Details of professional learning programs for languages teachers.
Language teacher training scholarships
Language teachers currently employed in Victorian Government mainstream schools are invited to apply for a scholarship to undertake a Graduate Certificate in Modern Languages Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. A number of scholarships are available.
The course will comprise of 50 points of compulsory subjects and 22 days of supervised placement at a school during school hours. For further information about the course, see
Graduate Certificate in Modern Languages Education
Applicants must have a major in the language or a Statement of Equivalence as well as a Victorian Institute of Teaching registration. Teachers without a language major can obtain a Statement of Equivalence from a Victorian university to verify that the knowledge and competence in the language meets the standard of a major study in the language. For further information, see
Statement of Equivalence.
Language teachers who have already completed a Language Methodology course are not eligible to apply.
Applications are closed.
For more information and to apply, contact the Languages Unit at
Content and language integrated learning (CLIL) course
Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership in partnership with the languages unit, secondary reform, transitions and priority cohorts offers a credit-bearing CLIL course. The course will be facilitated by the University of Melbourne.
The course will comprise three full day workshops and include an online component. The course will have a practical focus and will enable participants to design CLIL units of work and assessment tasks.
We cover course fees, six days pro-rata CRT funding (for three workshops and three study leave days) and travel support of up to $150 per workshop for approved rural teachers.
CRT payments and travel support will be reimbursed to participants' schools through the schools targeted funding portal.
Online registrations have closed.
Language maintenance courses
We fund the delivery of language maintenance courses for languages teachers. Currently language maintenance courses are offered for:
Language maintenance courses are generally delivered locally and typically include 40 to 70 hours of instruction. Teachers generally undertake these courses in their own time, either on the weekends or during school holidays.
For information about language maintenance courses for French, German and Italian, please contact the websites of the relevant teacher/and or cultural association:
You may also send an enquiry to
Activities for VCE students: Model United Nations Languages Conferences
The United Nations Australia Association Victoria (UNAAV) and the Department invite VCE Languages teachers to register their Year 12 (and select Year 11) students to participate in the Model United Nations (MUN) Conferences in French, German, Italian, Indonesian and Japanese.
MUN Conferences simulate a full-day session of the United Nations General Assembly through role play and debate in the specified language. Participating students have the opportunity to practise their language skills by debating and negotiating on global issues in the target language.
The Model UN in Indonesian will take place on 1 June 2020. The topic is
Rewrite the Future: Quality Education for All.
Registrations close on
6 March 2020. For more information and registration forms, see:
Model UN in Indonesian
The Model UN in German will take place on 19 June 2020. The topic is
Planet Ocean: Protecting the World’s Oceans, Seas and Marine Resources.
Registrations close on
13 March 2020. For more information and registration forms, see:
Model UN in German
The Model UN in French will take place on
20 July 2020. The topic is
Combating Climate Change: Committing to Global Action.
Registrations close on
27 March 2020. For more information and registration forms, see:
Model UN in French
The Model UN in Japanese will take place on
23 July 2020. The topic is Planet Ocean:
Protecting the World’s Oceans, Seas and Marine Resources.
Registrations close on
21 April 2020. For more information and registration forms, see:
Model UN in Japanese
The Model UN in Italian will take place on 31 July 2020. The topic is Combating Climate Change: Committing to Global Action.
Registrations close on 20 April 2020. For more information and registration forms, see:
Model UN in Italian
We provide annual professional development funding support to the following language teacher associations:
Alliance Française − an Australian non-profit association dedicated to the promotion of the French language and culture.
The Asia Education Foundation − provides schools and teachers with a range of services that include curriculum resources, advice for schools, professional learning programs, study tours and conferences in Asia and an email discussion group.
CO.AS.IT − a community organisation for Italians and Australians of Italian descent. Education services include language assistants, language classes, the Museo Italiano and a resource centre to support Italian school programs.
The Confucius Institute at The University of Melbourne and the
Confucius Institute at La Trobe University promote Chinese culture and language and provide support for the teaching of Chinesehere are two Confucius Institutes in Victoria.
Goethe Institut-Melbourne − The cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany provides a range of services and resources to support the teaching and learning of German.
Greek Education Office − This education office is located at the Greek Consulate in Melbourne and provides support for the teaching and learning of Greek in Victoria.
Italian Institute of Culture − an official body of the Italian State that promotes Italian language and culture by providing cultural events and language courses.
Japan Information & Cultural Centre (JICC) − The cultural institute of the Consulate-General of Japan promotes Japanese culture and language through the organisation of events, seminars and international conferences.
The Japan Foundation − promotes cultural exchange between Japan and other nations. The Foundation provides a diverse range of cultural activities introducing art, culture and society, and programs and resources to support Japanese language education.
Melbourne Centre for Japanese Language Education − provides a variety of activities, resources and programs for teachers of Japanese. There is a focus on developing teaching skills and creating teaching materials.
Spanish Education Office − provides support for the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language at all levels. It provides professional learning activities, information and advice on educational resources, a journal for teachers of Spanish and an exchange mailing list.
Koorie Heritage Trust Cultural Centre – hosts more than 20,000 artefacts, artworks and photographs, has an interactive sound and visual exhibition and a range of tours.
Regional project officers
Regional project officers assist schools and teachers by promoting the benefits of languages and supporting schools to establish and sustain quality languages programs.