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Languages Education Information Stall at NMF, posted 17 February 2018

There will be a Languages Education Information Stall at the National Multicultural Festival on Sunday 18 February. Stall organisers are the Canberra Academy of Languages, the ACT Bilingual Education Alliance and the Canberra Region Languages Forum.

Stall E6 will be located in Section E of the NMF footprint, on City Walk, near David Jones. See the NMF map. Look for a sign saying "Learning Languages Canberra".

Mother Tongue Multilingual Poetry, posted 17 February 2018

Come to one - or all - of our multilingual poetry events at the National Multicultural Festival over 16-18 February 2018 in Canberra. Enjoy great food, drink, company, music and - of course - poetry! Look for Stage 4 and Stage 7 on the National Multicultural Festival map.

Email if you want any other information. And we'll see you there!

Mother Language Walk, posted 17 February 2018, updated 19 February 2018

In 1999, UNESCO declared 21 February as International Mother Language Day, to be observed annually worldwide, promoting awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. On Sunday 25 February, come and celebrate your family languages and the many other languages spoken in the ACT area by joining the 2018 Mother Languages Walk across Commonwealth Bridge in Canberra.

For more information, see Facebook: 'International Mother Language Movement Canberra'.

Languages Forum Update, posted 12 February 2018

See this link for the latest update from the Languages Forum of the ACT. Items in this edition (some are updates of items from the December edition):
  1. Promoting languages at the Multicultural Festival
  2. Mother tongue multilingual poetry at the National Multicultural Festival in 2018
  3. Language activities for children at the National Multicultural Festival in 2018
  4. Mother Language Walk Sunday 25 February 2018
  5. Raising Children in more than One Language Sunday 4 March
  6. Languages education in the discussion of the Future of Education in the ACT
  7. ANU Diploma of Languages discontinued
  8. Canberra Languages Network
  9. Motion in Federal Parliament on Monday 12 February 2018 to observe International Mother Langhuages Day (IMLD)
  10. This is a Voice exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney
  11. ACT Bilingual Education Alliance (ACTBEA).
Copies of previous Canberra Region Languages Forum Updates are available at

Workshop with Gianfranco Conti, posted 29 January 2018, updated 8 & 16 February 2018

A reminder and update from MLTA Executive Secretary Annemarie Power:

We have an excellent PL opportunity taking place soon on Saturday 17 February 2018. We are lucky to have internationally renowned educator Dr Gianfranco Conti returning to present on ‘Metacognition and Language Skills’. It is not necessary to have attended the 2017 workshop with Gianfranco and the topics will be different to those in last year's workshop.

The registrations close Thursday 15 February (extended from the 9th), so don’t forget to sign up. All who attended his workshop last year were very inspired by Dr Conti.

Details at a glance:

No late registrations will be accepted so please make sure you register to avoid disappointment. Please note there is a $0.30 booking fee per ticket.

Morning tea and lunch will be provided – please ensure you provide us with your dietary requirements when registering.

For further background on Dr Gianfranco Conti please see:

If you have any questions, please email Annemarie.

AFMLTA Ready Set ... workshops update, posted 22 January 2018, updated 8 February 2018

The venue has now been confirmed for both AFMLTA Australian Curriculum Ready?Set?Plan! and Ready?Set?Assess! workshops, on Friday 23 March and Saturday 24 March 2018, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. These will be held at the Hedley Beare Centre for Teaching and Learning (HBCTL) on both days. These workshops are TQI accredited for five hours. Registration is via AFMLTA website at

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Language Forum update, posted 31 December 2017

See this link for the latest update from the Languages Forum of the ACT. Items in this edition:
  1. Promoting languages at the Multicultural Festival
  2. Mother tongue multilingual poetry at the National Multicultural Festival in 2018
  3. Some opportunities to learn languages over the summer
  4. Back to Your Roots Writing Competition for ACT Youth Aged 8–18
  5. Languages education in the discussion of the Future of Education in the ACT
  6. Language on the Move
  7. A new agreement with Open Universities Australia to share online language courses developed at the ANU
  8. ACT Libraries: hubs for language learning and teaching
  9. ACT libraries are looking for volunteer adult literacy tutors
  10. This is a Voice exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney
  11. ACT Bilingual Education Alliance (ACTBEA).
Copies of previous Canberra Region Languages Forum Updates are available at

Mother Tongue Multilingual Poetry at National Multicultural Festival next year, posted 19 December 2017

Mother Tongue Multilingual Poetry will be at the 2018 National Multicultural Festival - come and share a poem, or join the audience! You can read or recite a poem in a language other than English - or more than one language - at one of these showcases: For more information, see the details here or visit the Mother Tongue Multilingual Poetry Facebook page.

ELLA applications due this Friday, posted 13 December 2017

Applications close on Friday 15 December 2017 for the 2018 Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) Program. The ELLA program is an excellent way of introducing language learning and cultural understanding to young students attending preschool services through a digital and play-based program. See the four-page brochure provided by Education Services Australia. See also the A5 flyer. Further information is also available at

Japanese Language Course in Kanazawa, posted 13 December 2017

For teachers of Japanese – we have received details of the 28th Japanese Language and Culture course, sponsored by the Australia - Japan Society (ACT). They are calling for applications now for their course to be held in Kanazawa, Japan, in April 2018.

AFMLTA News in Brief December 2017 edition, posted 5 December 2017

The December 2017 News in Brief brings you news on:

Alliance Française December newsletter, posted 5 December 2017

The December newsletter from the Alliance Française includes news items on

Future of Education survey reminder, posted 23 November 2017

As advised to members by email on 10 November, the MLTAACT Inc. has been asked by the ACT Education Directorate to capture the views of our members and submit these to the Future of Education conversation. This is a unique opportunity for our voice to be heard as teachers of languages and to think ‘outside the box’. If you wanted to contribute to the discussion on the Future of Education from a Languages teacher perspective, please use the link in the message below to give us your thoughts. We will be closing the form COB tomorrow to collate your responses.

In February 2017, the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, announced the commencement of the development of a strategy for the future of education in the ACT. This stems from the government’s fundamental belief that every child deserves a great education and the life chances which flow from it. The central question being asked by the ACT Government is: ‘What do we want and expect from our school and early childhood education systems, are they providing it and what might we need to change?’

Please take the time to respond to the following survey on Google Form by Friday 24 November 2017.

Australian Curriculum: Languages program re-accredited for 2018, posted 6 November 2017

The program AFMLTA Ready?Set?Assess! Australian Curriculum: Languages Professional Learning Program, 002951, has been reaccredited for 2018 for 5 hours. The program will now appear on the 2018 Register of Accredited Programs.

Note that a teacher can only receive TQI credit as having attended an accredited program once, even if it has been reaccredited.

Japan Foundation Seminar, posted 6 November 2017

The Japan Foundation, Sydney Intensive Seminar for 2018 January is now OPEN.

Please note: As a result of revisions made to The Japan Foundation’s previous eligibility criteria, applicants who have participated in Intensive Seminars with the last three years are now eligible to attend.

Enquiries – Please contact Maki Russell-Smith, Program Coordinator from The Japan Foundation, Sydney on (02) 9239 0055, or email More information can be found at the Japan Foundation website.

Call for articles - Contact newsletter, posted 14 October 2017

Every semester we publish the CONTACT Newsletter with articles written by our members. If there is anything from Semester 2 you would like to share, please email me your article at deadline to send articles for Semester 2 is Friday 17th November (end of week 6 - Term 4)

Remember it doesn’t need to be long, you can ask your students to write something or reuse an article you already wrote for your school newsletter. It can be something about what your students are doing in class, a PD/conference you went to, an excursion, a trip overseas… Ideally, it would be great to have a picture to go with your article (Please consider media permission for students).

Last year, we started a new section called Reading and ICT ideas, so if you have read an interesting article / book / blog… if you have discovered a new ICT resource (App, Website, Google extension…), all you need to do is send me a quick email with a brief description!

Finally, if you have any happy news you would like to share (baby, wedding…) please let me know!

I look forward to receiving your articles. Ludivine Le-Gal, the Publications Editor for the MLTA ACT

National Conference for Australian Teachers of Italian, posted 12 October 2017

The Italian Language School (ILS) would like to extend an invitation to the Italian language teachers to attend the National Conference for Australian Teachers of Italian - 'L'Italiano al cinema l'Italiano nel cinema' - at the Embassy of Italy in Deakin, on Saturday 21 October 2017 from 8.45am to 4.15pm.

The course is designed to provide teachers with a comprehensive understanding of the language used in cinema and the way cinema is used to portray Italian culture both nationally and to a broader international audience. International guest speaker Donata Puntil from King's College, London, will be offering a practical workshop focusing on how to adapt, manipulate and use film clips within a second language acquisition context, providing guidance on planning and implementing lesson sequences.

The course has been accredited by the Teacher Quality Institute - TQI for 5 hours.

Please note that registration for the conference will close on 13th October 2017. Please refer to the flier for details.

Australian Curriculum K-10 Term 4 Workshop – working with the achievement standards in Languages, posted 7 September 2017

A two-hour TQI accredited workshop has been confirmed for teachers of Languages on Australian Curriculum K-10 Term 4 Workshop. The importance of Achievement Standards and unpacking levels of performance within a standard will be the focus of this workshop using AC: Languages.

