The Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre (LMERC) is a specialist resource centre for schools across all sectors.
Watch an introductory video to learn more about LMERC's 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)
- postal service for government schools in rural areas.
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.
Contact the LMERC if you would like to register for an online catalogue account. See: Location and contact details
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.
To apply for membership, you can visit the LMERC in person and fill in an application form or contact staff by email. You will be issued with a library card for immediate use. See: Location and contact details
Teachers in non-metropolitan schools can contact LMERC 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.
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School teachers and staff from tertiary education faculties
Longer loan periods can be arranged in certain circumstances. Please contact library staff for details.
Loans can only be returned during LMERC opening hours. There is no facility for after hours returns.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Location and contact details
189 Faraday St
Carlton VIC 3053
Opening hours: Weekdays 9.00am - 5.00pm, including school holidays.
Returns can only be made during opening hours.
Telephone: (03) 9349 1418