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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.

Check the Updated ! LOTE Resources and the Other Languages pages for further information.

States & Territories

Australian Capital Territory

  • Languages
    ‘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 ACT Schools
    Why taught, languages being taught, a listing of bilingual schools in the ACT.

New South Wales

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Northern Territory


  • Updated ! 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’.
  • New ! Languages in Queensland State Schools
    ‘The provision of Languages is required in Years 5 to 8 from 2015. In 2015, schools become familiar with the Australian Curriculum : Languages and in 2016 commence implementation’.
  • Languages other than English [LOTE]
    “Guidelines and Modules”. Information, presentations in PDF. Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority.
  • Updated ! 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’.

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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.
  • New ! Early Learning Languages Australia
    ‘Testing the effectiveness of providing preschool children with early exposure to a language other than English through online learning programmes’. Trial program in 2015.
  • Languages [ACARA]
    ‘Designed to enable all students to engage in learning a language in addition to English’. Background, Languages development, timeline, other information.
  • 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’.

General Sites

  • Updated ! Asialink [Unimelb]
    Events, Professional Learning [study tours, exchanges, courses, conferences], leaders program, fellowships, corporate events, more.
  • Updated ! 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.
  • New ! Language Education Guide
    ‘Your guide to finding language education options for your children. We include ALL languages, ALL organisations - we’re Australia wide - eas !’
  • LOTE & ESL Teaching Resources
    Links compiled by James Cook University. Enter “LOTE teaching” in the search engine.
  • 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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