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Chinese materials now online with ANG

The MLTA ACT Inc. has been collaborating with the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) creating resources for languages teachers in line with the Australian Curriculum for exhibitions and also, in the future, on the permanent exhibitions.

The last project was worked on by MLTA ACT members Jen Baines, Cissy Lu and Jia Zhu. We thank them for their contributions and the time they invested in the process. A thank you is also needed for Myriam Davies for coordinating and managing the relationship with the NGA.

You can find the Chinese Language and Art Resources now on the NGA website.

You will find the links to the background information document, the Yr 7 - 8 resource and Yr 9 - 10 resource at the bottom of the left-hand column on the NGA Chinese Language Curriculum webpage

You can also download the PDFs via these direct links:

Chinese educational resource background
Year 7-8 Resource
Year 9-10 resource

Please let us know how you go using them in the classroom.

AFMLTA Conference 2019 – Registration and Call for Papers

22nd AFMLTA International Languages Conference: Online registration and Call for Papers NOW OPEN!

You are encouraged to submit a workshop proposal to share your experiences with Languages Education or to register to attend this valuable professional learning opportunity.

Time line between now and the conference:

For more details, please visit AFMLTA website.

French Network Update

Points from the latest French Network update (more information at the French Network Meeting, see below):

TCI workshop in SA, posted 31 October 2018

Dear Members

Thank you to our members who attended our event last Thursday on TCI. A huge thanks to Myriam Davies and Prue Roveta for facilitating the TCI workshop and for sharing their TCI journey.

As there is interest in further professional learning on TCI, I would like to bring to your attention a professional learning opportunity in Victor Harbour, South Australia from 17-19 January 2019 (see attached). This PL is being organised by the MLTASA and current financial MLTAACT members are able to register at the member rate.


Véronique Canellas

Executive President | Modern Language Teachers Association of the ACT Inc. (MLTA ACT Inc.)

ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language Summer School ANU 2018, posted 22 October 2018

The Centre’s annual Summer School is a flagship educational event on Australia’s linguistics calendar. Over the course of five days, we bring together leading national and international scholars to present the latest research in the field through intensive ‘deep dives’ across the multi-disciplinary breadth of the science of languages.

Summer School draws on expertise across the Centre’s programs, member universities and international partners to provide intensive training, enrich existing knowledge and catalyse new research collaborations. Participants range from advanced undergraduate students through to senior academics. Many of the courses require no previous knowledge or experience, only a burning curiosity about the dynamics of the world’s many and greatly varied languages.

This year’s Summer School, to be held at the Australian National University from 26-30 November, will have a dual focus on the intersection of language and technology, and community engagement. To register, please visit the summer school registration page.

Request for articles - Contact Semester 2 edition, posted 22 October 2018

The MLTA ACT newsletter, CONTACT, is emailed to members twice a year. I hope you enjoyed reading the first edition for 2018 emailed to you last term. If you would like to contribute an article for the Semester 2, 2018 edition please email it to me at The deadline to send articles is Monday 26th November (Week 7 - Term 4).

Your students can write something or you can reuse an article you wrote for a school newsletter. It can be about what your students are doing in class, a PD/conference you went to, an excursion, a trip overseas… Ideally, it would be great to have a picture to go with your article (please consider media permission for students). CONTACT also includes a section called Reading and ICT ideas, so if you have read an interesting article / book / blog… if you have discovered a new ICT resource (App, Website, Google extension…), all you need to do is send me a quick email with a brief description. Finally, if you have any happy news you would like to share (baby, wedding…) please let me know!

I look forward to receiving your articles (google doc format is preferable, particularly for photos).

Joanne Chilver, Contact Editor

SBS Languages Competition, posted 22 October 2018

SBS Radio presents the SBS National Languages Competition 2018 to encourage and celebrate a love of learning languages in Australia. The SBS 2018 National Languages Competition is open from Monday 15 October to Sunday 18 November 2018. Information is also available at can also be found on SBS website.

Term 4 MLTA Event, posted 15 October 2018

MLTA ACT will be holding the final event for the year on 25 October from 4-6pm at Hedley Beare Centre for Teaching and Learning (51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling). The focus of the session will be on Comprehensible Input.

Myriam Davies and Prue Roveta will share, in an informal presentation, their experience implementing the Comprehensible Input (CI) methodology in their classrooms. Both of them were sponsored by the MLTA ACT to attend a CI workshop earlier in the year and came back with many ideas to put into practice. Some of you may be familiar with teaching with Comprehensible Input, if you attended the MLTA ACT workshop run by Ian Perry last year. However, if you are not, this presentation will go through the basics of this methodology. This presentation is suitable for both primary and secondary teachers.

If you are planning on attending, please RSVP by Tuesday 23 October using this Google form.

Japan Foundation seminar, posted 10 October 2018

The closing date for applications for the January 2019 Intensive Seminar is now extended till Oct 22 (Mon). The seminar, held at The Japan Foundation, Sydney enables teachers to develop language skills, gain confidence using Japanese, and to develop language teaching strategies and skills which they can apply in their own classrooms. Specific focuses include Australian Curriculum and ICT-based learning. Participants will be immersed in a Japanese language environment suited to their level and will have ample opportunity for networking.

Date: Jan 14-17, 2019 (Mon-Thu)

Venue: The Japan Foundation, Sydney


Who can apply? Teachers must: Pre-Service Teachers must: Fees For Proficient teachers in NSW Extended application deadline Enquiries More information can be found here.

ACT BEA update, posted 2 October 2018

The ACT Bilingual Education Alliance update for October 2018 comes with news on Sharing Stories organised by the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature (NCACL); Events at Woden Library (Language activities organised by ACTBEA, Sharing Stories Exhibition Preview, Official opening of the IBBY exhibition and talk by Jackie French, Raising Your Child Bilingually, Mirrors and Windows: Cultural Diversity in Australian picture books, Hop Up! Wriggle Over! And enjoy...); Events at other ACT public libraries; The art and science of translating and sharing Australian Children’s Stories worldwide; Workshop on Translating Children's Literature; SBS National Languages Competition 2018 - 'What does language learning mean to you?; ACT Community Language Schools Day; Other ACTBEA News including ACTBEA proposal for the National Multicultural Festival and a submission to the Inquiry into ACT Libraries.

Reminder re FIPLV and Fiona Arthur Scholarship applications, posted 28 September 2018

Reminders about application deadlines:

Japanese Film Festival

Japanese Film Festival school screenings 2018

The high school comedy Oremonogatari (MY love STORY!!) will be screened especially for school groups as part of the 2018 Japanese Film Festival. The Canberra screening will be held on 19 October 2018 at Dendy Canberra Centre (148 Bunda St), and will include a fun Japan quiz before the start of the film. A unit of work on the film is available for teachers.

Why not bring your class along for a Term 4 excursion? The previous cap of 50 tickets per school has now been lifted, so you can now bring your larger classes. Tickets at $10 per student, and purchased online (credit card or invoice).

Please see and attached flyer for more details.

SBS National Languages Competition 2018, posted 24 September 2018

SBS National Languages Competition 2018

The SBS Radio presents the SBS National Languages Competition 2018 to encourage and celebrate a love of learning languages in Australia. The competition is open from Monday 15 October until Sunday 18 November 2018.

Access all the resources for schools at

AFMLTA News in Brief, posted 21 September 2018

See the September 2018 News in Brief from AFMLTA for: AFMLTA Logo
  1. 2019 AFMLTA Conference - Call for Papers now open
  2. BABEL Going Digital
  3. AFMLTA online survey
  4. Special Interest Group (SIG) investigation on what is needed in AFMLTA advocacy
  5. AFMLTA letter to new federal Minister for Education, Dan Tehan
  6. ELLA 2019
  7. SBS National Languages Competition 15 October to 18 November 2018
  8. Conferences including ACTFL, 16-18 November 2018

Indonesian Language and Culture Workshop, posted 13 September 2018

An Intensive Language and Culture Workshop for ACT Indonesian Language Teachers will be held at ANU, in the Staff Common Room, 4th Floor, Baldessin Precinct Building, Ellery Crescent, from 9 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday 22 September 2018. The theme of this workshop with Amrih Widodo (ANU) is “Understanding contemporary Indonesian culture and society”. If you are interested in attending, please contact Mr Heath McMichael, Chair, Balai Bahasa Indonesia (ACT) by COB Friday 14 September 2018.

