The Community Languages Program provides support to not-for-profit community organisations to teach languages other than English and cultural maintenance programs after school hours.
In 2018, Community Languages Program funding supports 47 community language schools/organisations teaching 35 languages to more than 5000 students.
Language is not a genetic gift; it is a social gift. Learning a new language is becoming a member of the club, the community of speakers of that language.
This website was created to support
- The teaching and learning of community languages in WA, and
- The operation of community language schools.
The website won’t do the job of teaching the language for you, but it provides information and resources that you may need, such as
- An index of languages taught in community language schools in WA
- Contact details for all community language schools
- Advice on running a community language school
- Recommendations on how to set up a new school
- Guidelines and application forms so you can apply for grants
- Steps to take to plan how to improve your school
- Professional learning programs for language teachers and school leaders
- Learning activities, games and tasks that work
- Inspiring stories from other schools sharing their successes
- Access to a Help Desk which will connect you with the right person to answer your query
Without language, one cannot talk to people and understand them; one cannot share their hopes and aspirations, grasp their history, appreciate their poetry or savour their songs
Community Languages WA is supported by the Office of Multicultural Interests, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.