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:

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.


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), 
  • Dr Wesley Lim (SLLL, CASS), or 
  • Dr Yanyin Zhang (CHL, CAP),

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:

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

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