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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Patji Dawes Award

This prize, which is awarded biennially by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, in partnership with LCNAU and  AFMLTA, is open for applications in 2021. Information relating to this national award for excellence in language teaching can be found on the CoEDL website, as can the application form.
The award is intended to honour an outstanding language teacher from any sector within the Australian education system.  We strongly encourage LCNAU members to apply, especially during this time of difficulty for the tertiary sector. We know that there will be many outstanding candidates among you who deserve to be recognised.
The deadline has been extended until Monday 29 March, 5pm.

Save Languages at Swinburne

We urge LCNAU members to continue to support the campaign to prevent the closure of languages at Swinburne. To sign the current petition, please go to:

https://www.megaphone.org.au/petitions/protect-nationally-strategic-languages-chinese-japanese-at-swinburne-university

Student training opportunity

ONLINE SUMMER COURSE (2021)

Unthinking and rethinking intercultural dialogue in education

21-25 June 2021

Co-organised by The Faculty of Educational Sciences (University of Helsinki, Finland) and The School of Education (Minzu University of China)

Course organisers and lecturers: Prof. Fred Dervin (University of Helsinki, Finland) and Prof. Mei Yuan (Minzu University of China) + invited speakers

COURSE FORMAT

The course will take place online through Zoom, 2 hours per day (time: 2-4pm Beijing time) 

Duration: 5 days

Assessment: Active participation and final essay

Participation fee: EUR200 

APPLICATIONS

The course is targeted at Master’s and PhD students. Ideal participants will have a strong interest in disrupting current status quos about intercultural dialogue in education and be open to new and original worldviews about diversity and interculturality. They will also be willing to question their own assumptions about what intercultural dialogue is and what it entails. A background in ‘diversity education’ (intercultural/multicultural/transcultural… education/communication) is required.

20 students will be selected for this course. 

Please send a motivation letter to interculturalcompetences@gmail.com by 1st April 2021

The letter should not be more than 500 words. After a brief self-introduction, you should state what you expect from this course and the contributions you are willing to make during the lectures. Try to be as clear and transparent as possible in the way you express potential expectations and contributions.

Questions should be addressed to interculturalcompetences@gmail.com

 

Research training opportunity

LCNAU members and their students may be interested in some aspects of the training programs currently being offered in the UK for researchers in languages and cultures.

SAS Research Training Programme

Registration is now open for the School of Advanced Study free research training programme for Term 2. The programme provides free training on methods, skills, and current and emerging approaches to languages- and cultures-focused research. These sessions are open to researchers at all levels in the UK and beyond, but advance registration using the booking links below is essential. All hours are UK times.

FEBRUARY

Wednesday 3rd 14-15:30: Conducting Fieldwork in and with Indigenous Communities Conducting Fieldwork in and with Indigenous Communities | The Institute of Modern Languages Research (sas.ac.uk)

Thursday 4th 15-17: Working in Archives Working in Archives | School of Advanced Study (sas.ac.uk)

Tuesday 9th 11-12: Designing a Presentation Designing a Presentation | School of Advanced Study (sas.ac.uk)

Thursday 11th 15-17: The PhD Viva The PhD Viva | School of Advanced Study (sas.ac.uk)

Wednesday 17th 14-16: Decolonial Methods in Modern Languages Research Decolonial Methods in Modern Languages Research | The Institute of Modern Languages Research (sas.ac.uk)

Tuesday 23rd 11-12: What is Copyright? What is Copyright? | School of Advanced Study (sas.ac.uk)

Wednesday 24th 14-16: Disability Studies and Modern Languages Research Disability Studies and Modern Languages Research | The Institute of Modern Languages Research (sas.ac.uk) 

Thursday 25th 15-17: Concepts of Digital Humanities Concepts of Digital Humanities | School of Advanced Study (sas.ac.uk)

MARCH

Tuesday 2nd 11-12: Academic Writing and Creativity Academic Writing and Creativity | School of Advanced Study (sas.ac.uk) 

Wednesday 3rd 14-16: Conducting Fieldwork Using Participatory Photography I Conducting Fieldwork using Participatory Photography | The Institute of Modern Languages Research (sas.ac.uk) 

Thursday 4th 15-17: Applying for Research Funding Applying for Research Funding | School of Advanced Study (sas.ac.uk)

Friday 5th 14-16: Archives and Modern Languages Research Archives and Modern Languages Research | The Institute of Modern Languages Research (sas.ac.uk)

Tuesday 9th 11-12: Writing an Introduction Writing an Introduction | School of Advanced Study (sas.ac.uk)

Wednesday 10th 14-16: Conducting Fieldwork Using Participatory Photography II Conducting Fieldwork using Participatory Photography | The Institute of Modern Languages Research (sas.ac.uk)

Thursday 11th 15-17: Online Research Methods Online Research Methods | School of Advanced Study (sas.ac.uk)

Tuesday 16th 11-12: Writing the Main Body of Your Work Writing the Main Body of Your Work | School of Advanced Study (sas.ac.uk) 

Wednesday 17th 14-15:30: Gender Studies and Modern Languages Research Gender Studies and Modern Languages Research | The Institute of Modern Languages Research (sas.ac.uk) 

Thursday 18th 15-17: Applying for Academic Jobs Applying for Academic Jobs | School of Advanced Study (sas.ac.uk)

Monday 22nd 15-17: EndNote EndNote | School of Advanced Study (sas.ac.uk)

Wednesday 24th 14-16: Digital Culture and Modern Languages Research Digital Culture and Modern Languages Research | The Institute of Modern Languages Research (sas.ac.uk)

Reports and submissions

Patji Dawes Award

This prize, which is awarded biennially by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, in partnership with LCNAU and  AFMLTA, is open for applications in 2021. Information relating to this national award for excellence in language teaching can be found on the CoEDL website, as can the application form.
The award is intended to honour an outstanding language teacher from any sector within the Australian education system.  We strongly encourage LCNAU members to apply, especially during this time of difficulty for the tertiary sector. We know that there will be many outstanding candidates among you who deserve to be recognised.
The deadline has been extended until Monday 29 March, 5pm.

