Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

The Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre (LMERC) is a specialist resource centre for schools across all sectors.

Location and contact details

Location: Level 1 of the CO.AS.IT Building, 189 Faraday St Carlton

Opening hours: Weekdays 9.00am - 5.00pm, including school holidays. Returns can only be made during opening hours.

Telephone:  (03) 9349 1418

Email: lmerc.library@edumail.vic.gov.au

Services

LMERC offers a wide range of services including:

  • expert assistance with selection and evaluation of resources
  • referral to other information networks
  • resource lists and bibliographies
  • displays of resources for special events
  • professional development activities
  • bulk loans (by negotiation)
  • staff group visits (by appointment)
  • photocopying (for Community Language Schools – by appointment)
  • postal service for rural schools.

For information regarding these services visit the resource centre, email lmerc.library@edumail.vic.gov.au or phone (03) 9349 1418.

Online catalogue

Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre (LMERC) online catalogue – You do not need to be a member to search the LMERC catalogue. To search the library, enter your search term in the box at the top of the screen.

To access additional features such as your own account (current loans, renewals, overdues, reservations, alerts etc.) and to send requests and emails, click the login option in the top right corner of the screen.

To join LMERC click on the register button on top right hand corner of the page and fill in the form. A card will be sent to you in the mail with instructions for logging in.

Borrowing

LMERC membership is available to:

  • teachers from all Victorian school sectors and community language schools
  • staff and students from tertiary education faculties
  • staff of education authorities in Victoria.

Membership

To apply for membership visit LMERC in person and fill in an application form or you can join online - click on the register button. You will be issued with a library card for immediate use.  

Rural members

Teachers in non-metropolitan schools can contact library staff by telephone or email to apply for membership. Rural school borrowers can access loans by post.  We encourage these borrowers to visit the library when possible to view the extensive range of materials in the collection.

Borrowing periods

Borrower typeNo. of itemsLoan period

School teachers and staff from tertiary education faculties

Pre-service teachers

20

10

twelve-week loan

six-week loan

Longer loan periods can be arranged in certain circumstances. Please contact library staff for details.

Returning loans
Loans can only be returned during LMERC opening hours. There is no facility for after hours returns.

Collection

The languages collection contains a range of practical classroom and curriculum development resources relating to bilingualism, second language acquisition and language teaching methodology. Materials include guidelines, blackline masters, examples of lesson plans and big books. Many of the Languages picture story books are bilingual.

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

The EAL Collection contains resources for teaching students from language backgrounds other than English. These include practical resources, materials to meet the needs of EAL students across the curriculum, cultural background information, refugee and welfare issues and theoretical materials on second language acquisition and EAL methodology. The library also carries a good selection of kits (book and CD) and reading sets to assist teachers in providing a variety of materials in their classroom.

Multicultural Education

The Multicultural Education Collection contains resources to support schools in the incorporation of multicultural perspectives into all aspects of the school experience. These include resources to support the elimination of racism. There are support materials for curriculum development as well as videos, posters and a large collection of culturally inclusive picture story books. The resource centre also collects fiction to support Multicultural Education and staff can advise on relevant fiction for students.

Asia and Australia's Engagement with Asia

LMERC holds an extensive collection to support studies of Asia in schools. These include classroom practice resources and curriculum planning materials across a range of domains and year levels. This part of the collection includes a small selection of realia such as puppets, toys and a collection of videos and music CDs which may be used as an entry point for studies of Asia in the classroom.

Human Rights Education

LMERC holds a wide range of materials which support the teaching of Human Rights Education in the classroom across all levels of schooling. These include picture story books and fiction. The library also holds a collection of movies with Human Rights themes with accompanying teaching notes.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures

The LMERC collection is strong across the domains in the area of Indigenous Studies. This includes English, the Humanities, the Arts and Sport. Examples include an extensive collection of Indigenous picture story books, multiple copies of the Dreamtime stories, titles in the Indij readers series, including big books and other titles that reflect Indigenous perspectives across the curriculum.

Values Education

Many of the resources in the LMERC collection can be used to support Values Education in classroom and whole-school practice. This is a growing part of the collection as more resources are currently being published to specifically support this area.

Civics and Citizenship, Global and Peace Education

The LMERC collection supports many other areas across the curriculum including Global Education, Civics and Citizenship and Peace Education. There is a natural crossover between these areas and those previously mentioned and LMERC staff can provide advice regarding the most appropriate resource to enhance classroom and whole-school practice.

Resources

The Department publishes resources for schools in the areas of Languages, EAL and Multicultural Education. The publications listed below are available in pdf or similar format for download from FUSE.

Newsletter

Each term Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre (LMERC) staff produce an electronic newsletter to inform teachers about new resources, book reviews, upcoming events and useful online resources.

To subscribe to the LMERC newsletter please send your email address with the word ‘subscribe’ in the subject line, to: lmerc.library@edumail.vic.gov.au