In order to facilitate discussion and to stimulate collaborative research,  we have established a number of virtual clusters, enabling languages and cultures professionals to engage with others on topics of great significance to the sector.

Each virtual cluster operates independently, using a format which is most appropriate for the cluster’s purposes. For more information on a particular cluster, please contact the facilitator.

Intercultural Language Teaching & Communication (ILTAC)
Facilitators: Chantal Crozet, RMIT University and Adriana Diaz, University of Queensland

The ILTAC LCNAU cluster brings together researchers working towards a broader understanding and enactment of the intercultural dimension in language and culture education in tertiary environments. It concerns the sub-fields of Foreign Language Teaching (FLT), Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Indigenous Language and Culture Education (ILCE), as well as Language & Intercultural Communication (LIC).

Indigenous Languages
Facilitators: Rob Amery, University of Adelaide, Cathy Bow, Charles Darwin University and John Giacon, Australian National University

While Australians are realising that Indigenous languages are part of our heritage, it is still very difficult to study Indigenous languages at tertiary level – in 2015 there are only six languages on offer. There is a lot to discuss about how training in Indigenous languages at tertiary level is to be done effectively, and in a way that enriches our understanding of Indigenous languages. This cluster is designed to inform and facilitate that discussion. Information for this cluster is shared within a standard web page format; information and documents to be uploaded may be supplied by contacting the facilitator. Comments relevant to Indigenous languages education may also be added to the page.

Language and Culture Research Group
Facilitator: Graham Squires, University of Newcastle

The Language and Culture Research Group has been established to facilitate cooperation between LCNAU members working in different disciplines, language areas and universities on an ongoing basis. We hope to create an ongoing discourse amongst researchers in different disciplines and institutions that will foster both collegiality and innovation across the sector. The activities of the group will include one-day ‘mini-conferences.

Work Integrated Learning and Languages Studies (WILLS)  Facilitators: Carmela Briguglio, Curtin University, Fernando Porta, Curtin University, Eric Bouvet, Flinders University and Lara Anderson, Melbourne University

The community at large constitutes a reservoir of linguistic and multicultural wealth that can provide valuable experiential opportunities for students to be exposed to language and culture-rich environments. As such, it promotes academic growth and enhances employability prospects. The Work Integrated Learning and Language Studies (WILLS) cluster offers a collaborative platform that seeks to explore the role of WIL in language studies from practical and theoretical points of view. It aims to facilitate the emergence of common research projects, to design and disseminate educational placement models and guidelines, as well as to promote WIL practices across the tertiary sector. The WILLS group would like to extend its reach to colleagues in Australia who have experience in placing students in language/culture-rich contexts or who are interested in starting their own language placement programs. For further information, please contact the project facilitators.