About Hunter Community Languages

We are a non-for profit organization based in The Hunter Valley, NSW,  Australia. We support communities in teaching their heritage language to children in their community.

A group of volunteers from many different language backgrounds make up the Hunter Community Languages committee.

Our association is funded by the Community Languages Schools Program, under the NSW Government's Department of Education and some of our schools receive funding from the Department of Education's Community Languages Schools Program.


We also have a formal affiliation with Sydney University's Sydney Institute for Community Languages Education.


Our schools operate for at least 2 hours per week, after school and on the weekend. They are usually hosted by public schools. We extend our gratitude to the many principals and teachers in state primary and high schools who share their classrooms and schools in support of this important program.

Our schools are growing in number and in 2019 we have 23 member schools spread from The Lower Hunter, Newcastle Region, to the Central Coast and North Western Sydney.

We welcome new members.  Some of the benefits of becoming a member include:

  • access to our online suite of professional development courses (coming in 2020) and face-to-face workshops;

  • access to subsidised Public Liability Insurance for your school and its volunteer workers;

  • support for you and your school by our Education Officer.


 If you would like to join Hunter Community Languages, please contact us: Kara@hptacls.org

Read the 2019 Hunter Community Languages' Year in Review.

Education Officer

Kara Matheson BA Grad Dip Ed AMICDA, is the Education Officer at Hunter Community Languages. Kara has been teaching languages (English and Japanese) to children and adults for nearly 30 years, in schools and at TAFE. Kara is an accredited Proficient Teacher with NESA.  In her role as Education Officer, Kara:

  • provides advice on establishing new schools; 

  • guidance with administering a Community Languages School;

  • assistance with applying for funding; 

  • advice for host schools;

  • professional development online and face-to-face for members of Hunter Community Languages.

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Kara@hptacls.org  0423 768 847 

NSW, Australia                           

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