Community Languages Tasmania

Community Languages Tasmania (CLTAS), was founded in December 2017  to promote teaching of languages other than English  by Ethnic Language Schools run by the various organisations in Tasmania.  CLTAS was modeled after and has now been affiliated with Community Languages Australia (CLA).

CLA has a proven track record in the development of Ethnic Languages Schools across Australia. CLA  has been lobbying  with various state governments to obtain not only funding and facilities, but has been at the forefront of improving the standards of teaching languages by providing teacher training, setting standards and implementing system of safety practices and governance for ethnic languages schools.

CLTAS has been working very closely with MCOT, who have supported in the formation and development of this new organisation. Initially, CLTAS will share resources with MCOT until we develop our independent office and other resources.

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Why should my school become a member of the CLTAS ?

  • Improved prospects for increased funding campaigns
  • Support for your activity
  • Representation before Government
  • Opportunity to have a say on Government policy
  • Opportunities to improve quality educational programs
  • Enhances community building capacity
  • Coordination of language specific groups
  • Coordinated Professional development
  • Opportunity to meet a wide a range community groups


The importance of mother tongu,e though obvious, will be briefly stated here for the benefit of those who may yet ponder about practical uses of mother languages in Australia.

“Research has shown that mother tongue play a huge role in the development of personal, social and cultural identity. Children with a strong foundation in their first language often display a deeper understanding of themselves and their place within society, along with an increased sense of well being and confidence. Naturally, this flows down into every aspect of their lives, including their academic achievement.” – UNESCO

There is a general agreement among Brain researchers’ that bilingual people are better at multitasking, memory and articulate with a flavour and subtlety.

Community Languages Schools have existed in Australia since 1857 when German settlers established the first one in Klemzig, South Australia. A Hebrew part-time school was established in Melbourne in 1874 and the first Greek ethnic school was established in Melbourne in 1898. Language teaching in Community Languages Schools is now very extensive, with over 700 schools teaching more than 81 languages to over 100,000 students nationally.

Community Languages Schools maintain and develop the home languages and cultures of students from language backgrounds other than English (LOTE) and provide an authentic cultural context for the language being taught. Many Community Languages conduct classes in mainstream school premises through agreement with the school council.

Community Languages Schools are conducted by community organisations or individuals, outside regular school hours, and teach languages at the primary and/or secondary level for between two and five hours a week minimum.


All community languages schools seeking government support must be registered a legal entity, and undertake an accreditation process managed.

Community languages schools need to meet quality standards in the following areas:

  • Health and Safety and first Aid Course
  • Working with Children Check
  • Curriculum and Development for Staff

Main activities of Communities Languages Australia

  • LOTE Methodology Courses.
  • Professional Development Program delivered by Professionals and Experts
  • Insurance with OAMPS
  • Annual Conference
  • Raising Children Bilingually Seminars in cooperation with Melbourne University
  • Leadership Program for school educators


  • CLA is a member of the Australian Federation of Ethnic Schools Associations trading as Community Languages Australia.
  • CLA has representatives on the AFESA National Council which coordinates national activity in the community languages sector
  • CLA has assisted CLT to become registered and is working to organisation and is advocating on our behalf before Government.
  • CLA offers the opportunity to network nationally, enhance professional learning programs.
  • A National Conference is held annually with other conferences being held in States and Territories
  • CLA has generic Policy documents such as a Welfare Policy
  • Organisational and Administrative Manual
  • Child Safety Policy

Membership fee can be paid by direct deposit to below mentioned account.

Account Name : Community Languages Tasmania

BSB :633000

Account Number: 162674154