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Professional learning for community languages teachers

Free programs for Community Languages Schools
In partnership with the NSW Department of Education, the Sydney Institute for Community Languages Education offers three courses to support development of teachers working in community languages schools.

Courses

Our Certificate in Language Teaching, Diploma in Language Teaching and Certificate in Leadership and Management are funded by the NSW government and free to teachers working in NSW Community Languages Schools.

The Sydney School of Education and Social Work is endorsed to provide NESA-registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher and Highly Accomplished Teacher.

Completing the Certificate in Language Teaching will contribute 60 hours of NESA-registered Professional Development addressing 1.3.2, 2.1.2, 2.2.2, 3.2.2, 3.3.2, 4.2.2, 5.1.2, 5.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

The Certificate in Language Teaching is a 60-contact-hour professional-learning program delivered in face-to-face or mixed mode to teachers working in NSW Government-funded Community Languages Schools. 

The program will help you to:

  • understand how children learn and develop languages and how to teach them
  • engage and interest students in maintaining and extending their language and cultural abilities
  • plan lessons and assess student learning
  • develop resources and teaching activities that work with a range of students

As part of the program, you will visit mainstream schools to observe teaching. The classroom learning is interactive and practical, giving you confidence and new ideas in working with young children, teenagers and adults.

The program assessment is practical and involves developing resources, behaviour management strategies and classroom activities.

Applications for 2019

Applications for the Certificate in Language Teaching 2019 will be open from February 11–22. To apply for this program, please click on the link and complete the application form.

The Diploma in Language Teaching is a 60-hour face-to-face program for Community Languages Schools teachers in NSW who have completed the Certificate (see above) or equivalent.

The program will help you to:

  • plan units of work
  • develop advanced teaching skills
  • use technology in the classroom 
  • mentor other teachers.

For the assessment, you will research a topic of interest such as developing a school program or designing materials and resources that you will then present to other teachers in the program.

Applications for 2019

Applications for the Diploma in Language Teaching 2019 will be open from February 18 to March 1, 2019. To apply, click on the link and complete the application form.

The Certificate in Leadership and Management is a 60 contact-hour program for school principals, leaders and management committees.

You will learn up-to-date ways to teach students and design school programs, as well as develop skills in leading and supporting teachers. There is a focus on learning how to manage schools, organise finances and meet government requirements. 

For the assessment task, you will need to evaluate aspects of your school and develop a plan of action. To assist in this, experienced principals of community languages schools will mentor groups of participants.

Applications for 2019

Applications for the Certificate in Leadership and Management 2019 will be open from March 18–29. To apply, click on the link and complete the application form.

Course contacts

Program Director

Associate Professor Ken Cruickshank

Michelle McAlinden

Program Coordinator