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Professional Learning

Teaching - Professional Learning

Life-Long Learning 

 In this section you will find information and links to:

  • Professional Learning Opportunities for Teachers of German
  • Professional Standards for Teachers of Languages
  • Pedagogy: General and specific for Languages Education


National Professional Standards for Teachers

See also Professional Learning: Policies & Curriculum for information about the Australian Curriculum for Languages and the Victorian AusVELS.



The AGTV Committee organises professional learning opportunities through face to face meetings, seminars and conferences for teachers of German, and through electronic networks to share information, ideas and strategies with individual members, and the teachers' journal SZENE, which is complimentary with every membership. Events are listed on this website under 'What's on for German' for online registration. If  you have a request, please contact the AGTV: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The annual conference is usually organised in collaboration with Goethe-Institut Australia and with a sponsored guest through Kultur und Sprache in Austria. Occasional workshops and presentations are organised with the assistance of AGTV Network Leaders and are open to all individual members of our Association. Distinctions are made between individual members and non-members on most occasions. The AGTV also organises the AGTV-BJR Exchange and other events for students.


IDV - Internationaler Deutschlehrerverband

International German Teachers Association

The AGTV is an associate member of the IDV who host a biennial conference, seminars and German Olympics for students.

  • IDV - website
  • IDTs - biennial conferences previous and planned


Victorian Departnent of Education and Training


Goethe-Institut Australia

The Goethe-Institut offers language courses for students and adults from beginners to advanced including internationally recognised certificates.

There are also scholarships and teacher assistant programs in Germany and an annual Summer School in Australia

The Goethe-Institut Australia supports teachers in various ways including a range of services and materials, the provision of GI Resource Centres across Victoria with free borrowing of materials (audio-visual, print, games etc), and support Professional Learning Facilitators (PLFs - Teachers' Trainers) to attend Network meeting to provide professional development. Networks are encouraged to invite the PLFs to a network meeting to run a workshop.

Online Goethe-Institut Professional Learning


Other In Country Language and Culture Professional Development Scholarships


Other In Country Professional Learning Opportunities

Pay your own way and claim as self-education on your tax.



The annual conference of the Modern Language Teachers Association of Victoria is a time to share ideas across languages and hear about the current and future direction of languages education.

Some of the materials presented are made available on the MLTAV website.


Other Professional Development Opportunities


Focus on Language and Culture

Watch the Inaugural Professorial lecture from Professor Farzad Sharifian recorded in June 2011 at Language and Society Centre at Monash University in June 2011

Articles online

See Why German: Advocacy for Languages

Past Victorian Conference Programs

In case you are wondering what we get up to on these weekend, check out the programs and photos below.

Photo Galleries on Germanlinx (not live at present)



Professional Standards for Language Teachers

Pedagogy for Languages Education

Links related to the teaching of languages and cultures in Australia

Links to Brain Research and Language Learning and Teaching

General Pedagogy for Teaching and Learning

Pedagogy and Practice

Ideas to Get You Thinking




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