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 and more.
States & Territories
Australian Capital Territory
‘To speak to someone in a language other than English please telephone the Telephone Interpreter Service ☎ 131 450. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week’.
- Languages in
Why taught, languages being taught, a listing of bilingual schools in the ACT.
New South Wales
- Board of Studies - K-6 Languages
- Board of Studies - 7-10 Languages
- Board of Studies - 11-12 Languages
Alphabetical listing of Language syllabuses.
- Languages 7-10
Basic information, related links.
- Languages K-6
- Languages Methodology Online
Department of Education & Training.
- Saturday School of Community Languages
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.
- After Hours Ethnic Schooling AHES]
‘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’.
- Languages other than English [LOTE]
“Guidelines and Modules”. Information, presentations in PDF. Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority.
- 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’. Download a Mandatory languages - Information for Parents brochure 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’.
- Years 1-9 Languages [Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority]
‘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’.
- 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
‘Language 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.
- Languages Toolkit
‘This toolkit contains exemplars of approaches for the teaching of languages’ and more.
- National Statement and Plan for Languages
- SACSA - Framework Learning Areas
Select “Languages” from 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.’
- Teaching and Learning Languages : A Guide
Curriculum K-10 - Languages - Chinese
The document, as with those below, has an overview on Why Teach Languages ?, practices, core standards, the syllabus, support materials. Other languages include French; German; Indonesian; and Italian, as alphabetic languages and Japanese and Chinese as non-alphabetic languages.
- East Melbourne Language Centre
Multiple languages, workshops and exam preparation.
- 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’.
Policy, funding, support, school programs, assessment, reporting, professional learning, research, NASSP and the Victorian Languages Strategy.
- Languages and Cultures
‘Information and resources are available to support your teaching of languages, culture, multicultural perspectives and intercultural understanding’.
- Languages Provision in Victorian Government Schools, 2012
and Teaching Support
‘Links to web sites, online resources and tools that provide learning and teaching support for teachers’.
‘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’.
Research and Evaluation of the Content and Language Integrated [CLIL] Approach to Teaching and Learning Languages in Victorian
2013. ‘The report on the trial includes findings from surveys of parent, student and staff attitudes, and case studies of the six participating schools’.
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. Download a copy of the document here.
- 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].
- Asian Languages Research
Reports and research documents.
- Languages [ACARA]
‘Designed to enable all students to engage in learning a language in addition to English’. Background, Languages development, timeline, other information.
- Languages Education
‘The Australian Government supports the teaching and learning of languages and the understanding of cultures through  programmes and projects’.
- NALSAS Strategy
National Asian Languages and Studies in Australian Schools. Professional Learning, curriculum materials, reports, publications, bibliography, What’s New ? and a 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
- We Link
‘“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’.
- Asialink [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.
- LOTE & ESL Teaching Resources
Links compiled by James Cook University. Enter “LOTE teaching” in the search engine.
- Learning Languages Other Than English : A Texas
‘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.’