Welcome to LCNAU

LCNAU is a network that brings together individuals, language programs, university structures and tertiary institutions. It aims to strengthen the tertiary languages sector in Australia through advocacy, collaboration, research and support. Find out more about the principles underpinning our work.

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As part of the 30 Years of Talk ARC Research project, there will be a series of open lectures exploring intersections of language, identity and mobility. The aims of this event are to locate and discuss the role of the longitudinal 30 Years of Talk project in the field of sociolinguistics; to identify key contributions that can be made to the field; to explore future directions; and to promote further research in language, identity and lifespan.

Date: Monday July 22, 4-7 pm
Venue: Asia Institute, Yasuko Hiraoka Myer Room
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/research-into-discourse-across-lifespans-age-mobility-and-identity-tickets-64774359854


4.00 Project Team: Introducing 30 Years of Talk Research into Discourse across Lifespan

4.30 Professor James Walker: Language on the Move: Mobility and Variation

5.00 Professor Penelope Eckert: Meaning, Linguistic Practice and the Passage of Time

Each talk will be followed by a short Q&A time, with a final discussion and light refreshments at the end of the day.

Contact: Patrick Murphy – patrick.murphy@student.unimelb.edu.au

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Job Vacancy

Senior Lecturer / Lecturer in Indonesian, Deakin University

Indonesian is one of four languages offered in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences – along with Arabic, Chinese and Spanish.

The Senior Lecturer / Lecturer will be required to teach, undertake research and publish in the area of Indonesian and contribute to the School’s teaching, research and program development.  This is a full time on-going role based at Melbourne Burwood Campus.

Job closes on 26 July 2019

All applicants must address the Key Selection Criteria along with a Cover Letter and Resume.

Please contact Dr Alistair Welsh, Senior Lecturer in Indonesian, on alistair.welsh@deakin.edu.au for further information.

The following link will take the applicants to the Deakin Career website to access the full advertisement along with the Position Description.


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5th Biennial Colloquium of LCNAU

Colloquium Dates: 27-29 November 2019

Venue: University of Western Australia

Theme: “Exchanges: people, knowledge, cultures”

Confirmed keynote speakers: Charles Forsdick (Liverpool), Joseph Lo Bianco (Melbourne), Jakelin Troy (Sydney), Virginia Yip (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Stephen Matthews (Hong Kong)

Earlybird Registration: until 31 August 2019

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Patji-Dawes Award 2019

Two teachers of Australian Indigenous languages are the joint winners of the Patji-Dawes Award – Australia’s premier award for achievement in teaching languages other than English.

Sophia Mung, a Gija woman from Purnululu (East Kimberley, WA), has been recognised for decades of tireless work to ensure the Gija language is passed down to future generations.

Brother Stephen Morelli is a Christian Brother, teacher and linguist who has worked closely with Aboriginal communities on the mid-north coast of NSW for over 30 years to revive and teach the Gumbaynggirr language.

See the recent story at https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/indigenous-language-teachers-win-nations-top-prize/11294722

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University Languages Portal Australia

LCNAU is pleased to be supporting and maintaining University Languages Portal Australia (ULPA). With the support of the LCNAU Heads’ Cluster, the website has been updated to contain current information, and will be reviewed each year.  Its coverage of higher level courses will commence in 2020. We encourage all of our members to ensure that their institutions have links to the site in order to ensure that students and colleagues are aware of language availability across the sector.

To spread the word amongst your colleagues about this exciting development for the languages sector, encourage them to view this short animated video!

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2019-2020 Financial Year Membership – join or renew now!

Memberships for the 2019-2020 financial year are now open.

As LCNAU memberships correspond to the financial year, all memberships become due for renewal on July 1. In order to benefit from reduced members’ rates for the 2019 LCNAU colloquium, you need to be a current member and to show proof of current membership at time of registration.

Earlybird registrations for the colloquium are available until 31 August 2019, which means that now is a good time to update your membership, and to encourage other colleagues to join or renew.

Join or renew here.

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