Learn a language in Melbourne
Parlez-vous Français? Alliance Française de Melbourne is a well-known French language and cultural organisation that’s been promoting the Franco-Australian relationship since 1890. Located in St KIlda, the centre offers French language classes, but also cultural events, including the French Film Festival. Francophiles can opt for specialist classes for travellers, private tuition, French language diplomas or even online courses for the time poor. Little linguists can sign up for classes that cater for school kids and teens.
The Goethe-Institut is Germany’s international cultural institute that promotes the study of the German language abroad and encourages international cultural exchange. The St Kilda Goethe-Institut offers German courses for adult learners ranging from extensive (ten-week course) to semi-intensive (five weeks) to super-intensive (one week) specialised courses on grammar and conversation for groups. They also offer classes aimed at young learners and language course scholarships.
The Centre for Adult Education (CAE) is the place to go for adults who miss learning new things at school. Their languages program offer a wide range of languages including Japanese, Hindi, Indonesian, Spanish, Danish and Portuguese. Short courses are offered in different levels depending on your existing knowledge, and include cultural information from your chosen language’s home country.
Lyceum specialises in teaching French, Spanish, Italian, German, Japanese, Chinese. The classes are taught in small groups, meaning you can start practicing with your fellow classmates verbally as soon as you start your course. Lyceum classes also tend to have a local focus, so if you’re learning French you might be asked to listen to Australian-French radio stations, and if you’re taking up Spanish the class might go out for dinner at a tapas restaurant to practice ordering food.
Vic Deaf runs Auslan classes for complete beginners to Australian Sign Language as well as more experienced signers. The six-week classes are run by deaf teachers, who will start beginners courses with the alphabet before developing into more expressive signs so you can communicate with deaf people, Level two classes builds on your beginners course by introducing Auslan grammatical structure.
Learn the ins and outs of Spanish with the El Patio team who offer “long and slow courses” for those with more time on their hands to learn Español, or “short and intense” classes if you’re cramming before a trip to Madrid. Courses range between two week intensives to 15 weeks of one and a half hour classes, which cover everything from conversational skills to proper grammar. Classes are available in El Patio’s Melbourne CBD and Northcote branches.
Looking to brush up on your Italian? The Italian Institute of Culture in South Yarra offers Italian language classes for beginners, intermediates and advanced Italian speakers. You’ll learn the basics for communication as well as a comprehensive study of grammar. The IIC also works on a several Italian cultural events, exhibitions and concerts around Melbourne, so check their website to get involved.