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Our purpose

The Canberra Academy of Languages is a not-for-profit organisation, established in 2016 to expand opportunities for language learning in the Canberra region as a specialist facility preparing senior secondary students as local and global citizens.

Who our programs are for

Our programs commenced in 2017. We provide courses for Year 11-12 students to continue learning in their chosen languages, where these courses are not available through their schools or other providers.

Our values

We value excellence, equity and a civil society.


The Canberra Academy of Languages is registered with the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS) as a Specialist Education Provider, with effect until 31 December 2022.

See our current flier for an overview of our purpose, programs and plans.

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


The academy provides language learning programs in selected languages for which courses have been endorsed by the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies. We are also exploring opportunities to develop courses in areas not currently offered in ACT senior secondary programs, for which there is an evident need in the Canberra region.

For 2018, we are offering Continuing and Advanced programs, subject to viable enrolment numbers, in French, German and Indonesian, from the ACT BSSS Type 1 Continuing courses.

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Enrolment is via school-sponsored places (suggested when students reduce their workload by one line to undertake a language externally) or family-sponsored places (suggested when students undertake a course as an external line additional to their full-time day program). Enrolments are now open for 2018. 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 cognitive, social and functional benefits. Mastering communication skills in another language delivers benefits that include:

Cognitive benefits

Social benefits

Functional benefits

More information

For more about learning languages, see


Canberra Academy of Languages

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A: GPO Box 1627, Canberra ACT 2601
T: +61-2-6152 9140


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