ERIC Number: EJ1129189
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Prosecuting the Case of "Pedagogies for a Plurilingual Australia"
Babel, v50 n2-3 p4-5 2015
In this article, Anne-Marie Morgan, Deputy Head of School and a member of the English, Languages and Literacies Education team in the School of Education at the University of New England, and of the Languages, Literacies and Literature Research Network, presents highlights from the Summer AFMLTA National Languages Conference (20th, Melbourne, Australia, July, 2015). This conference provided a platform to promote the reality of Australia as a plurilingual nation, and to explore how languages teaching, through explicit plurilingual and pluricultural pedagogies, can promote the aspiration to increase and validate this reality. The conference also provided a dynamic forum for the sharing of ideas, research findings, and best practice approaches to languages teaching and learning in Australia and from around the world. Keynote speakers and panels provided a range of thought-provoking perspectives on the state of languages teaching and learning, and of the actuality and possibility of increased plurilingual acknowledgement and opportunities for learning. Key themes explored included the use of technologies; CLIL, subject-based languages teaching and learning; immersion programs; working with the Australian Curriculum; state and territory based policy and practice developments; challenges and successes, realising plurilingual potential and engaging with communities of users of languages; language specific sessions; cultural literacy through languages programs; task and text-based approaches; intercultural language teaching and learning; and preparing language teacher educators.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Official Languages, Conferences (Gatherings), Multilingualism, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices
Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations. Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia. Tel: +61-29351-2022; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.afmlta.asn.au
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Australia