News in brief

  1. AFMLTA News in Brief December 2020
    The AFMLTA provides vision, leadership, representation, advocacy, professional learning and support for quality teaching and learning of languages.

    End of year message

    Among many other things, 2020 has made us all aware of how connected people across the world really are. For many, it has highlighted even more the importance of being able to communicate effectively with speakers of other languages. We have seen how essential an understanding of cultural diversity is. To this end, teachers of languages are some of the most important ambassadors of multilingualism and international exchange.
    It has been great working with the various MLTAs/LTA and teachers across the country this year. The year has in fact brought many opportunities to work with colleagues and students in new or different ways. It has been quite remarkable seeing the various ways in which teachers have ensured their students are able to continue their language learning, and colleagues remain supported and connected.
    We look forward to continuing our work together in 2021. 
    Nathan, Amanda, Sherryl, Kylie, Jackie, Gillian, Andrew, Anne-Marie - AFMLTA Executive Team

    National Languages Plan & Strategy:

    TEACHER SURVEYS 1 & 2 CLOSING SOON! 

    Thank you to all teachers of languages who have participated in Teachers Surveys 1 and 2. These surveys will be closing at the end of 2020 so if you haven't yet completed both surveys, please ensure you click the link below. The Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations (AFMLTA) is conducting a project for the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment. The project involves developing recommendations that will inform future policy design for languages education in Australia. The survey data will be used to inform the development of a national picture of the current situation of languages education across Australia, including the teaching of Community Languages and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.
    For more details, go to the project website: nlps.afmlta.asn.au 
    CLICK HERE TO ACCESS TEACHER SURVEYS 1 & 2

    AFMLTA 23rd International Languages Conference

    The AFMLTA is excited to announce that the 23rd International Languages Conference will be held online on 5-6 July 2021.
    A number of exciting keynote speakers and workshop presenters have been confirmed already. Registrations and call for papers will be launched early in the new year. Save the date!

    International Call to Action on Languages Education

    The Importance of Languages in Global Context: An International Call to Action has been issued in a joint statement by five institutions from nations in which English is a primary language. 
    The statement recommends that the nations represented should invest educational resources to support the diversity of languages spoken within their borders, including indigenous languages, and provide greater access to education in a range of languages, even as they strive to improve literacy in English.
    Click here to access the statement

    MLTAWA 90th Anniversary Celebration                        

     
      
    A significant event was held on the 28th November to celebrate the MLTAWA's 90th Birthday and to present a number of awards. Over 100 people attended the anniversary at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle, enjoying a delicious high tea, catching up with friends and colleagues, and reminiscing and celebrating the work of the MLTAWA.
    The Hon. Sue Ellery, MLC, Minister for Education and Training and Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council spoke about languages education in WA, and AFMLTA President Nathan Harvey congratulated the MLTAWA on behalf of languages teachers nationally. Professor John Kinder, former Chair of European Studies, University of Western Australia gave a humorous insight into the beginnings of the MLTAWA 90 years ago - an extract of the speech is included below. 
    Image: (L-R) MLTAWA President Helen Kuehs, MLTAWA Life Member and oldest living member, Geoff Davis and WA Minister for Education, Sue Ellery.
    MLTAWA 1930-1920 John Kinder, UWA
    Dr Margaret Clarke from UWA convened a meeting in July 1930 of language teachers from local high schools and from the university, and Australia’s first Modern Language Teachers Association was born. The first President was a school teacher, Mr Ralph Crossley. He was the teacher of modern languages at Fremantle Boys School, where he taught French and German. The West Australian ran a story on Mr Crossley, full of praise for his modern methods:
    "Practically no English is spoken in the second and third year classes for German and French at the Fremantle Boys' School. Special apparatus has been installed in the classrooms to facilitate the teaching of French and German. Pictures of many kinds of objects and a number of tourist posters have been placed on the walls to give the rooms the correct atmosphere. "
    The first general meeting of MLTAWA, in December 1930, was attended by ‘a large number of teachers from metropolitan schools’. They held a wide-ranging discussion of the recent Junior and Leaving exams in French. 
    Many of the issues they identified in the 1930s have surfaced in debates in later decades.

    Representation                          

    NSW Parliamentary Inquiry Review of the New South Wales School Curriculum
    AFMLTA recently submitted a paper to the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry Review of the New South Wales School Curriculum. Following the submission, members of the executive were invited to speak at the inquiry to further discuss the provision of languages education in NSW. Access the transcript here.

    Patji-Dawes Language Teaching Award:

    Nominations Open 

    Do you know an accomplished language teaching practitioner or team of practitioners?
    Why not nominate them for this award?

    The Patji-Dawes Language Teaching Award honours outstanding achievements in teaching languages other than English by an accomplished practitioner or team of practitioners in Australia.
    The Patji-Dawes award is an initiative of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language through their Outreach program, which includes a commitment to improving levels of multilingualism and mastery of other languages in Australia through understanding and public debate on how we learn (and teach) second and other languages most effectively. The award is co-sponsored by the two national language teaching bodies, the Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations and the Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities.
    The award will include a certificate, small cash prize and, if travel permitted, airfare and accommodation for both the prize-winner and their nominator to attend the award ceremony. In 2021, this is proposed for the AFMLTA conference in Adelaide, 4-6 July 2021.
    Deadline for submission of nominations: 8 March 2021. Nomination forms and more details are available here.

    Supporting Tertiary Languages Programs

    The Languages program at Swinburne University of Technology, (Melbourne) needs your help! Swinburne is currently proposing to axe all three of its Languages departments  (Japanese, Chinese and Italian) with immediate effect. 
    Click here to respond to the petition. 

    Professional Learning

    Local and International Languages Conferences
    17 January 2021: Intercultural Institute of Japanese language teaching in Tokyo (online) click here 
    12-13 March 2021: ALL (UK) Language World Conference (online)
    To register at a discounted MLTA member rate click here. Call for Papers click here
    5-6 July 2021: AFMLTA International Languages Conference (online)
    10-12 July 2021: NZALT Conference, Wellington
    27 - 29 June 2022: FIPLV World Congress. Warsaw, Poland (postponed from 2021)
    AFMLTA Membership
    To enjoy the benefits of AFMLTA membership, join the MLTA in your state or territory. 

    AFMLTA Communication
    Website: afmlta.asn.au
    Twitter: @afmlta
    Facebook: facebook.com/afmlta
    Email: president@afmlta.asn.au


     
    AFMLTA Executive 2020 - 2021
    President: Nathan Harvey
    Immediate Past President: Amanda Pentti
    Vice President: Sherryl Saunders
    Secretary: Kylie Farmer
    Treasurer: Jackie Mikami
    Babel Editor: Andrew Scrimgeour
    Promotions Officer: Anne-Marie Morgan 
    Information Officer: Gillian Cordy
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  2. AFMLTA News in Brief October 2020
    The AFMLTA provides vision, leadership, representation, advocacy, professional learning and support for quality teaching and learning of languages.

    National Languages Plan & Strategy:

    PARTICIPATE NOW IN TEACHER SURVEY 2 

    The Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations (AFMLTA) is conducting a project for the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment. The project involves developing recommendations that will inform future policy design for languages education in Australia. The survey data will be used to inform the development of a national picture of the current situation of languages education across Australia, including the teaching of Community Languages and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.
    Teacher Survey 1 was released in September. Teacher Survey 2, relating to languages teachers’ experiences and qualifications, is now available. It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.
    Your participation in this study is completely voluntary and all information provided will remain anonymous(the names of individual schools and participating teachers are not collected).
    CLICK HERE to participate now in Teacher Survey 2.
    (Survey 1 is also available for those teachers who have not yet participated.)

    For more details, go to the project website: nlps.afmlta.asn.au 
    Contact the Project Director, Sherryl Saunders: e:vicepresident@afmlta.asn.au
    CLICK HERE TO ACCESS TEACHER SURVEY 2

    Babel

    Volume 55 Issue 1 of Babel is currently being published and will be distributed to all 2020 MLTA members shortly. 
    This edition will feature articles on trends in language learning over the last 50 years, supporting transition to university languages, an evaluation of the 2019 AFMLTA international conference and a book review on community language learning.

    Representation                          

    AFMLTA Executive Officers continue to represent teachers of languages at various national forums. 
    Recently, elected officers met with Dr Jenny Donovan, Director of the new Federal Government’s  National Evidence Institute. This institute’s work is to ensure that teachers have access to the best available evidence and resources, and are supported to easily and effectively incorporate them into their practice. The discussions between AFMLTA and the Institute staff were very positive and it was clear that Dr Donovan is very keen to collaborate with professional associations to progress their work. Dr Donovan was enthusiastic about opportunities for including languages teachers and educators in the future work of the Institute. Watch this space for more information.
    In early October, AFMLTA elected officers participated in a second briefing from ACARA staff about the Review of the Australian Curriculum: Languages. We were provided with a summary of the deliberations of the Curriculum and Teacher Reference groups and some information about the next steps in this process. AFMLTA looks forward to creating opportunities in which we can provide feedback and a national-level voice in this review. Further information is available from the ACARA website: https://www.acara.edu.au/curriculum/curriculum-review

    Patji-Dawes Language Teaching Award:

    Nominations Open 

    Do you know an accomplished language teaching practitioner or team of practitioners?
    Why not nominate them for this award?

    The Patji-Dawes Language Teaching Award honours outstanding achievements in teaching languages other than English by an accomplished practitioner or team of practitioners in Australia.
    The Patji-Dawes award is an initiative of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language through their Outreach program, which includes a commitment to improving levels of multilingualism and mastery of other languages in Australia through understanding and public debate on how we learn (and teach) second and other languages most effectively. The award is co-sponsored by the two national language teaching bodies, the Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations and the Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities.
    The award will include a certificate, small cash prize and, if travel permitted, airfare and accommodation for both the prize-winner and their nominator to attend the award ceremony. In 2021, this is proposed for the AFMLTA conference in Adelaide, 4-6 July 2021.
    Deadline for submission of nominations: 8 March 2021. Nomination forms and more details are available here.

    Supporting Research

    Language Testing Research Centre (LTRC)/Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand (ALTAANZ) Online Celebratory Event, 19-20 November 2020
    Are you interested in language assessment?
    To mark the 30th anniversary of the LTRC and the 10th anniversary of ALTAANZ, an informal conference will be held. The event will incorporate the ALTAANZ AGM, and a 30th anniversary colloquium with former LTRC directors and associates Tim McNamara, Cathie Elder and Joe Lo Bianco on the theme of ‘Mapping tensions between language testing, policies and practices’. There will be no registration fees for the event. 
    Please visit http://www.altaanz.org/ for more information. For general enquiries email altaanz@gmail.com.

    Professional Learning

    Local and International Languages Conferences
    20-22 November 2020: ACTFL Virtual Convention and World Languages Expo more details
    4-6 July 2021: AFMLTA International Languages Conference
    9-11 July 2021: NZALT Conference, Wellington
    6-8 September 2021: FIPLV World Congress. Warsaw, Poland 
    AFMLTA Membership
    To enjoy the benefits of AFMLTA membership, join the MLTA in your state or territory. 

    AFMLTA Communication
    Website: afmlta.asn.au
    Twitter: @afmlta
    Facebook: facebook.com/afmlta
    Email: president@afmlta.asn.au


     
    AFMLTA Executive 2020 - 2021
    President: Nathan Harvey
    Immediate Past President: Amanda Pentti
    Vice President: Sherryl Saunders
    Secretary: Kylie Farmer
    Treasurer: Jackie Mikami
    Babel Editor: Andrew Scrimgeour
    Promotions Officer: Anne-Marie Morgan 
    Information Officer: Gillian Cordy
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  3. AFMLTA News in Brief September 2020
    The AFMLTA provides vision, leadership, representation, advocacy, professional learning and support for quality teaching and learning of languages.
    Featured in this edition of NIB:
    President Message including advocacy and representation work of the AFMLTA
    National Languages Plan & Strategy: Participate NOW in Teacher Survey 1
    Patji-Dawes Award: Nominations Open
    AFMLTA Executive Profiles: Jackie Mikami & Gillian Cordy
    Professional Learning Opportunities 