Language Revival, posted 13 September 2018, updated 18 September 2018

There will be a seminar regarding Language Revival, to be held in the Canberra Institute of Technology Bruce, Lecture Hall A022 CIT, Bruce, ACT 2617, from 6 pm to 8 pm on Monday 24 September 2018. Dr John Giacon from the ANU will discuss this with particular reference to Australia and drawing on his extensive experience of the revival of Yuwaalaraay and Gamilaraay, two Aboriginal languages of NSW. Please register via Eventbrite to assist with catering plans.

French Network information and meeting, posted 5 September 2018

See the latest French Network update for information on:

German Minikonferenz, posted 28 August 2018

A German Minikonferenz on 29 September 2018 will feature sessions on ‘kulturbezogenes Lernen‘ by Marina Shine from the Goethe Institut and a sharing session from teachers of German in the afternoon. Registrations are now open! Please register by 7 September for catering purposes. Please register via Google form here.

Sheree Avard.

Using authentic texts in teaching French, posted 28 August 2018, updated 3 September 2018

A sequel to the professional learning event has been scheduled for the workshop on using authentic texts in teaching French.

French Network minutes of meeting, posted 16 August 2018

See the meeting minutes for 9 August 2018 for information presented at and arising from the last French Network meeting. For other latest news from Lena Britton, see her French Network email of today for details – including:

French Network information and meeting, posted 7 August 2018

See the latest French Network update for information on:

Multilingual Poetry Night

There is a great lineup of poets signed up for the Multilingual Poetry Night on Monday 13 August 2018 from 7 pm to 9 pm at Smith's Alternative! in languages including Mandarin, Cebuano, Hindi, Bengali, French, German, Shona, Dari, Farsi, Japanese, Mongolian, Sinhalese, Serbian and Spanish Each poet will share some insight into their poem, or a full translation, in English. Presented in partnership with That Poetry Thing that is on at Smith's every Monday Night, the event is $5 at the door, but free for poets and readers who sign up before the night.

MLTA ACT Mini Conference 2018 has TQI accreditation, posted 6 August 2018

The August 2018 MLTA ACT Mini-Conference now has TQI accreditation (4 hours). Thanks to MLTA President Veronique Canellas who has once again been successful in organising this. See the post of 25 July for details.

ACT BEA August update, posted 31 July 2018

The ACT Bilingual Education Alliance update for August 2018 comes with news on Mother tongue multilingual poetry workshop and evening; ACT Libraries expanding bilingual story times; Canberra Moon Festival; Talk and Discussion on Language Revival; Highlighting languages at the 2019 National Multicultural Festival (NMF); and a link to the ACT Bilingual Education Alliance Facebook page.

FIPLV Congress 1988 Scholarship 2018, posted 27 July 2018

Applications are invited for the FIPLV Congress 1988 Scholarship 2018. Applications are due 5:00pm Friday 28 September 2018. Please apply via Google form. For any questions, please email Veronique Canellas, Executive President at

AFMLTA News in Brief, posted 26 July 2018

See the July 2018 News in Brief from AFMLTA for: AFMLTA Logo
  1. Introducing the 2018-2019 AFMLTA executive
  2. Advocacy: advocating for quality teaching and learning of languages; AFMLTA on ABC TV with ELLA
  3. Babel publication update
  4. Professional learning: 22nd AFMLTA Conference 7-9 July 2019 in Hobart; Ready, Set, Assess! workshop; AFMLTA executive members at state, national and international conferences
  5. Membership
  6. Communication.

