The Filipino Language School of Canberra (FLSC), trading name of the Learning Filipino Together (LFT) came about as an idea through friendly discussions in 2009. We observed that our young children who have been here for less than three years have become ‘receiving bilinguals’ – they understand parents talking in Filipino but respond only in English.
An opportunity came for us to attend the Bilingual Forum on 21 February 2010 organised by the Canberra Bilingual Alliance of the University of Canberra. We realised that there were no local Filipino language school. We enlisted our interest on having a school and became part of the Canberra Bilingual Alliance mailing list. Since then, we have received information on other Filipino language schools in Australia, the ACT Multicultural Community Languages Grants and others. We applied for the language grant and successfully obtained funding for the 2010-2011 financial year for the establishment of Learning Filipino Together (LFT). This led us to affirm that we can realistically set up a language school of our own and raise our children in a bilingual or even multilingual environment.