Community Language Schools
The Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) provides support to not-for-profit community organisations to teach languages other than English and cultural maintenance programs after school hours.
Community Language School grant funding currently supports 47 community language schools teaching 35 languages to more than 5000 students.
Community Language School grants
Grants are available to support community language school administration and operations.
Refer to the Community Language School FAQs for general information about grant funding, such as eligibility requirements, what applications can be supported, and how to apply. The funding guidelines and application forms are released when the funding round is open.
Reporting for 2018 grantsGrant recipients are required to provide a final project report, including a certified financial statement, by 31 January 2018.Select the correct report form for your school's 2018 grant below.
Download and save the form to complete it electronically.
2019 funding round
To qualify for funding in the March 2019 grant round, community language schools must be enrolled in the Pathways to Improvement Program.
Information on the March 2019 round will be released early in 2019.
Community language schools that are new to the program should contact OMI for advice in preparation of their application.
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Pathways to Improvement Program
The Pathways to Improvement Program (PIP) is development program for community language schools. The PIP has been developed to improve and maintain quality language teaching and learning.
The PIP helps administrators, teachers, parents, community members and students understand what makes a good community language school and quality language program.
The PIP offers your school:
For your community language school to qualify for funding in 2018-19, your school must be enrolled in the first stage of the PIP by the end of 2018 as a minimum requirement.
The first stage is 'Registration' which involves a check of your community language school against the Community Language School grants eligibility criteria to ensure your school is eligible to apply for grant funding.
For further information see the Pathways to Improvement information sheet or visit the Community Languages website.
You can contact AIMWA at https://communitylanguageswa.com.au/how-can-we-help-you/
Professional Learning Program
The Professional Learning Program (PLP) is provided free of charge to all teachers and administrators of Western Australia's community language schools. The program is delivered by the Australian Institute of Management Western Australia (AIMWA).
Participation in the PLP is a requirement for any school that secures grant funding.
Community language schools that are not funded by OMI are also able to access the PLP.
For information on course dates and registration visit the AIMWA website here.
Community Languages WA
The Community Languages WA (CLWA) website is a destination for information, resources, networking and collaboration for community language teachers and administrators.
It is an excellent resource for the sector and encourages community languages schools to contribute stories and experiences.
The website can be found at communitylanguageswa.com.au.
Community Languages Collection
The State Library of Western Australia (SLWA) houses an extensive collection of teaching materials and resources for more than 40 languages. The collection has been made available to language teachers, particularly those from the community languages sector, through the Office of Multicultural Interests.
The Community Languages Collection (CLC) comprises a range of hardcopy, digital, audio and visual resources that can be used in classes or in the development of lesson plans, ensuring students are receiving the best possible language education.
The State Library of Western Australia has also developed Teacher Resources for use by community language teachers.
The CLC is available at the State Library of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Centre, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge.
AIMWA OMI Professional Learning Program
Community Languages Australia
Community Languages Western Australia
School Curriculum and Standards Authority
School Curriculum and Standards Authority The Outline—Languages FAQs
Modern Language Teachers' Association of Western Australia
The State Library of Western Australia Community Languages Collection
The State Library Heritage Project
The State of Play: Languages Education in Western Australia (published by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority).