About community languages schools

The NSW Community Languages Schools Program offers classes in more than 50 different community languages.

Classes are held outside normal school hours, usually at local government schools and families may be asked to pay a small fee to enrol their child.  They are open to any school-aged student attending a NSW government, Catholic or independent school. In NSW more than 34,000 students attend every year.

The NSW Community Languages Schools Program is managed by the Department of Education's Learning and Teaching Directorate on Level 3, 1 Oxford St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010. Postal address is Locked Bag 53, Darlinghurst 1300. In NSW almost one third of school students have family ties to a community language other than English.

The department helps school students learn and use their own community language - and learn more about their culture - through the NSW Community Languages Schools Program.

Community languages schools also help students who are preparing for the Higher School Certificate through the Outside Tutor Scheme and students who are learning a new language for the first time.

Every week more than 2,500 community languages school teachers prepare and present lessons in NSW outside normal school hours.

Community languages schools are supported by grants funded by the NSW government but are run by parents and community leaders.

Program benefits

Communities, families and students value the NSW Community Languages Schools Program. The program helps students learn and use another language and connects young Australians to the language, heritage and culture of their community.

It also helps build strong communities and it helps build respect in Australia for our many different cultures.

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