Saturday, August 30, 2014

How to raise a bilingual child? Benefits and challenges

  • Monday 15 September - 5.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Telopea Park School, New South Wales Crescent, Barton ACT 2600
The Embassy of France and Telopea Park School/LycĂ©e franco-australien de Canberra invite you to this information evening (with Q&A). Explore the myths and misconceptions, as well as the benefits and challenges, of raising a child in a bilingual environment. The evening will cover bilingualism as a general topic, not only restricted to French and English
  • Dr Ruth Fielding, University of Canberra, Assistant Professor, Languages curriculum and TESOL
  • Vishnu Kaleeckal Krishnankutty Nair, ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, PhD, research scholar
  • Catherine Adam, Faculty of Humanities UniversitĂ© de Bretagne Occidentale, France, teacher trainer and author, PhD
A poster and abstracts of the talks can be downloaded HERE   
RSVP via or    Live streaming will be available: contact

For more information about the event, contact Nicolas Gouletquer at the French embassy on (02) 6216 0135 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

'Linguists in the education space' : ANU Language Teaching Forum September 2014

A presentation by Denise Angelo, Department of Education Queensland & Australian National University
  • Al-Falasi Theatre, CAIS, Building 127, Ellery Crescent, ANU
  • Wednesday 3 September 2014, 4.15 – 5.15 pm
At so many levels, schooling in Australia could benefit from linguistically informed advice, particularly where education is delivered in linguistically complex contexts. The question is whether linguists are prepared for the nature of the very particular “site” of schools which have their own culture, knowledge sets and practices. In this presentation, the school domain is viewed through the lens of the linguist to draw out the existing tensions. Specific reference is made to language in education policy, language ecologies and school data, and the role of language in teaching and assessment in the context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education. The ramifications for linguists and for teachers/administrators are shown to be manifold, with deep and respectful engagement on the part of linguists being the recommended way forward.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Canberra Region Languages Forum Update August 2014

Some information about language-related activities and issues that may be of interest:
For details of the above CLICK HERE