Event Programme


Friday 20th Sept

6pm  Welcome drinks at The Garden State Hotel (in the beer garden)


Saturday 21st Sept

9am  Registration and stalls open

10am Welcome from Larriana Morgan, Executive Manager, Short Courses and Languages Centre of Excellence

10.05 Richard Simcott - A life in many languages, raising a multilingual child,  Q & A session. Followed by a 10 min break.

During this session I will talk through the way we can make our world multilingual. I'll explore how we can use tools to open our children's world to other languages from day 1 or later. For the basis of the talk, I will speak from my own personal experience, raising my daughter with 5 languages and answer questions on how that's possible.

11.40 Rachael Vorwerk - Join us in making Pokémon Go, but for languages!

In October 2020 Melbourne will be transformed into a playable city through an inventive blend of game design, live and public art via a free-to-play app.

64 Ways of Being will highlight the many cultures in Melbourne through a game similar to Pokémon Go, that leads players to different places in the city connected to diverse experiences and feelings. Each site in the city highlights a word from a different language that evokes a different way of being.

But we need your help. We're looking for words in any language other than English that relate to a specific way of feeling, that can't be translated directly to English. For example, in Portuguese the word 'saudade' relates to the feeling of nostalgia, or longing for a person or thing that is distant or now unreachable. Or in Japanese the word 'ukiyo' relates to the feeling of "the floating world" and living in the moment.

Join us at this session to bring new languages and words to the world of 64 Ways of Being!

12pm Rebecca Howie - In-country immersion not the only way: How to have practical language experiences close to home.

Travelling abroad as a means to learn and put language skills into practice is a wonderful opportunity, but isn’t always possible for everyone. For Australians especially, even leaving the country often means at least a six-hour flight, and the cost and time required for overseas travel can be restrictive. On the other hand, a personal language learning routine in the place where you live – whether it be a group class, private tutoring or independent learning – can often lack the practical opportunities that travel can offer for using the language with others in a real-world context. So, if travelling to a country that uses your target language isn’t an option right now, how do you get those practical experiences? Rather than lamenting how long it might be until your next trip abroad – create (or find) your own opportunities closer to home. This presentation will cover some of the ways in which I have created locally-based experiences for myself, as well as for other learners, in order to add practical language use into a regular language learning routine. I will suggest some ideas for solo independent learners, for learners with the regular assistance of a teacher, and for small groups.

1pm   Lunch

3pm  Nicole Else - Esperanto. What is it and is it just a nice idea that today’s world doesn’t need any more?

A general introduction to Esperanto including answers to these questions and more: What exactly makes it easier to learn? Who was Zamenhof? When was it invented? What is the language like? Traits, grammar without exceptions, phonetic, compound words, roots, nouns end in “o”, adjectives in “a”. Are there enough speakers for it to be useful? Which resources are there to learn Esperanto? Is Esperanto’s aim that we all speak the same language? What are the other benefits? Do we need Esperanto when we have English? 

4pm  Serene Chia - Mundo Lingo: Not a language exchange

Mundo Lingo has been around since 2011, but not  many know what it is truly about. The talk goes into the history and philosophy of Mundo Lingo, whilst clearing up any misconceptions that may have formed over the years that it is just a language event that is held in bars.

Sunday 22nd Sept

9am  Registration and stalls open

10am Mandy Scott - Exploring all angles and joining the dots: promoting languages at a local level.

Exploring all angles and joining the dots: promoting languages at a local level

In this presentation I will share our experiences of working together with others in the ACT area with a passion for languages and/or involvement in languages education to promote an awareness of the value of having skills in more than one language and to encourage and support the development of these skills - from early childhood upwards. I will discuss how we have worked both top down, for example by lobbying the ACT government and working with the education and multicultural directorates, and bottom up. The latter has involved social media and online information, stalls and language activities at community events, language afternoon teas and other social networking events, items in newsletters, and talks to parents, teachers and/or special interest groups. I will discuss what we have achieved and learned from our activities, and then outline some current plans. I hope questions and comments from the floor will add to the discussion and stimulate further ideas so that we can all explore practical steps to build on local resources to improve languages education at all levels and to promote the value of the language skills in our multilingual society.

11am  Richard Simcott - Language learning habits of a polyglot.

During this session I will let you into my world as an avid language learner. I will explain what I do to learn a new language and how I maintain languages too. If you have questions about whether you need talent to learn, or how to learn a language, then this talk is for you. It will also be interesting for anyone wishing to learn, maintain and retain several languages at the same time

12pm Sarah Lobegeiger de Rodriguez - Navigating your voice in multilingual operations!