    AFMLTA President Message                             

    As the saying goes, we must all be having a lot of fun as 2020 is certainly flying by. 
    The AFMLTA elected officers are continuing to work hard in providing leadership and representation of languages education across Australia. 
    As I'm sure everyone is aware, ACARA is undertaking a review of the Australian Curriculum. Recognising the AFMLTA as the peak body for languages educators in Australia, ACARA officers approached us to be involved in a briefing of the processes and procedures involved in the review. We will have a second briefing session next month, and the elected officers are ensuring that the voice of the profession is heard in this process. Further information can be found at: https://www.acara.edu.au/curriculum/curriculum-review
    It's been a privilege to be invited to be part of the MLTAV and MLTAT recent virtual conferences. The innovative ways in which teachers are connecting is quite remarkable. Thanks goes to the elected officers who participated in these conferences and we look forward to the opportunity to be involved in others. 
    Important work is being done on the development of a new website. Our website is one of the main ways of connecting with teachers, and other interested people, and the development of this more modern and user friendly website is part of our Strategic Plan. The aim is to provide a relevant digital space for key information, member interaction and contributions. 
    The most exciting work is the National Languages Plan & Strategy. You will have received information about this through your MLTA/LTA. We really want to get a clear picture of language provision and participation across Australia and I implore everyone to participate in Teacher Survey 1. See below for more information on this.
    I encourage everyone to stay connected with the AFMLTA through the regular communications on our website, Facebook and Twitter, and through your state or territory association.
    Nathan Harvey, September 2020

    National Languages Plan & Strategy:

    PARTICIPATE NOW IN TEACHER SURVEY 1 

    The Australian Government, through the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE), has engaged the AFMLTA to undertake the National Languages Plan and Strategy project for languages education in Australia. The plan will inform future policy design at the national level, for a sustainable approach to planning and implementing languages education.
    A series of 3 teacher surveys will be implemented across 2020. The survey data will be used to inform the development of a national picture of the current situation of languages education across Australia, including the teaching of Community Languages and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.
    Teachers of all languages in schools or community language centres are encouraged to participate in this survey about their experiences of the teaching of languages in their school site. This survey, relating to program provision and student participation, should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.
    This is the final call to participate in Teacher Survey 1 now. 
    Teacher Survey 2 will be opening soon. 
    For more details, go to the project website: nlps.afmlta.asn.au 
    Contact the Project Director, Sherryl Saunders: e:vicepresident@afmlta.asn.au
    CLICK HERE TO ACCESS TEACHER SURVEY 1

    Patji-Dawes Award: Nominations Open 

    Do you know an accomplished language teaching practitioner or team of practitioners? Why not nominate them for this award?
    The Patji-Dawes Language Teaching Award honours outstanding achievements in teaching languages other than English by an accomplished practitioner or team of practitioners in Australia.
    The Patji-Dawes award is an initiative of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language through their Outreach program, which includes a commitment to improving levels of multilingualism and mastery of other languages in Australia through understanding and public debate on how we learn (and teach) second and other languages most effectively. The award is co-sponsored by the two national language teaching bodies, the Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations and the Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities.
    The award will include a certificate, small cash prize and, if travel permitted, airfare and accommodation for both the prize-winner and their nominator to attend the award ceremony. In 2021, this is proposed for the AFMLTA conference in Adelaide, 4-6 July 2021.
    Deadline for submission of nominations: 8 March 2021. Nomination forms and more details are available here.

    AFMLTA Executive Profiles


    Gillian Cordy

    AFMLTA
    Information Officer
    Gillian Cordy has promoted teacher professionalism and quality education in the languages area for many years in her role as an Education Officer – Languages at Sydney Catholic Schools. She has had a long career as a teacher of Indonesian and French in secondary schools and has been involved at senior level in the writing of language syllabuses, exam development and marking processes. Gillian has also been involved in initial language teacher education at the University of NSW. Her long and active membership of the Modern Language Teachers Association of NSW was recognised in 2017 when she was made a life member of the association.  She served as President of MLTANSW from 2014-2016, as Vice President in 2017 and is still an active committee member and Public Officer.
     

    Jackie Mikami
    AFMLTA
    Treasurer
    Jackie Mikami is a Primary School Japanese Teacher and Team Leader. She has been teaching Japanese for almost ten years in Prep to Year 7 expanding her school program to a whole school program using the Australian Curriculum. Jackie is recipient of several Innovation grants, awards and accolades in language teaching. Her experience also includes time as a School Principal at a Japanese Community Language School, as a Translator and Interpreter in Tokyo and more. Jackie is a bilingual, passionate educator, and has lived, studied and worked in three different countries leading to strong intercultural capability and language skills. She leads quality teaching and learning through innovation and continuous growth as a teacher, team leader and volunteer. Most recently Jackie is working with QCAA & ACARA as a representative for the languages curriculum review. Using her Master of Educational Leadership, Jackie is interested in language teaching and learning research. She has held a range of roles with MLTAQ on the Gold Coast and at a State level supporting Professional Learning, Conferences, Awards and now as the new Treasurer for AFMLTA.

