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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 47 community language schools teaching 35 languages to more than 5000 students.

Community Language Program grants

CLP grants support community language school operations, and projects that improve the quality and delivery of language education in those schools. 

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.

Pathways to Improvement Program 

Pathways to Improvement Program (PIP) is for the development of 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:

  • access to advice and guidance on areas for improvement through a formal assessment process
  • a customised professional learning program
  • eligibility to apply for OMI funding when your school achieves registration.

For your community language school to qualify for funding in 2018-19, the first stage of the PIP must be completed 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 Languages Program (CLP) eligibility criteria to ensure your school is eligible to apply for CLP funding. 

The Australian Institute of Management Western Australia (AIMWA) the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) are now offering the Pathways to Improvement Program (PIP) to community language schools. 

For further information please contact AIMWA at https://communitylanguageswa.com.au/contact-us 

For the information, please view the Pathways to Improvement information sheet or visit the Community Languages website.

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 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.

Introductory Sessions

To understand the Community Languages Collection, teachers are invited to join Library staff for an introductory session.

The session will also introduce teachers to the State Library, and help to inspire teaching through collections, programs and exhibitions.

Session Times and Registration

Thursday 11 October 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Saturday 13 October 10:30am-12:00pm

Sessions run for an hour and a half and are held at the State Library, 25 Francis Street, Perth Cultural Centre.
Registration is essential as places at each session are limited to 15.
To register, email Alison Underwood at the State Library of Western Australia Alison.Underwood@slwa.wa.gov.au with the subject heading 'Introduction for language teachers', stating which session you wish to attend.

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).