Monday, July 3, 2017

June Update for Canberra Region Languages Forum

Some information about language-related activities and news, especially in the Canberra region.

For more details you can download a copy of the Update  HERE 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Gungahlin College – Open Night (Hindi Language)

Gungahlin College now has the option of studying Hindi Language (Year 11 - 12). Hindi courses offer structured practice with emphasis on the four macro-skills in language learning - listening, speaking, reading and writing. Information Technology is also integrated into teaching as well as cultural aspects of the Hindi language.
  • Date: Thursday, 18th May 2017
  • Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Where: Gungahlin College, 23 Gozzard St, Gungahlin ACT 2912
  • Cost: Event free. 
More Info: Phone: (02) 6142 1000 Email:; Email:

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Round Table: Language rights for indigenous and tribal peoples

Round table presented by the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics, ANU and the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS)
  • Thursday 11 May, 6:30pm
  • Haydon-Allen Lecture Theatre (The Tank),Haydon-Allen Building # 22, ANU

  • Prof Jane Simpson
  • Prof Liliana Sánchez
  • Prof Marcus Maia
  • Norah Xueqing Zhong
Indigenous languages across the world continue to have a minoritised status despite efforts from indigenous communities, regional and in some cases even national governments to secure policies and practices to turn around this status. The international labour organisation through convention 169 (1989) protects the rights of tribal and indigenous peoples. In Latin America, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela have ratified this convention and are legally bound to respect the rights conferred by it to indigenous peoples. These include the rights to the full realization of their cultural rights of which language is a vital component.

In this round table, speakers will engage in a discussion about the current state of indigenous languages, language policies, maintenance and revitalization efforts in two Latin American countries, Brazil and Peru, as well as in Australia and China. The goal is to present different outlooks on language policies and practices affecting indigenous populations in these regions from an international perspective.

This lecture is free and open to the public. No RSVP required.      

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Canberra Region Languages Forum Update April 2017

Some news and information about languages and languages-related activities, especially in the Canberra region:.
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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Mother Language Walk 2017

Unite for diversity on 26 February 2017 
The UN has proclaimed that February 21st is International Mother Language Day. Celebrate your mother tongue by joining the 2017 Mother Languages Walk across Commonwealth Bridge in Canberra.
When? 10am Sunday 26 February 2017
Who?   Anyone and everyone! 
Where? Under the flags, near the National Library in Canberra.
·         Sing your mother language during the walk
·         Wear something traditional or colourful
·         Bring banners, posters or anything else that celebrates your language identity
·         Sausage sizzle and children’s games available at the end of the walk

More info? see Facebook or Email 

Mother Tongue – Multilingual Poetry

Celebrate the languages, cultures and stories of our diverse community at the Multilingual Poetry Showcase.
·         Canberra Fringe Festival, Canberra City
·         10am-1pm, Saturday 18 February 2017
Anyone who speaks a language other than English is invited to register their interest in taking part. All languages are welcome, and any style, from traditional poetic forms to hip hop. 
Each person will have up to 5 minutes to read or recite a poem or story in their language/s, or a mix of their language and English.  Original work is encouraged, but a favourite piece by another poet is also welcome. 
Workshops for young people (12-25 yrs old) who speak a language other than English
Mother Tongue, in partnership with the Multicultural Youth Service, Canberra, is offering two free workshops for young people
·         Friday 3 February, 4.30pm – 6pm, to write a poem or short story, and
·         Friday 10 February, 4.30pm – 6pm, to learn performance skills to read or recite their words out loud
·         Venue for both workshops: Multicultural Youth Services, Level 2 Theo Notaras Centre, London Circuit, Canberra   
To sign up to share poetry at the Fringe Festival or for the workshops and/or for more information, email or call 0433 845 900.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Our languages, a national resource, in 'terminal decline, SBS special report

Disconcerting report from SBS, 5 December 2016.

Our languages, a national resource, in 'terminal decline', SBS special report

Australia is losing the riches of its many languages. Even school children from immigrant families are abandoning the study of their mother tongues. In the nation’s most multicultural state, researchers claim students are being “punished” with the scaling down of their HSC marks.