for the latest information and resources. If you have any questions, please contact Ms Neda Erjaei by email (

2018 CLS Accreditation Process

In 2018, all accredited community language schools will be required to apply for reaccreditation for a three-year period (2019-2021). To assist schools in the preparation of their applications, a number of information sessions have been planned (please refer timeline below). Attendance at these information sessions is mandatory.
In the meantime, information about the reaccreditation process can be found at:

Please note that guidelines for the 2018 reaccreditation process are currently being updated. Principals will be notified of the updated guidelines in early 2018.

  • Information sessions(choose ONE date to attend): Tues 27 March OR Wed 28 March 2018
  • Reaccreditation applications due (all CLS): Tue 31 July 2018
  • CLS notified of outcome of reaccreditation applications: End of Dec 2018

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2018 CLS Grant Application

Community language schools are required to submit an online application for per capita funding via the online grants management system ‘SmartyGrants’.
Information sessions about the new process, including a demonstration of SmartyGrants, will be held in early February (please refer timeline below). Attendance at one of the information sessions is mandatory if your school will be seeking funding in 2018.

  • Information sessions(choose ONE date to attend): Tues 6 February 2018 OR Thurs 8 February 2018
  • 2018 funding applications due: Mon 19 March 2018
  • CLS notified of outcome of funding applications : May 2018
  • Payment of per capita funding grants to schools : June 2018

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SBS National Languages Competition Awards

In Sydney at SBS National Languages Competition Awards with Federal Minister for Education and Training The Hon Senator Simon Birmingham, SBS CEO Michael Ebeid and NSWFCLS President and Vice President Albert Vella and Lucia St. John's . Congratulations to all participants and winners. Community Languages Australia is proud to be associated with SBS in promoting language and culture.

Language and Literacy Research Hub Seminar

The Language and Literacy Education Research hub seminar in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education is holding its second seminar on Thursday 20th April, 5.30 to 6.45.
In public debate, language and literacy education is increasingly nominated as the answer to a number of urgent global policy problems including global economic growth, the challenges of technological innovation, national and regional economic competitiveness, stable democratic governance and individual human rights and participatory citizenship.

Although Language and Literacy education is recruited to these causes, it is not always clear what is meant by language and literacy education, what contribution it can reasonably make to addressing these challenges, what success would look like or what trade-offs there might be between sometimes competing goals.

In this seminar series, presenters will reflect on three overarching questions:
  • 1. What is language and literacy education for?
  • 2. How do we know if it is achieving its aims?
  • 3. What constitutes evidence in the assessment of language and literacy achievement?

The question for our second seminar is: Is academic literacy failing to keep pace? Addressing multilingualism, interculturality and multimodality in a changing education landscape. Our presenters will reflect on their own work and engage with four broad questions in relation to the needs of all students:
  • 1. What is the most urgent issue?
  • 2. Why does it matter?
  • 3. Why hasn’t it been dealt with yet?
  • 4. What should we do next?

Presenters: Prof. Liz McKinley, MGSE, (Focus: Indigenous engagement and academic literacy)
A/Prof. Paul Gruba, School of Languages and Linguistics, (Focus: Literacy and translingual listening)
Dr Mahtab Janfada, MGSE, (Focus: Pedagogy and academic literacy)
Trent Newman, MGSE, (Focus: Academic literacy in multilingual spaces)

Details:Thursday 20 April, 5.30 - 6:45pm
Room 219 - Level 2, 234 Queensberry Street, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne

Effective learning networks and collaboration around outcomes - useful links and key success factors

In relation to how schools and stakeholders build effective learning networks and collaboration around outcomes, the following fourteen links may be of interest. With each link, a key success factor (for optimising collaboration, co-design, personalisation and outcomes in student learning, development, health and wellbeing) is also profiled (in green). All fourteen factors are included in a table at the end of the note. :

Urgent Public Meeting

All Community Languages Schools are invited to attend an urgent public meeting held on Monday December 5th, at 6.00pm at our new offices COASIT building (Entry from University St, Carlton).

There are number of issues that need to be discussed.

Child Safe Standards Compliance
The most pressing is your school’s compliance with Child Safe Standards Compliance. Schools must respond to this issue and have relevant documentation ready by January 1, 2017.
As you will recall, this matter was raised at our State Conference in July this year and subsequently we are conducting Child Safe Standards Training Sessions. If you have not enrolled, we strongly advise you to attend one of these sessions (Nov 7th, Nov 16th and Nov 22nd). Compliance in this matter is mandatory. It has been legislated by Parliament and schools MUST COMPLY.
Failure to do so will result in schools (who are not compliant) WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE for FUNDING.

