Welcome to Intergenerational, Intercultural Encounters & Second Language Development Project

The project brings together upper secondary school learners of Chinese, German and Spanish with older speakers of the language, promoting mutually beneficial inter-cultural, intergenerational encounters.

Such encounters enhance second language acquisition outcomes for the young language learners.

For the older participants these encounters provide opportunities for greater social engagement, resulting in an enhanced sense of empowerment, wellbeing and self-esteem.

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  • Assoc/Professor Marisa Cordella, Chief investigator of the ARC Linkage Project, initiated exciting research projects that span all over Queensland. The activities connect young language students with community resources, link up classroom learning with real-life encounters and foster social inclusion of cultural groups and older migrants in Australian society. The project ‘Connecting classroom 2 communities’ (CC2C*) effectuates ... Read more
  • We have been busy in 2013. Presenting at international conferences and publishing our research findings. Check the website for more information and stay tuned for ongoing activities in 2014. http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/intergenerational Read more
  • November 2012, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, The Hon. Nicholas Kotsiras launches project DVD The Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, the Hon. Nicholas Kotsiras officially launched a research project DVD on last month at Clayton. This occasion marked a milestone of the highly successful ARC Linkage project ‘Connecting younger second language learners and older bilinguals’. For ... Read more
  • Update on project activities! ARC Linkage Project: Connecting younger second language learners and older bilinguals: Intergenerational, intercultural encounters and second language development. The language team introduces the latest results at two conference presentations ‘Interactions with Second Language and Culture: An Intergenerational Intercultural Experience’ in February 2012. Fourth Annual Roundtable of Language and Society CentreTeaching and Learning Languages for ... Read more
  • Update on project activities! ARC Linkage Project: Connecting younger second language learners and older bilinguals: Intergenerational, intercultural encounters and second language development. Dr Marisa Cordella and Prof Colette Browning talk about their joint research, why it matters to society and offer their tips on making cross-faculty collaborations work in an article published in the Monash Research Office ... Read more
  • Between September 2011 and December 2011 the research group presented papers at the following conferences: – ALAA-ALANZ Canberra Langfest 2011 – 7th Symposium on Discourse Analysis – LCNAU Colloquium Read more
  • The final session for the year 2011 took place on Monday, September 12. It was a true celebration of the achievements and benefits gained during the second year of the project, and the very successful language practice component and the many intercultural encounters experienced associated with the project. Read more
  • Senior German participants and students of German from Caulfield Grammar School, Wheelers Hill Campus, 3 August 2011  In order to celebrate two years of participation in the ARC Linkage Project, Year 12 students from Caulfield Grammar School, Wheelers Hill, invited their project partners to join them for the screening of the movie “Wintertochter” at the ACMI ... Read more
  • Senior Chinese participants and students of Chinese from Glen Waverley Secondary College, 5 April 2011   For more information read the LCL newsletter Read more
  • Sadly Professor Michael Clyne passed away on 29 October 2010 and the Project team and the Monash community deeply mourn our loss. We as a team will, however, ensure his spirit of enthusiasm for multilingualism and multiculturalism lives on in the project and in future projects. Read more
  • “Speaking Your Languages”: the Victorian Multicultural Commission Languages Forum was held on Thursday 30 September 2010 on the occasion of International Translation Day. The Forum was a celebration of Victoria’s linguistic diversity and was a great opportunity to raise awareness of interpreting and translation services, and discuss the value of bilingualism and languages other than English ... Read more