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. This includes programs, places including schools, government support and encouragement, national strategies and more.
States & Territories
Australian Capital Territory
- Languages in
Why they are taught, listing of languages being taught and a listing of bilingual schools in the ACT.
- Languages Other Than English
Bulletins from 1999 to 2003. PDF documents. Scroll down to find these.
New South Wales
- Board of Studies - K-6 Languages
- Board of Studies - 7-10 Languages
- Board of Studies - 11-12 Languages
Select from the alphabetical listing or the Languages section.
- Languages 7-10
Basic information, related links.
- Languages K-6
- Languages Methodology Online
Department of Education & Training.
- Saturday School of Community
Background information, locate schools, enrolment and more.
- Alice Springs Language Centre
- Indigenous Languages and
72 page document covering relevant information.
- Languages Learning
Information, framework and more.
- Teaching Multilingual Learners Program
- After Hours Ethnic Schooling
‘Programs provide community language classes outside regular school hours’.
- Ethnic Schools Association of Queensland Inc
‘Community-based, public organisation whose members provide after hours language and cultural education for all students irrespective of their linguistic background.’
- Intercultural Investigations
‘Intercultural Investigations [ICIS] is a subject that aims to help students learn about languages and cultures and how they connect and work together’.
- Languages Other than English [LOTE]
Curriculum support, programs, resources, LOTE Library.
- Mandatory Languages in Years 6, 7 and 8
‘Our goal is that the majority of schools [approximately 90 per cent] will offer Key Learning Area [KLA Languages at the commencement of school in 2011 in Years 6, 7 and 8’. You can download a Fact Sheet about this policy here.
- Queensland LOTE Library
‘The Queensland LOTE Library provides resources, reference and alerting services to practising teachers and instructors in Queensland Government, Independent and Catholic schools, Queensland Universities, TAFE institutions and After Hours Ethnic Schooling programs’.
- Queensland Studies Authority
Guidelines and Modules. Information, presentations in PDF format.
- Queensland Studies Authority - Languages
‘The resources on this page support planning within and across year levels for the Languages key learning area. Resources to support integrated curriculum planning by year juncture are also available’.
- Virtual Schooling
‘This service uses innovative delivery strategies and a range of learning technologies to support students at a distance’.
- Australian Indigenous Languages
‘Specific support for Australian Indigenous Languages’.
- Curriculum Services Moodle
Includes Languages component. You need to create an account to gain full access.
- Ethnic Schools Association
‘The umbrella body representing 97 ethnic schools authorities teaching 48 different languages.’
- Languages Education
‘Languages programs and activities in DECD schools aim to promote equity and excellence and are designed to assist all students to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals and active and informed citizens’.
- Languages taught in SA government Schools
Lists schools that teach specific languages.
- National Statement and Plan for Languages
- SACSA - Framework Learning Areas
Click Languages in the menu.
- School of Languages
⁼The School of Languages is a specialist government school. Our classes are held in 18 teaching centres across the Adelaide metropolitan area. All lessons are delivered after hours, usually in the 5 to 8 time slot.’
- Schools that Teach Specific
Information for parents.
- Assessing [eCentre]
Includes Proficiency Outcomes and How to Use the Proficiency Outcomes documents.
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Curriculum K-10 - Languages - Chinese
This document, as with those listed below, contains an overview covering Why Teach Languages, practices, core standards and more as well as the syllabus and support materials. Other languages include French; German; Indonesian; and Italian, as alphabetic languages and Japanese and Chinese as non-alphabetic languages.
- Assessment and Reporting - Languages
- East Melbourne Language Centre
Courses in multiple languages, workshops, corporate training and exam preparation at all levels.
- Ethnic Schools Association of Victoria
‘Represents over 200 community languages schools in Victoria. Community Languages Schools provide quality languages educational and cultural maintenance programs to over 34 000 students in a range of 55 languages in Victoria’.
and Teaching Support
‘Contains links to web sites, online resources and tools that provide learning and teaching support for teachers.’
Other Than Teaching Domain [LOTE]
Links to Policy, funding, support, school programs, assessment, reporting, professional learning, research, NASSP and the Victorian Languages Strategy.
‘Information, resources and tools to help teachers with their professional learning.’
- Promoting the
Benefits of Language Learning
‘A research paper outlining the benefits of learning a language based on research findings. It was commissioned by the LOTE Unit and compiled by the Research Unit for Multilingualism and Cross Cultural Communication.’
- Report : Languages for
Background information and report.
Primarily covers Bilingual Programs, Victorian School of Languages and Community Languages Schools.
- The Victorian Government’s Vision
for Languages Education
This has replaced the Victorian Languages Strategy.
- VCAA - VCE Studies
Links to all language studies via an alphabetical subject listing.
About languages, including information on both the Australian Curriculum and K-10 Syllabus. As well, there are links to individual languages from the menu on the left, e.g. Chinese, which cover scope and sequence [downloads available] as well as the syllabus for that language.
- Languages K-10 Syllabus
Provides information for Early Childhood, Middle Childhood and Early Adolescence levels. Within each there is access to documents covering Purpose, Rationale, Phases of Development, Planning, Content, References and Summary. Examples include Purpose [EC], Planning [MC] and Summary [EA].
- Teaching and Learning Languages : A Guide
Asian Languages Research and Reports
‘A summary statement, the overarching report and the four language reports are available as below [see site]’.
- Languages [ACARA]
‘The Australian Curriculum : Languages is designed to enable all students to engage in learning a language in addition to English’. Gives details of the background the Languages development, a timeline and a host of other information.
‘Students, teachers, schools and state and territory education authorities can get help from the Australian Government to support the teaching and learning of languages and the understanding of cultures. This help is available through Languages Education programs and projects’.
- Languages Education Resources
‘The following is a list of all the resources that are associated with Languages Education’.
- NALSAS Strategy
National Asian Languages and Studies in Australian Schools.Professional Learning, curriculum materials, reports, publications, bibliography, What’s New ? and a Links page worth visiting.
- School Language Program
Covers areas including School Language Programs, National Projects, National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program and more.
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, based on evidence of performance under different conditions [e.g. program type, duration and intensity of learning]’. Available as a PDF document in total or as 4 separate sections
- The Asian Languages Professional Opportunities
Events, Professional Learning [study tours, exchanges, courses, conferences], leaders program, fellowships, corporate events, more.
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- We Link
‘We Link has been developed to enable you to connect with other languages teachers in all sectors across Australia. The site provides opportunities for you to communicate and collaborate to share expertise and experience, teacher to teacher or classroom to classroom, using web and videoconferencing technologies. Helps you connect with other teachers of Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese and Korean in Australian schools’. ESA.
- Assessment of Language Competence Certificates
‘Designed to celebrate and enhance the learning of Languages in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region. The program is an initiative of the Australian Multicultural Foundation, in collaboration with ACER. The skills testing program 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, who provide language maintenance in 69 languages to in excess of 100 000 school age children.’
- Language Book Centre
Primary and Secondary catalogues of books for multiple languages.
- LOTE & ESL Teaching Resources
Links compiled by James Cook University. Enter LOTE in the search engine.
- Learning Languages Other Than English : A Texas
‘This 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’. Free.
- MyLanguage Travel
If interested in learning a language and willing to travel overseas to do so, this could be helpful. Lists language schools in multiple countries. Considerable information for each. Fee-based, plus travel/living costs.
- National Digital Learning Resources Network
‘More than 12 000 digital curriculum resources that are Free for use in all Australian schools’.
- The LOTE Bookshop,
‘A language learner’s bookshop and teachers’ resource centre.’