Visiting performer in and about Japanese, posted 7 September 2017

Jarrod Hoare, a bilingual performing artist, who specialises in the traditional Japanese performing arts of Rakugo (comic storytelling) and Kyogen (comic theatre), is planning to tour the ACT in October. He can tailor interactive performances and workshops to suit any primary school, high school, university or community group audience. Performances can be in Japanese, English, or a mix of both. Costs are negotiable; usually from $3 to $7 per audience member. Performances / Workshops are usually 45 minutes - 1 Hour in length. A number of bookings for the same week can help to keep everyone's costs down.

Samples of Jarrod's work:

For further information, please see Jarrod's website.

Languages Forum of the ACT update, posted 6 September 2017

See this link for the latest update from the Languages Forum of the ACT. Items in this edition:

CAL information evening, posted 6 September 2017

The Canberra Academy of Languages information evening for families and schools about languages programs for 2018 will be at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, 6 pm, on Thursday 14 September 2017. Guests are requested to rsvp by COB 12 September to facilitate plans for catering. For more information:

AFMLTA News in Brief, posted 28 August 2017

AFMLTA News in Brief for August 2017 has been published with items on

AFMLTA Ready Set Australian Currulum: Language professional learning, posted 16 August 2017, updated 28 August 2017 & 29 August 2017

The planned Australian Languages: Curriculum professional learning workshops have been postponed until Term 1 of 2018. The AFMLTA wants to make the opportunity available to as many people as possible and it seems that the next few months are a busy time for people as registrations have been low across the country including the ACT. The new dates will be posted here when these are decided.
  1. Day 1: Ready?Set?Go? and Ready?Set?Plan! Australian Curriculum: Languages Workshop – date tba, 0900 to 1530 at HBCTL (This day is optional and it is not a pre-requisite for attending Day 2)
  2. Day 2: Ready?Set?Assess! Australian Curriculum: Languages Workshop – date tba, 0900 to 1530 at HBCTL
  3. Day 3: Collegiate Moderation Webinars (Afternoon/evening webinars will be facilitated by AFMLTA in 2018 for collegiate moderation conversations with teachers of your language from across Australia. You must have participated in the Ready? Set? Assess! Day 2 workshop to join these webinars.)

Neurolinguistics and Language Learning – professional learning with Dr Gianfranco Conti, posted 16 August 2017, updated 9 October 2017

We have been lucky to secure internationally renowned educator Dr Gianfranco Conti to present on Neurolinguistics and Language Learning. No late registrations will be accepted, so please make sure you register to avoid disappointment. We are using a new booking system for this event and payment is required at the time of registration. Please note that with TryBooking, there is a $0.30 booking fee per ticket. For further background on Dr Gianfranco Conti please see:

Alliance Française August news, posted 26 July 2017, updated 16 August 2017

The latest news from the Alliance Française. The professional learning session for French teachers, originally scheduled for 26 August, has been postponed to Term 1 next year. The new date will be posted here when confirmed.

Australian Curriculum, posted 25 July 2017

ACARA has launched a revamped website at Content remains the same, but presentation has been changed. The home page currently has a 3-minute video on how to navigate the new-look Australian Curriculum website. There are tabs for F-10 Curriculum, Senior secondary curriculum, Parent information, Student diversity and Reources. New features on the revamped website include a curriculum filter to provide quick access to resources.

The Education Support Office is offering a series of TQI accredited Australian Curriculum workshops. They have been heavily subscribed, so available places may be few in number.

AFMLTA News in Brief, posted 18 July 2017

AFMLTA News in Brief for July 2017 has been published with items on the 2017 conference, the planned 2019 conference in Hobart, awards (including Melissa Gould-Drakeley, a former MLTA ACT President), Ready Set Assess professional learning program information, and details of the 2017 AFMLTA Executive.

ANU Language Teaching Forum, posted 18 July 2017

The next ANU Language Teacher Forum will be held on Monday 24 July from 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm with Gabrielle Quadraccia on "Using culinary culture to create resources for the adult learner".

Video Matsuri 2017, posted 18 July 2016

Details have been announced for the Japan Foundation's Video Matsuri 2017 short film contest for students of Japanese. There are 4 categories – Primary, Junior Secondary, Senior Secondary and Tertiary. Students create their own films in Japanese language of 3 minutes or less using the 2017 signature item – ‘button’ somewhere in the film. Prizes include trophies, DVDs and Gift cards from Madman Entertainment.

Submissions are all online, and details can be accessed at the Video Matsuri contest page on Japan Foundation website. Some entries for previous years can be seen there under the ‘Hall of Fame’ tab. Entries close on 20 October 2017 and the results will be viewable online. For more information, please contact

Mini-Conference accreditation, posted 11 July 2017

The annual MLTA mini-conference, which will take place on Saturday 12 August, has received four hours of TQI accreditation. See details of the mini-conference below (originally posted 28 June).

Joe Dale workshop TQI accreditation, posted 5 July 2017

The Joe Dale workshop, which will be held on Saturday 22 July 2017 at HBCTL, has now received five hours of TQI accreditation. For workshop details, see the news item below, originally posted on 24 May.

Panda Competition, posted 2 July 2016

The 2017 Panda Competition, conducted by the Australia China Friendship Society, is open to students from Pre-schools, Primary schools and High schools in the ACT and Queanbeyan. The topic for this year’s competition is Chinese Dress/Costume through time. Closing date for entries is Friday 2 September 2017. Follow the link for details and entry form.

Italian Language Conference, posted 2 July 2017

The National Conference for Australian Teachers of Italian will be held at the Embassy of Italy on 21 October 2017. Follow the link for program and registration details. The end date for registrations is 13 October.

AEF programs, posted 2 July 2017

AEF has programs coming up at the Snow Centre for Education in the Asian Centre, Canberra Grammar School:

Alliance Française news, posted 2 July 2017

The latest news from the Alliance Française. Coming events include Bastille Day Breakfast, Speed Talking, Book Club.

Languages Forum update, posted 2 July 2017

See this link for the latest update from the Languages Forum of the ACT. Items in this edition: Ian Perry

MLTA ACT 2017 Mini-Conference, posted 28 June 2017, updated 11 July 2017

The MLTA ACT Inc. proudly presents the 2017 Mini Conference.

Theme: Teaching with Comprehensible Input (TCI-TPRS)
Date: Saturday 12 August 2017
Times: 8:30 am arrival and registration for a 9:00 am start and 1:30 pm finish
Venue: Hedley Beare Centre for Teaching and Learning (HBCTL), 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling ACT.
Cost: $50 (MLTA ACT members), $100 (non-members)
Catering: Morning tea provided
Registration: via online form before Monday 7 August
Details: See the flier for details about the annual mini-conference
Speaker bio: Follow this link for the bio of the keynote speaker, Ian Perry
Accreditation: This event has four hours' accreditation with TQI.

Japan Foundation Seminar, posted 21 June 2017

Applications are now open for The Japan Foundation's next Intensive Seminar, to be held in Sydney from September 25 to 28 (Monday to Thursday), 2017, for primary teachers (i.e. teachers of F-6 in Australia and Yr 1-8 in New Zealand). Pre-service teachers (tertiary students studying to become Japanese teachers in the future) are also invited to apply.

Event: Intensive Seminar for Teachers
Dates: Monday 25 September to Thursday 28 September 2017
Target: Primary and pre-service teachers
Participation Fee: FREE. However, seminar participants are not eligible for The Japan Foundation Travel Grant for Professional Development Event. Application submission deadline: online applications close Monday 31 July 2017.

More details, including links to the downloadable application guidelines and forms, can be found on The Japan Foundation website:

If you have any questions, please contact Kylie Ha, Program Coordinator at The Japan Foundation at

Fiona Arthur Language Teaching Award 2017, posted 20 June 2017

Nominations for the Fiona Arthur Language Teaching Award for 2017 are now open. Members are able to nominate themselves or nominate another member for the Award. The nominated candidate must demonstrably be: Please refer to the document at the link above for full details. Nominations must be submitted by COB Friday 22 September 2017 at

Language Perfect Listening Comprehension Activities, posted 9 June 2017

Available for free to ED ACT, MTLA ACT & ACT FRENCH member schools

Education Perfect have developed resources with over 300 extended listening comprehension activities across French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Indonesian, Italian, Chinese and Maori, with complimentary access to these until February 2018. PLUS as a DETEACT, MTLAACT or ACTFRENCH member, if you quote "DETEACT, MLTAACT or ACTFRENCH" in the field "Anything else we should know?" when you register, you will have a daily opportunity to win a $250 Education Perfect Voucher. For details, please see the flier.

Babel update, posted 9 June 2017

Dear Members

The AFMLTA recently provided an update to all state and territory Presidents about the publication and distribution of the editions of BABEL magazine.

For your information, a census of memberships is conducted by the AFMLTA on the 31 May of every year. If you renewed or joined the MLTA ACT Inc. before the 31 May you are entitled to receive the editions of BABEL magazine for that calendar year. Each state and territory MLTA pays an annual capitation fee to the AFMLTA which is determined by the number and type of memberships as at 31 May every year. For the MLTA ACT Inc. our capitation fee to the AFMLTA is $33 per member – this means that out of the $70 standard membership fee and the $40 student membership fee, the MLTA ACT Inc. pays $33 to the AFMLTA per member. Most of this capitation fee goes towards the publication and distribution of the editions of the BABEL magazine.