As you are aware schools pays a per capita levy to CLA/ESAV to cover insurance, assist with professional development, subsidising the annual conference and assist with administration costs.
Currently the levy is $6.00 per capita. We are writing to seek your support for a $1.00 increase to be taken out the $25.00 increase which we were able to negotiate to bring the total per capita funding to $215.00 from 2017.

The additional funding would be used for research and enhancing our work. We will present the reasons in more detail at the meeting.

Raising Children in More Than One Language seminar

A FREE seminar for parents, early childhood and pre-school workers, teachers, grandparents and others interested in bilingualism and multilingualism for children at home and elsewhere. ..


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ESAV New Location

The Ethnic Schools Association of Victoria office will be relocated on September 2nd to a new venue 189 Faraday St, Carlton, VIC, 3053.

The contact details will remain the same and hopefully the phone line will be active again shortly.

For urgent message you can email us on or call 0422178062.

2016 Accreditation Process

The Department of Education and Training (DET) has made a change to the accreditation process for community language schools.
The Research Unit for Multilingualism and Cross-Cultural Communication (RUMACCC) has been appointed to help undertake the accreditation/re-accreditation of community language schools on its behalf.

Community Languages Australia / ESAV facilitated Two Information Sessions (2/9/2016 & 5/9/2016) conducted by RUMACCC staff to explain the accreditation guidelines.

CLA/ESAV will provide schools the necessary assistance to prepare and submit their applications for re-accreditation.
The closing date for applications for re-accreditation is 31 October 2016 .

Nominations open: Victoria's Multicultural Awards for Excellence 2016

Who are Victoria's 2016 Diversity Heroes?

Do you know an inspiring individual or organisation that has demonstrated extraordinary passion and commitment in promoting cultural diversity in Victoria?
Presented by the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Victoria's Multicultural Awards for Excellence shine a spotlight on people and organisations who are making a difference. ..



SBS National Languages Competition 20 June - 29 July 2016

SBS has partnered with Community Languages Australia to launch the SBS National Languages Competition to encourage and celebrate a love of learning languages in Australia.

SBS is offering a new focus to encourage and celebrate a LOVE OF LEARNING LANGUAGE in partnership with Community Languages Australia and the Ethnic Schools Association of Victoria.


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2016 Victorian Community Languages Schools Conference

Saturday July 9th, 2016 at Storey Hall, RMIT


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ESAV End of Year Message

What an exciting, successful and busy year it was …

ESAV has conducted many successful activities this year; here is a snapshot:

  • Membership record (204 schools)
  • 700 teachers attended the Professional Developments Sessions
  • 293 successfully completed the Teacher Training Courses
  • 124 completed the First Aid, Anaphylaxis and Asthma Courses
  • 34 successfully completed the Cert IV in Community Languages Teaching
  • 509 attended the 2015 Victorian Community Languages Schools Conference
  • 69 VCE Single Language Provider

ESAV also assisted Community Languages Schools with:
  • Grant Application
  • Schools Accreditation
  • Rental
  • Conflicts

2016 will also be a busy and hopefully successful year, we have plan for many activities.
As for this year which is nearly ending, some schools are busy preparing for 2016 while others are ready to enjoy the end of year holiday and upcoming celebrations. I wish you all colleagues, teachers, administrators, principals, parents and of course our students, the best in the coming festive seasons and look forward to working with you in 2016.

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2016 Grant Application for Community Languages School

Prior to the beginning of Term 1, 2016, accredited organisations will receive, via email, an Excel spreadsheet containing the school’s 2015 student enrolment data. This spreadsheet will only contain student data that the Department was able to confirm through its verification process.

To claim the per capita funding for 2016, organisations will be required to:
  • 1. Delete 2015 Year 12 school students from the spreadsheet
  • 2. Confirm and/or amend existing student details
  • 3. Add new eligible students to the spreadsheet.

Further details and instructions will be sent to all accredited organisations in January 2016.
For all CLS queries please email:

Deputy Premier and Minister for Education - Support for languages education

The Education State sets out the Andrews Labor Government's commitment to support all students to reach their potential by giving them access to quality education regardless of their location, learning needs or backgrounds. This includes expanding and strengthening languages programs in Victorian schools.

Language education is one of the eight learning areas that all Vcitorian are required...

