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Community Languages Program

Enthic youthThe Community Languages Program (CLP) provides support to not-for-profit community organisations to teach languages other than English and cultural maintenance programs after school hours.

Program support includes:

  • a free professional learning program for community language school teachers and administrators
  • sector support initiatives including the Community Languages WA website and the Resource Collection at the State Library of Western Australia
  • grant funding for new and established community language schools.

CLP grant funding currently supports 50 community language schools teaching 36 languages to more than 5000 students.

Community Language Program grants

The CLP offers three grant categories to support community language school operations, and projects that improve the quality and delivery of language education in those schools.

Eligible schools can apply for:

  • New School grants - one-off foundation funding to support start-up costs for community language schools that are newly established
  • Program Development grants - one-off support for projects that assist schools to develop their language education program
  • Per Capita grants - assistance with the costs of running established community language schools operating for more than 12 months.

Refer to the Community Languages Program FAQs for general information about CLP grant funding, such as eligibility requirements, what applications can be supported, and how to apply. The funding guidelines and application forms for each grant category are released when the funding round is open. 

2018 funding round

The  March 2018 funding round is now closed.

Click here to subscribe to OMI alerts for information on future funding opportunities.

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 CLP funding.

Community language schools that are not funded by the CLP 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 CLC is available at the State Library of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Centre, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge. Orientation training sessions on how to access the CLC are regularly provided by SLWA staff.

Enthic student in libraryUseful links

AIMWA OMI Professional Learning Program

2014 Review of the WA Community Languages 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 of Play: Languages Education in Western Australia (published by the School Curriculum ​and Standards Authority).