As you may be aware there have been delays in receiving the 2016 editions of BABEL (Volumes 51.1, 51.2 and 51.3). I have been advised that Volume 51.1 was recently posted to all 2016 financial members. Volumes 51.2 and 51.3 are currently with ACER and will soon be posted directly to all financial members (Volume 51.2 by the end of June and Volume 51.3 soon after that). This means that if you were a financial member in 2016 (renewed or joined prior to 31 May 2016) you will receive your Volume 51 editions of Babel magazines.

The AFMLTA has assured all MLTAs that the 2017 editions of BABEL magazine (Volume 52.1 and 52.2) are well in hand and are almost ready to be published and then distributed. They will be posted to the address provided by each 2017 member when they completed their 2017 membership form.

If you have any questions about BABEL then please email me.

Veronique Canellas

President MLTA ACT Inc.

ACER Assessment of Languages Competence (ALC) Tests, posted 8 June 2017

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) ALC is a suite of online tests, designed to assess primary and secondary students' linguistic skills. The ALC tests focus on listening and reading and are available in the following languages and at different levels:
Chinese Additional, Chinese Background speakers, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Modern Greek and Spanish.

ACER has developed four language tests as part of the Assessment of Languages Competence (ALC) which will be piloted FREE OF CHARGE in August. The tests for pilot are Chinese Additional Certificate 3, Chinese Background Certificate 3, Modern Greek Certificate 3 and Spanish Certificate 3. These tests would appeal to ACT Colleges and schools with Years 11 & 12 or to schools with students in Year 10 who have experienced a comprehensive languages program.

For details, please refer to the flier.

AFMLTA International Language Conference Scholarship, posted 5 June 2017

MLTA ACT is announcing an extra round in the call for applications the 2013 AFMLTA Conference Scholarship for 2017. This scholarship is funded by proceeds from the 2013 AFMLTA Conference, which was hosted by MLTA ACT in Canberra.

As per the prior round, we will support successful applicants with the registration cost for attending the 6-8 July AFMLTA Conference at the Gold Coast. Successful applicants will receive $575 towards their registration costs. Successful applicants will be reimbursed upon the presentation of receipts to the treasurer. More detail is provided in the PDF attached.

Applications are open now with a deadline of 5pm Friday 9 June (this Friday). Applicants will be advised whether they are successful by 5pm Thursday 15 June.

Information about the AFMLTA Conference 'Languages – Keys to Global Connections' at the Gold Coast is available through the conference page on AFMLTA website. If you would like to apply for the scholarship, please complete and submit the online form.

Reminder of copy deadline for the next edition of Contact, posted 26 May 2017Concours Georges Vincent, posted 26 May 2017

As discussed at the last French teachers' network meeting, here is a survey prepared by Jessica from the Alliance regarding the Concours George Vincent . Please take a few minutes, whether you have or have not taken part in this competition, to answer this survey.

Two-week stage in France, posted 25 May 2017

The Educational Tour Company (TETC) has five places left at the date of this posting for a two-week stage in France: See the details on TETC website or call 1300 050 833.

Joe Dale workshop, posted 24 May 2017, updated 22 June 2017, updated 5 July 2017

The Joe Dale workshop on Multimedia for language teachers will be held on Saturday 22 July 2017 at HBCTL. 8:30am arrival and registration for a 9:00am start and 3:45pm finish. The workshop is limited to 30 participants. The workshop was full, but there is now one place available as of 22 June. If you would like sign up for the new space, or to be placed on a waiting list in case we have other participants unable to attend, please email Annemarie Power, MLTA Secretary. As of 4 July, this workshop has 5 hours of TQI accreditation.

Workshop sessions:

ANU Language Teaching Forum: Learning from Language Apps

At the ANU Language Teaching Forum (4:15 to 5:15 pm, Monday 22 May 2017, Room W3.03, Level 3, Baldessin Precinct Building #110, ANU), Dr Peter Friedlander will present a seminar on Learning from Language Apps:

Language Perfect 2017 competition, posted 28 April 2017, updated 9 May 2017

The Language Perfect World Championships will commence next week (15th - 25th May). As an MLTA ACT member you can register all your students for FREE! Your students are already registered if they have a current subscription to Language Perfect. For any additional students, please enrol them ASAP! When subscribing, your partner code is MLTAACT. Your checklist:

  1. Register your students. Your students are already registered if they have a current subscription to Language Perfect. For any additional students, please enrol them ASAP!
  2. Warm Up! Get your students practising as soon as they are registered. It's a great opportunity to check out the Languages in Action content, which is free until the end of May. If you're after a winning strategy, you can discuss your game plan with the team at Education Perfect. You can book a time that suits you online.
  3. Bookmark the Language Perfect Steps to Success page. This link is your toolkit for engaging students and enabling them to achieve in the Education Perfect World Series. It is packed with great tips including those from past champions and is updated regularly during the competition season.
  4. Join the Language Perfect online EP community! Join teachers, students and supporters from all over the world as they post comments and photos, share tips, and cheer each other on!
To register as a teacher, follow this link. Education Perfect have a webinar week this week (May 8 to May 11) which will feature webinars on different aspects of using Language Perfect and all the new features. If you are interested, please register for the webinars. Education Perfect will also be running another webinar week later in the term.

Language Forum update, posted 20 April 2017

A new update is available from the ACT Languages Forum.

AFMLTA Conference, posted 20 April 2017

Reminder – follow this link for the AFMLTA 2017 Conference.

Also, please consider and advise one of your committee members of any possible nomination/s for the AFMLTA Awards. Please provide details of any nomination/s ahead of the committee meeting, which is next Thursday (27/4).

Teachmeet, posted 30 March 2017, updated 4 April 2017

The second MLTA event for 2017, an ACT Language Teachers' TeachMeet, will be held at Dickson Tradies on Friday 5 May 2017, with arrivals at 1700 for 1730 start. It will be a one-hour session with ten five-minute presentations of five minutes each, finishing at 1830 and followed by dinner for those who can stay.

Come along and meet your language teaching colleagues. Share good practice, practical innovations and personal insights in teaching with technology - or simply come along to listen and learn! This will be a free and relaxed professional learning and networking opportunity.

Indulge in some refreshments and relax whilst listening to presenters. Participants are welcome to continue networking over an informal dinner. Dinner, drinks and refreshments will be at the cost of participants.

Please go to this Google form for the teachmeet rsvp.

AFMLTA International Language Conference Scholarship, posted 30 March 2017, updated 4 April 2017

The 2013 AFMLTA Conference Scholarship is being offered for the first time in 2017. This scholarship provides financial assistance for members wishing to attend conferences to further their professional development by means of the payment of conference registration fees. Please refer to the PDF scholarship information document for details.

This year, we will be supporting up to 10 financial members with their conference fees for the AFMLTA Conference "Languages – Keys to Global Connections" at the Gold Coast from 6 to 8 July. Information about the conference is available at the AFMLTA website: Applications for this scholarship via Google form are due by 1500 (3 pm) Wednesday 26 April 2017.

All applicants will be notified if they have or have not been successful by 3pm Friday 28 April 2017. The scholarship will cover the Early Bird Registration Fee only ($575). Applicants will be reimbursed on presentation to the MLTA ACT Inc. Executive Treasurer, Clementine O'Sullivan, of receipt for payment of the conference registration fee. Please email Annemarie Power, Executive Secretary of MLTA ACT Inc (, if you need clarification or assistance with the application process.

AFMLTA 2017 Conference call for proposals, posted 27 February 2017

AFMLTA has published a call for proposals for the 2017 AFMLTA Conference, to be held at Bond University on the Gold Coast in Queensland from 6-8 July, 2017. The theme of the conference will be Languages – Keys to Global Connections.

Speakers will include

The deadline for submission of proposals is 18 April 2017.

Professional development in France with TETC Tours

January Stage for Teachers of French with The Educational Tour Company (TETC Tours) – limited availability, 30 participants

TETC advises that the January annual Stage is now open for bookings. The Stage has been specifically designed for Australian Primary and Secondary teachers and can be nominated as a Teacher Identified professional development activity for teacher registration.

To secure your place, email For more information, call TETC Tours 1300 050 833.

ELLA program

Applications close 5:00pm on 26 February 2017.

Please find attached the information about the 2017 ELLA program. ELLA is a fun, digital, play-based language learning program for preschool-aged children. Children are able to learn a language through apps called 'The Polyglots' used on tablet devices. In 2017, preschools may choose from one of seven available languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese or Spanish. Each preschool service will need to provide devices (tablets) and will be supported by a liaison officer, language and culture overviews, Educator App and Family App.

Applications are open for all Australian preschool services to participate in the 2017 ELLA Program and must be lodged before 5:00pm on 26 February 2017. Information about participation requirements and applications can be found at Further information about the ELLA program and the Polyglots apps can be found in the ELLA brochure and at the Early Learning Languages Australia page.

French network leader role, posted 22 February 2017

As announced at the French Network Meeting on Thursday last week, this year will be Myriam's last year as French network leader. Myriam has been doing this role for over 6 years and it is time for someone to take over and bring new ideas. Anyone who is interested in this leadership position would have the possibility to shadow Myriam this year. Furthermore, as an incentive, that person will also be able to attend the opening night of the French Film festival, for free, as her guest! Please contact her ASAP if you need more details or if you want to nominate for the role. Please note that this position can only be for someone working with the Directorate.

