Attend our public seminar series on Language and Culture, presented by RMIT Global and Language Studies.
Guest speakers: Dr Chantal Crozet (RMIT) and Dr Adriana Diaz (UQ)
Modern/Foreign Language Teachers-Researchers (MFLTRs) in Australian universities formed their own professional network (Language and Culture Network for Australian Universities) only recently, in 2013. This is indicative of both this professional body’s need to reaffirm its raison d’être in the face of an ongoing state of crisis, as well as its resilient spirit. Indeed, the creation of the network was prompted by the findings of several government commissioned reports and scholarly research showing the alarming decrease in the number of languages taught at Australian universities since the late 1990’s.
While the precarious state of language education in Australia can be largely attributed to the persistently dominant monolingual mindset in this country, it is also symptomatic of a field in transition, a field whose goals are currently being redefined in light of an increasingly multilingual, superdiverse and troubled world for which the development of cross-linguistic and inter-cultural competencies are vital.
This paper positions MFLTRs as key agents of potential change in this critical state of play. Through ten pen-portraits and interview data from MFLTRs in Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and French studies, we reflect on MFLTRs’ perceptions of what university language and culture teaching currently is and could be, from an intercultural, political and ethical perspective. Our discussion and analysis of the data are framed by principles of Grounded Theory and Narrative Inquiry.
Language and Culture Seminar Series (LACSS)
This Series is focused on research in:
1. Language, society, culture, history and politics
2. Applied linguistics, language pedagogy
The Language and Culture Seminar Series (LACSS) is a new forum for RMIT researchers, including HDR students to share their research and engage in cross-cultural dialogues. It is open to anyone interested in the field.
The seminar will run once a month from Sem 1, 2017. If you are interested in presenting please contact Dr Glenda Mejía (LACSS convenor) at email@example.com.
LACSS is located within the Centre of Global Research (CGR).