MLTA ACT Mini Conference 2018, posted 25 July 2018

MLTA Logo This year's MLTA ACT Mini Conference has the theme 'Flipped, Formative, Fun' and will be held on Saturday 18 August 2018 at the Hedley Beare Centre for Teaching and Learning, 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling ACT 2611. Details are in the conference flier. Cost of registration is $30 for MLTA ACT Inc. members and $80 for non MLTA ACT Inc. members. Morning tea will be provided. Please register and pay via Trybooking by COB Friday 10 August.

Languages Forum Update, posted 24 July 2018

The July 2018 Languages Forum Update includes news on:

Mandarin teaching for Defence, posted 12 July 2018

Defence Department has a role to be filled teaching Mandarin. For details, see information from Mylynda Balodis at Fortis Consulting.

ACFS Bulletin, posted 25 June 2018

The June 2018 edition of the ACFS Bulletin (Australia China Friendship Society) includes upcoming events:

COACTEA Student Seminars, posted 21 June 2018

COACTEA invites Canberra students to participate in a seminar with Matthew Wills, former Head of Philosophy, Values and Religion at Hale School in WA, to develop skills in critical thinking, creative thinking and collaborative thinking. The seminar will be facilitated by SOPHY (Canberra Society of Philosophy for the Young), and will be held in the ACU Veritas Building on Friday 27 July 2018. A registration link is provided in the seminar flyer.

Fiona Arthur Language Teaching Award, posted 20 June 2018

Nominations for the Fiona Arthur Language Teaching Award for 2018 are now open. Members are able to nominate themselves or nominate another member for the Award. The nominated candidate must demonstrably be:
  1. engaging with current theories of education
  2. modelling and promoting effective and innovative language teaching practice and
  3. contributing to the education and professional development of language teachers.
Please refer to the document at the link above for full details. Nominations should clearly address each of the three criteria and must be submitted by COB Friday 5 October 2018 at

AFMLTA News in Brief, posted 15 June 2018

See the June 2018 News in Brief from AFMLTA for:
  1. AFMLTA featured on ABC TV News Breakfast Program: 15 June 2018
  2. About AFMLTA
  3. AFMLTA NEWS – AFMLTA's response to gonski's 'missed opportunity' on languages
  4. Current context of F-2 Languages education in Australian schools
  5. Quality Languages Programs in Victorian Schools
  6. A compelling message from Australia's educators
  7. Exciting initiative for young learners in languages.
The third item above refers to Professor Pasi Sahlberg's comments on the need to add a 24th recommendation to the Gonski 2.0 agenda to address the issue of languages education, as reported in the SMH on 3 June 2018.

Education Perfect speaking activities, posted 13 June 2018

Unlock complimentary access to Language Perfect Speaking Activities, available for free to DET ACT/ MLTA ACT network schools until the end of Term 3, 2018 – message from Education Perfect Global Projects Manager. Education Perfect has developed a range of Speaking Activities. Teachers are able to create their own questions as well as listen to what their students have recorded and leave feedback.

Request complimentary access to high quality speaking activities to engage your students:

Contact Newsletter stop press, posted 6 June 2018

CONTACT newsletters were due last Friday but if you missed out on sending an article in you could still do so. If you can get articles to Joanne by the end of this week that would be great (​​ or

It would be lovely to hear about any special activities or trips you have undertaken with your classes. Your students can write something or you can reuse an article you wrote for a school newsletter. It can be about what your students are doing in class, a PD/conference you went to, an excursion, a trip overseas… Ideally, it would be great to have a picture to go with your article (please consider media permission for students).

CONTACT also includes a section called Reading and ICT ideas, so if you have read an interesting article / book / blog… if you have discovered a new ICT resource (App, Website, Google extension…), all you need to do is send me a quick email with a brief description.

Finally, if you have any happy news you would like to share (baby, wedding…) please let us know!

Languages Forum Update, posted 10 May 2018

The latest update from the Languages Forum of the ACT is now available. Preview of topics in the May 2018 edition:

EOI for presenters of CLSA workshops in Terms 2 to 4

MLTA ACT Inc. is seeking expressions of interest from current financial members to provide 90-minute professional learning sessions to the Community Language Schools Association on 27 June, 8 August and 31 October 2018. Details and a link to the EOI form are in the EOI flier. EOIs should be completed by Friday 1 June COB.

Call for articles, Contact newsletter, posted 22 April 2018

Joanne Chilver is taking over from Ludivine as Publications Editor for the MLTA ACT Inc. Every semester, we publish the CONTACT Newsletter with articles written by our members. CONTACT is emailed to members twice a year, at the end of each semester. If you would like to contribute an article for the Semester 1, 2018 edition please email it to me at ​​ or The deadline to send articles for Semester 1 is Friday 1 June (Week 5 - Term 2).

Your students can write something or you can reuse an article you wrote for a school newsletter. It can be about what your students are doing in class, a PD/conference you went to, an excursion, a trip overseas… Ideally, it would be great to have a picture to go with your article (please consider media permission for students).

CONTACT also includes a section called Reading and ICT ideas, so if you have read an interesting article / book / blog… if you have discovered a new ICT resource (App, Website, Google extension…), all you need to do is send me a quick email with a brief description. Finally, if you have any happy news you would like to share (baby, wedding…) please let Joanne know!

National conference for teachers of Chinese, posted 22 April 2018

The Chinese Language Teachers’ Association of ACT (CLTAACT) is organising and hosting the 24th Chinese Language Teachers’ Federation of Australia Inc. (CLTFA) National Conference here in Canberra from 7 -8 July 2018. The theme of the conference is Chinese Acquisition: Theory and Practice (See attached).

The Keynote Speakers are:

  1. Professor Yang Zhao, Peking University, China
  2. Professor Furukawa Yutaka, Osaka University, Japan
  3. Professor Richard Rigby, Australian National University, Australia
Having the National Conference here in Canberra provides local and regional teachers of Chinese the opportunity to attend the conference to build their capacity and without incurring extra travel and accommodation costs. Teacher/s of Chinese are invited to attend the National Conference. Registration costs are: Registration deadline is 29 June 2018.

TETC Stage for teachers of French January 2019, posted 18 April 2018

TETC (The Educational Tour Company) has announced dates for Le Stage 2019, to be held in Tours, France, from 7 to 18 January 2019. The cost for the 9-day stage will be $2,650. The stage is registered at Proficient level with NESA (the NSW Education Standards Authority), addresssing addressing 1.3.2, 1.5.2, 2.1.2, 2.6.2, 3.3.2, 3.4.2, 6.2.2, 6.3.2, 6.4.2, 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Recrutement Professeur des écoles contractuels anglophones 1er degré, posted 18 April 2018

Olivier Boissière est actuellement inspecteur de l’Éducation Nationale. Il a parlé avec Patricia Blumstein d’un recrutement pour des professeurs d’école anglophones (natifs). Le recrutement peut se faire par Skype et jusqu’en fin mai. Si cette possibilite vous intéresse, et vous êtes professeur des écoles avec un niveau de langue B2 en français, veuillez contacter Olivier ou Patricia.

[Olivier Boissière is currently inspector of National Education. He spoke with Patricia Blumstein (TPS) of a recruitment for English-speaking (native) school teachers . Recruitment can be done by Skype and until the end of May. If this opportunity interests you, and you are a teacher with a B2 language level in French, please contact Olivier or Patricia.]

French Network News, posted 18 April 2018

French network news for April from Lena Britten includes:

Indieguerillas Exhibition - partnership NGA and MLTA ACT, posted 18 April 2018

Thanks to our continuing collaboration with the National Gallery of Australia, the MLTA ACT has been able to offer two primary teachers the opportunity to create teaching resources for the Indieguerillas Exhibition that is currently showing at the NGA Play, until the 28th of May.

The resources, aligned with Australian Curriculum Indonesian, will be available shortly on the NGA website, along with a series of links that will be staying there more permanently. The resources also align with the cross curricular priority: Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia.

We invite primary teachers of Indonesian to consider organising an excursion for your primary classes to the National Gallery of Australia to see the Indieguerillas Exhibition, to take full advantage of the resources created for you through the MLTA ACT’s collaboration with the NGA.