Save Languages at Swinburne

We urge LCNAU members to continue to support the campaign to prevent the closure of languages at Swinburne. To sign the current petition, please go to:

https://www.megaphone.org.au/petitions/protect-nationally-strategic-languages-chinese-japanese-at-swinburne-university

Student training opportunity

ONLINE SUMMER COURSE (2021)

Unthinking and rethinking intercultural dialogue in education

21-25 June 2021

Co-organised by The Faculty of Educational Sciences (University of Helsinki, Finland) and The School of Education (Minzu University of China)

Course organisers and lecturers: Prof. Fred Dervin (University of Helsinki, Finland) and Prof. Mei Yuan (Minzu University of China) + invited speakers

COURSE FORMAT

The course will take place online through Zoom, 2 hours per day (time: 2-4pm Beijing time) 

Duration: 5 days

Assessment: Active participation and final essay

Participation fee: EUR200 

APPLICATIONS

The course is targeted at Master’s and PhD students. Ideal participants will have a strong interest in disrupting current status quos about intercultural dialogue in education and be open to new and original worldviews about diversity and interculturality. They will also be willing to question their own assumptions about what intercultural dialogue is and what it entails. A background in ‘diversity education’ (intercultural/multicultural/transcultural… education/communication) is required.

20 students will be selected for this course. 

Please send a motivation letter to interculturalcompetences@gmail.com by 1st April 2021

The letter should not be more than 500 words. After a brief self-introduction, you should state what you expect from this course and the contributions you are willing to make during the lectures. Try to be as clear and transparent as possible in the way you express potential expectations and contributions.

Questions should be addressed to interculturalcompetences@gmail.com

 

Research training opportunity

LCNAU members and their students may be interested in some aspects of the training programs currently being offered in the UK for researchers in languages and cultures.

SAS Research Training Programme

Registration is now open for the School of Advanced Study free research training programme for Term 2. The programme provides free training on methods, skills, and current and emerging approaches to languages- and cultures-focused research. These sessions are open to researchers at all levels in the UK and beyond, but advance registration using the booking links below is essential. All hours are UK times.

FEBRUARY

Wednesday 3rd 14-15:30: Conducting Fieldwork in and with Indigenous Communities Conducting Fieldwork in and with Indigenous Communities | The Institute of Modern Languages Research (sas.ac.uk)

Thursday 4th 15-17: Working in Archives Working in Archives | School of Advanced Study (sas.ac.uk)

Tuesday 9th 11-12: Designing a Presentation Designing a Presentation | School of Advanced Study (sas.ac.uk)

Thursday 11th 15-17: The PhD Viva The PhD Viva | School of Advanced Study (sas.ac.uk)

Wednesday 17th 14-16: Decolonial Methods in Modern Languages Research Decolonial Methods in Modern Languages Research | The Institute of Modern Languages Research (sas.ac.uk)

Tuesday 23rd 11-12: What is Copyright? What is Copyright? | School of Advanced Study (sas.ac.uk)

Wednesday 24th 14-16: Disability Studies and Modern Languages Research Disability Studies and Modern Languages Research | The Institute of Modern Languages Research (sas.ac.uk) 

Thursday 25th 15-17: Concepts of Digital Humanities Concepts of Digital Humanities | School of Advanced Study (sas.ac.uk)

MARCH

Tuesday 2nd 11-12: Academic Writing and Creativity Academic Writing and Creativity | School of Advanced Study (sas.ac.uk) 

Wednesday 3rd 14-16: Conducting Fieldwork Using Participatory Photography I Conducting Fieldwork using Participatory Photography | The Institute of Modern Languages Research (sas.ac.uk) 

Thursday 4th 15-17: Applying for Research Funding Applying for Research Funding | School of Advanced Study (sas.ac.uk)

Friday 5th 14-16: Archives and Modern Languages Research Archives and Modern Languages Research | The Institute of Modern Languages Research (sas.ac.uk)

Tuesday 9th 11-12: Writing an Introduction Writing an Introduction | School of Advanced Study (sas.ac.uk)

Wednesday 10th 14-16: Conducting Fieldwork Using Participatory Photography II Conducting Fieldwork using Participatory Photography | The Institute of Modern Languages Research (sas.ac.uk)

Thursday 11th 15-17: Online Research Methods Online Research Methods | School of Advanced Study (sas.ac.uk)

Tuesday 16th 11-12: Writing the Main Body of Your Work Writing the Main Body of Your Work | School of Advanced Study (sas.ac.uk) 

Wednesday 17th 14-15:30: Gender Studies and Modern Languages Research Gender Studies and Modern Languages Research | The Institute of Modern Languages Research (sas.ac.uk) 

Thursday 18th 15-17: Applying for Academic Jobs Applying for Academic Jobs | School of Advanced Study (sas.ac.uk)

Monday 22nd 15-17: EndNote EndNote | School of Advanced Study (sas.ac.uk)

Wednesday 24th 14-16: Digital Culture and Modern Languages Research Digital Culture and Modern Languages Research | The Institute of Modern Languages Research (sas.ac.uk)

Join us!

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: