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Our purpose

The Canberra Academy of Languages was established in 2016 to expand opportunities for language learning in the Canberra region as a specialist facility preparing senior secondary students as local and global citizens. For more details, see the CAL Charter.

Our students

Our programs commenced in 2017. We provide courses for Year 11-12 students to continue learning in their chosen languages, where these courses are not available through their schools or other providers.

Our values

We value excellence, equity and a civil society. More details are in the CAL Charter.

Our plans

The Canberra Academy of Languages is registered with the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS) as a Specialist Education Provider, with effect until 31 December 2022.

See our current flier for an overview of our purpose, programs and plans.

As we plan our program for 2020, we look forward to continuing our work with students, families and schools in providing expanded opportunities for language learning that complement existing programs in languages offered in the ACT.


The Canberra Academy of Languages is a not-for-profit organisation. However, like any not-for-profit organisation, we need to ensure that we have the revenue to carry out the activities that relate to our purpose. The purpose of the Canberra Academy of Languages is outlined in our charter, which is in Schedule 2 of our Articles of Association.

Some not-for-profits are associations that derive their revenue mainly from membership fees – an example being the Modern Language Teachers' Association of the ACT (MLTA ACT). In our case, our major revenue source is enrolment fees. These enable us to cover the cost of program delivery, including teacher salaries, venue hire, public liability insurance and teaching resources.

Frank Keighley
Convener, Canberra Academy of Languages

Provision sequence

The academy provides language learning programs in selected languages for which courses have been endorsed by the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies, to complement programs available through schools or other providers. Our focus is on continuing and advanced levels in senior secondary languages. A practical threshold for entry to our continuing languages courses is about two years of high school study, or any equivalent of the A2 level based on the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Alliance Française - venue for CAL French from 2018 We delivered courses in Continuing and Advanced French in 2017 and 2018. Our students were highly successful in their learning through these programs. Our venue from the start of 2018 has been the Alliance Française de Canberra.

We are running programs for Continuing and Advanced French and German in 2019, delivering the units “The World Around Us” and “Lifestyle and Traditions”. Students in either Year 11 or Year 12 may participate, provided the units do not duplicate the ones they have already completed.

Languages to run in 2020 will be identified on the basis of expressions of interest that we receive leading up to our information evening on 19 September. See details below for enrolment enquiries.

CAL Languages 2018 Image - Eiffel Tower, Brandenburg Gate and Selamat Datang Monument

Enrolment sequence

Enrolment is via school-sponsored places (suggested when students reduce their workload by one line to undertake a language externally) or family-sponsored places (suggested when students undertake a course as an external line additional to their full-time day program).

Enrolment enquiries

To enquire about enrolment for 2019, please email your expression of interest to and let us know: We will take expressions of interest into account in preparing plans for 2020 to outline at our information evening on 19 September. We contact you about next steps for enrolment. We are also happy to meet with you to discuss your directions and help you to establish whether our programs will suit your needs. Please email or call us if you would like more information.

Why learn languages sequence

Learning languages provides cognitive, social and functional benefits. Mastering communication skills in another language delivers benefits that include:

Cognitive benefits

Social benefits

Functional benefits

More information sequence

For more about learning languages, see

Other pages on CAL website

Links on CAL website home page

Links on Languages.Org.Au

Languages.Org.Au is a resource for learners of languages, managed by the Canberra Academy of Languages, with a home page that provides links to organisational contacts and links to schools of languages in Australia; and language-specific pages for French, German, Indonesian and Indigenous languages. For example:

CAL on social media

Other selected online resources

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Canberra Academy of Languages

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A: GPO Box 1627, Canberra ACT 2601
T: +61-2-6152 9140

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