Thursday, July 23, 2015

Discover the Key Principles and Features of “Content and Language Integrated Learning - CLIL”

Organised by the Modern Language Teachers Association ACT Inc.
  • 8:30am-12:30pm, Saturday, 15th August
  • Australian Catholic University, Signadou Campus, 223 Antill St, Watson
  • Bring along a teaching colleague of languages and meet other language teachers.
  • Bring your own device.
Start with breakfast. Be inspired by the keynote address from the guest speaker, Dr Simone Smala. PhD, School of Education, University of Queensland. Followed by hands-on workshops on CLIL and of course a morning tea.

CLIL is a teaching approach and pedagogy in second language teaching that has had worldwide success over the past 10 years. It is now explored in various settings in Australia, in particular in Victoria and Queensland. In the CLIL approach, the second language is used as the medium of instruction for mainstream subjects and topics, such as science, social science and maths. The teacher integrates language learning with topical content learning, and creates an authentic language speaking situation for second language learners.

COST: Current MLTA ACT Inc. members FREE Non-members  $30 (On payment you will receive ½ year membership of the MLTA ACT Inc - this does not include Babel Subscription)

RSVP by Tuesday 11th August to: 

For poster CLICK HERE and for Program CLICK HERE

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Intercultural Dimensions of English Language Teaching: a free online Professional Development course

Registrations are now open for this free online professional development course beginning in August 2015. This pilot course is open to any experienced teacher of English as a second or foreign language (EFL/ESL) in post-secondary education, including:
  • Full-time, part-time or casual (sessional) lecturers, tutors, teaching assistants at universities, colleges, vocational institutions, technical training institutes, or community colleges
  • Teacher educators, trainers and teachers at centres for professional development
  • Teachers in English as a Second Language (ESL) programs or English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS)
  • Graduate and postgraduate students who have EFL/ESL teaching experience in tertiary education
Participants who complete all course requirements will be awarded certificates of completion from the Centre for Higher Education, Learning and Teaching (CHELT) of the Australian National University.

For more information: email or see 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Canberra Region Languages Forum Update July 2015

Some information about language-related activities and issues. Please feel free to pass on to colleagues and friends who may be interested.
  • Time to expand or brush up your language skills: Term 3/Second semester programs starting week beginning 20 July 2015
  • A free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on language revival starts 28 July 2015
  • Promoting Mandarin in the ACT, applications for new grant open until 17 August and news of ACT Mandarin Blueprint
  • Join Alumni France Australia
  • Explore Our Indigenous Story, A collaboration between the Children’s Book Council of Australia ACT Branch and AIATSIS Aboriginal Studies Press, Tuesday 4 August
  • Snudging Cheapskates and Magnificent Profusion: The Conceptual Baggage of ‘Mean’ and ‘Generous’, HRC seminar, Tuesday 21 July, 2015 
  • Intensive Seminar for Primary Teachers of Japanese, Sydney, Monday 28 Sep- Thursday 1 October 
  • News from the ARC Centre for the Dynamics of Language
  • Writing what matters: a festival of Canberra readers, writers and storytellers, Wednesday 22 July 
  • Hindi in Australia national workshop, Friday 17 July 2015
  • Nominations for Patji-Dawes award to honour outstanding achievements in language teaching by an accomplished practitioner close 20 August 2015.
CLICK HERE for more information about the above.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Language Revival: Securing the Future of Endangered Languages

A free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on language revival
  • Learn how the world’s endangered languages are revived and why this process is critical to preserving cultural identity.
Starts 28 July 2015. All welcome. Instructors are Ghil'ad Zuckermann and Rob Amery of the University of Adelaide.

For more information CLICK HERE