Mon@sia: Addressing ‘Asia literacy’ within Asian language teaching: Issues and perspectives

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Date(s) - 30/10/2013
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Gallery Building 55 Clayton Campus


Addressing ‘Asia literacy’ within Asian language teaching:  Issues and perspectives

Coordinator: Robyn Spence-Brown (Languages Cultures and Linguistics, Arts) & Marianne Turner (Education).

Wednesday 30th October 2013, 3pm 4:45pm Meeting Room, Building 55, Gallery Building, Monash University Clayton Campus


One of the arguments for promoting the teaching of Asian languages in Australian schools and universities has been that students will not only achieve some degree of communicative competence, but that they will also acquire ‘cultural skills and knowledge’, ‘intercultural competence’ or ‘Asia literacy’.   All of these terms are problematic to define, and the question of just what cultural literacies can and should be acquired through language study, and how they can be better promoted, has been a perennial one over the last several decades. 

This session aims to explore some of the issues for language teaching in fulfilling the many expectations which surround it. It also brings together a consideration of these issues across both the school and tertiary levels.  The session will start with a short reflection on the issues by Robyn Spence-Brown (Languages Cultures and Linguistics, Arts) and Marianne Turner (Education).  This will be followed by a panel session in which Monash colleagues will draw on their own experiences in language education and language teacher education to further examine the role of Asia literacy in language education, and how it can best be addressed.