The Canberra Academy of Languages is a not-for-profit organisation, established in 2016 with the aim of expanding opportunities for language learning in the Canberra region as a specialist facility preparing senior secondary students as local and global citizens. Programs will commence in 2017, providing students with access to courses in languages that are not available in their day schools or home schools. The target group in the foundation year will be students in Years 11-12 – senior secondary students in the Canberra region.

The academy has been endorsed by the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS) with provisional registration as a Specialist Education Provider. We will undertake the process for full registration when programs are operating to provide the required evidence and datasets for this.

Our launch was held at the Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG) on Tuesday 17 January 2017, with 51 attending. Thanks to all who were there for the event, to CMAG for providing an excellent venue (pictured below left), to our advisory panel and patron (centre photo) and to our speakers (below on right).


Programs for 2017 commenced in Week 2 of Term 1, to enable schools and colleges to finalise timetables and class placements in Week 1. Please see below, in the Provision section, and in our February 2017 flier, for details.

signing We are pleased to announce an agreement on collaboration with the Alliance Française de Canberra. I met on 12 May 2017 with the Director, Patrice Gilles and the Business Development Manager, Vincent Brousse, to sign the agreement. We have complementary roles in providing opportunities for learners of French in the Canberra region, with the Canberra Academy of Languages offering courses for credit towards the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate and the Alliance Française offering conversation classes, cultural events and DELF certification.

We look forward to working with students, families and schools in providing expanded opportunities for language learning that complement existing programs in languages offered in the ACT.

Frank Keighley
Convener, Canberra Academy of Languages


Initially, the academy will provide language learning programs in selected languages for which courses have been endorsed by the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies. The languages will be selected on the basis of identified language learning needs of students in Years 11-12 across the three school sectors in the ACT – government secondary colleges, Catholic systemic schools and independent schools. In the future, we will explore opportunities to undertake course development in areas not currently offered in ACT senior secondary programs, for which there is an evident need in the Canberra region.

In 2017, we are offering programs in French, commencing with the two units The World Around Us (Semester 1) and Lifestyle and Traditions (Semester 2) from the ACT BSSS Type 1 Continuing French and Advanced French courses. Term 2 programs are now under way. Enrolmentschool-sponsored places (where students reduce their workload by one line to undertake French externally) and for family-sponsored places (where students undertake French as an external line additional to their full-time day program) are now closed for 2017. Planning for the 2018 intake will commence in Term 3. Costs are $500 per term (which may be offset by any applicable subsidies), paid at the start of each term. Please email or call us to obtain an enrolment form.

Why learn languages

Learning languages provides you with cognitive, social and functional benefits. Mastering communication skills in another language delivers benefits that include:
  1. Ability to interact more effectively with speakers of the target language and to participate more effectively in the settings where the target language is used, in travelling, studying and working
  2. Improved thinking skills, with benefits in other learning areas and in broader life experiences
  3. A better understanding of how languages work, including English
  4. An understanding that other languages differ from English and an improved capacity to learn additional languages
  5. A greater capacity for intercultural understanding
  6. Broader employment opportunities, in both local and global contexts
  7. Direct access to literature, music, film and other expressions of culture in the arts and humanities through the target language
  8. Access to a new frame of reference and perspective for understanding and interpreting the world
  9. Greater understanding and acceptance of diversity
  10. Insight into your own identity, values, heritage, and culture
For more about the rationale for learning languages, see


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A: GPO Box 1627, Canberra ACT 2601
W: www.cal.act.edu.au
E: info@cal.act.edu.au
T: +61-2-6152 9140


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