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.