Thursday, January 17, 2019

Languages Forum Update January 2019

Now is a good time to act if one of your new year resolutions was to learn a new language or improve on your current language skills. This Update has some links to how you can find a suitable program. It also has information about some exciting language related activities coming up in the Canberra area, particularly at the Multicultural Festival (NMF) in February. 

OVERVIEW OF UPDATE
For full copy of the Update, click HERE.

Feedback and contributions to future Updates welcome. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Languages Forum Update November 2018

Recent and up-coming language-related news and activities in Canberra and Sydney. Overview below and full copy downloadable from HERE

1. Language students speak out!

2. Celebrating and promoting multilingual Canberra
3. Some language happenings at the ANU in November 
4. Upcoming events in Sydney 
Multilingual Sydney: New people, new city Saturday 15 December 2018

Feedback and contributions to future Updates welcome. Please email languagesact@gmail.com 

Friday, November 9, 2018

Conference: ‘Three Languages - Three Cultures: Narratives from the Middle East’

Hosted by the ANU Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (CAIS) this interdisciplinary conference is open to all scholars, students, professionals and members of the public with an interest in the three Middle Eastern languages: Arabic, Persian and Turkish as well as their respective cultures.
  • Thursday 22 November and Friday 23 November    
  • ANU Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (CAIS) at the ANU
  • COST  $100 and $50 for students
The conference will delve into the complexity and the diversity of the Middle East and will investigate both the synchronic and diachronic characteristics of the three languages selected. This will reveal new insights into the various aspects of Art, Culture, Gender, Identity, Language, Literature, Media and Communication, Comparative Studies as well as Language Teaching and Planning.
This is the first conference in Australia to simultaneously cover these three languages. It will ignite your imagination and enrich your understanding of the region. It will include renowned keynote speakers who will examine the rich languages and cultural content of the Middle East: the poetry, calligraphy, art and literature.
For copy of the program CLICK HERE 
For more information: caisconference2018@anu.edu.au

Monday, October 22, 2018

Summer School: ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language

The Centre’s annual Summer School is a flagship educational event on Australia’s linguistics calendar. Over the course of five days, we bring together leading national and international scholars to present the latest research in the field through intensive ‘deep dives’ across the multi-disciplinary breadth of the science of languages.
  • Date: 26-30 November
  • Venue: Australian National University, Canberra
Summer School draws on expertise across the Centre’s programs, member universities and international partners to provide intensive training, enrich existing knowledge and catalyse new research collaborations. Participants range from advanced undergraduate students through to senior academics. Many of the courses require no previous knowledge or experience, only a burning curiosity about the dynamics of the world’s many and greatly varied languages.

This year’s Summer School will have a dual focus on the intersection of language and technology, and community engagement. Aspiring linguists, as well as students with backgrounds in engineering, AI and computer science, will have an opportunity to learn about computational linguistics and natural language processing, including practical, hands-on sessions using the latest software tools and practices. Prominent researches will bring their extensive insights and experience from the field working with Australian and other indigenous communities to document, study and revitalise their languages.

REGISTER HERE.

ANU Language Teaching Forum

Multiple stakeholders’ perspectives on early language learning
  • Monday 22 October, 4.15 – 5.15 pm
  • Room W3.03, Level 3, Baldessin Precinct Building #110, ANU
  • Speaker: Dr Bao Thai, Senior Lecturer and Vietnamese Courses Convener, School of Culture, History & Language
In alignment with current policies to develop the learning of languages throughout the country, particularly Asian languages, this paper reports findings on a 2017 pilot study that examined perspectives of a manager, four educators, 12 parents and a language teacher who participated in a case study of teaching Vietnamese to preschool students in an Australian early childhood context.

All interested in teaching and learning languages welcome.

This is the last meeting of the ANU Language Teaching Forum for 2018

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Workshop on Translating Children's Literature

This workshop on translating children’s literature will be a two-part session which will give AUSIT members and other interested in this area:
  • the opportunity hear from published children’s literature translator Stephanie Smee, and 
  • the chance to get hands-on with examples of children’s literature and brainstorm their own translations alongside other translation professionals.

Afternoon tea halfway through the session will allow participants time to network and socialise.
  • Sunday 7 October 2018 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Belconnen Library Community Room 12 Chandler Street BELCONNEN, ACT 2617 
  • Cost: $25 - $90 depending on AUSIT membership status

More info - about AUSIT and this workshop click HERE 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

ANU Language Teaching Forum

Teaching Sanskrit -- Managing Complexity
  • Speaker: McComas Taylor, CHL, CAP, ANU 
  • Monday 24 September 2018, 4.15 – 5.15 pm 
  • Baldessin Precinct Building ANU Room 3.03 
Try teaching a language where the nouns take three genders, eight cases, three numbers and follow 40 different paradigms. Then add verbs in 10 classes, with three persons, three numbers and six tenses (that's just the common ones). Then add a non-roman script and some fiendish pronunciation. Then add students in Portugal, Dubai, India and China to the students sitting in class in Baldessin. Then try to make it fun, and on a good day, possibly even somewhat joyous. Over the years, especially with the help of Grazia Scotellaro, I have developed some innovative materials, methods and solutions to manage this complexity. I am keen to share these with you.

All interested teachers and learners of languages welcome

For more information, contact: 
  • Ms France Meyer (CAIS, CASS), france.meyer@anu.edu.au 
  • Dr Wesley Lim (SLLL, CASS), wesley.lim@anu.edu.au or 
  • Dr Yanyin Zhang (CHL, CAP), yanyin.zhang@anu.edu.au