New Resource a Boost for Community Language Schools

Monday 31 October

Community language schools have received a welcome new resource with the launch of the Community Languages Collection at the State Library of Western Australia.

The Collection will assist teachers from community language schools deliver language education, by providing a range of generic and in-language materials that are often expensive and out of reach for individual teachers and schools.

The Collection is being supported by the Liberal National Government with the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) funding $160,000 over three years to the State Library for the establishment and ongoing support of the collection.

The comprehensive resource collection is being delivered by the State Library in partnership with OMI, as part of OMI’s Community Languages Program (CLP), which provides grant funding to not-for-profit community organisations to develop and promote the languages and cultures of Western Australian communities by teaching languages other than English (LOTE) after school hours.

Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests, Dr Mike Nahan, said these schools provide a vital service to the community and it is essential that they have access to up- to-date resources.

“Community language schools are vital to our communities for maintaining language skills for social, cultural and economic purposes but they are often run by volunteers with limited teacher training and access to professional teaching resources. The Community Languages Collection will make available a range of hard-copy, digital, audio and visual resources that can be used in classes or in the development of lesson plans helping to ensure students are receiving the best possible language education.”

Fact File:

  • More than 4,350 students across Western Australia attend community language schools funded under the CLP.
  • 40 languages are currently supported by the CLP include Arabic, Greek, Hindi, Chinese, Tamil and Macedonian.
  • Teaching publications and resources will be available from the State Library and via the public library network.
  • More information about the CLP is available at www.omi.wa.gov.au

Media contact: Yasmine Phillips – 6552 5078 or 0438 496 270

Last updated on: 19 Dec 2016