Panel: Global Languages and Linguistic Sustainability in the Asian Century
Panel Members: Michael Singh, Lynne Li, John Hajek
Date: Thursday 15 March 2012
Time: 12.30-2.30 pm
Venue: RMIT Research Lounge, RMIT Building 28, Level 5, entry via RMIT Building 8, Level 5, 360 Swanston St Melbourne
Flyers: Panel and Local-Global Launch

Prime Minister Gillard announced, in September 2011, that the Australian Government had commissioned a White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century for consideration by Cabinet in the first half of 2012. In providing a national blueprint for Australia at a time of transformative economic growth in Asia, this White Paper is expected to help the Australian Government, and the people of Australia, navigate the Asian Century. Language education is a key part of this challenge because the effective teaching and learning of global languages is commonly understood as essential for the cultural, economic and intellectual life of any society. Moreover, and in terms of Australian National Interest, greater language diversity and capacity could result in a significant deepening of our engagement with Asia, not just in the areas of economy and security, but in science and technology collaboration, clean energy, education and so forth. The panel members will together address issues involving linguistic diversity and sustainability in a national sense, Australia, as well as the challenges and opportunities that Australias language education will face over the coming decades.

Following the seminar, will be the launch of the Local-Global special edition, ‘Globalization, Languages, Knowledge: Australian languages education in the ‘Asian century”.

Refreshments provided, please RSVP to Michelle Farley
Free event. All welcome.

Indonesian Language in Australian Universities: Strategies for a Stronger Future
27 February 2012, Parliament House, Canberra
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Cost: $33 (GST inclusive) for AIBC Members / $44 (GST inclusive) for non-members, including a light lunch.

With support from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, AIBC WA Member and Murdoch University’s Professor David T. Hill has reviewed Australia’s Indonesian programs, and is proposing a national strategy to strengthen Indonesian language learning in Australian universities. His report, Indonesian Language in Australian Universities: Strategies for a stronger future, was launched on Monday 27 February, 2012, at Parliament House in Canberra and is now available online.

Challenging the monolingual mindset: RUMACCC 10th Anniversary Colloquium and Inaugural Michael Clyne Lecture
23 February 2012, The University of Melbourne
Presenter: Catrin Norrby, Stockholm University
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The Research Unit for Multilingualism and Cross-Cultural Communication (RUMACCC) at The University of Melbourne was established in 2002 by Professor Michael Clyne, one of Australia’s greatest linguists and language activists, and reached its 10th anniversary in December 2012. RUMACCC held a celebratory event on 23 February, 2012, incorporating the RUMACCC Colloquium; the inaugural Michael Clyne Lecture by Prof Catrin Norrby, Stockholm University; and the launch of Uniformity and diversity in language policy: Global Perspectives.

Asia-Pacific Writing Partnership
‘Writing Out of Asia’ Roundtables and Workshops on Writing, Teaching Creative Writing, Translation and Editing in the Asia-Pacific
in conjunction with
‘Asia-Pacific Literature and Culture in the Era of the Digital Revolution’, the 14th Biennial Symposium on Literatures and Cultures of the Asia Pacific Region
2-5 December, 2011, Westerly Centre, University of Western Australia

A bilingual curriculum for a monolingual context: research on its impact
Presenter: A/Professor Claudia Ordonez, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
1 December, 2011, Australian Catholic University
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Multiculturalism: perspectives from Australia, Canada and China
21-22 November 2011, The University of Sydney