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2015 German Saturday School Open Day

Saturday 12th September 2015
The German Saturday School is once again having an Open Day on the 12th September 2015 at Clifton Hill Primary School, 185 Gold St, Clifton Hill VIC, 3068
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Cert IV in Community Languages Teaching

Community Languages Australia has embarked on another professional development initiative to assist community language teachers. The Certificate IV in Community Languages Teaching is now taking enrolments for Semester 2, 2015. This course will assist participants to develop necessary skills to work effectively across a range of teaching activities and provide quality teaching and learning outcomes at your school.
Please read the information carefully and consider whether you wish to apply. Places are limited so it is important to review the material below before expressing interest.

2015 Victorian Community Languages Schools Conference

Saturday July 4th, 2015 at Storey Hall, RMIT

Over 500 participants listened to the Acting Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino offer the Andrews’ Government support for languages education and for community language schools.
Inga Peulich Shadow Spokesperson for Multicultural affairs also spoke about the importance of languages in building communities and offered the State Opposition’s support. Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Finance Robin Scott sent a strong message of support.
An array of speakers including Dr Marian Gindidis – Monash University , Stefan Romaniw Community Languages Australia , Nic Abbey VICCSO, Dr Lynda Sydor Petkovic Geelong ECC, Dr Teresa De Fazio Coordinator of the Cert IV Program spoke about the future the challenges and the opportunities in the community languages education sector. Their presentations will be posted on our website as will a full wrap up of the conference. Tassos Douvartzides Chair of AFESA offered a vote of thanks. AFESA Council members from throughout Australia also attended.
Also in attendance were OMI (WA) representatives Catherine Colvin and two teachers from WA community languages schools who were awarded bursaries to attend.
A wide range of workshops were presented by highly professional group of presenters.
Multicultural Arts Victoria provided the cultural entertainment. A highly successful conference supported by highly committed and dedicated teachers and instructors who work in their community for their community and for Victoria and Australia.

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    New process for 2015, DET is trialling of an electronic CLS student data collection process for 2015 to:
    • Improve and streamline the per capita funding process
    • Reduce manual processing, allowing for quicker and more efficient processing of data
    • Eliminate anomalies that may be missed through manual checking
    • Enable earlier calculation and payment of grant entitlement to CLS than is currently possible
    • Save resources and time for all

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Community Languages Australia has embarked on another professional development initiative to assist community language teachers. We are pleased to announce the Certificate IV in Community Languages Teaching course. This course will assist participants to develop necessary skills to work effectively across a range of teaching activities.
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Community Languages Australia, with support of the Victorian Government and the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, is proud to launch a motivational, aspirational website aimed at promoting the learning of language. As a communication tool, it sits within the Victorian Government’s Vision For Languages Education 2013-25.. ..
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Activity Calendar


Professional Development:
An overview of the revised second language study design

Co.As.IT, Italian Centre, Carlton at 6.00pm


Professional Development:
Hands-on session introducing some fun interactive listening and speaking activities for incorporate pair/group work.

Co.As.IT, Italian Centre, Carlton at 6.00pm


Professional Development:
Unravelling the Victorian Curriculum

Co.As.IT, Italian Centre, Carlton at 6.00pm


Professional Development:
Group work activities to enhance language and understanding

Co.As.IT, Italian Centre, Carlton at 6.00pm


Training Course :
LOTE Methodology Ph1&2 Vietnamese

VU Uni, Footscary Campus


Professional Development:
Connecting culture and language

Co.As.IT, Italian Centre, Carlton at 6.00pm


Training Course :
LOTE Methodology F - Yr 10 Course

Monash Uni, Clayton Campus


Professional Development:
Using Free google applications as an assessment

Co.As.IT, Italian Centre, Carlton at 6.00pm


Professional Development:
Game based learning theory: Learning through game and play

Co.As.IT, Italian Centre, Carlton at 6.00pm


16Th National Community Language Schools Conference

Burton Theater, Canberra Grammar Schoo


Professional Development:
Classroom Activities that will Stimulate Students

Co.As.IT, Italian Centre, Carlton at 6.00pm


Professional Development:
Differentiation in the Languages Classroom

Co.As.IT, Italian Centre, Carlton at 6.00pm


Professional Development:
Developing Assessment Rubrics for Student Learning

Co.As.IT, Italian Centre, Carlton at 6.00pm


First Aid Level 2 Training

Co.As.It, Carlton


CPR First Aid Level Training

Co.As.It, Carlton


Anaphylaxis Training

Co.As.It, Carlton


Asthma Training

Co.As.It, Carlton


Training Course :
LOTE Methodology Course Chinese Ph2

RMIT Uni, City Campus


Training Course :
LOTE Methodology Course English Ph1

RMIT Uni, City Campus


Training Course :
LOTE Methodology Course Chinese Ph1

RMIT Uni, City Campus

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