Navigating your Voice in Multilingual Operations!This presentation will feature an overview and exploration of:
1) How the Voice Works
2) Voice and mother tongue : Acoustic correlates of good voice and language mastery
3) Voice and secondary non dominant language mastery- what does the research tell us about how vocal function is impacted when speaking alternate languages
4) Accent Transfer and Vocal Function: Language specific voice features: How an understanding of acoustic and perceptual voice correlates can enhance your fluency when speaking and learning new languages
5) Voice and engagement: how your voice quality and resonance impacts on your message delivery and transfer at all levels of the language learning process according to current speech science research into engagement and attention.

This presentation will be both theoretical and hands on. Participants will learn to describe voice features of languages and use these skills to their advantage in mastering new languages and navigating the acoustic spectrum of pronunciation, phonetics and diacritics in language learning.
They will also learn the importance of maintaining vocal health when moving across languages - something we view as paramount to effective and engagement communication. According to research, the risk of vocal dysfunction when speaking alternate languages from L1 is significantly higher.

1pm   Lunch

3pm  *Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann, University of Adelaide - Language reclamation and wellbeing.

This talk will explain why language revival is (1) right, (2) beautiful, and (3) beneficial. In our globalized world, more and more groups are losing their heritage. Language reclamation (e.g. Barngarla Aboriginal language of South Australia, Hebrew; the most extreme case of foreign language learning), revitalization (e.g. Shanghainese, Adnyamathanha) and reinvigoration (e.g. Te Reo Māori, Welsh) are becoming increasingly relevant as more and more people seek to reconnect with their ancestors, recover their cultural autonomy, empower their spiritual and intellectual sovereignty, and improve their wellbeing and mental health.

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4pm  An introduction to the 50 words project by Katie Jepson from the University of Melbourne's Research Unit for Indigenous Language followed by a community discussion on future language events in the Asia Pacific region, led by our guests of honour Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann, Professor Joe Lo Bianco and Richard Simcott.

5pm  Farewell drinks (venue tbc)

*Spotlight on our special guest speaker Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann, University of Adelaide.

Professor Ghil‘ad Zuckermann (DPhil Oxford; PhD Cambridge, titular; MA Tel Aviv, summa cum laude) is Chair of Linguistics and Endangered Languages at the University of Adelaide. He is a chief investigator in a large research project assessing language revival and mental health, funded by Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). He is the author of the seminal bestseller Israelit Safa Yafa (Israeli – A Beautiful Language; Am Oved, 2008), Language Contact and Lexical Enrichment in Israeli Hebrew (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003), Revivalistics (Oxford University Press, 2020), three chapters of the Israeli Tingo (Keren, 2011), Engaging – A Guide to Interacting Respectfully and Reciprocally with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, and their Arts Practices and Intellectual Property (2015), the first online Dictionary of the Barngarla Aboriginal Language (2018) and Barngarlidhi Manoo (Speaking Barngarla Together) (2019). He is the editor of Burning Issues in Afro-Asiatic Linguistics (2012), Jewish Language Contact (2014), a special issue of the International Journal of the Sociology of Language, and the co-editor of Endangered Words, Signs of Revival (2014).

He is the founder of Revivalistics, a new trans-disciplinary field of enquiry surrounding language reclamation, revitalization and reinvigoration. In 2011 he launched, with the Barngarla Aboriginal communities of Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, the reclamation of the Barngarla language. Professor Zuckermann is elected member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and the Foundation for Endangered Languages (FEL). He is President of the Australian Association for Jewish Studies (AAJS) and was President of AustraLex in 2013-2015, Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Fellow in 2007–2011, and Gulbenkian Research Fellow at Churchill College Cambridge in 2000-2004. He has been Consultant and Expert Witness in (corpus) lexicography and (forensic) linguistics, in court cases all over the globe. He has been Distinguished Visiting Professor at Shanghai International Studies University and taught at the University of Cambridge, University of Queensland, National University of Singapore, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Middlebury College (Vermont), East China Normal University, Shanghai International Studies University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Miami University. He has been Research Fellow at the Weizmann Institute of Science; Tel Aviv University; Rockefeller Foundation’s Study and Conference Center, Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio, Italy; Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin; Israel Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Institute for Advanced Study, La Trobe University; Institute of Linguistics, Shanghai International Studies University; and Kokuritsu Kokugo Kenkyūjo, National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, Tokyo.

He has been Denise Skinner Scholar at St Hugh’s College Oxford, Scatcherd European Scholar at the University of Oxford, and scholar at the United World College of the Adriatic (Italy). As of October 2018, his MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), Language Revival: Securing the Future of Endangered Languages, has attracted 15,000 learners from 190 countries (speakers of hundreds of distinct languages): https://www.edx.org/course/language-revival-securing-future-adelaidex-lang101x http://www.adelaide.edu.au/news/news79582.htmlhttp://www.facebook.com/ProfessorZuckermann

We are really honoured and delighted to host Professor Zuckermann at our inaugural event! Don't miss his lecture on Sunday afternoon!