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York St John Communities Centre

Community Language School

Hosted via the York St John Communities Centre.

Discover our Community Language School

Established in September 2022, the Community Language School (CLS) offers interactive, activity-based classes in languages other than English to children and adolescents.

The 3 founding principles of the School are:

  1. Enabling knowledge exchange across volunteers, families, the School Leads, and the wider academic community
  2. Provision of professional development opportunities for our volunteers
  3. Conducting impactful research on attitudes as well as the language policies and practices of our families

Get involved

Latest updates

Volunteer training session for Community Language School

Latest updates

  1. The language volunteers participated in a professional training day led by Lucy Sors, Senior Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education, in May 2023.

  2. We are excited to be able to offer Italian classes this year and enrolments are now open for families to express their interest. Please email us at

  3. We are seeking expressions of interest from volunteers to help in the Korean and Japanese classes. Please email us at

Collaborate with our research

We are keen to hear from potential collaborators who may be interested in exploring the nexus between community language schools and heritage language maintenance.

Supporting York St John Communities Centre

Your donation makes a great difference!

Your gift helps cover the cost of providing free services such as our community language school, bereavement group and café's, student suicide support group 'Laurens Ladies' and drop-ins such as the weekly breastfeeding group.

As our income grows, so too does our staff team of receptionists, administrators, co-ordinators, assessors, supervisors, counsellors, coaches, and group facilitators, and your support is needed to ensure they are actively involved in service delivery and are remunerated for their work. Anything that you are able to donate can help support the work we do and the services that we offer to our community.

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