Professional learning

The primary and secondary teams at the Learning and Teaching Directorate offer a range of professional learning (PL) opportunities for teachers, available through MyPL (staff only).

Support for new K-10 syllabuses

Syllabuses are developed by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). Our role is to support teachers to become familiar with, and plan for new syllabuses, as well as to stay informed about changes to course and assessment requirements as they occur.

NESA has released new K-10 syllabuses for:

  • Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish, for implementation from 2019 (with K-6, Year 7 and Year 9) and from 2020 (with Year 8 and Year 10).
  • Arabic, Modern Greek, Turkish and Vietnamese, for implementation from 2020 (with K-6, Year 7 and Year 9) and from 2021 (with Year 8 and Year 10).

To find out more about professional learning relating to the implementation of these syllabuses, please visit the languages syllabus implementation section.

Early Stage 1 to Stage 3

To find out professional learning is available for K-6 language teachers, please contact or

Stage 4 to Stage 6

A summary of professional learning opportunities for language teachers 7-12. For more information, please contact or

eCourse – Languages K-10 syllabus familiarisation and planning

This course is designed to support teachers 7-10 from NSW public schools to become familiar with the syllabus content and messaging, as well as to plan scope and sequences, units of work and assessment tasks.

Search for course code RG04277 on MyPL.

The course is registered for 3.5 hours of professional learning and there are 4 cohorts for enrolment – Term 1, Term 2, Term 3 and Term 4 2019.

Network meetings

We support local networks with a range of professional learning opportunities. In 2019, this includes:

  • Shifting thinking – new K-10 language syllabuses (1.5 hours of registered professional learning)
  • Stage 6 school-based assessment in languages (2.5 hours of registered professional learning).

You can enrol in courses via MyPL. To find your local network, visit our language teacher networks page.

Statewide Adobe Connect updates

On Wednesday in week 4 of each term, a statewide Adobe Connect meeting is held to provide curriculum and project updates. Attending these online meetings can contribute up to 30 minutes to teacher identified PD.

Dates for 2019

Wednesday 27 February (note – Week 5 for Term 1)
Wednesday 22 May
Wednesday 14 August
Wednesday 30 October

Just log into our Adobe Connect room.

Download the how-to guide (DOCX 281 KB) to learn more about how to join our virtual meeting room.

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