The Chinese Language Teachers Association SA (CLTASA) was formed in 1985, after a handful of dedicated teachers of Chinese started to teach it as a subject in mainstream school. Today we have over 55 schools teaching Chinese and the demand is growing. CLTASA promotes the study of Chinese language and culture in South Australia. Given the importance of the Chinese speaking world and its global cultural, social, economic, and political impact, our mission is to promote the Chinese language as a tool for not only communication but also intercultural understanding.
As a professional organisation, CLTASA represents teachers of the Chinese language in educational settings, with a primary focus on the school sector. It supports establishing and sustaining quality Chinese programs, teacher education and professional development, and acts as a voice for teachers, relating to all aspects of teaching and learning about Chinese languages and cultures. The Association is committed to providing leadership and service to its members and to all sectors of society.
In 2015 CLTASA committee members Jenny Jin and Kathy Purvis prepared this history of the CLTASA to be submitted as part of the CLTFA 20 year anniversary book.