The ACT Community Language Schools Association is an umbrella body for community based language schools in the Australian Capital Territory. It has over 50 member schools and about 2500 students learning different kinds of community languages.

The main objectives of the association are:

  • To promote understanding and mutual respect among Ethnic Communities
  • To promote the teaching of languages, history and culture of ethnic communities
  • To co-ordinate and promote inter-ethnic school social and cultural activities
  • To promote the concept of multicultural education and provide language programmes for all students with in the ACT

Languages offered include: Arabic, Bangla, Cantonese, Chinese (Mandarin), Croatian, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, Greek, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Karen, Khmer, Korean, Macedonian, Maori, Mon, Japanese, Persian, Polish, Punjabi, Russian, Samoan, Serbian, Sinhalese, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Tongan and Vietnamese.

Each year we celebrate Community Language Schools Day which involves many of the member schools who come to share their cultural heritage in the form of song, dance and verse. Part of the services we provide include running professional development workshops for teachers in ethnic schools and interested members of the community, distributing funding to the member schools of the ACTCLSA and coordinating community events for member schools.

The Office of the ACT Community Language Schools Association is situated in the Theo Notaras Building, 180 London Circuit, Canberra City and is happy to help with any enquiries you may have regarding Community Language learning.

Please phone on (02) 6230-5191 or email actclsa@gmail.com for more information.
Office hours: Monday to Thursday 11.00am – 4.00pm

Our motto is Many Languages – One Voice.