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

Monday, September 10, 2018

Seminar and Discussion on Language Revival

Around the world and Australia there are many Indigenous communities and others working to ‘revive’ their languages. In this free public seminar, Dr John Giacon from the ANU will talk about these revival efforts, with particular reference to Australia and drawing on his extensive experience of the revival of Yuwaalaraay and Gamilaraay, two Aboriginal languages of NSW.
  • Monday 24 September, 5.30pm for 6 pm until 8pm 
  • Lecture Theatre A022, Building A, Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT), 35 Vowels Crescent, Bruce ACT 2617 
  • Refreshments provided 
  • Free and all welcome 
For more details or to register (to assist with catering) please
For Map of CIT campus see: https://cit.edu.au/about/locations/bruce)

About Dr Giacon
Dr Giacon is an Honorary Lecturer in Linguistics in the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics, ANU College of Arts & Social Science. In 2017 he was awarded the Patji-Dawes Award, a national award to recognise an outstanding language teacher.

This seminar is organised by the Canberra –based community group, International Mother Language Movement (IMLM). IMLM is dedicated in highlighting the importance of preserving all the languages across the world especially endangered languages in a multilingual and multicultural context. For more information see http://imlm21.org.au/

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Canberra Moon Festival 21 to 23 September

All welcome to this multicultural celebration with a focus on Asian food, languages and cultural activities.

  • Friday 21 September to Sunday 23 September
  • EPIC, Flemington Road, Canberra
  • Fun activities for all ages  
  • Free entry and free parking 
ACTBEA is assisting ACT Libraries to offer a number of free story telling sessions for families with young children. Here is the draft timetable

                             Saturday 22 September              Sunday 23 September

10.30  -  11.00am        Mandarin                                      Mandarin
11.00  -  11.30am        Vietnamese                                   Vietnamese
11.30  -  12 noon          Mandarin                                     Mandarin
12 noon - 12.30pm       Burmese                                       Burmese  
12.30  -  1.00pm           Hindi                                             Hindi
1.00    -   1.30pm          Indonesian                                    Indonesian
1.30    -  2.00pm           Japanese                                       Japanese
2.00    -   2.30pm          Thai                                              Thai
2.30   -    3.00pm          Literary Chinese                            Literary Chinese

For more information about the Canberra Moon Festival http://www.canberramoonfestival.com.au/

Thursday, August 9, 2018

ANU Language Teaching Forum

Resyllabification in Spanish and its impact on spoken word boundary detection
  • José María Lahoz-Bengoechea, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)
  • Tuesday 14 August 5pm-6pm
  • Baldessin Precinct Building ANU Room 3.03
Spanish exhibits processes of resyllabification that provoke misalignments between word boundaries and syllabic structure. That happens when word-initial vowels are re-grouped with the end of the previous word (e.g. mis amigos ‘my friends’ is syllabified mi.sa.mi.gos). This misalignment poses serious difficulties to students of Spanish as a second language when it comes to processing someone else’s speech, because it may take them too long to segment the continuum into words.
All interested teachers and learners of languages welcome  
Enquiries: email manuel.delicado@anu.edu.au

Monday, August 6, 2018

International Workshop at ANU: How are languages learned?

  • Do you teach a language?
  • Are you trying to learn a language?
  • Are you interested in the latest research findings about language learning and teaching?
This two-day event features public lectures and master classes by some of the world’s leading experts in language learning:
  • Monday 17 September and Tuesday 18 September 1pm-4pm
  • Sir Roland Wilson Building at ANU, 120 McCoy Circuit
Free, but registration required - see https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/how-are-languages-learned-international-workshop-tickets-48266149352
Presented by the School of Culture, History and Language in collaboration with the School of Languages, Literature and Linguistics at ANU with funding from the Asia-Pacific Innovation Program (APIP) by the College of Asian and the Pacific (CAP).
For more information email yanyin.zhang@anu.edu.au                                          

Monday, July 23, 2018


In the lead up to the Mother Tongue Multilingual Poetry Night on Monday 13 August, spend an afternoon exploring writing and performing poetry in languages other than English - or a mix of languages! 
  • Sunday, August 5, 2pm – 5pm 
  • Civic Library
  • Free 
You might speak another language as your first language or mother tongue. Maybe you are a language learner. But if you are interested in expressing yourself poetically, come for an afternoon of writing activities with a multilingual focus, and performance exercises to build your confidence and expression.

It is also a great opportunity meet other writers who are interested in the power of words beyond the limits of the English language.

For more information or to register, email mothertonguemic@gmail.com. See also Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/242184043272331/