Meet and Greet Evening – FREE Event

A reminder about the MLTA ACT Meet and Greet Evening

When: 5:00pm for 5:30pm start on Thursday, 23 February
Venue: The Loft, upstairs at Duxton
Location: Cnr Sargood & MacPherson Streets, O'Connor shops

The Duxton
Remember to join or renew your membership with the MLTA ACT Inc. before 28/2/2017. In 2017, all new memberships and renewals must be completed online and payments made by Direct Debit. Instructions are on the website:

MLTA ACT Inc. will provide catered finger food.
Beverages at own expense.
If you have not yet done so, please register immediately via the google form (Extremely important for catering purposes).

Please promote this event to your colleagues.

Previous years

Versailles: Treasures from the Palace – professional learning event invitation


The MLTA ACT inc. have been working collaboratively with the National Gallery of Australia to prepare French teaching resources to support the upcoming Versailles Exhibition. All teaching resources align with the Australian Curriculum. See details in the previous notice below and the flier.

The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) will be hosting two professional learning opportunities suitable for teachers of French, History, Digital and Technologies and Visual Arts on Saturday 10 December 2016 AND Saturday 4 February 2017.

I would like to extend an invitation to you to attend the first professional learning session on Saturday 10 December 2016 from 9:00am to 11:00am at the NGA.

Please RSVP at

Véronique Canellas
President | Modern Language Teachers' Association of the ACT Inc.

Versailles: Treasures from the Palace – learning experiences and resources for the exhibition at National Gallery of Australia, posted 15 November 2016

Dates of the exhibition: 9 December 2016 – 17 April 2017


Free guided tours for education groups, 9.00-10.00am Monday-Friday
This is a fantastic opportunity to show your students treasures from the Palace of Versailles exclusively in Canberra at the NGA. More than 130 paintings, intricate tapestries, gilded furniture items, monumental statues and other objects from the royal gardens, and personal items from Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette, will bring to life the reigns of three Kings, their Queens and mistresses in a fascinating and often tumultuous period of French history.

Learning resources online for primary, secondary and senior students
Free Visual Arts, French language and Design and Technology educational activities and resources aligned to the Australian Curriculum will be available on the NGA Versailles website shortly. The French language resources have been produced by the Modern Language Teachers Association of the ACT (MLTA ACT Inc) in conjunction with the National Gallery of Australia. Audio guides for the exhibition have also been produced in English and French for children as well as adults. French children's audio tour has been produced in partnership with Telopea Park School.

Teacher professional development sessions
Saturday 10 December 2016 9.00-11.00am and 4 February 2017 10.00am-12.00pm Save the date! Two professional development sessions for pre-school, primary and secondary teachers will be held to introduce the exhibition, the learning resources and curriculum links for Visual Arts, French and Design and Technology. Find out what you and your students can expect from a visit to the exhibition and discover our new NGA Play space, the Versailles activity room. There will also be a free lecture on Versailles by Gerard Vaughan, NGA Director at 11.00am if you wish to attend. Participating teachers will be given complementary entry to the exhibition. To RSVP for this session please email: .

Learning programs at NGA are proudly supported by Tim Fairfax in honour of Betty Churcher.

For further information on the exhibition, programs and resources visit the exhibition pages on NGA website.

Teach Meet, posted 15 November 2016

A very well-attended Teachmeet was held at the Dickson Tradies on the evening of Friday 21 October, with short presentations listed below, followed by dinner for those able to stay on. An overview of the presentations will be published in the coming edition of CONTACT newsletter.

Mini-conference update, posted 1 August 2016

Reminder – the MLTA mini-conference will be held at HBCTL on 13 August 2016

National Symposium on Japanese Language Education, posted 27 July 2016

National Symposium on Japanese Language Education, co-hosted by The Melbourne Centre for Japanese Language Education, and the Japan Foundation Sydney, will take place on 4-5 November at the University of Melbourne. If you are a teacher of Japanese, please consider presenting at the symposium and letting your colleagues know about the symposium.

The deadline for the call for papers has now been extended. Teachers interested in presenting at the symposium should submit proposals by Monday 1 August.

Review of ACT Languages Policy, posted 18 July 2016

The ACT Government’s Language Policy Many Voices: The ACT languages policy 2012-2016 is up for review. The MLTA ACT Inc. encourages you to be involved in two ways - via responses using the feedback template and via public forums. As a member of the Committee of the MLTA ACT Inc., you can provide feedback about the current ACT Languages Policy. This provides us with the opportunity to have a voice as an Association which provides support to the language teachers in the ACT. You are invited to email your feedback to MLTA ACT President Veronique Canellas,, using the feedback template before Thursday 21 July. Veronique will collate the responses from the MLTA Committee as one submission. Let Veronique know also if you will be attending one of the Forums in the capacity as a MLTA ACT Inc. Committee Member.

1. Call for written comments on the current policy

The Community Participation Group (CPG) of the ACT Community Services Directorate is calling for community input via a template

The template covers 5 key areas of the policy:

In relation to one or more of these areas, you may like to Please email your feedback by close of business Friday 22 July using the feedback template to

2. Public forums

You are invited to attend one of two public forums to 1) hear reports on the community responses collected through the exercise above, plus responses from a similar template sent to ACT Government Directorates and 2) discuss the issues raised and provide further comments on the achievements of the current policy and ideas for new actions/priorities. Details of the forums:

To register for one of the forums (RSVP by Friday 5 August) or for more details of the ANU venue, please contact Lindsay Burge, Senior Policy and Projects Officer, CPG at or Mandy Scott at

Discussion at these forums, plus the previous written comments, will help guide the review process and provide input for the Directorate’s recommendations to government on the form and content of the Languages Policy 2016-2020.

For further information about the review process, please contact Dr Mandy Scott, Canberra Region Languages Forum at

Concours Georges Vincent, posted 18 July 2016

Enrolment for the Concours George Vincent 2016 is now open (Y8 to Y12 - ACT schools only). The Concours George Vincent is an annual French language competition organised by Alliance Française de Canberra since 1973 to give students of French in the ACT an opportunity to show their language skills outside the classroom. Each year, around 200 students enter the competition and the best pieces of work are rewarded with exciting prizes. The Concours can be entered at various levels, from complete beginners (1st year of French) to advanced. Any Y8 to Y12 student in your French class is welcome to enrol and take part in the competition.

Fiona Arthur Language Teaching Award, posted 18 July 2016

The MLTA ACT Inc. is pleased to announce that nominations for the inaugural Fiona Arthur Language Teaching Award are now open. The 19th June 2016 saw the one year anniversary of the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Fiona Arthur. The MLTA ACT inc. has been working with Fiona’s family to finalise the criteria for an annual Language Teaching Award in honour of her memory.

MLTA ACT Inc. members are invited to nominate themselves or nominate another MLTA ACT Inc. member for the Award. Nominations must be supported by a Principal or Senior Executive Teacher.

The award recognises the contributions that a member of the MLTA ACT Inc. makes to the teaching and learning of languages in the ACT.

The nominated candidate must demonstrate the following criteria:

Nominations should clearly address each of the three criteria. Nominations must be submitted by COB Friday 23 September 2016 at

A panel comprised of MLTA ACT Inc. Executive will meet after the nomination due date and assess all nominations against the criteria. The successful recipient of the 2016 award will be announced in Term 4 2016.

The recipient of the MLTA ACT Inc. Fiona Arthur Language Teaching Award will receive a perpetual plaque for their school, an Award Certificate and a voucher to the value of $450 for the purchase of resources from INTEXT.

For further information or enquires about the award, please email


Veronique Canellas
President, MLTA ACT Inc

Mini-Conference speaker for 2016, posted 1 May 2016

The MLTA ACT Inc. Mini-Conference will be held at HBCTL on Saturday 13 August 2016. Sharon Brissoni will presen Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol Model ( SIOP®). This was developed to make content material comprehensible to English Language Learners. This model is the result of the work of Jana Echevarria, MaryEllen Vogt and Deborah J. Short. It is used in bilingual settings across the United States. As a framework for organizing instruction, The SIOP® Model supports teachers in planning and delivering high-quality instruction for all students. There are eight interrelated components in the Model:
  1. Lesson preparation
  2. Building background
  3. Comprehensible input
  4. Strategies
  5. Interaction
  6. Practice and Application
  7. Lesson delivery
  8. review and assessment
Anissa Jones (Google Certified Educator) will facilitate two workshops on:
  1. Formative and Summative Assessment using GAFE Tools
  2. Using MyMaps & Tour Builder in the Languages Classroom
Registration, by Wednesday 10th August, is via Google form.

Cost is nil to MLTA members, $30 to non-members.

Language Learning Space PL, posted 1 May 2016

Language learning Space Professional Learning on Thursday 12 May 2016, organised by the ACT Education Directorate, for teachers of Japanese, Indonesian and Chinese, has received 2 hours of TQI accreditation.

National Symposium on Japanese Language Education: Visible and Valuable, posted 1 May 2016

The Melbourne Centre for Japanese Language Education together with The Japan Foundation, Sydney has launched the website for the National Symposium on Japanese Language Education 2016: Visible and Valuable. Please visit the website for all information including travel grants and early bird registration dates. If you would like to share knowledge, best practice or research findings please see the 'Call for Papers' details on the web page.

