Message from the 2019 - 2020 President

It is with great pleasure that I greet you as the elected President of the MLTAT. 

I am delighted to be able to work in this role and look forward to advocating for and supporting Language education and educators in our state.

I have recently returned to my teaching position at The Friends’ School after working with the Department of Education as Curriculum Teacher Leader for Languages (2017 – 2018). Both these roles left me with a strong desire to continue to support Languages education and to utilise some of the skills and knowledge that I had developed.

I would like to thank Trish Van Galen for her work in the role of President of the MLTAT over 2017 -2018.  Her commitment and dedication has been very much appreciated, as has her warmth and support for colleagues.

I would also like to thank our Secretary, Vicki Brumby and Treasurer, Glenn Brumby for their hard work particularly their work behind the scenes supporting administrative arrangements for the AFMLTA Conference.

Thanks also to all other members of our MLTAT Committee, our Branch Presidents Rosemarie Baker, Caitlin Clark and Suzette Holmes, Single Language Associations representatives Leigh Cordell (CLTAT), Cathie Sullivan (JATNET), Ans van Heyster (Netzwerk), Scott Ambrose (Pergubit) and Caitlin Clark (Alliance Française), Newsletter Editor Suzette Holmes and Department of Education representative – myself and our University representative Greg Ashman.

2019 sees some changes to our committee. We would like to wish Greg Ashman well for his retirement and thank him for his work over the years to support Languages education. Mohsen Hedayati has kindly offered to step into this role. Welcome also to Mary Garland who joins us as Department representative and as the new Curriculum Leader for Languages.

For a small committee we have a lot to be proud of.

I acknowledge the work to support our successful state-wide MLTAT Conference ‘Languages: The Talk of Tasmania’ (2018) as well as ongoing professional learning and networking opportunities.

Congratulations to the organising committee of the MLTAT, who supported the 22nd AFMLTA International Languages Conference ‘Languages – Breaking through walls’ held in Hobart in July this year. Their work alongside local teachers who presented, external agency support and the Department of Education’s financial support ensured that our educators were able to attend and showcase quality professional learning here in Tasmania. It is a testament to the professionalism of Languages teachers in Tasmania that this event was not only well attended but well supported in so many ways. 

I look forward to working with you in my time as President.

Melissa Wickins




Modern Language Teachers Association of Tasmania Inc.

ABN 21 665 665 717








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