MLTA ACT 2018 Committee, posted 24 March 2018

Congratulations to committee members elected at the MLTA ACT Annual General Meeting on Thursday 22 March and welcome to new committee members. The updated list of committee members is now on MLTA Home page. As MLTA President Veronique Canellas advised in a broadcast email to members, we look forward to continuing the work of the association in promoting language learning and teaching in Canberra and surrounding regions.

ELLA survey, posted 24 March 2018

The University of Melbourne is seeking Primary School teachers of Languages to complete an anonymous online survey about the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) Program and the use of technology in the classroom.

The focus of the survey is twofold:

If you are interested in participating please contact Prof John Hajek at as soon as possible or visit for more information about the project.

Note: If MLTAACT Inc. members are interested in participating then they are to contact Prof John Hajek directly and only engage in the project as members of the MLTAACT Inc. and not as employees of the ACT Education Directorate, CEO or AIS.

ANU seminar on L2 acquisition in Japanese, posted 21 March 2018

There will be a seminar by Haruka Woods, PhD candidate, ANU College of Asian and the Pacific, as follows:

Title: Syntax-discourse interface on second language acquisition: Case of Japanese wa and ga'
3:30 pm, Tuesday, 27 March 2018
Venue: Engma Room (#5019, Coombs Bldg #9)

ANU Language Teaching Forum, posted 21 March 2018

The first seminar in the ANU Language Teaching Forum's 2018 program of events will take place on Monday 26 March 2018, with a presentation by Nguyen Bui, PhD candidate, on Networked Professional Learning in Intercultural Language Education: Evidence of Impact.

The ANU Language Teaching Forum program for 2018 has seminars scheduled for 26 March, 23 April, 21 May, 25 June, 23 July, 27 August and 24 September, with a few of these dates still available for presentations.

MLTA AGM, posted 20 March 2018

This is a reminder that the MLTA ACT Inc. Annual General Meeting is this Thursday 22nd of March 4:30pm start at Telopea Park School.

Please RSVP using this link: (this is for catering purposes as well as to gauge interest in the different roles).

Come along to learn more about the running of the MLTA ACT Inc. and even perhaps consider joining the Executive Committee! It would be great to have representation from all languages in the members of the committee and to see some new faces helping run our vibrant association. You can nominate yourself or another member using the nomination form.

If you can’t make the meeting and would like to appoint a proxy, please use the proxy form.

If you have any questions please let the Secretary know. Please note that you must be a financial member to join the committee so please make sure you have renewed your membership for this year.

Meet and Greet reminder, posted 27 February 2018

This Thursday 1st of March is the Annual Meet and Greet Function, 5:00pm for a 5:30pm start, at The Loft at Duxton.

If you forgot to RSVP by the due date last Friday but you do plan on coming, please RSVP.

Please complete your membership renewal before Thursday, if you haven't done so yet, as that is when your 2017 membership lapses. If you aren’t sure if you have renewed yet please email MLTA ACT Secretary Annemarie Power, who can verify that for you.

AFMLTA News in Brief, February 2018, posted 23 February 2018, updated 24 February 2018 & 6 March 2018

Refer to the February 2018 edition of AFMLTA News In Brief, and the previous news item, posted here 22 January and updated 8 February and 20 March, to see details and registration arrangements for the AFMLTA workshops to be held in Canberra at HBCTL: Enrolment deadline for these workshops has been extended to 23 March 2018. They are new workshops, so you can still count them for TQI if you participated in the Australian Curriculum Languages workshop in October last year.

Italian Embassy announcement, posted 23 February 2018

Contributi per cattedre di lingua italiana, borse e viaggi di studio e corsi di aggiornamento per docenti di italiano (Cap. 2619/3 - Cap. 2619/2), posted 23 February 2018 – applications close on 12 March 2018 for:

Contributions for teacher training courses (Cap. 2619/3). All applications should be signed and stamped. They should also be accompanied by:

Teacher Training and Personal Development courses should include at least 15 participants and no more than 25.