FIPLV Congress 1988 Scholarship 2016 reminder, posted 22 April 2016

A reminder: applications for the 2016 FIPLV Congress 1988 Scholarships (see below) are due on Friday 29 April 2016 at 5 pm.

FIPLV Congress 1988 Scholarship 2016, posted 15 March 2016

Applications for the FIPLV Congress 1988 Scholarship 2016 are now open. Please read the flier carefully and respond to the application guidelines by writing a MINIMUM one page application.

2016 applications are due by 5pm on Friday 29 April 2016. Please email applications to

This year the MLTA ACT Inc. will be making available up to $4,000 to be divided amongst successful applicants.

Successful applicants will be notified by email and letter by Monday 16 May 2016.

AFMLTA Ready?Set?Plan! Australian Curriculum Languages Workshop

AFMLTA Ready?Set?Plan! professional learning. The AFMLTA has organised a one-day workshop for ACT language teachers at HBCTL on Saturday 30 April 2016. This PL builds on last year’s one-day workshop (Ready?Set?Go! workshop). For event details please see the Events page. The cost for MLTA ACT Inc. members is $165 and for non-members is $195. Please register on-line by following the link in the attached document. More information is available on the AFMLTA website. The workshop has 5 hours of TQI accreditation.

Arts Olympiad, posted 23 February 2016

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Australia (TECO) is currently promoting the International Arts Olympiad. This is an opportunity for students in Years 9-12 to showcase their talent in Fine Art, Music and/or Dance. This is a global educational event with the opportunity for cultural exchange and collaborative work. Applications are due by 20 June 2016.

Indonesian or Chinese Language Teaching Assistant for your school, posted 23 February 2016

If you are a language teacher employed by ACT Education & Training and you are teaching at a school with an Indonesian or Chinese Program in 2016, there is the opportunity for your school to apply for a Language Teaching Assistant. Please ask your Principal or refer to the ETD Schools Bulletin dated 2 February 2016.

Goethe Institut Language Assistant Program, posted 23 February 2016

The Goethe Institut Australien is advertising a Foreign Language Assistant Program for Australian graduates under the age of 29 who would like to live, work and study in Germany, by taking up a posting as a foreign language assistant at a German secondary school for 9 months.

Teacher Scholarships, posted 23 February 2016

ACT Teacher Scholarships are available for teachers working with ACT Education & Training. Applications close on Friday 4 March 2016. In 2016, one of the identified system priorities is for Languages Education.

Study and research in Taiwan, posted 23 February 2016

For information on studying in Taiwan view the Study in Taiwan: 2016 newsletter. In addition, there are other research scholarships which enable Australians to study or research in Taiwan. See the Australian Government’s international scholarships website.

2015 APTAs, posted 23 February 2016

The Australian Professional Teachers Association’s awards acknowledge the exemplary innovation and leadership carried out by individuals and associations who have made outstanding contributions as volunteers to the work undertaken by professional teaching associations. For more information, follow the link or visit the website. Nominations close on Friday 26 February 2016.

Bridge Programs and School Partnerships

There are currently several Asia Education Foundation BRIDGE Programs and BRIDGE School Partnerships on offer:
  1. BRIDGE School Partnerships with Indonesia. Application close Sunday 14 February 2016.
  2. BRIDGE School Partnerships with Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Applications close Sunday 14 February 2016.
  3. BRIDGE School partnerships with Korea. Applications close 28 February 2016.

Phase 2 of Australian Curriculum: Languages Professional Learning in 2016

The MLTA ACT Inc. is pleased to announce that the AFMLTA will be holding Phase 2 of the Australian Curriculum: Languages Professional Learning Program Workshops in 2016. The Ready?Set?Plan! Workshop for ACT language teachers will be held on Saturday 30 April 2016 (Term 2 Week 1). Please keep this date free. Further information about this professional learning opportunity will be forwarded to MLTA members as soon as it becomes available. The AFMLTA News In Brief (NIB) is now available from the link here and also on the AFMLTA website.

Media release from LCNAU's National Languages Colloquium

LCNAU has issued a Media Release regarding following the National Languages Colloquium held last week in Sydney. Note the information about the launch of the University Languages Portal Australia (ULPA).

Update from ACARA on Australian Curriculum: Languages, posted 27 November 2015

The curriculum for Hindi, Turkish and the Framework for Aboriginal Languages and Torres Strait Islander Languages will go to the Education Council for endorsement in early December. Following endorsement, the curriculum will be made available on the Australian Curriculum website from mid-December.

The draft curriculum for Auslan and Classical Languages will go out for consultation in the second quarter of 2016.

More details in the ACARA update flier.

French overseas excursions briefing

If you are planning an overseas excursion next year, you may be interested in the following information:

Marc Boniface from Educational Tour Company and Philippe Minereau, vice principal from Ecole Saint Denis, a French Lycée in the Tours region will be visiting Canberra this coming Wednesday and a meeting has been organised for French teachers at the HBCTL from 4:30-5:30. Ecole Saint-Denis provides lessons and homestays to school groups. Vice-Principal, Philippe Minereau will be introducing his establishment and provide teachers with information on this particular French school, he will talk about their experience with past students' group from NSW and present how lessons and homestays can fit into a 2 week itinerary.

If you are interested and planning to come along, please RSVP Myriam Davies by Tuesday 17/11/2015.

Dinner cancellation

Due to limited numbers of MLTA ACT Inc. members indicating their attendance at the Term 4 MLTA dinner scheduled for this Thursday 5 November, the Executive Committee have decided to cancel this event. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Please remember to forward any articles for the CONTACT publication directly to before the end of Week 6 (20 November 2015).

We look forward to bringing you events in 2016, starting with the Meet and Greet on 25 February 2016.

Term 4 Dinner

MLTA Term 4 dinner
When 6 pm Thursday, 5 November 2015
What Buffet Dinner with guest speakers and Trivia Quest
Where 8 Jardine St, Kingston ACT 2604
Cost $25 for members and $35 for non-members
RSVP by Tuesday 2nd November 2015.  

FIPLV Congress 1988 Scholarships Round Two for 2015 reminder, posted 9 September 2015

This is a reminder that the FIPLV Congress 1988 Scholarships Round Two for 2015 are due on the last day of this term.

Patji-Dawes Award to Honour Outstanding Achievements in Language Teaching by an Accomplished Practitioner, posed 6 August 2015

Nominations are invited for the Patji-Dawes Award to Honour Outstanding Achievements in Language Teaching by an Accomplished Practitioner. The Patji-Dawes award is an initiative of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language through its Communications and Outreach Program, which includes a commitment to improving levels of multilingualism and mastery of other languages in Australia through understanding and public debate on how we learn (and teach) second and other languages most effectively. The teaching may take place in any setting — school, university, private language school or an indigenous community — provided that the learner is led, by the teacher’s inspiration, to a high level of mastery in the chosen language. Details of the very simple nomination process can be found at: Deadline for nominations: 20 August 2015.

Key dates:

Joe Dale workshop update, posted 14 July 2015

The Joe Dale workshop (see Events page) has been accredited with the Teacher Quality Institute (TQI) for 5 hours. The workshop is now full.

AFMLTA Conference 2015, posted 10 July 2015

The 2015 AFMLTA Conference has commenced in Melbourne. The guest speaker at the reception, held in the Immigration Museum on Flinders Street, was Acting PremierJames Merlino, who spoke of the importance of education and of language learning. The contingent from the ACT gathered for a photo after the formalities concluded.

Fiona Arthur, posted 23 June 2015

It is with deep sadness that we advise you that our friend and colleague Fiona Arthur passed away on Friday 19 June. Fiona had been receiving chemotherapy for lymphoma and after a very brief illness was transferred to palliative care at Clare Holland House. Many of us had the chance to work with Fiona and will remember her as a vibrant person, a passionate and inspiring educator and a fervent advocate for languages. Fiona was an accomplished colleague as a teacher of French, Italian, English and ESL and as a school leader in a broad range of roles. Fiona is a former President of the Modern Language Teachers' Association of the ACT and she was for many years a member of MLTA Committee. In recent years, she worked at Gold Creek School, Lake Ginninderra College, in the International Education Unit, at Narrabundah College and in ACT Education and Training Curriculum Section. She also contributed to ACT and Australian education as panel chair for BSSS accreditation panels and as a member of an ACARA BSSS working party for senior years Australian Curriculum. We send our condolences to the family and friends of Fiona.

Treasurer position filled, posted 22 May 2015

The Special AGM and Term 2 dinner was held on Thursday 21 May 2015 at the Kingston Hotel Restaurant and a new Executive Treasurer has been elected. It was extremely pleasant to have held our Special AGM whilst relaxing on comfortable lounges in front of the fireplace followed by a delicious meal and great conversation. Thank you to the members who attended. The Executive Committee would like to extend a warm welcome to Mary Thorp from St Mary MacKillop College as the MLTA ACT Inc. 2015 Executive Treasurer. We trust that Mary will enjoy the personal rewards of taking on this important role. All MLTA executive positions for 2015 have now been filled. The MLTA ACT Committee and members would like to thank Jennifer MacDonald for her commitment and dedication as our past Treasurer. Jennifer has done a fabulous and professional job in her role as the Treasurer.

Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowships programme ceasing, posted 14 May 2015

The MLTA President has received notification that following the announcement of the Commonwealth 2015-16 Budget, the Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowships programme is ceasing from 1st July 2015 with no further scholarships offered for 2016 and beyond. Announcements confirming the program’s cessation appear on the Australian Government Department of Education and Training website and also on the Scope Global’s ELTF websites. See the ELTF website and Australian Government Education Department website. The matter is under discussion by MLTA executive.

MLTA Special AGM and Networking Dinner, posted 14 May 2015

MLTA ACT will hold a Special AGM and Networking Dinner at the Kingston Hotel Restaurant on Thursday 21 May from 6:00 pm. Come along, bring a friend and meet your language teaching colleagues. On this evening, you will also have the opportunity to nominate and/o0r help elect a Treasurer for your MLTA.

RSVP by Tuesday 19th May to:

Language Learning Space, posted 3 May 2015

The Language Learning Space is a website funded by the Australian Government and available at no cost for students and teachers of Chinese, Indonesian and Japanese. There are hundreds of resources and services available and a comprehensive professional learning program:

Meet and Greet 2015 reminder, posted 17 February 2015

Reminder: The first MLTA event for 2015, Meet and Greet,will take place on Thursday 26 February 2015, 4:30 pm for 5 pm start, at The Loft, upstairs at Duxton, Corner Sargood & MacPherson Streets, O'Connor shops.

AFMLTA Conference 2015

In 2015, the AFMLTA celebrates its 20th conference. Our anniversary theme, Pedagogies for a plurilingual Australia, is both a statement about Australia's multilingual reality today and an aspiration for our future. The conference will provide you with a forum for the sharing of ideas, research findings and best practice approaches to language teaching and learning in Australia and from around the world.

AFMLTA 2015 will be held in Melbourne, Victoria 9-12 July, 2015 on the Parkville campus of The University of Melbourne.

If you would like to present your work at #AFMLTA2015, you still have until February 20, 2015 to put in a proposal – please visit the AFMLTA call for papers site.

Please note that early bird registration closes at the end of March. More details of #AFMLTA2015 can be found at

Australian Curriculum: Languages Professional Learning Program, posted 17 February 2015

To ensure you are able to register online for the March AFMLTA/MLTA Ready?Set?Go! Australian Curriculum: Languages Professional Learning Program.

The AFMLTA and the MLTA ACT Inc. would like to invite all teachers of languages in the ACT to participate in the upcoming AFMLTA/MLTA Ready?Set?Go! Australian Curriculum: Languages Professional Learning Program.

This one-day workshop has TQI registration.

Date: Saturday 14 March 2015
Time: 9am – 4pm
Cost: $165 inc GST for MLTAACT Members* $195 inc GST for non-MLTAACT Members
Venue: B8, Blackfriars Building, Australian Catholic University



This one-day workshop will:

The program includes three interactive modules, based on the shape and design of the AC:L, and working with the language specific curricula across the pathways.

Following the one day workshop in Canberra, participants will be able to collaborate online with other Languages teachers involved in these workshops being held around Australia in March. Connect with colleagues across the country to share teaching approaches and resources to support implementation of the Australian Curriculum: Languages.

The MLTA ACT is pleased to be able to sponsor part of our MLTA members' registration fee for this workshop.

Register online by Monday 2 March to be part of this national Professional Learning opportunity! Register online by Monday 2 March to be part of this national Professional Learning opportunity!

Alliance Française French Film Festival, posted 17 February 2015

The Alliance Française de Canberra and Palace Electric Cinema have selected six films to be presented as special school screenings during the 2015 Alliance Française French Film Festival. They are:

More information:
French Film Festival general information
Information for French teachers (scroll down for the film festival)

Hakuho Scholarships, posted 17 February 2015

Applications are once again open for the 7th round (2015/16) of Hakuho Scheme scholarships. One high school in Australia will be chosen to participate in the program, which consists of two all-expenses-paid trips to Japan. The first is two weeks of teacher training, while the second is an exchange opportunity for 4 students.

More detailed information about the program can be found here. Applications must be received by JPF Sydney no later than Friday 13 March. All enquiries, including application form requests, should be sent to

International Japanese Camp Bangkok, posted 17 February 2015

JPF Bangkok are inviting students and teachers from Australia to attend their International Japanese Camp, from 9–13 May 2015. The camp will gather students of Japanese from all over the world in Phuket for a five-day immersion camp to help students level up their Japanese. All camp costs will be covered by the Thai Department of Education, but participants will have to fund their own transport to Phuket.

Interested students should be in Years 10–12, and have a good grasp of Japanese. Interested teachers should be currently teaching senior secondary students, and have a Japanese level of at least JLPT N4. Applications close Monday 16 March 2015. For further information, as well as application forms, please contact

Study tour to Chongqing, posted 22 December 2014

The Confucius Institute at La Trobe University invites you to join in the 2015 Chinese Language Teachers Study Tour to Chongqing, China. This 10 day tour, 29 March to 8 April 2015, offers Chinese language teachers an opportunity to refresh language teaching skills, share resources, engage in pedagogy-focused workshops and interact with China-based peers from Chongqing University and local international schools in Chongqing. Costs are subsidised by the Confucius Institute.

Events for 2015, posted 2 December 2014

This is a "claim the date" for two key events at the start of 2015: More details on events page.

Term 4 dinner, posted 28 October 2014

Details for the Term 4 dinner

Come along, bring a friend and meet your language teaching colleagues. Be inspired by our guest speakers, Celia Bazalar Spanish Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowship 2014 and Lynden Lawton 2014 FIPLV Congress 1988 Scholarship winner Italy.

Languages workshop with ACARA

The ACT Directorate and ACARA are offering the language teachers of the ACT an opportunity to attend a workshop facilitated by ACARA about the new Australian Curriculum: Languages, on 6 November 2014 at Hedley Beare Centre.

The workshop will be held on Thursday 6 November at the HBCTL from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Please find all the information in the attached flyer.

TQI recognition, posted 19 September 2014

The MLTA ACT Inc. is now a TQI Recognised Provider of Professional Learning. The 2016 Mini-Conference, held on Saturday 23 August, has received approval from TQI. See the MLTA ACT conference web page.

Reminder about EOIs for presentations, posted 29 July 2014

The end date for EOIs to present at the August Mini-Conference has been extended to COB today. See below..

Past AFMLTA Executive member in Malaysian Airlines MH17 tragedy, posted 22 July 2014

We were very sorry to learn that respected past AFMLTA Executive member Nick Norris, from Perth, as well as his grand-children Mo, Evie and Otis Maslin, were on board when Malaysian Airlines MH17 was shot down over Ukraine. Our thoughts are with his family. Nick was active in MLTA WA in the 1980s and was a well known leader in languages education and as a senior school leader.

Languages in Australian Curriculum, posted 22 July 2014

A significant milestone in Australian education history: four languages curricula have been made available in the Australian Curriculum. These are currently listed by ACARA as "Available for use; awaiting final endorsement".

Call for articles - MLTA ACT, posted 3 July 2014 Contact Newsletter

As the new Editor of the Contact newsletter, Ludivine Le Gal is planning to get the next edition ready to be published at the beginning of Semester 2. As always, many of you did amazing things, either personally or with your students (Professional Development, overseas trip, excursions, language competitions, language assemblies…). If you have the time and would like to write a short article for the Contact Newsletter, please email her by the end of this week at If you have any pictures, please attach them as well.

Claim the date and EOIs for presentations at MLTA ACT Mini-Conference, posted 3 July 2014

Claim the Date

This posting is to ask you to set aside Saturday 23 August, 2014 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm for our Mini-Conference. For the benefit of all of our new members, we begin the morning with a healthy breakfast, attend workshops/presentations followed by morning tea and then more workshops/presentations. It is shaping up to be another exciting event that you will not want to miss. Further details will follow early next term. So stay tuned!!!!

Expression of Interest

We are seeking expressions of interest from teachers/colleagues who would like to present a short workshop at our Mini-Conference on Saturday 23 August. The workshop will need to depict best practice and align with the National Professional Standards for Teachers. Please submit your expression of interest to me ( by the end of Week 2 Term 3 (Friday 1st August) stating

  1. Title/Topic of the workshop
  2. Abstract: What is the workshop/presentation about?
  3. Short biography
  4. National Standards addressed
  5. Specific requirements: Projector etc

Endeavour Language Teaching Fellowships (ELTF), posted 11 June 2014

Applications are invited for the 2015 ELTF program. Follow the link for details. Applications close Sunday 6th July. The 2015 ELTF program will involve 10 in-country study programmes, to be held over a three week period in January 2015. For additional information, see the information booklet and the media release.

Australian Curriculum, posted 11 June 2014

Australian Curriculum: Languages for French, Italian and Indonesian are published on the Australian Curriculum beta site

Like Health and PE, Technologies, Humanities and SOSE: Economics and Civics and Citizenship, these language documents were ‘noted’ at the April 2014 meeting of the Ministerial Council and are being made available on the Australian Curriculum website as ‘Available for use; awaiting final endorsement’.