    Supporting Research

    Nominations open for Penny McKay Memorial Award

    The Penny McKay Memorial Award is for an outstanding doctoral thesis which benefits the teaching and learning of second/additional languages in Australian schools and pre-schools, including Indigenous languages, community languages, foreign languages, Standard Australian English as an additional language or variety, and/or English as a foreign language. The closing date for 2020 applications is 1 November 2020. Further information can be found on the ACTA website.

    Professional Learning

    Local and International Languages Conferences
    20-22 November 2020: ACTFL Virtual Convention and World Languages Expo more details
    4-6 July 2021: AFMLTA International Languages Conference, Adelaide
    9-11 July 2021: NZALT Conference, Wellington
    6-8 September 2021: FIPLV World Congress. Warsaw, Poland 
    AFMLTA Membership
    To enjoy the benefits of AFMLTA membership, join the MLTA in your state or territory. 

    AFMLTA Communication
    Website: afmlta.asn.au
    Twitter: @afmlta
    Facebook: facebook.com/afmlta
    Email: president@afmlta.asn.au


     
    AFMLTA Executive 2020 - 2021
    President: Nathan Harvey
    Immediate Past President: Amanda Pentti
    Vice President: Sherryl Saunders
    Secretary: Kylie Farmer
    Treasurer: Jackie Mikami
    Babel Editor: Andrew Scrimgeour
    Promotions Officer: Anne-Marie Morgan 
    Information Officer: Gillian Cordy
    Go to the AFMLTA Website






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  4. AFMLTA News in Brief July 2020
    The AFMLTA provides vision, leadership, representation, advocacy, professional learning and support for quality teaching and learning of languages.

     Message from new AFMLTA President            

    Welcome to the latest edition of News In Brief.
    I am very privileged indeed to be elected as AFMLTA President for the next two years. It is well researched and publicised that the single biggest influence on student learning is the teacher. Critical, then, to high quality language learning and teaching is the languages teacher and I very firmly support this position.
    My day job is Head of Languages at Willetton Senior High School, one of Western Australia’s largest secondary schools, with more than 2500 students from Years 7-12, and the most expansive Languages program in WA.  Our school is the Teacher Development School for Languages, which provides tailored professional learning to best meet the needs and context of teachers of all languages K-12. Our team provides practical support for whole school planning, teaching, learning and assessment to languages teachers in WA public schools.
    Key components of teachers’ work are our professional relationships and active involvement in professional communities. In developing such a community, the core business of the AFMLTA is to provide leadership, vision, representation, advocacy and support to the eight state and territory MLTAs/LTAs, and the teachers who are their members. I am eager to continue promoting the interests of the AFMLTA and languages learning and teaching in Australia, whenever and wherever I can.
    One of my major goals as President is to build on the already strong work in enhancing the visibility, and strengthening the position, of the AFMLTA across Australia and, importantly, internationally. Expanding any good work is a team effort and I am also looking forward to working with the seven Elected Officers to implement the decisions made at the recent National Assembly and advancing the Strategic Plan into 2021. We welcome to the Executive Gillian Cordy as Information Officer and Jackie Mikami as Treasurer. Both bring professional association experience from MLTANSW and MLTAQ respectively, as well as a range of other skills and expertise in languages education. Gillian and Jackie have already made positive contributions to our Executive. I would like to publicly thank our outgoing officers Veronique Canellas and Kati Varela who gave two years of service to the AFMLTA. Their contribution to the varied work of the association has been much appreciated. Outgoing President, Amanda Pentti, is to be commended on her open leadership, positive approach and commitment. I also thank Amanda in advance for the work we will do together in her role as Immediate Past President.
    I encourage everyone to stay connected with the AFMLTA through the regular communications on our website, Facebook and Twitter, and through your state or territory association.
    Nathan Harvey, July 2020

    AFMLTA Assembly 2020

    AFMLTA National Assembly was held online on 7 July. The Assembly comprises one representative of each MLTA/LTA and the AFMLTA elected officers. The Assembly administers the business of the AFMLTA, including the election of officers, and makes decisions for the upcoming year. 
    Reports from Executive Committee role holders and each MLTA/LTA were shared and participants took the opportunity to connect and network on supporting teachers to deliver high quality teaching of languages in Australian schools. It is always a pleasure to hear about the significant work of the MLTA/LTAs in supporting teachers of languages throughout Australia and how we can support our state/territory members.