Contributions for new or existing teaching positions, scolarships and study visits to Italy (Cap. 2619/2). All applications should be signed and stamped. They should also be accompanied by:

Scanned Applications may be anticipated via mail to this address and originals should be sent to the Embassy.

Refer to: DGSPUFF 2018 V ALL. 2 Formulario D2 Relazione finale, DGSPUFF 2018 V ALL. 1 FORMULARIO D Richiesta contributo, DGSPUFV 2018 ALL. 1 Formulari A B 2619 pg2.

Languages Education Information Stall at NMF, posted 17 February 2018

There will be a Languages Education Information Stall at the National Multicultural Festival on Sunday 18 February. Stall organisers are the Canberra Academy of Languages, the ACT Bilingual Education Alliance and the Canberra Region Languages Forum.

Stall E6 will be located in Section E of the NMF footprint, on City Walk, near David Jones. See the NMF map. Look for a sign saying "Learning Languages Canberra".

Mother Tongue Multilingual Poetry, posted 17 February 2018

Come to one - or all - of our multilingual poetry events at the National Multicultural Festival over 16-18 February 2018 in Canberra. Enjoy great food, drink, company, music and - of course - poetry! Look for Stage 4 and Stage 7 on the National Multicultural Festival map.

Email if you want any other information. And we'll see you there!

Mother Language Walk, posted 17 February 2018, updated 19 February 2018

In 1999, UNESCO declared 21 February as International Mother Language Day, to be observed annually worldwide, promoting awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. On Sunday 25 February, come and celebrate your family languages and the many other languages spoken in the ACT area by joining the 2018 Mother Languages Walk across Commonwealth Bridge in Canberra.

For more information, see Facebook: 'International Mother Language Movement Canberra'.

Languages Forum Update, posted 12 February 2018

See this link for the latest update from the Languages Forum of the ACT. Items in this edition (some are updates of items from the December edition):
  1. Promoting languages at the Multicultural Festival
  2. Mother tongue multilingual poetry at the National Multicultural Festival in 2018
  3. Language activities for children at the National Multicultural Festival in 2018
  4. Mother Language Walk Sunday 25 February 2018
  5. Raising Children in more than One Language Sunday 4 March
  6. Languages education in the discussion of the Future of Education in the ACT
  7. ANU Diploma of Languages discontinued
  8. Canberra Languages Network
  9. Motion in Federal Parliament on Monday 12 February 2018 to observe International Mother Langhuages Day (IMLD)
  10. This is a Voice exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney
  11. ACT Bilingual Education Alliance (ACTBEA).
Copies of previous Canberra Region Languages Forum Updates are available at

Workshop with Gianfranco Conti, posted 29 January 2018, updated 8 & 16 February 2018

A reminder and update from MLTA Executive Secretary Annemarie Power:

We have an excellent PL opportunity taking place soon on Saturday 17 February 2018. We are lucky to have internationally renowned educator Dr Gianfranco Conti returning to present on ‘Metacognition and Language Skills’. It is not necessary to have attended the 2017 workshop with Gianfranco and the topics will be different to those in last year's workshop.

The registrations close Thursday 15 February (extended from the 9th), so don’t forget to sign up. All who attended his workshop last year were very inspired by Dr Conti.

Details at a glance:

No late registrations will be accepted so please make sure you register to avoid disappointment. Please note there is a $0.30 booking fee per ticket.

Morning tea and lunch will be provided – please ensure you provide us with your dietary requirements when registering.

For further background on Dr Gianfranco Conti please see:

If you have any questions, please email Annemarie.

AFMLTA Ready Set ... workshops update, posted 22 January 2018, updated 8 February 2018

The venue has now been confirmed for both AFMLTA Australian Curriculum Ready?Set?Plan! and Ready?Set?Assess! workshops, on Friday 23 March and Saturday 24 March 2018, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. These will be held at the Hedley Beare Centre for Teaching and Learning (HBCTL) on both days. These workshops are TQI accredited for five hours. Registration is via AFMLTA website at

Previous years

MLTA ACT news items for previous years are available as pdf documents, listed below, commencing with the most recent year.

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