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 the past three years a team of researchers from the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (Dr Marisa Cordella and Dr Hui Huang from the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, and Professor Colette Browning from the School of Primary Health Care) have been investigating the effects of regular meetings between Year 11 and Year 12 language learners and older migrant seniors.
The project has been an example of cross-faculty collaboration and cross-fertilisation of knowledge, where medical and linguistic approaches have been utilised to provide a comprehensive understanding of intergenerational and intercultural encounters.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), Professor Adam Shoemaker and the Deans of both Faculties – Professor Rae Frances and Professor Christina Mitchell – were invited to present the benefits of such interdisciplinary research and to celebrate with participants, partners and supporters as well as the research team.
“The project is a successful example of how to implement the aims set out in the Federal Government’s White paper on Asia as well as the State Government’s Vision for Citizenship in a Multicultural Victoria, in relation to languages education, volunteer and senior engagement and multicultural education, to foster social inclusion in a diverse multicultural community.” Dr Cordella said.
The DVD completes a package of resources developed on the basis of research outcomes. These resources (the DVD, an interactive project website, a brochure and a kit) have been designed to assist educators in the implementation of similar future initiatives in the wider community. A series of workshops is being offered to teachers in Victoria and other states to train them as future facilitators.
All resources and more information are available on the website.
The celebration was held in memory of the mastermind of this project, the late Professor Michael Clyne.
Pioneering ARC Linkage Project ‘Connecting young second language learners and older bilinguals’ sparks off language and community activities in Queensland!
Assoc/Professor Marisa Cordella, Chief investigator of the ARC Linkage Project, initiated exciting research projects that … Continue reading Pioneering ARC Linkage Project ‘Connecting young second language learners and older bilinguals’ sparks off language and community activities in Queensland!
Project activities 2013
We have been busy in 2013. Presenting at international conferences and publishing our research findings. … Continue reading Project activities 2013
Conference presentations – February 2012
Update on project activities! ARC Linkage Project: Connecting younger second language learners and older bilinguals: … Continue reading Conference presentations – February 2012
Successful cross-faculty collaborations: Q and A with Dr Marisa Cordella and Professor Colette Browning
Update on project activities! ARC Linkage Project: Connecting younger second language learners and older bilinguals: … Continue reading Successful cross-faculty collaborations: Q and A with Dr Marisa Cordella and Professor Colette Browning
Conference presentations – December 2011
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
Final session 2011 at Caulfield Grammar School, Wheelers Hill Campus
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.
German film excursion
Senior German participants and students of German from Caulfield Grammar School, Wheelers Hill Campus, 3 … Continue reading German film excursion
Excursion to the Museum of Australian Chinese history, Melbourne
Senior Chinese participants and students of Chinese from Glen Waverley Secondary College, 5 April 2011 … Continue reading Excursion to the Museum of Australian Chinese history, Melbourne
“Golden Language Guru” award ceremony for project participants
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.
“Speaking Your Languages”
“Speaking Your Languages”: the Victorian Multicultural Commission Languages Forum was held on Thursday 30 September … Continue reading “Speaking Your Languages”