    National Languages Plan and Strategy:
    Project Update

    The Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment has engaged the AFMLTA to undertake this project with key stakeholders, nationally. The purpose of the project is to develop a National Languages Plan and Strategy for languages education in Australia. The objective is to support the Australian government efforts to increase the uptake of language learning in schools. Teachers of languages in schools and community language programs are encouraged to participate in a series of 3 online surveys which will be rolled out through Semester 2. Survey data as well as a range of consultation processes will be used to inform development of the plan and strategy. The first survey will be launched early in Term 3 and promoted widely. You are encouraged to be involved to ensure your knowledge and experience contributes to this important project.  

    Advocacy with AITSL & AAAE

    Members of the AFMLTA Executive and MLTAQ and MLTAV Presidents attended the Australian Alliance of Associations in Education’s (AAAE) online meeting on 25 July.  AAAE member associations contributed beforehand to developing strategic queries to pose to the panel of AITSL officers. AITSL officers’ response was to commit to provide input on Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and Principals, Formative Assessment and Professional Learning; Initial Teacher Education was deemed not a policy position (or in discussion scope).

    Representation with ESA

    The AFMLTA continues to represent the profession as part of the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) Advisory Network. This group, facilitated by Education Services Australia (ESA), advises on the ELLA program in preschools and the F-2 trial in the early years of schooling, associated professional learning events and reviews of the program. The AFMLTA provides a national perspective on this significant development in the way language learning is supported in Australia. Click here for more details, including information about participating in the preschool program.

    Professional Reading

    Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) TALIS

    The OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) asks teachers and school leaders about working conditions and learning environments at their schools to help countries face diverse challenges. Evidence from TALIS 2018 is that 'so-called' foreign language teachers act as ambassadors of multilingualism and international exchange. Read more here.

    Supporting Research

    Nominations open for Penny McKay Memorial Award

    The Penny McKay Memorial Award is for an outstanding doctoral thesis which benefits the teaching and learning of second/additional languages in Australian schools and pre-schools, including Indigenous languages, community languages, foreign languages, Standard Australian English as an additional language or variety, and/or English as a foreign language. The closing date for 2020 applications is 1 November 2020. Further information can be found on the ACTA website.

    Professional Learning

    Association for Language Learning (UK) webinars

    ALL have a regular programme of webinars.  Sessions are streamed to an unlisted YouTube address with chat enabled to allow as many people as possible to benefit. Each webinar will have an Eventbrite registration and the link will be given in the event information on the site below. Please sign up via Eventbrite giving your name, email, institution and ALL membership status, and you will then receive an email confirmation with a direct link to join wither the Zoom or YouTube stream. See their event list on the ALL website for details of speakers, dates and times and links to Eventbrite registration. ALL has been supporting its members and the wider Language teaching community on the website http://www.all-languages.org.uk/. Their Development Manager has collated advice, links and resources for people working or living in isolation. 
    Members of FIPLV and other Language Associations around the world have been advised of a gesture of international professional friendship from ALL in May, when their termly members' magazine Languages Today was made available for the first time online only, and is accessible to all interested readers free of charge.
    Local and International Languages Conferences
    3 - 27 August 2020: MLTAV Virtual Conference more details
    20-22 November 2020: ACTFL Virtual Convention and World Languages Expo more details
    4-6 July 2021: AFMLTA International Languages Conference, Adelaide
    9-11 July 2021: NZALT Conference, Wellington
    6-8 September 2021: FIPLV World Congress. Warsaw, Poland 
    AFMLTA Membership
    To enjoy the benefits of AFMLTA membership, join the MLTA in your state or territory. 

    AFMLTA Communication
    Website: afmlta.asn.au
    Twitter: @afmlta
    Facebook: facebook.com/afmlta
    Email: president@afmlta.asn.au


     
    AFMLTA Executive 2020 - 2021
    President: Nathan Harvey
    Immediate Past President: Amanda Pentti
    Vice President: Sherryl Saunders
    Secretary: Kylie Farmer
    Treasurer: Jackie Mikami
    Babel Editor: Andrew Scrimgeour
    Promotions Officer: Anne-Marie Morgan 
    Information Officer: Gillian Cordy
    Go to the AFMLTA Website






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  5. AFMLTA News in Brief June 2020
    The AFMLTA provides vision, leadership, representation, advocacy, professional learning and support for quality teaching and learning of languages.

