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Q: Who is Community Languages Australia (CLA)?
A: Community Languages Australia (Australian Federation of Ethnic Schools Associations) is an umbrella body that unites over 1,000 community language schools, providing language maintenance in 69 languages to in excess of 100,000 school age children.
For more information, please visit www.communitylanguagesaustralia.org.au
Q: Who is eligible to enter?
A: Entry is open to Australian residents who are students at a Community Languages Australia (CLA) accredited schools only. Students must be aged from 4 to 18 and be currently enrolledin a CLA school.
For terms and conditions, please visit www.sbs.com.au/nlc
Q: How do I enter?
A:Entry is open to Australian residents who are students at a Community Languages Australia (CLA) accredited school only. Ask your CLA school for an entry form or download from the CLA or SBS websites below. You must submit the entry to your teacher between 20 June- 29 July.
CLA website: www.communitylanguagesaustralia.org.au
SBS National Languages Competition website: www.sbs.com.au/nlc
Q: What are the different age categories for entry and entry requirements?
A:Senior (ages 13-18) – Write a maximum of 300 words in a language other than English to describe what learning this language means to you.
Secondary Primary (ages 8-12) – Write a maximum of 30 words in a language other than English to describe what learning this language means to you.
Junior Primary (ages 4-7) – Draw a picture to illustrate what learning a language other than English means to you.
Q: Can my child enter if they’re not attending a CLA school?
A: The inaugural SBS National Languages Competition is open to Community Languages Australia schools only, however SBS recognises the importance of language education and hopes to extend future initiatives more widely.
Entries must be submitted through Community Languages Australia who will facilitate the initial judging process.
For full terms and conditions, please visit www.sbs.com.au/nlc
Q: My child attends a language school, but I’m not sure if it’s CLA accredited. How do I find out?
A: Please visit www.communitylanguagesaustralia.org.au/findaschool/ to find out if your school is CLA accredited. If you are still unsure, please use the contact form or contact details provided on the site.
Q: How is the SBS National Languages Competition judged?
A: Community Languages Australia will choose the most creative 72 entries, which will be presented on the SBS National Languages Competition website. SBS will shortlist 24 entries, which will be eligible for the People’s Choice Award voted by the public from 30 August to 9 September. There will be three People’s Choice winners, one per age category, and a further three National Winners selected by SBS (one per category).
Q: What do I win?
A: The six winners will be flown to Sydney with a parent or guardian to accept an award and Mini iPad at a National Ceremony on 8 October, 2016.
List of CLA Languages: