Sunday, July 21, 2019

Languages Forum Update July 2019

Some language related news and upcoming activities for your information. Full Update available HERE

Upcoming events
News and Resources
Some opportunities for language learning and development

Feedback and contributions to future Updates welcome

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Pop culture of Sydney: The multilingual turn?

This talk organised by the Macquarie Multilingualism Research Group would be worth attending if you are in Sydney on Saturday
Speakers include: Sylvia Liu (Fusion Culture Group), Thang Ngo (Noodlies / Identity Communication), Hilary Hughes (NSW School of Languages), Kevin Pagaddinnimath (South Asian Film, Arts & Literature Festival), and Phil Benson, Lauren Gorfinkel & Sarah Keith (Macquarie University). There will also be a couple of mystery guests!

Bookings and more details at

Sunday, May 19, 2019

ACT government commits to action on languages education in the ACT Multicultural Framework

The ACT government has committed to making language learning "effective, valued and promoted across the community" as part of the Strategic Objective 3: 'Capitalising on the Benefits of our Cultural Diversity' in the ACT Multicultural Framework: Second Action Plan 2019-2020

Priority actions listed (numbered 17-22 in the Plan):
  • Undertake an independent review on investment in ACT Community Language Schools.
  • Develop an action plan to encourage, improve and support language education in Canberra schools as part of implementing the Future of Education Strategy.
  • Continue to work with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community on languages and culture curriculum.
  • Support and further develop the Languages Showcase at National Multicultural Festival.
  • Collect and promote the oral and printed history of established multicultural communities in the ACT.
  • Engage with the multicultural community to promote and support cultural and linguistic diversity through Libraries ACT resources and learning programs in languages other than English.
A full copy of the Action Plan can be accessed HERE

Thursday, May 9, 2019

A call for comprehensive language education by the Australian Academy of the Humanities

As part of an 8 point plan to Humanise the Future for Australia, the Australian Academy of the Humanities has called on the next government of Australia to:
  • Point 7: Invest in intercultural capability through comprehensive language education
The national deficit in language capability is one of Australia’s great unrecognised skills shortages. Australia’s national effort in sustaining language learning has faltered. This is a result of policy failure, not lack of demand. The ability to communicate, engage and build trust across cultures at local, regional and global levels is as urgent as ever before. A nationally coordinated approach that balances the maintenance of Australia’s community and Indigenous language skills with acquisition of strategic language capabilities is urgently required to support the full range of Australia’s cross-cultural engagements, both at home and abroad.

For a full copy of their plan see: 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Languages Forum Update May 2019

Some language related news and upcoming activities for your information. Full Update available HERE

OVERVIEW OF UPDATE Feedback and contributions to future Updates welcome.

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
For more details, CLICK HERE

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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:

For more about the International Year of Indigenous Languages:

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.
For more Festival information:

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.

Feedback and contributions to future Updates welcome.