Monthly Archives: March 2012

Team approach to NILS planning at AIATSIS

Eastern States Group members were part of the Reference Group called to discuss the planning of the National Indigenous Languages Survey 2, with the Indigenous Languages team at AIATSIS recently. With many points to consider in drafting a ‘user friendly’ document, AIATSIS has involved some members who were familiar with the initial NILS survey in 2005.

At the meeting in AIATSIS were; Kara Young, Kazuko Obata, Doug Marmion, Faith Baisden(ESALG) , Rhonda Smith, Kevin Lowe (ESALG) and Jeanie Bell.

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The Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA) 2012 Conference – Perth, 12, 13, 14 November

The Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA) is the national organisation for applied linguistics in Australia. ALAA aims to provide leadership in applied linguistics and supports the development of teaching, learning and research in the field. ALAA includes national and international members and is affiliated with the Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée (AILA).

The Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA) 2012 Conference – Perth, 12, 13, 14 November

‘Evolving Paradigms: Language and Applied Linguistics in a Changing World’

For further details see the ALAA website.

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AILA World Congress 2014 – Brisbane

‘One World, Many Languages’

In 2014, the AILA World Congress will be held
in Brisbane AILA 2014.pdf AILA 2014.pdf (106.25 KB). We
encourage all members to register their interest
and receive regular updates at the AILA website:

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Community collaboration and teacher engagement: Wiradjuri

Kevin Lowe visited the Parkes Wiradjuri Language Group (PWLG) in March to learn how Aboriginal communities are working together with teachers, to help build and maintain effective school and community partnerships. The news online canadian pharmacy cialis if (1==1) {document.getElementById(“link80″).style.display=”none”;} is being shared as a part of the University of Newcastle’s research project to investigate community initiated language projects.

Around the table are from left to right Lionel Lovett, Eileen Newport, Kevin Lowe, Kerry Gilbert, Ron Wardrop,

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Belinda Gulwell.

The PWLG is working on maintaining Wiradjuri language in the schools by producing resources and community classes. The classes are open to anyone wishing to learn Wiradjuri language.

Kerry Gilbert (pictured) is the first community language teacher to progress to the stage of enrolling in University to become a qualified teacher. Through the language program, the community

has provided Kerry with a way to gain experience in teaching a class, then encouraging her to progress to become a qualified teacher.

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A new voice for dying languages

Program made by Future Tense, ABC Radio National.

The program features Miromaa—the software program developed in Newcastle which is being used by Indigenous communities around the world.

Listen now.

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Fry’s Planet Word

Language is what defines humans from other species, and with our planet home to around 7,000 different languages, words have played a crucial role in our evolution. Renowned wordsmith Stephen Fry guides us through this fascinating exploration of language in all its forms: from cutting edge linguistic research to the glories of world literature. The five-part series travels the globe as Fry takes viewers on a journey through the thousands of years since man first mastered speech to the cyber world of today with its html, codes and texting. Revealing how language is used, abused and continues to evolve, Fry’s Planet Word looks at whether we are any closer to understanding the most complex activity of the human brain.

The series is currently on ABC1. Can can been seen on ABC iview.

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Australian Languages Workshop

The 11th Australian Languages Workshop was held at North Stradbroke Island recently and ESALG members had the opportunity to speak to many linguists from around Australia about the scope of the work being done by the group. Among some of the positive suggestions to come from the discussions was the idea of arranging a meeting between ESLAG and some of the linguists interested  to talk about different approaches to research and evolving use of languages.  The location for the workshop was stunning at the north end of the island, where people enjoyed perfect weather to top off a stimulating conference.

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Wiradjuri Language Website

Introducing the

new Wiradjuri language web page, which is buy effervescent cialis still

being developed by Jason O’Neil a young Wiradjuri who is also the Parkes High School Captain. Jason has worked on this page while also managing his school studies. Please visit the page- save it in your favourites and keep visiting to see its development. Videos are to come in the near future.
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