Integrating iPads in language teaching, posted 27 May 2014

The next MLTA event is on Integrating iPads in language teaching with Joe Dale at Aranda Primary School on Monday 2 June from 2pm to 6pm. Participants will need to bring iPads. The workshops will be open only to members and will be free. Anyone who is not a member who would like to attend will need to join beforehand. Please contact Ms Jennifer MacDonald our treasurer at

Session 1 - Promoting listening and speaking, pronunciation and confidence with the iPad
In this session, we shall look at a range of apps for recording and editing audio, combining images with a voiceover and creating engaging animations and narrated slideshows which help to improve listening and speaking skills

Session 2 - Improving reading and writing with the iPad
In this session, we will be creating multimedia eBooks and digital postcards. We will also examine apps for revising vocabulary, note-taking, creating cartoons, using collaborative whiteboards and classroom voting.

A selection of Joe's work:
London March 2014 on using iPads to promote listening and speaking skills

Language Perfect, posted 14 May 2014

Modern Language Teachers' Association ACT Language Perfect World Championships 2014

We're very proud to join 50 other Teachers' Associations as Official Partners of the Language Perfect World Championships, the world's premier online languages competition. We are also very grateful that Language Perfect is giving all of our members 50 free entries into the competition!

Exciting news: we will have our own partner scoreboard, where members of our association can see how they rank against each other. Finally, Language Perfect has also provided us with a special MLTA ACT trophy, which will be presented to the top school in our network. Many schools are already involved, and we encourage everyone to participate and help raise the profile of language learning in this fantastic event.

Remember to use our partner code MLTAACT to redeem your 50 free entries. Note that existing Language Perfect users are automatically registered. Visit the official competition website at Register at

Term 2 dinner, posted 14 May 2014

See the events page.

April message from president, posted 22 April 2014

I hope that you are enjoying Stand Down and catching up on some well deserved rest. It has been an extremely busy Term 1 for everybody and as a result you may have forgotten about your 2014 MLTA ACT Inc membership renewal. Thank you to our members who have renewed their membership and joined us at the Meet and Greet in February. If not, your 2013 membership expired on the 28 February this year. We have some exciting events planned for you all this year. We have left the membership fee at $60 for the year for full membership and $30 for students.

The Professional Development we will offer this year will be tied to the TQI guidelines as much as possible. Remembering that TQI requires you to engage in a range of professional learning experiences and record it. All teachers need to record and reflect on a minimum of 20 hours throughout 2014 to meet the requirements for registration renewal in 2015. This can be in Accredited Programs and Teacher Identified Activities. For further information, please refer to the Fact Sheet that was included with your 2014 TQI card from TQI or on the TQI website.

As a member of the MLTA ACT Inc you will receive BABEL publications. As a member, you will also be invited to attend our events each term which are always well supported and subsidised by the MLTA ACT Inc. We have some innovative and exciting professional learning opportunities coming up this year. MLTA members also have the opportunity to receive FIPLV scholarships and you will be kept informed of conferences and other opportunities for professional learning as they come to our attention.

If you are in Brisbane these holidays then consider attending the Language Perfect events - 2014 Education Perfect World Series Launch Ceremony (Monday 28 April) and the Education Perfect World 2014 Conference (Sunday 27 April). More details are available at

If you have colleagues who are not receiving MLTA emails then please forward this information to them. A new email list of 2014 current MLTA ACT Inc members will be generated soon and if you have not renewed your 2014 membership you will cease to receive emails from the MLTA ACT Inc. As your association we are here to Work 4U and promote language learning in the ACT. If you have renewed your 2014 membership, thank you. Please spread the word about our wonderful association and enjoy the rest of Stand Down.

Véronique Canellas

2014 office bearers, posted 28 March 2014

Officer bearers for 2014 were elected at the AGM on 19 March 2014. See the home page for details.

AGM, posted 13 March 2014

Date: Wednesday 19 March 2014
Time: 4:15 pm to 5:30 pm
Venue: Telopea Park School
Refreshments: Finger food before and after business of the meeting
Agenda: here
RSVP: by Monday 17 March for catering purposes

Meet and Greet, posted 14 February 2014

The MLTA ACT Inc Executive Committee would like to welcome you back to the 2014 school year and hope that you have all settled back into the school routine or study routine. We would like to invite you to our first MLTA event for 2014 - "Meet and Greet" 2014. If you have any teaching colleagues/fellow students that have moved schools or have joined your school and are not members of our wonderful MLTA then please pass this email and details onto them so that they know about this event and our association.

What: "Meet and Greet" 2014
When: Thursday 27 February, 2014
Time: 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Where: Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton, Canberra, ACT, 2600.
Catering: Finger Food will be provided. Purchase your own drinks/beverages.
Purpose: Share the "MLTA Works 4U Plan" 2014 and meet fellow language teachers.
Other: Opportunity to pay for 2014 memberships and submit 2014 membership forms.
RSVP: No later than Monday 24th February (For catering purposes) to

Contact Newsletter, posted 20 December 2013

The MLTA Contact Newsletter for December 2013 has been published.

COACTEA Event, posted 8 November 2013

"Teaching for the Future: the classroom as a pathway to global citizenship"
National Press Club
Wednesday 13 November 2013, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
This seminar, presented by Dr Anne Gallagher AO, was an inspiring final event for the year.

MLTA ACT Term 4 Dinner, posted 24 October 2013

The Term 4 dinner is being held at Harem Turkish Restaurant, Kingston
Thursday 7 November 2013
$15 for current members, $33 for non-members.
RSVP: Tuesday 5 November, 2013 to

MLTA ACT Mini Conference, posted 7 August 2013

The mini conference will take place at ACU Signadou on 17 August. See the conference page for details.

AFMLTA Conference schedule, posted 19 June 2013

The schedule (program) for the July 2013 AFMLTA Conference has been published on the conference website:

Conference schedule

Professional Standards Project - Languages, posted 7 August 2013

From the PSPL website: The Professional Standards Project - a major national professional learning initiative designed to support teachers of Languages in their daily work.

This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations through its School Languages Programme.

The project is being developed and implemented by the Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations (AFMLTA), with the Modern Language Teachers Associations (MLTAs) in each state and territory, and the Research Centre for Languages and Cultures Education (RCLCE) at the University of South Australia.

See the PSPL website for details.

MLTA constitution update, posted 19 June 2013

As advised on the home page of MLTA ACT website, the association's constitution has been updated. See the 2013 version at:

MLTA ACT 2013 Constitution

MLTA AGM minutes, posted 16 April 2013

The minutes of the AGM are now online.

MLTA AGM 21 March, posted 9 March 2013

The 2013 Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the MLTA ACT will be held at Telopea Park School on Thursday 21 March.
Refreshments will be provided.
See the AGM documentation for the invitation, agenda, nomination form and proxy form.

FIPLV Scholarship, posted 9 March 2013

Details of the FIPLV Scholarship arrangements for 2013 are now available - see the flier about opportunities provided for you by MLTA in 2013 and the call for applications for the 2013 FIPLV Congress 1988 Scholarship 2013. Applications are due by 25 March 2013.

Accommodation deals for National Conference, posted 3 March 2013

MLTA ACT has negotiated deals with leading accommodation providers for the national conference. See the accommodation section of the MLTA ACT conference page for details.

Registrations open National Conference, posted 4 February 2013

Message to all members from Greg Dabelstein, AFMLTA Webmaster:

Dear all

Registration to the 19th biennial AFMLTA National Conference is now open.

There are special earlybird rates for both members of MLTA and non-members. Don’t miss out.

For all information about registration types, please visit the dedicated conference website at



MLTA ACT an official partner in the Language Perfect World Championships, posted 21 January 2013

MLTA ACT is an official partner in the 2013 Language Perfect World Championships. Registrations are now open for the Language Perfect World Championships 2013: 20th - 30th May 2013. Teachers who are MLTA ACT members can use the code MLTAACT to claim 50 free student entries (usually AUD$5 per student). Follow this link to register:

National Conference, posted 17 January 2013

The AFMLTA Conference (national conference for teachers of languages) will take place this year in Canberra. See the MLTA ACT Conference page for information about the 2013 annual conference, to be held from 5-8 July 2013 at the Australian National University. Reminder: the call for papers closes on 25 January.

Japan Foundation grants, posted 11 November 2012

Japan Foundation Head Office Grants are now open. The closing date for applications is Monday 3 December 2012. See the letter from the Japan Foundation.

Call for papers - Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy, posted 11 November 2012

The Academic Exchange Quarterly has issued a call for papers on Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy. The closing date for submissions is the end of November 2012.

Canberra Region Languages Forum Update October 2012

See the latest update from Mandy Scott from the Canberra Region Languages Forum.

Free Thai intensive course this week, posted 22 October 2012

For those interested, there is a free Thai intensive language course this week. For details, see the flier.

New resources on NDLRN, posted 22 October 2012

The National Digital Learning Resources Network (NDLRN) houses over 12,000 free digital curriculum resources which can be accessed via the state/territory portals.

New to the network is a national collection of Asian languages and studies resources covering China, Indonesia, Japan and Korea. These have been harvested from the National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program (NALSSP). They offer ways to increase student knowledge of the languages and cultures of some of Australia’s key regional neighbours. See details in this article. To access the resources, visit

Draft paper on professional standards for lead teachers in languages, posted 12 September 2012

Feedback is sought on the Draft paper on professional standards for lead teachers in languages. Please forward comments to Meri Dragicevic (MLTA ACT President).

