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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 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


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South Australia


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Western Australia

  • Languages
    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].

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Other Information


  • Asian Languages Research and Reports
    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’.

General Sites

  • 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 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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