“Quality language education is not just about gaining fluency. Rather, it challenges students to think outside their native environment, and to be curious about unfamiliar cultures.  In language study, students learn far more than is being taught. With skill-based training as a launch-pad, they get a glimpse of life within a different cultural framework, experiencing affinity with unfamiliar worlds — and people…In communication practice, students put this understanding into action. They get a living experience which is immediate, deep, and personalised… An understanding of the breadth and depth of cultural difference — and the possibility of bridging that gap – is the key outcome of quality language education.” Excerpt from the article, ‘Want to get ahead this century? Learn an Asian Language’ by Yuko Kinoshita, Senior Lecturer University of Canberra. Printed online at The Conversation, April, 2012
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What's on:

  • TeachMeetAsia - meetings/conferences where teachers share good practice, practical ideas and personal insights into teaching.

Further reading:

Learn about the Indigenous languages of Australia, visit our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture in education portal. Visit also, information about the performing arts to develop multi art form activities or cross-curricular programs.

Image: Student performer, St Mary's College, Broome - Dance Tour 2008. Photograph courtesy of St Mary's College.


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