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- As of 8 January, the updated, new-look Canberra Academy of Languages 2019 calendar is available on our events page.
- We are taking expressions of interest for 2019 enrolment, up to and including our registration evening in Week 1 (Thursday 7 February 2019).
- Our CAL End of Year Ceremony took place on 18 December 2018. See our news page for news from the event. The Convener's report for 2018 was released at our end of year ceremony.
Our purposeThe Canberra Academy of Languages is a not-for-profit organisation, 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 studentsOur 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 valuesWe value excellence, equity and a civil society. More details are in the CAL Charter.
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 commence our third year of program delivery, 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.
Convener, Canberra Academy of Languages
ProvisionThe academy provides language learning programs in selected languages for which courses have been endorsed by the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies. We are also exploring opportunities to develop courses in areas not currently offered in ACT senior secondary programs, for which there is an evident need in the Canberra region.
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 for French from the start of 2018 has been the Alliance Française de Canberra.
We will run programs for Continuing and Advanced French again 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. At this stage, there are not enough expressions of interest for German or Indonesian, but we may review this in January if the situation changes.
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).
Costs are $500 per term (which may be offset by any applicable subsidies), paid at the start of each term. This equates to about $12 per hour of program delivery.
Our next registration evening for enrolled students and their families will be held on Thursday 7 February 2019. See event details on our events page. For program details, see our Programs page and our resources repository.
See the section above for information about program provision.
Enrolment enquiriesTo enquire about enrolment for 2019, please email email@example.com and let us know:
- your name
- your contact number
- your current year level (eg Year 10, Year 11, Year 12)
- the language you would like to study
- if relevant, the Year 11-12 language units you have completed already or will complete in 2018 (not relevant for applicants currently in Year 10)
For information about session times and venues, see our Programs page.
Why learn languagesLearning languages provides cognitive, social and functional benefits. Mastering communication skills in another language delivers benefits that include:
- Improved thinking skills, with benefits in other learning areas and in broader life experiences
- A better understanding of how languages work, including English
- An understanding that other languages differ from English and an improved capacity to learn additional languages
- Direct access to literature, music, film and other expressions of culture in the arts and humanities through the target language
- Access to a new frame of reference and perspective for understanding and interpreting the world
- Ability to interact more effectively with speakers of the target language and to participate more effectively in the settings where the target language is used, in travelling, studying and working
- A greater capacity for intercultural understanding
- Greater understanding and acceptance of diversity
- Insight into the learner's own identity, values, heritage, and culture
- Broader employment opportunities, in both local and global contexts
More informationFor more about learning languages, see
Our online information
- Links to more information
- Languages.Org.Au – a resource for learners of languages, managed by the Canberra Academy of Languages
Other selected online resources
- Languages Course Framework, ACT BSSS
- Australian Curriculum: Languages rationale (ACARA)
- Second languages and Australian schooling (Lo Bianco 2009)
Canberra Academy of Languages
Languages.Org.AuLanguages.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 contactsand links to schools of languages in Australia
- Language-specific pages for French, German, Indonesian and Indigenous languages.
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