Advocacy AND support

One of LCNAU’s key roles is to advocate for and provide support to the sector. This page gives an overview of our most recent activities.

Prizes and awards

LCNAU is preparing a suite of prizes and awards to draw attention to the achievements of our members and to support them in the pursuit of their careers. Details will shortly be made available.

Advocacy for languages

Australian Academy of the Humanities launches Call to Action on Languages

LCNAU has received the following press release from the Australian Academy of the Humanities and has indicated its strong support for the the Academy’s statement, which appears below.  We shall give you further updates as they become available.

 

 

“Australia joins global Call to Action to celebrate language diversity and promote a multilingual world”

Five of the world’s leading Learned Academies, including the Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH), have joined forces in calling for urgent action to protect and promote language study globally.

It’s the first time national peak bodies in the humanities and social sciences have collaborated to issue a public call on behalf of language diversity to meet the growing communications challenges of the 21st century.

This unprecedented collaboration has been prompted in part by the COVID-19 pandemic which has intensified and challenged communications – virtual meetings, streamlining cultural content, international news, social media – and increased tensions across international borders.

Academy President, Professor Lesley Head FASSA FAHA, said ‘the COVID-19 pandemic is just the latest indication that societies need to develop language policies that are explicit, coordinated and comprehensive, making access to all of the world’s languages a core feature and indispensable part of the education of every student, of every age, and beginning with languages learned at home.

‘We are at an extraordinary moment in human history. Cooperation within and across borders is vital as we work to solve global challenges. Clear and precise communication is more crucial than ever before to the health and security of every nation,’ Professor Head said.

The Australian Academy of the Humanities has signed a joint statement with the British Academy, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the Royal Society of Canada and the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia to help reverse the trend, particularly in predominantly English-speaking nations which are not producing enough speakers of languages other than English to meet 21st century needs.

Former AAH President, Professor Joseph Lo Bianco AM FAHA, played a key role in shaping the statement with international colleagues. A leading expert in Language and Literacy Education in Australia, he believes we need ‘a comprehensive, long-term approach to cultivate the multilingual resources of our country.’

Professor Lo Bianco says since 1975 in Australia there have been close to 70 separate reports or policies which combined have provided no clarity or consistency and which have changed at the whim of a new government.

‘Both sides of politics have dropped the ball on this. What we’ve seen over the years is the politicisation of something which should be in the national interest. Governments haven’t been listening to the experts,’ Professor Lo Bianco said.

‘When it comes to language policy it should never be about the government of the day picking winners at the expense of others.’

Professor Lo Bianco, who wrote the National Policy on Languages for Australia in 1987, the first multilingual national language policy for an English-speaking country, believes the time has come for Australia to embrace its diversity and for the adoption of a bipartisan approach, requiring a commitment to a concerted and consistent approach to language learning in our schools, universities, workplaces and at home.

‘We must also accept and build on the fact that, through their languages, migrants to Australia and our Indigenous communities present a special gift to the nation,’ he said. 

‘These Australians should be supported in sharing their languages across generations, to help safeguard their traditions and be protected from discrimination on the basis of their language and culture,’ Professor Lo Bianco said.

We stand ready to assist the Australian government in developing a coordinated and comprehensive approach to language policy.

Media contact: Jeremy Lasek 0417 652771 or Jeremy.lasek@humanities.org.au

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Casual Work in Japanese

University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle is looking for someone who can work a couple of hours a week grading assignments for a third year online Japanese language course. If you are interested or have any questions please contact Graham Squires at: graham.squires@newcastle.edu.au

2021 Membership

You can now take out membership for the 2021 calendar year by going to the Membership page where you will find details of how to subscribe using PayPal, credit card or direct deposit. Please note that all current memberships expire on the 31 December 2020. We encourage you to renew or to take out a new membership to support the work of LCNAU, but also to benefit from the range of events we have planned for the coming year.

Rates for 2021 for new or renewing members remain at $75 (full) or $40 (concessional).  Please enquire if you are unsure of your current membership status or eligibility for concessional rates. You can contact the LCNAU Treasurer here.

Job Vacancy

Level E appointment – University of Queensland
The University of Queensland is currently conducting an international search for a Professor and Head of School, School of Languages and Cultures. We are searching for an exceptional academic scholar and strategic leader to assume the role of Professor and Head of School, School of Languages and Cultures and lead the School through its next phase of development. The School of Languages and Cultures has grown rapidly in recent years and now has over 1000 equivalent full-time students (over 8,000 course enrolments). It is one of the largest schools of language instruction in Australia with 46 fixed-term and continuing academic staff. The School of Languages and Cultures teaches Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish, as well as Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, to students in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of International Studies, and the University-wide concurrent Diploma in Languages, the Diploma of Arts, and dual degree programs. A full-time continuing appointment will be offered to the successful applicant along with a five-year fixed term appointment as Head of School, with a possible continuation by mutual agreement of the headship appointment for a further term.
Applications close: E. Australia Standard Time

Webinar

You are invited to join a free online event at which authors Rebecca L. Oxford, María Matilde Olivero, Melinda Harrison and Tammy Gregersen, will discuss their new book Peacebuilding in Language Education. There will also be the opportunity for questions from the audience.

Date:       22 October 2020
Time:      10-11am United States Central Time

For those unable to join live, the event will be recorded.  Registration is essential – you may register here

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Reports and submissions

Casual Work in Japanese

University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle is looking for someone who can work a couple of hours a week grading assignments for a third year online Japanese language course. If you are interested or have any questions please contact Graham Squires at: graham.squires@newcastle.edu.au

2021 Membership

You can now take out membership for the 2021 calendar year by going to the Membership page where you will find details of how to subscribe using PayPal, credit card or direct deposit. Please note that all current memberships expire on the 31 December 2020. We encourage you to renew or to take out a new membership to support the work of LCNAU, but also to benefit from the range of events we have planned for the coming year.

Rates for 2021 for new or renewing members remain at $75 (full) or $40 (concessional).  Please enquire if you are unsure of your current membership status or eligibility for concessional rates. You can contact the LCNAU Treasurer here.

Job Vacancy

Level E appointment – University of Queensland
The University of Queensland is currently conducting an international search for a Professor and Head of School, School of Languages and Cultures. We are searching for an exceptional academic scholar and strategic leader to assume the role of Professor and Head of School, School of Languages and Cultures and lead the School through its next phase of development. The School of Languages and Cultures has grown rapidly in recent years and now has over 1000 equivalent full-time students (over 8,000 course enrolments). It is one of the largest schools of language instruction in Australia with 46 fixed-term and continuing academic staff. The School of Languages and Cultures teaches Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish, as well as Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, to students in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of International Studies, and the University-wide concurrent Diploma in Languages, the Diploma of Arts, and dual degree programs. A full-time continuing appointment will be offered to the successful applicant along with a five-year fixed term appointment as Head of School, with a possible continuation by mutual agreement of the headship appointment for a further term.
Applications close: E. Australia Standard Time

Webinar

You are invited to join a free online event at which authors Rebecca L. Oxford, María Matilde Olivero, Melinda Harrison and Tammy Gregersen, will discuss their new book Peacebuilding in Language Education. There will also be the opportunity for questions from the audience.

Date:       22 October 2020
Time:      10-11am United States Central Time

For those unable to join live, the event will be recorded.  Registration is essential – you may register here

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Becoming a member to support LCNAU’s advocacy activities has never been more important. Find out about unique membership benefits and how to sign-up here: