Who & What is the AFMLTA?
The Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations (AFMLTA Inc.) is the national professional body representing teachers of all languages in Australia.
The term ‘modern’ is used for historical reasons and is not intended to exclude any language. The AFMLTA believes that there is value in all language learning and is accordingly interested in promoting the teaching and learning of any language (ancient, modern, ‘community’, Aboriginal, traditional, international, European, Asian or other).
Role and Functions
The role of the AFMLTA is to promote language learning in Australia. This role will be realised through the following functions of the AFMLTA.
- To provide a national voice on language learning and language teaching
- To compile and distribute information on languages, language learning and language teaching
- To develop the professional consciousness of language teachers
- Provides professional leadership and advisory services at the national level
- Tries to influence decisions made at the national level by lobbying, advising, and preparing submissions to politicians, committees of inquiry, government departments, industry and commerce, and wherever else appropriate
- Encourages the professional development of language teachers through national conferences and workshops, especially the Biennial National Languages Conference
- Publishes the national language teaching journal Babel .
State Language Teaching AssociationsAll Australian states have a language teacher association
under the umbrella of the AFMLTA. Membership of any one of them includes the benefits of the Australian body. Other associations may affiliate with the AFMLTA under conditions outlined in the constitution.
News In Brief Vol. 10 No. 1
The regular newsletter of the AFMLTA is now available
. Check to see what has been happening in languages in Australia.
Babel Out now - February 2010
The latest edition of the Federation's journal, Babel, is out now. For more details see the Journal
Australian Awards for Teaching Excellence - 2009 Award Winners
The Minister for Education, the Hon Julia Gillard, recently announced winners of the Australian Awards for Teaching Excellence at a ceremony in the Great Hall of Parliament House, Canberra. Special congratulations to the 2 language teachers who received these prestigious awards - Melissa Gould-Drakeley and Christiane Conesa-Bostock. For more details please see the Teaching Australia