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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


Victorian Institute of Teaching Standards

National Professional Standards for Teachers

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations Inc. (AFMLTA)

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




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

An annual conference is usually held each year. In 2019, the Victorian State Conference is organised by the Committee of the AGTV Inc. with the support of the Victorian Government, Kultur und Sprache (Austria) and the Goethe-Institut Australien. The Goethe-Institut Australia organise a National Conference every two years. 

Occasional workshops are offered by the AGTV throughout the year. Some AGTV Pop Up PDs may be offered or requested and organised with the assistance of AGTV Network Leaders and will be open to all individual members of the Association.

Distinctions are made between individual members and non-members on most occasions. NB: The AGTV also organises the AGTV-BJR Exchange and other events for students.



This international online conference runs in March. Register for free.


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.


VCAA - New Victorian Curriculum

Online PD programs run in 2016


Victorian Department of Education and Training


Kultur und Sprache in Austria


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). 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 also Why German: Advocacy for Languages


Past Programs for Conferences in Victoria

In case you are wondering about the conferences, check out the programs and photos below.

  • 2004 National GI/AGTV Conference in Ballarat
  • 2003 Victorian AGTV/GI Conference in Merrijig
  • 2002 Victorian AGTV/GI Conference in Merrijig
  • 2001 Victorian AGTV/GI Conference in Lorne



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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