Saturday, January 31, 2015

Learn Italian with the Dante Alighieri Society of Canberra

The Dante Alighieri Society of Canberra (DAS) is a non-profit organisation promoting Italian language and culture -

Thursday, January 22, 2015

How the language we speak guides the way we listen

The ARC Centre of excellence for the Dynamics of Language at the Australian National University invites you to this talk:   
  • Wednesday, 4 February 2015 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (AEDT)
  • Lotus Hall, The Australian Centre on China in the World, Building 188, Fellows Lane ANU

Two people who hear exactly the same speech sounds will process them differently depending on what their own native language prepares them to expect.

Professor Anne Cutler from the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamic of Language explains how our native languages train us to listen in particular ways and how we ignore or respond to specific speech cues. 

This research is allowing us to predict problems as well as opportunities in second-language acquisition.

Fun Vocational Indonesian Language Classes 2015

Six levels
  • Advanced – Tuesdays 7-9pm
  • Intermediate – Thursdays  7-9pm
  • Continuing Beginners - Mondays 7-9pm
  • Beginners level 3 – Thursdays 7-9pm
  • Beginners level 2 –Tuesdays 7-9pm
  • Beginners level 1 -  Wednesdays 7-9pm
  • Commence week beginning 9 February 2015
  • Each class runs for 8 weeks
  • Classes held at a private address in O’Malley 
  • Teachers are professional and native Indonesian speaking         

  • non members $130,  members $110 (membership $10pa)

Prizes for beginner classes levels 1-3: $100 dinner vouchers for outstanding student in each class. Donated by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia. 

For more information:  Phone: Phil 0406 930 835, Email:, webpage – 

The Australia Indonesia Association is a not for profit organization. However, we do raise funds to support the Association’s charitable efforts in Indonesia. The Association would like to acknowledge the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in running this program. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Canberra Region Languages Forum Update January 2015

Happy New Year. The first Forum Update for 2015 contains information about the following:   
  • ANU opens up more of its language courses to the wider community - online courses now available in Arabic, Hindi, Indonesian, Russian, Persian, Sanskrit, Thai, Tibetan and Vietnamese; and summer courses in Arabic and Mongolian.
  • Details of Semester 1 courses at CIT Solutions (Arabic, Auslan, Croatian, English, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish)
  • Information about other language learning opportunities for adults in the Canberra region
  • A chance to promote language learning at the Multicultural Festival in Canberra, Sunday 15 February 2015, 11am-4.30pm
  • Celebrate Languages at the walk for International Mother Language Day, Saturday 21 February 2015
  • Lu Rees Archives of Australian children’s literature, translations in 53 languages; promoting reading in Chinese in Canberra; offering internships for students
  • Information for those Interested in CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning)
  • Applications for Erasmus Mundus Masters Program  in Language and Communication Technologies closing 12 January 2015
  • Families with children under 4 years old sought for ANU research project on how children acquire language
CLICK HERE for more details