    Response to NSW Curriculum Review

    The outcomes of the NSW Curriculum Review, reported in the last NIB, are confounded by the NSW Government response. While the final review reportrecommended ‘the new curriculum expects students to achieve at least a minimum level of proficiency in a second language by commencing language learning during their primary years',  this recommendation was ‘noted’, rather than ‘supported’ by the NSW Government in its response
    The MLTANSW was also concerned that the NSW Government had not provided clarity around what would happen with the 61 languages subjects currently available in the Higher School Certificate (for Years 11 and 12), following the recommendation for 'the development of a smaller number of rigorous, high-quality HSC courses' moving to a narrower focus and fewer subject offerings.   
    Both the MLTANSWand AFMLTA have issued press releases and social media posts on the matter, urging the NSW Government to support the recommendation and to work with the MLTANSW on an implementation plan. The AFMLTA will continue our advocacy on the matter in support of MLTANSW.

    National Languages Strategy and Plan:
    Project Update

    The Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment has engaged the AFMLTA to undertake this project with key stakeholders, nationally. The purpose of the project is to develop a National Languages Plan and Strategy for languages education in Australia. The objective is to support the Australian government efforts to increase the uptake of language learning in schools. Teachers of languages in schools and community language programs are encouraged to participate in a series of 3 online surveys which will be rolled out through Semester 2. Survey data as well as a range of consultation processes will be used to inform development of the plan and strategy. The first survey will be launched early in Term 3 and promoted widely. You are encouraged to be involved to ensure your knowledge and experience contributes to this important project.  

    Advocacy with AITSL

    Members of the AFMLTA Executive will meet again with AITSL CEO, Mr Mark Grant this week.  We are working on progressing ways that we can connect in support of languages educators. We look forward to continuing the collaboration with AITSL. 

    PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

    Local and International Languages Conferences
    3 - 27 August 2020: MLTAV Virtual Conference more details
    20-22 November 2020: ACTFL Virtual Convention and World Languages Expo more details
    4-6 July 2021: AFMLTA International Languages Conference, Adelaide
    9-11 July 2021: NZALT Conference, Wellington
    6-8 September 2021: FIPLV World Congress. Warsaw, Poland 
    AFMLTA Membership
    To enjoy the benefits of AFMLTA membership, join the MLTA in your state or territory. 

    AFMLTA Communication
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    AFMLTA Executive 2019 - 2020
    President: Amanda Pentti
    President Elect: Nathan Harvey
    Vice President: Sherryl Saunders
    Secretary: Kylie Farmer
    Treasurer: Veronique Canellas
    Babel Editor: Andrew Scrimgeour
    Promotions Officer: Anne-Marie Morgan 
    Information Officer: Kati Varela
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  6. AFMLTA News in Brief June 2020
    The AFMLTA provides vision, leadership, representation, advocacy, professional learning and support for quality teaching and learning of languages.

    National Languages Strategy and Plan:
    Project Update

    The Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment has engaged the AFMLTA to undertake this project with key stakeholders, nationally. The purpose of the project is to develop a National Languages Plan and Strategy for languages education in Australia. The objective is to support the Australian government efforts to increase the uptake of language learning in schools. Teachers of languages in schools and community language programs are encouraged to participate in a series of 3 online surveys which will be rolled out through Semester 2. Survey data as well as a range of consultation processes will be used to inform development of the plan and strategy. The first survey will be launched early in Term 3 and promoted widely. You are encouraged to be involved to ensure your knowledge and experience contributes to this important project.  

    Advocacy with ACARA

    Earlier this year, members of the AFMLTA Executive met with David de Carvalho, Chief Executive Officer of ACARA in relation to the review of the Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum. Please see our websitefor a recent communication from ACARA outlining the planned reveiw process for Languages. AFMLTA looks forward to being actively engaged in this process on behalf of, and in collaboration with, our members.

