Community languages schools have been operating in Australia since the 1850s. In NSW there are over 36,000 young people learning one of 62 languages taught by 3000 volunteer teachers.
Sydney Institute for Community Languages Education (SICLE) works in four main areas:
In partnership with the NSW Department of Education, to support the development of teachers working in community languages schools, we offer:
These free programs are available to anyone teaching in NSW Department of Education-funded community language schools. They help teachers become more effective in the classroom, and offer qualifications for entry-level and experienced teachers as well as those in leadership positions such as principals and committee members.
Find out more about our programs.
The Institute was established to undertake a program of research in community languages education to support teachers, student learning, policy and program development. We have several research initiatives including:
We offer a regular research seminar series. Past speakers and topics have included Dr Anne Reath Warren (Stockholm University) on developing multilingual literacies in Sweden and Australia and Dr Simone Smala (University of Queensland) on community languages and social cohesion. To join our mailing list, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have completed a study of the professional learning strengths and needs of volunteer teachers in NSW community schools. This ground-breaking report involving survey data from 30 per cent of the 3000 teachers and interviews with more than 50 teachers highlighted the key role played by community languages schools and the educational, linguistic and economic benefits this group of teachers represents. This study will be launched in September and is available through SICLE.
We are currently completing a scoping study of the resources, organisation and teaching in community languages schools involving surveys and interviews with teachers and principals.
We have also produced a bibliography of recent research internationally into community languages education. For more information email us at email@example.com
An advisory group of researchers from NSW and ACT universities is being established to coordinate research efforts into community languages.
Ten schools and 1000 students are participating in a trial of an enrolment app to streamline school management. The project is being run by Sentral Education, a web-based software solution.