Thursday, March 21, 2019

Languages Forum Update March 2019

Quite a lot happening in the language space in the next two months!


Upcoming events Other news
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Friday, February 22, 2019

International Mother Language Day (IMLD) celebration

Join a walk across Kings Avenue Bridge to celebrate the many languages spoken in Canberra and to promote the value of multilingualism. 

Hear a recital of music from around the world ringing out from the National Carillion from 11am to 12 noon, accompanied by songs in various languages performed by Tobias Cole and his choral group from Lyneham High School. 
  • Meet at the International Flags Display behind Questacon at 10.30am Sunday 24 February
  • Bring a banner or wear something to indicate the language with which you or your family identify
The walk will end near the National Police Memorial in Kings Park, where you can enjoy a picnic or sausage sizzle and continue this celebration of International Mother Language Day (21 February) and the International Year of Indigenous Languages

For  a poster about the event:  CLICK HERE

For information about IMLD and the group behind the Canberra walk:

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Focus on languages at the Multicultural Festival

Celebrate the many languages spoken in Canberra at the Multicultural Festival in Civic on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 February.
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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. 

For full copy of the Update, click HERE.

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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

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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 
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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.