AFMLTA Conference 2017

Languages – Keys to Global Connections

With the increase of intolerance and intercultural incomprehension, now more than ever developing learners’ capabilities in additional languages and intercultural sensitivity is important for the ongoing wellbeing of our global society.
After a celebratory welcome evening which will include the Keith Horwood Memorial Lecture and the awarding of the Patji-Dawes award for outstanding achievements in language teaching, the AFMLTA 21st International Languages Conference, held on the beautiful Gold Coast, will offer you a two-day exploration of current issues and new trends in languages education. Keynote speakers include:

  • Professor Nina Spada (University of Toronto), leading international expert on the role of instruction in the teaching and learning of languages
  • Worldwide authority on languages and linguistics and honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Wales, David Crystal who has published more than 100 books on aspects of languages
  • Associate Professor Liz Ellis (University of New England), renowned teacher educator and bilingual speaker and translator of Spanish with expertise in multilingualism and the role of plurilingualism in education.

This year’s Keith Horwood Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Professor John Hajek (The University of Melbourne) who is a long-time supporter of languages and languages education in Australia.

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2017 Conference

Held at Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College, 17 Comer St Burwood, NSW on Friday 17 March.

Our guest speaker will be Dr Ken Cruickshank who will share some of his recent research and address the question “What makes for .a successful languages program?” Current Languages practitioners will present a series of workshops and you will be updated on developments in Languages in NSW and at the national level. There will also be an opportunity to share ideas to enrich our practice as languages teachers.

If you would like to actively participate in the conference, please consider preparing a 2 to 7 minutes presentation for a TeachMeet style session in the afternoon. It can be anything from an idea you have adapted from someone else, a summary of an interesting and/or relevant article, a strategy or game you have used with success with your students – or any original idea you have tried. Please contact Kati Varela on to express your interest.


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2017 Membership Now Due

Invitation to become a member of the MLTANSW for 2017. Please click here for the forms on our website. We offer the following options:

  • Individuals – $80 (full time) / $50 (retired/casual/part time/pre-service)
  • Schools – $210 (up to 5 teachers) / $420 (up to 10 teachers)
  • Corporate – $400
Please note, once you have gone through the membership application process, a link to the invoice will be emailed to you. Please organise for payment as soon as you have registered
OUR VISION – To unite and inspire teachers of all languages
Please help us with this vision by becoming and member and getting involved with the MLTANSW. As well as offering outstanding value as a peak professional organisation, you benefit from:
  • High quality professional development
  • Professional networking
  • Communication about languages education
  • Representation at state and national forums
  • Opportunities for student involvement in activities such as Linguafest and Scholarships

BoSTES Research on Strengthening the Language Teacher Workforce

MLTANSW Response to the BOSTES research questions.


The Modern Language Teachers Association NSW (MLTANSW), the peak body representing Language educators across many languages and from all sectors in NSW, welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback to BoSTES regarding research on the languages teaching workforce in NSW. This response is a consolidation of feedback received from members of our association including primary and secondary language educators and consultants  from all sectors, community language teachers and tertiary educators involved in initial language teacher education.

Upcoming Professional Development – Leadership in Languages


This workshop is accredited with BOSTES at the Highly Accomplished level.

Saturday October 15

Venue: The University of Sydney. Quadrangle Building, Latin 1 S224. Camperdown. NSW. 2006

Cost: $42.79 for MLTANSW members $84.59 for non-MLTANSW members (taking into account the Eventbrite fees)

Time: 10am to 3pm

Contact: Kati Varela, MLTA NSW PD Officer



Session 1: 10am to 11.20am

Unpacking the Australian Teaching Standards and aligning them to the AFMTLA developed ones

Facilitated by Anne-Marie Morgan (AFMLTA President)

Participants will explore how the Australian Teaching Standards at the Highly Accomplished level align with the AFMLTA Professional Standards.

Mid-morning break 11.20am to 11.45

Session 2: 11.45 am to 12.45pm

Update on Languages in NSW and Undertaking Action Research

Facilitated by Gillian Cordy (Education Officer for Languages for the Sydney Catholic Schools and MLTANSW President), and Maria Gaudioso (Italian Teacher at Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College, accredited as Experienced Teacher)

After being provided with an update on Languages in NSW, participants will share and discuss practical tools and ideas in order to undertake action research in schools. There will be an opportunity for discussion and questions to be addressed in this session.

Lunch break 12.45pm to 1.45pm

Session 3 1.45pm to 2.45pm

Advocating for Languages in your school community and beyond

Facilitated by Merryl Wahlin (AISNSW Language consultant)

This session will focus on discussing some of the challenges facing Languages leaders and various strategies to overcome or address these challenges in view of relentlessly advocating for the effective delivery of language courses in schools in NSW.

Closing and feedback 2.45pm to 3pm

NSW Cross-Sectoral Italian Conference

Innovating and Invigorating Italian Statewide conference and professional development opportunity for teachers of Italian in government and non-government schools.

Friday, 12th August 2016


For more information, please contact Merryl Wahlin, Languages Consultant, at or Enri Parolin at