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The Darwin Languages Centre is a government school that specialises in teaching languages other than English. Since its establishment in 1997, this unique centre has supported thousands of students to pursue their interest in language learning and to experience the joy of embracing another culture.

In-Schools Program

In-School Programs take place in 27 schools across Darwin, Palmerston and the rural areas. Our teachers teach over 6,000 students using programs aligned to the Australian Curriculum Languages in Auslan, Indonesian, Japanese and Mandarin.

After Hours Program

After Hours Programs take place Monday to Wednesday, 4:00 - 6:00pm and on Saturdays, 10:00am - 12:30pm.

10 languages are taught to over 300 students each week.


Auslan, French, Japanese, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish. 


Adult Short Courses

Adult Short Courses offer a wide range of opportunities for adults to learn new skills and make connections through a range of recreational activities. We run classes in the Arts, Music, Photography, Cooking, Languages, Sewing, Health and Wellbeing, plus many more.

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Principal's Message

Thank you for visiting the Darwin Languages Centre website.  As our name suggests, we are all about languages.  It’s our mission to provide learners of all ages the opportunity to learn another language in a safe and supportive environment. In addition to this, we are also home to the NT Education Library and Darwin Adult Short Courses.

Often we hear people ask, “Why learn a language?”, but really the question should be, “Why aren’t you learning another language?” It doesn’t matter what language you want to learn, the benefits of learning another language are proven, including improved English literacy skills.

The Darwin Language Centre is located in Ludmilla with students attending from a different variety of schools, both primary and secondary.  We even offer an after-school bus pickup service from some schools. Currently students can choose from 10 different languages.

Have a look around our site or gives us call. We would be happy to help you out.

Kevin Northcote


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