AFMLTA : The national voice for teachers of languages

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

is the national professional body representing teachers of all languages in Australia.

We provide vision, leadership, representation, advocacy, professional learning and support for quality teaching and learning of languages.

Ensure you are a member of the MLTA in your state or territory to enjoy the benefits of membership.

AFMLTA Executive Committee

The AFMLTA Executive Committee role holders are elected at the National Assembly of states and territories each year.

Nathan Harvey

President

Nathan is Head of Languages at Willetton Senior High School, Western Australia’s largest secondary school. Nathan is also the Manager of the Teacher Development School for Languages, which provides tailored professional learning to best meet the needs and context of teachers of all languages K-12. He and his team provide practical support for whole school planning, teaching, learning and assessment in languages. Through these initiatives, Nathan acknowledges that teachers learn best from other teachers and is passionate about sharing expertise and classroom innovation across schools, networks and professional learning communities throughout WA and nationally.
Nathan can be contacted to comment on issues such as leadership in languages, professional learning, curriculum planning and programming, student engagement and advocacy.

Amanda Pentti

Immediate Past President

Amanda is an experienced teacher of Japanese in Years P-10 and has held various roles in curriculum development and as a consultant to support implementation of new curriculum in Queensland. Amanda also has experience as a teacher of pre-service educators in the areas of languages and middle schooling.  She has fulfilled several roles on the Executive Committee of the MLTAQ since 2000 and the AFMLTA. Amanda can be contacted to comment on issues such as professional learning, professional standards, curriculum and assessment, early years language learning, ICTs, advocacy and leadership in languages and school improvement in the delivery of quality languages programs.

Sherryl Saunders

Vice President

Sherryl has fulfilled a variety of roles with AFMLTA including Promotions Officer and a term as President. Sherryl has a long relationship with her state body, the Modern Language Teachers Association of Queensland (MLTAQ). She has been a member of the executive of her MLTAQ since 1997 and is currently the Professional Learning Officer for MLTAQ. Sherryl has been a teacher of students from Year 1 through to secondary students in schools and a teacher of pre-service education students. She has been a teacher, including languages, in particular Japanese; a curriculum consultant and an assistant principal in a P-12 school. Sherryl has a keen interest in maximising teacher quality to ensure maximised opportunities for learners.

Kylie Farmer

Secretary

Kylie Farmer is a Languages Education Consultant and an experienced primary teacher of Japanese. She was AFMLTA President from July 2014 – 2016 and has been a member of the AFMLTA executive for over 10 years. Kylie has managed and worked on a range of projects relating to Languages Education at a national and state level and is acutely aware of current issues and policies affecting teachers of Languages. She is involved in resource development and facilitates Professional Learning and Teacher Networks to support quality teaching of Languages. Kylie can be contacted to comment on issues including Preschool and Primary School Languages programs, CLIL, Bilingual Education, the ELLA project, curriculum planning and assessment, student engagement and leadership of Languages.

Jackie Mikami

Treasurer

Jackie is a Secondary School Japanese Teacher at a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) iPad school on the Gold Coast for the Department of Education, Queensland. She has been teaching Japanese for almost ten years expanding her school program to a whole school program using the Australian Curriculum. Jackie is the recipient of several Innovation grants, awards, and accolades in language teaching. Her diverse experience includes time as a School Principal at a Japanese Community Language School, as a Translator and Interpreter in Tokyo, and currently as part of the QCAA and ACARA curriculum review teams. Using her Master of Educational Leadership, Jackie is interested in language teaching and learning research leveraging digital technology in the classroom. An avid volunteer and languages advocate, she has held a range of roles with MLTAQ on the Gold Coast and at a State level supporting Professional Learning, Conferences, Awards and Speech Contests. Jackie brings her experience and passion for language education to her new role as executive member and Treasurer for the AFMLTA.

Gillian Cordy

Information Officer

Gillian Cordy has promoted teacher professionalism and quality education in the languages area for many years in her role as an Education Officer – Languages at Sydney Catholic Schools. She has had a long career as a teacher of Indonesian and French in secondary schools and has been involved at senior level in the writing of language syllabuses, exam development and marking processes. Gillian has also been involved in initial language teacher education at the University of NSW. Her long and active membership of the Modern Language Teachers Association of NSW was recognised in 2017 when she was made a life member of the association.  She served as President of MLTANSW from 2014-2016, as Vice President in 2017 and is still an active committee member and Public Officer.

Andrew Scrimgeour

Babel Editor

Andrew is a lecturer in Languages Education & Chinese in the School of Education at the University of South Australia, and a member of the Research Centre for Languages & Cultures. Andrew undertakes research in the Languages Education field, with a focus on national and state policy toward Asian languages, learner diversity in the languages classroom, literacy development in Chinese, and language teacher training.

Anne-Marie Morgan

Promotions Officer

Anne-Marie is Dean College of Arts, Society & Education, James Cook University, Australia. She has a long history teaching and researching languages education, with particular interests in the work of teachers, intercultural languages teaching and learning, and the teaching and learning of Indonesian. She has published extensively in these areas, as well as authoring Indonesian textbooks and curricula, and presenting and consulting on languages education for governments, education authorities, and teaching jurisdictions.