Monday, April 12, 2021

Languages Forum Update April 2021

A update with some language-related news and local activities

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Friday, February 19, 2021

International Mother Language Day activities 2021

Observed every year on 21 February, International Mother Language Day celebrates and promotes linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. Here are some of the things happening in Canberra related to the day and its aims.

1. International Mother Language Day Walk

  • Sunday 21 February
  • 10.30am: meet at the International Flags Display near the lake behind Questacon
  • 11am: start the walk along the lake shore and across Kings Avenue Bridge 
  • Free event for all ages and all languages
Sing in your languages as you walk, wear traditional dress and wave a banner or poster to raise awareness of multilingual Canberra  

Organised by Canberra-based International Mother Language Movement. 
For details phone Ziaul on 0411 031 942, email or see the article at

2. Activities at your local branch of Libraries ACT
  • · Friday 19 February to Monday 1 March
Ngunnawal word activity: After collecting your Ngunnawal Animal Word Search sheet from friendly library staff see if you can find the words around the library. BYO pen or pencil. Suitable for children and adventurous adults

'Say Hello’ activity: Did you know that over 90 languages are spoken in Canberra? Visit your local library and show us how to write hello in your family language.

More details at

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Languages Forum Update December 2020

A final CReLF Update for 2020 - a year which has certainly highlighted the central role of languages and communication in all our lives. 

ACT news 

National and international
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Sunday, November 1, 2020

ANU Language Teaching Forum

Responding to Covid with Peer-to-peer Learning: A Model from Intermediate French
  • Friday 6 November 4:15-5:15pm
  • Online via Zoom
  • Presenters: Leslie Barnes and Gemma King . 
In response to the Covid pandemic and with an eye toward the sustainability of our teaching in an online format, we have established a peer-to-peer learning model for Intermediate French. This model draws on second-language classroom pedagogy and the latest thinking on synchronous/asynchronous classroom activities and peer-to-peer learning to rethink content delivery in a time of rapidly increasing “Zoom fatigue.” With this delivery model, students are put into groups of 3 for bi-weekly peer-to-peer sessions, which meet for 45 minutes prior to the class Zoom session, at a time and place agreed upon within the group. These sessions are followed by truncated bi-weekly Zoom sessions, during which students reinforce the course content with the aid of the instructor. The results of our trials to date suggest that the model is a success. Students develop a sense of responsibility for the material and their partners, pushing themselves and each other to explore the course content in greater depth and cultivating increased levels confidence in themselves as teachers and learners. This presentation will detail the rational and practice of the peer-to-peer model before considering some of the challenges and reviewing the qualitative results of our study.

For Zoom log-in details or more information about the ANU Language Teaching Forum, please contact Dr Wesley Lim, School of Literature, Languages & Linguistics or 6125 2785

Link to a recording of the presentation available later on request to Dr Lim. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Accentuate the positive: Remote learning and the future of language education

Across the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced both teachers and learners to adopt a remote-based delivery mode. This panel brings together language educators and researchers to share their ideas and experience to develop and implement new remote-based teaching/ learning practices.
  • Friday 9 October and Saturday 10 October 2020
  • 3:00 – 6:00 pm (Canberra, Sydney time)
  • Zoom online live presentation
  • FREE and ALL Welcome
  • Registration essential:

Day 1: Friday 9 October

  • “Welcome and introduction” Duck-Young Lee (ANU)
  • “Multimedia activities for interactive language and culture education” Eunseon Kim (ANU)
  • “Positive transformation to remote language learning” Takako Toda (Waseda)
  • “Approaches to Japanese education through remote learning at the University of Helsinki” Sachiko Sosa (Uni of Helsinki)
  • “Sight, Sound and Silence: Interactive Activities and Pacing in Remote Language Classroom” Janit Feangfu (ANU)

Day 2: Saturday 10 October:

  • “Weaving Stories on the Web through the Lens of Multiliteracies Approach” Jeongyi Lee (Kennesaw State Uni) & Eun Young Won (Uni of Washington)
  • “Language Assessment in Remote Language Teaching and Learning” Qian Wang (Uni of British Columbia)
  • “Flipped classroom: development and experiences in an ANU Japanese course” by Yuko Kinoshita (ANU)
  • Keynote address: “Simulating Embodied Learning Online” Professor Rachel Harrison (SOAS, University of London)
POSTER plus info on a one day session the following week on Virtual Reality and Language Education

Friday, August 28, 2020

ANU Language Teaching Forum

McComas Taylor will present "The high-wire act: How not to balance on-campus and online teaching," a highly relevant topic in these Covid-times.
  • Monday, 31 August, 4:15pm - 5:15pm
  • By Zoom
Contact Wesley Lim at for the link or if you would like to be added to the mailing list for these regular forums.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Languages Forum Update August 2020

 A short update with some language- related news and information.

ACT Region

Interesting initiatives from other states
National news
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