Discover our Clusters

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

Each research 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 and Communication (ILTAC)

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Calanques near Marseille in France, copyright: Chantal Crozet

Facilitators: Chantal Crozet, RMIT University and Adriana Diaz, University of Queensland

The ILTAC 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 and 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.

Translating and Interpreting Cultures and Languages (TICL)

Facilitators: Hélène Jaccomard, University of Western Australia, Rick Qi, Monash University, Lola Sundin, Monash University, and Marie-Laure Vuaille-Barcan, University of Newcastle

Translation is now increasingly accepted as a useful means for developing language skills and intercultural awareness. This renewal of interest in translation in language teaching (TILT) has coincided with the consolidation of translation studies as a field of scholarly enquiry, providing a sound theoretical basis and generating valuable empirical studies. In light of these developments, this cluster (TICL) aims to provide a forum for the exchange of views about translation – and interpreting – and their use both in the foreign language classroom and in the training of language and culture professionals. Potential areas for discussion include: the place of translating and interpreting (TI) in the curriculum; assessing TI; machine translation (friend or foe?); TI and the intercultural; the sociology of TI; postcolonial TI; gender and feminist TI; multilingual TI; re-translation; Computer-Aided Translation (CAT); corpus-based translation studies.

Work Integrated Learning and Languages Studies (WILLS)

Facilitators: Carmela Briguglio, Fernando Porta, Southern Cross University, Eric Bouvet, Flinders University and Lara Anderson, University of Melbourne

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.