MLTA ACT Conference, posted 18 July 2012

See the MLTA ACT Conference page for information about the 2012 annual conference, to be held on Saturday 18 August.

25th Anniversary of MLTA incorporation, posted 11 July 2012

The MLTA incorporated as MLTA ACT Incorporated (MLTA ACT Inc.) on 13 July 1987. We mark the 25th anniversary of this event in 2012!

MLTA Meet and Greet, posted 25 February 2012

The MLTA Meet and Greet cocktail party is on Wednesday, 29 February starting at 4.15, at Kurrajong Hotel Terrace in Barton. For catering purposes, please confirm your presence ASAP to

Practice of the National Professional Standards, posted 14 October 2011

We have had a request (from the President of APTA, Sue Gazis) for two ACT teachers who can illustrate Practice of the National Professional Standards.

Provide an illustration of practice for annotation at the Proficient level for one of the following descriptors from the Professional Engagement Domain - 6.1; 6.2; 6.3; 6.4; 7.4.

If you would like to contribute to this AITSL project, please reply to Sue Wilson whose email address appears below:

Sue Wilson []
Lecturer, Science Education and Mathematics Education
Science Coordinator & Deputy Hub Cap SiMERR ACT, Project leader, ACT EfS Project
Australian Catholic University Limited Signadou Campus - Canberra 223 Antill St, WATSON ACT 2602

Phone: 02 6209 1141
Fax: 02 6209 1185
Mobile: 0402 205 333

Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE Project, posted 14 October 2011

Applications for the 2012 Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE Project close Friday 21 October. <

Established in 2008, the Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE Project has established 65 school partnerships between Australia and Indonesia providing unique professional learning opportunities for teachers and enabling teachers and students to connect across cultures.

The objectives of the Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE Project are to:

  1. create and support school-to-school partnerships.
  2. improve the intercultural knowledge and skills of all participants.
  3. enhance the ICT knowledge and skills of all participants.
  4. build professional knowledge and skills, including strategies of effective teaching practice, among participant teaching staff
Support your school’s implementation of the Australian Curriculum through the cross-curriculum priority of Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia and the general capability of Intercultural Understanding by participating in the BRIDGE Project.

APPLY for participation in BRIDGE for 2012

LISTEN to teachers discussing their participation in BRIDGE

EXPLORE the May 2011 program and consider how BRIDGE can support your professional learning

READ about the merits of BRIDGE

Aaron O’Shannessy | Manager, International Programs | Asia Education Foundation

4th Floor, Sidney Myer Asia Centre (Cnr Swanston St & Monash Rd)
The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010, Australia

Telephone +61 3 8344 4800 | Direct +61 3 8344 3584 | Facsimile +61 3 9347 1768

MLTA Dinner, posted 27 October 2011

The MLTA Dinner will be held at Harem Turkish Restaurant, Kingston, on Thursday 10 November 2011 from 6 pm.

Language Perfect World Championships, posted 28 August 2011

Have you registered your students? Less than two weeks till launch! - Language Perfect World Championships 9th-16th September 2011.

Guide for teachers:

Members of MLTA ACT can submit up to 50 entries without a fee.

Canberra Languages Mini Conference, posted 21 August 2011

A Canberra Languages Mini Conference has been organised by the ANU, UC, ATESOL and MLTA ACT for Saturday 3 December 2011. This will follow on from the ALAA-ALANZ Conference, which is to be held from 30 November to 2 December, and will benefit from the contributions of some high profile speakers who are staying over to be at the mini conference. There will be a very reasonable fee. Watch our News and Events pages for more details.

MLTA Conference, posted 9 August 2011

The 2011 MLTA ACT Conference will take place at ACU (Signadou), Watson, on Saturday 20 August 2011 from 8.15 am to 12.30.

Constitution update, posted 30 June 2011

The new MLTA ACT Constitution has been approved for publication.

AFMLTA Conference 2013, posted 30 May 2011

The AFMLTA Conference in 2013 will be held in Canberra from 5-8 July. See the Events page.

Constitution and Executive News, posted 27 May 2011

Constitution changes were approved at the MLTA General Meeting and dinner on 26 May 2011. The updated constitution will be posted on MLTA website in the near future. Congratulations to new Executive and Council members elected at the meeting. See the list on the home page.

Term 2 Event for 2011, updated 9 May 2011

The Venue has been confirmed for the dinner and a short AGM on Thursday, 26 May, to be held at L'Unico Ristorante, 27 Kennedy Street, Kingston.

Endeavour Language Teaching Fellowships (ELTF) 2012, posted 1 May 2011

Following is an abbreviated version of the information from Matthew Absalom (editor of Babel) about the ELTF next year:
  • Due to the lower numbers in the 2011 Spanish and Korean fellowship, programs will alternate with Greek and Vietnamese which will in 2012 be included alongside Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, and Japanese.
  • There was discussion around the Japan disaster and how to manage that program in 2012, and the issue of Indonesian unrest and the effects on the 2012 program.
  • The application process is being streamlined and likely to be online from now on.
  • There was a suggestion that all potential applicants need to demonstrate membership of either their MLTA or SLA.
  • There are moves to create an ELTF alumni and a clear desire to find a way to collect and share resources developed by ELTF awardees.

Constitution update and Executive positions open, posted 1 May 2011

We now have a common seal of the MLTA ACT and the last changes of the Constitution will be completed over school holidays and ready for the AGM in May. Consider nominating yourself or a colleague for the positions vacant - Treasurer and Secretary. All the work involving these two positions for this year so far has been done.

New arrival, posted 1 May 2011

Our former Vice-President Natalie gave birth in April to a beautiful girl Brianna. Congratulations and best wishes from MLTA.

Goethe-Institut Language Proficiency Scholarships, posted 27 March 2011

The Goethe-Institut is again offering scholarships to current and future teachers of German, principals and persons in key positions in education with a good basic knowledge of German to attend a language course in Germany. The 4 week courses are offered on all levels and across Germany between September 2011 and January 2012. The scholarship includes seminar fees, accommodation and breakfast, some meals, basic health and accident insurance for the duration of the seminar, and a travel grant of $ 1 400 to be paid at the end of the seminar. Applications close 28 April 2011, details can be found on:

Meet and Greet, AGM for 2011, updated 5 February 2011

The date has been set for the first MLTA event in 2011. There will be a "Meet and Greet" event on Thursday 24 February 2011, at Pavilion on Northbourne, immediately followed by the AGM which, under the new constitutional provision passed in 2010, is now be held annually in Term 1.

Local MLTA Conference for 2010 successful event, posted 7 November 2010

The MLTA Conference, held at ACU in Watson on the morning of Saturday 6 November, was highly successful. See the MLTA conference page for details.

The National professional standards for teachers, posted 7 November 2010

The national consultation on professional standards for teachers closed on Friday 5 November 2010. For more information, visit the AITSL website.

Local MLTA Conference for 2010 update, posted 20 October 2010

Additional program details have been decided for the MLTA Conference, which will be held at ACU on Saturday 6 November, with the theme "De-stressing Assessment". Follow the link for more information.

ACT Bilingual Education Alliance launches its website, posted 20 October 2010

Visit to see
  • general information about bilingualism and its benefits,
  • useful links for families raising children in more than one language as well as for teachers and other professionals working with multilingual families
  • information about language programs for children in the Canberra area
  • local events and news related to bilingualism

Local MLTA Conference for 2010, posted 8 September 2010

At the MLTA Executive meeting on Wednesday 8 September, plans were confirmed for this year's MLTA Conference, which will be held at ACU on Saturday 6 November, with the theme "De-stressing Assessment".

National Conference in Canberra, posted 6 September 2010

Taking the opportunity to capitalise (pun intended) on the centenary celebrations, it has been decided that the AFMLTA Conference will be held in Canberra in 2013.

AFMLTA Facebook page, posted 13 September 2010

The AFMLTA now has a Facebook page. Members are advised, however, that it is not possible to view the AFMLTA Facebook page (or indeed any facebook page) from workstations in government schools or ACT DET Central Office.

AITSL consultation on National Professional Standards for Teachers, posted 12 September 2010

The CEO (Margery Evans) of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) has issued an invitation for teachers outside the schools previously targeted for online surveys to take part in "Study Two", which will go online on 8 October. The survey will be open from 8 October to 29 October. Information on the standards is available on the AITSL website.

Development of national languages curriculum, posted 6 September 2010

A presentation from the 2009 AFMLTA Assembly by ACARA representatives on the development of the new national languages curriculum is now available on the MLTA NSW website.

New edition of Contact, posted 6 September 2010

The latest Contact, August 2010 edition, is now online.

Constitution change, posted/updated 31 May 2010

At the MLTA ACT General Meeting on Thursday 20 May 2010, members unanimously endorsed a change to the constitution to state that "The Annual General Meeting (AGM) shall be held each year in March and the members elected to the Council shall be deemed to take office immediately."

Prior to this, the AGM has been held in November and the new council members took office at the start of the following school year. This was problematical in that members who were not re-elected continued to represent the association until the start of the next year.

The timing of the AGM in November also presented difficulties for members whose ability to renew their memberships and to serve on council is dependent on their appointments for the following year, which in some cases is not known by November of the preceding year.

These issues were resolved by the resolution of the meeting on 20 May.

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