Saturday, May 21, 2022

Languages Forum Update May 2022

Here is an overview of  a short Update for May 2022 with some language related news and upcoming events.

Upcoming events and activities
Other news
For full copy of Update CLICK HERE

If you have any feedback, contributions for future updates, or would like to join the mailing list for these occasional updates, please email languagesact@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

April meeting of the ANU Language Teaching Forum: The Canberra Academy of Languages

The presentation at the April meeting of the ANU Language Teaching Forum is 

The Canberra Academy of Languages: addressing the need for a central delivery option for senior secondary languages to supplement school-based languages education

Presenter: Frank Keighley
  • Monday 4 April 4.15pm-5pm
  • Online via Zoom
  • Free and all welcome 
Abstract
The Canberra Academy of Languages (CAL) was established in 2016 to expand opportunities for language learning in the Canberra region. Our vision is that students for whom it is a priority to consolidate and improve their proficiency in a language other than English can do so by the time they complete secondary schooling. Provision of a language learning pathway in senior secondary education is notoriously difficult in Australia, not just in the ACT, particularly as a result of the attrition that occurs through the high school years from Year 7 to Year 10, which results in limited viable options for schools to form viable classes for continuing students in Years 11-12. In most jurisdictions, but not in the ACT, there are alternative provisions that complement day-school language education programs, such as the schools of languages in NSW, Victoria and SA, the language centres in NT (Darwin and Alice Springs), and the distance education centres in Qld (such as those in Rockhampton and Cairns). CAL is an attempt to address the lack of an equivalent in the ACT, with the intention that the territory’s government will eventually take on responsibility for running this.

For some years, CAL has been advocating this with ACT Government. In successive submissions, from our experience in delivering CAL’s programs, we have elaborated the delivery model and the transition plan, so that there is now a substantial picture available in terms of the proposed practical implementation of the CAL model as a government-run centre for senior secondary languages education, meeting the diverse range of needs among ACT students and families, and complementing (not replacing) the provision languages programs in Canberra’s senior secondary day schools. This implementation plan, and discussion arising, will be the focus of the seminar.

Zoom link: (https://anu.zoom.us/j/3114904953?pwd=bzE1NXdQVGJvVElnSUl5Z3B1RFNvdz09      Passcode  296860  

The ANU Language Teaching Forum provides a platform for language teachers and researchers at the ANU as well as teachers from schools and community schools in Canberra and Canberra region to share their language teaching experiences and reflections, research studies, and pedagogical practices.

For more or to join the mailing list, email Wesley.Llim@anu.edu.au or yanyin.zhang@anu.edu.au.

 

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Languages Forum Update March 2022

Here is a short Update for March 2022 with some language related news and upcoming events.

Upcoming events
Other News 
For full copy of Update CLICK HERE

If you have feedback, contributions for future updates, or would like to join the mailing list for these occasional updates, please email languagesact@gmail.com

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Languages Forum Update February 2022

First Update of 2022 with some language-related news and local activities

OVERVIEW OF UPDATE

Upcoming Activities
Language program news 
Other news
For full copy of Update CLICK HERE

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Friday, December 10, 2021

Review of Investment in ACT Community Language Schools

The ACT government publicly tabled the review in the Assembly on Thursday 2 December 2021 and the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Tara Cheyne, announced the government response to the recommendations. Minister Cheyne reported that there was significant alignment between the review recommendations and actions already progressing to promote and support the learning of community languages in the ACT. Of the 6 recommendations directed to the ACT government, four are agreed to and two are agreed in principal. 

The full report can be downloaded HERE, the government response HERE and the extract from Hansard HERE   

Friday, November 19, 2021

Language diversity and participation across generations and contexts

Generation Literacies international research network hosts a free 2-day research symposium devoted to language diversity and participation across generations and contexts.
  • December 10 and 11, 2021
  • Online (register your attendance here)
  • For researchers in education and language in social life
Language diversity is a feature of all contemporary differentiated societies around the globe. Due to migration, globalization and new communication technologies, individuals need to cope with and be able to use multiple languages in order to actively participate in the society. This symposium contextualizes the potential of multiliteracy throughout an individuals’ lifespan in multiple contexts (academia, education, home and workplace). For one, the symposium looks at the development and support of multiliteracy in the family, through the educational path, until integration in the work place. More specifically, the talks give insight into how families use digital media and how professionals in school deal and foster multiliteracy. Subsequently, as individuals get older, multilateral skills become an asset for professional success, also in academic settings.

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Languages Forum Update November 2021

 A update with some language-related news and local activities 

OVERVIEW OF UPDATE

Local news and activities

Other news and activities

For full copy of Update, click HERE

    If you have feedback, contributions for future updates, or would like to join the mailing list for these occasional updates, please email languagesact@gmail.com