Friday, October 11, 2019

Languages Afternoon Tea

Come and meet others with a love of languages and language learning at this informal networking event.
  • Games and fun language activities for all ages
  • Explore bilingual storytelling
  • Find out about the African Talking Drum in communication
  • Share ideas about raising children in more than one language 
WHEN:     Sunday 3 November 2pm-4pm
WHERE:  Latin American Cultural Centre, 28 Astrolabe Street, Red Hill, ACT 2603
COST:      Free and all welcome, but booking required to for catering purposes. Via Eventbrite

For more, details contact canberrabilingual@gmail.com or phone Mandy on 0408 089 235 (after 23 October)

For poster CLICK HERE

Organised by the ACT Bilingual Education Alliance with the support of the ACT Government's Participation (Multicultural) Grants Program 2018-19 and Canberra Multicultural Community Forum Inc

October ANU Language Teaching Forum

  • Monday 14 October, 4.15 – 5.15 pm 
  • Room W3.03, Level 3, Baldessin Precinct Building #110, ANU.
  • Presenter: Negar Davari Ardakani from Persian Language Studies in CAIS 
  • Topic: Discourse Awareness in Language Teaching: a Reflection on My Teaching Philosophy
Everyone involved in language teaching and research within the ANU and in the wider community are welcome to participate in these forum meetings. The main objective is to foster the exchange of research and new approaches in language education.

For more information and/or to join the mailing list, contact Wesley Lim at Wesley.Lim@anu.edu.au

Friday, September 13, 2019

Mother Tongue Multilingual Poetry

  • Monday 14 October, 7pm to 9pm
  • Smith's Alternative, 76 Alinga, Civic.
  • Free Entry.
Come and share your words or just enjoy the multilingual program. 

The feature for the evening - celebrating the International Year of Indigenous Languages - will be father and daughter Deveni and Salote Temu. They will perform traditional Aroma song and dance of coastal Papua New Guinea, share Peroveta missionary song in mixed Aroma, Motu and other Pacific languages, and take part in a discussion about knowledge, identity and language. 

There are a limited number of open mic spots available for the night. Those interested in presenting are invited to share poetry in, or including, a language other than English, or a mix of languages. 
Each spot is up to 5 minutes long. You can read or recite, and all styles of poetry are welcome - traditional forms, free verse, slam style or rap!  You can include a brief summary or introduction in English, or a full translation if you prefer.  To reserve a spot, email mothertonguemic@gmail.com

This Mother Tongue Multilingual Poetry Night is part of the Poetry on the Move Festival Fringe. For more details of the festival, see https://www.poetryonthemove.net/

Thursday, September 12, 2019

September ANU Language Teaching Forum

  • Monday 16 September, 4.15 – 5.15 pm 
  • Room W3.03, Level 3, Baldessin Precinct Building #110, ANU.
  • Presenter: Josh Brown from Italian Studies
  • Topic: On ‘Crisis’ and the Pessimism of Disciplinary Discourse in Foreign Languages
Abstract
This paper investigates how the disciplinary discourse on the contemporary state of foreign languages in universities (hastily) refers to these disciplines as being in ‘crisis’. This practice is nearly as old as the Humanities itself, and has been employed periodically since at least the 1940s. Despite a period of increasing foreign language enrolment in the first decade of the twenty-first century in Australia, calls of ‘crisis’ came from across the languages sector. In tracing the use of the term ‘crisis’, I show how the sector has long been characterised by such alarmist terminology, even when reality suggests otherwise. A topical report of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, which shows increased language enrolment over the period 2002-11, leads one to believe that things at universities may not be as bad as first thought. These data are contrasted against total enrolment in languages other than English from the most recent statistics available in 2016 from the Modern Language Association. This paper has implications for language enrolments not just in Australia, but around the world.

Everyone involved in language teaching and research within the ANU and in the wider community are welcome to participate in these forum meetings. The main objective is to foster the exchange of research and new approaches in language education. 

For more information and/or to join the mailing list, contact Wesley Lim at Wesley.Lim@anu.edu.au

Monday, August 26, 2019

SBS National Languages Competition 2019

This national competition organised by SBS Radio aims to encourage and celebrate a love of learning languages in Australia. Languages learners from 4 years old to adult are invited to tell SBS “How does learning a language make a world of difference to you?” 

  • Open to Australian residents learning an additional language, including Auslan and English 
  • Five categories: 4 – 7 yrs old, 8 – 12 yrs old, 13 – 15 yrs old, 16 – 18 yrs old and 18+ 
  • Prizes: Apple iPads and Apple AirPods plus trip to award ceremony in Sydney in November 2019
  • Entries close 5pm 27 September 2019
​For more information: www.sbs.com.au/nlc19     For poster click HERE

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

ANU Innovative Language Education Symposium

  • Thursday 5 September to Saturday 7 September 2019
  • Sir Roland Wilson Building ANU, 120 McCoy Circuit ACT 2600
  • Free and open to the public
The symposium brings together national and international leaders in language education to map out their visions of what constitutes innovative language education today and share and discuss the pressing national and international issues surrounding language education.

It offers participants the opportunity to learn about the latest research in Asian language teaching and hands-on opportunities to learn about developments in language teaching pedagogy.

Through this study of policy, research and pedagogy, the symposium will further debate about how Australia could set its course to lead the way forward in language education in the Asian Century.

For program and to register: CLICK HERE

ANGLS conference in Canberra

The 2019 conference of the Australian Network of Government Languages Schools (ANGLS) was held on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 August at Telopea Park School. It was hosted by the Canberra Academy of Languages (CAL), a not-for-profit organisation established in 2016 with the aim of providing expanded opportunities for language learning to complement existing programs offered in the ACT. 

The conference brought together educational leaders from government funded schools in Victoria, NSW, South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory that offer language programs to over 25,000 students who cannot access their chosen languages at their own schools.

One of the things discussed at the conference was the undertaking by the federal government, announced on Friday 2 August 2019, to invest in language studies and to develop a national languages strategy to support language teaching and learning in Australia (see https://ministers.education.gov.au/tehan/investing-languages-studies-australia

Following the conference, ANGLS issued a media release that calls on all Australian governments to recognise the huge benefits of helping our students become truly global citizens by boosting the status of language learning both in word and in deed. 

"It is widely recognised  that in terms of both global and local imperatives, Australia needs to do better in fostering languages learning by students, and in strengthening existing multilingual capacities of students who do already have languages skills, in all Australian school systems"    

You can read the full ANGLS media release at: angls_media_release_2019-08-19.pdf