Languages professional learning

Details of professional learning programs for languages teachers.

Indonesian language teacher training scholarships

A number of Language Teacher Training Scholarships are available for Indonesian language teachers who are currently employed in Victorian Government mainstream schools to undertake a Languages Methodology course.

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.

Applications must be submitted by Friday 31 January 2019.

For further information and to apply, contact the languages Unit at

AFMLTA international languages conference

The Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Association (AFMLTA) international languages conference will be held from 7-9 July 2019 at the Wrest Point Conference Centre, Hobart, Tasmania.

The 2019 conference theme is: Languages - breaking through walls.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Professor Andy Kirkpatrick (Warwick University, UK)
  • Professor Joseph Lo Bianco (The University of Melbourne)
  • Professor John Hajek (The University of Melbourne).

Online registrations are now open with early bird rates available until 1 April, 2019.

For further information and to register see: 2019 AFMLTA conference

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.

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.

Workshop for graduate and returnee teachers of languages

Graduate and returnee teachers of languages are invited to participate in a workshop conducted in term 1.

The purpose of the workshop is to introduce you to resources, networks and relevant professional learning opportunities to support you as you begin/return to your language teaching career. The program will also include a language-specific component to provide language specific information and contacts

Subject associations

We provide annual professional development funding support to the following language teacher associations:

Cultural organisations

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.


North-Eastern Region

North-Western Region

South-Eastern Region

South-Western Region