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Teachers with a proficiency in another language can now gain approval to teach languages

In very exciting news, primary and secondary teachers with a proficiency in another language can gain approval to teach languages as an additional method.

Sydney Institute of Community Languages Education (SICLE) at University of Sydney will be conducting courses for accredited teachers to gain approval to teach a language. This initiative aims to increase the supply of languages teachers in NSW. Some applicants will be native speakers of a language and may already be teaching a language in some settings. The program consists of:

  • Verification of Language Proficiency Test (VLPT). The next test will be held on 25 November 2023

  • Language Teaching Methodology course (45 hours = 15 weeks x 3 hours)

  • Practicum (15 days).

The course will be delivered via online modules with weekly synchronous tutorials. The Language Methodology Course will start in the week beginning 24 July 2023. Costs: The methodology course and practicum will be at no cost to NSW Department of Education teachers. The VLPT will cost $400. Information sessions: There will be 2 online information sessions - 19 June at 4 pm (register) or 21 June at 5 pm (register). The SICLE Pathways website provides information on:

  • M/Teach Preparation courses

  • Verification of Language Proficiency Tests (VLPT)

  • Language Teaching Approval Program

  • useful links on how to become an accredited teacher in NSW.

For more information, contact Merryl Wahlin on 02 8627 9944 or email You can also read the attached flyer.

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