Languages Other Than English

Australia is one of the most multicultural countries in the world and there are a vast number of languages spoken and learned through a mix of methods including schools, community language schools, ethnic schools and associations, colleges and universities. At least 69 are indicated as being taught [Community Languages Australia], though there are several which dominate. Some European and Asian languages have been designated as core languages.

Indigenous Languages and the Australian Deaf Sign Language [Auslan] are addressed separately.

This page looks at Languages Other Than English learning in all states & territories. It includes programs, places including schools, government support, national strategies, more.

Australian Capital Territory

  • Languages
    ‘To speak to someone in a language other than English please telephone the Telephone Interpreter Service   13 14 50. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week’.
  • Language Pathways Plan
  • Languages [The Australian Curriculum]
    Covers The Australian Curriculum section on Languages which is part of the curriculum applied by ACT Education.

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New South Wales

  • Languages
    NSW Department of Education, Curriculum. ‘Welcome to the Languages section where educators can find resources to support and enhance languages programs in NSW public schools’. Sections include :
  • Early Stage 1 to Stage 3
    This includes information about the Community Languages Program K-6 and the Bilingual Schools Program in Primary Schools.
  • Stages 4 and 5
    ‘The study of 100 hours of one language over one continuous 12 month period is mandatory between Years 7-10, but preferably in Years 7-8 [Stage 4]’.
  • Stage 6 - Years 11 and 12
    ‘In Stage 6, there are 34 languages offered. There are up to five courses of study available in Languages at Stage 6 level : Beginners, Continuers, Extension, Language in Context [formerly Heritage] and Language and Literature [formerly Background Speakers]’.


  • Languages NSW
    ‘The Languages team at the Learning and Teaching Directorate [part of the NSW Public Schools Portfolio] has officers to support both primary and secondary languages teachers’.
  • The Secondary College of Languages
    Background information, locate schools, enrolment, curriculum, more. A list of their campuses [with the languages taught at each] is found here. Previously known as the Saturday School of Community Languages.

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Northern Territory

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South Australia

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Western Australia

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Other Information


  • Asian Languages Research and Reports
    Reports and research documents.
  • Early Learning Languages Australia
    ‘Testing the effectiveness of providing preschool children with early exposure to a language other than English through online learning programs’. Trial program in 2015.
  • Language Learning Space
    ‘View the latest Professional Learning topics for language teachers. Log in to explore the Chinese, Indonesian and Japanese sites’. Australian Government site.
  • Languages [ACARA]
    ‘Designed to enable all students to engage in learning a language in addition to English’. Background, Languages development, downloads, other information.
  • NALSAS Strategy
    National Asian Languages and Studies in Australian Schools. Professional Learning, curriculum materials, reports, publications, bibliography, What’s New ? and a NALSAS Links page.
  • Student Achievement in Asian Languages Report
    ‘The Student Achievement in Asian Languages Report was released on 6 February 2012. The aim of the project was to conduct research to describe the achievements of students in learning particular languages [Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, and Korean] at Year 6/7, Year 10, and Year 12’. Available as one PDF document or in 4 separate sections

General Sites

  • Asia link [UniMelb]
    Events, Professional Learning [study tours, exchanges, courses, conferences], leaders program, fellowships, corporate events, more.
  • Assessment of Language Competence Certificates
    ‘An initiative of the Australian Multicultural Foundation, in collaboration with ACER. Includes listening and reading comprehension tasks in a multiple choice format designed to be both challenging and to enable all students to experience success.’
  • Community Languages Australia
    ‘Carrying out a number of crucial roles in the creation, maintenance, and profile of Australia’s over 1 000 community language schools’.
  • Language Book Centre
    Primary and Secondary catalogues of books on multiple languages.
  • Language Education Guide
    ‘Your guide to finding language education options for your children. We include ALL languages, ALL organisations - we’re Australia wide - easy !’
  • Language Teacher Resources
    ‘Our products are available for teachers of Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Indonesian, French, German, Spanish and English as a Second Language. Packages contain detailed lesson plans, assessment and behaviour management tips, vocabulary lists, planners for a term and year, as well as a comprehensive guide for teachers full of tips and tricks from our years of language teaching experiences. All resources are available as an instant digital download’. Fee-based.
  • Languagenut
    ‘Languagenut is a professional language support tool which helps create interactive and engaging lessons. The tool is designed for students aged 5-14 years’. Free trial available. Costs per individual or school are quite reasonable.
  • Language Videos
    Previously supplied through VEA but now done through ClickView. This page opens to those suitable for secondary students. Those suitable for Primary students are found using this Clickview link.
  • Learning Languages Other Than English : A Texas Adventure
    ‘Free five-part [online] video series demonstrates how the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Languages Other Than English [TEKS for LOTE] are being implemented in classrooms across Texas. It is centred around classroom scenes and includes interviews with students, teachers, parents and administrators’.
  • National Digital Learning Resources Network
    ‘More than 12 000 digital curriculum resources free for use in all Australian schools’.
  • The LOTE Bookshop,
    ‘A language learner’s bookshop and teachers’ resource centre.’

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