Government partnership to establish community languages institute

10 November 2017

TheUniversity of Sydneyis receiving $7.6m in funding from the NSW Government to establish a research institute for community languages education.

University of Sydney Acting Vice-Chancellor,Professor Stephen Garton, said the institute builds on an established record of excellence in community languages education.

"Our commitment to community languages can be traced to 1975, when we became the first University in the state to train community language teachers," said Professor Garton.

"Our partnership with the NSW Government aims to lift our capacity for world-leading community languages education, as regional and global demand for language skills grows."

The Sydney Institute for Community Languages Education (SICLE) will have a number of research, training and engagement priorities, including:

  • a scoping study and review of the state’s community language schools;
  • the design of programs to support new syllabuses and curriculums for 54 languages;
  • professional learning courses for volunteer community language teachers;
  • the development of a ‘languages passport’ as a record of students’ learning achievements throughout their school years.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Minister for Finance Victor Dominello, and Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams, announced the partnership at the University of Sydney today.

"The NSW Government is partnering with a world-leading university, and Australia’s first university, to deliver the Community Languages Schools Program," said Premier Berejiklian.

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