    University funding for languages

    Last week the Australian Government announced a new proposed university funding package, which includes new bands of disciplines for both funding and student contributions. The good news for languages is that it attracts high levels of government contributions ($16,500 per student per year) and low levels of student contributions ($3,700 per year). There is also encouragement for students undertaking all courses to consider adding or including a language in their study, for job-readiness. Teaching is also prioritised, with low student contribution rates.The changes are wide reaching, and more details are available here

    Languages in NEW NSW Primary Curriculum

    This week the NSW Premier announced significant reform with a new curriculum to be delivered over the new 4 years. The AFMLTA contributed to the NSW Curriculum Review process and advocated strongly for the inclusion of Languages in the primary curriculum. It is pleasing to note that Languages will now be one of the essential features of the Primary curriculum.
    "In addition, the new curriculum expects students to achieve at least a minimum level of proficiency in a second language by commencing language learning during their primary years. The goal of language learning in the new curriculum is to provide every student with some knowledge of a second language and to lay the foundations for an increased number of students to pursue more advanced levels of proficiency, particularly in languages of the region, such as Mandarin and Indonesian."
    More details available here

    Sydney Institute for Community Languages Education (SICLE) Online Portal

    The Sydney Institute for Community Languages Education (SICLE) online portal for Community language resources is now live and available for teachers to access language teaching resources for Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Korean, Turkish and Vietnamese. The resources include worksheets, units of work, games and quizzes, songs, links to video clips and more. Teachers are invited to explore the portal and use the resources to support the teaching and learning of languages. The portal currently holds over 450 language-specific resources for six languages, with more language groups and resources to be added soon. Future plans for the portal also include a section for generic resources that will be available to be adapted for any language. Teachers are also encouraged to contribute resources to the online portal. 
    Nominations open for Penny McKay Memorial Award
    The Penny McKay Memorial Award is for an outstanding doctoral thesis which benefits the teaching and learning of second/additional languages in Australian schools and pre-schools, including Indigenous languages, community languages, foreign languages, Standard Australian English as an additional language or variety, and/or English as a foreign language.The closing date for 2020 applications is 1 November 2020. Further information can be found on the ACTA website.

    PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

    Local and International Languages Conferences
    3 - 27 August 2020: MLTAV Virtual Conference more details
    20-22 November 2020: ACTFL Virtual Convention and World Languages Expo more details
    4-6 July 2021: AFMLTA International Languages Conference, Adelaide
    9-11 July 2021: NZALT Conference, Wellington
    6-8 September 2021: FIPLV World Congress. Warsaw, Poland 
    AFMLTA Membership
    To enjoy the benefits of AFMLTA membership, join the MLTA in your state or territory. 

    AFMLTA Communication
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    Email: president@afmlta.asn.au


     
    AFMLTA Executive 2019 - 2020
    President: Amanda Pentti
    President Elect: Nathan Harvey
    Vice President: Sherryl Saunders
    Secretary: Kylie Farmer
    Treasurer: Veronique Canellas
    Babel Editor: Andrew Scrimgeour
    Promotions Officer: Anne-Marie Morgan 
    Information Officer: Kati Varela
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  7. AFMLTA News in Brief April 2020
    The AFMLTA provides vision, leadership, representation, advocacy, professional learning and support for quality teaching and learning of languages.
    We recognise the challenges school communities are currently facing and congratulate schools, teachers and families for the ways in which they are continuing to provide quality language learning opportunities for students.

    Supporting Language learning from home during COVID19

    AFMLTA President-Elect Nathan Harvey and his Languages team at Willetton Senior High School in Perth have been preparing to move to delivering curriculum entirely online for Term 2. This has been a steep learning curve, not just supporting 300 staff, but also more than 2600 students and their families.
    The Languages team have developed additional Connect Classroom modules which will provide quality teaching and learning resources in a streamlined manner to students and their parents. Online real time lessons will be conducted ad least once per week using Webex. Students in Year 11 and 12 in particular will continue to receive intensive one-on-one sessions with language assistants, so that they can continue to develop their speaking skills. 
    Willetton SHS has also launched a new section of their website called COVID- 19 BULLETIN BOARD to inform and support the school community during the Corona Virus pandemic. The school will also be offering some online Professional Learning for teachers of Languages (see further details below).

    Advocacy with AITSL

    Last week members of the AFMLTA Executive met with the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), Mr Mark Grant. The focus was on expanding opportunities to work together to increase provision and participation in languages education in Australian schools. Further meetings are planned in coming months to continue to advocate for languages education and support languages teachers.

     AFMLTA Award Nominations: NOW OPEN!

    All State and Territory Language Teachers' Associations are invited and encouraged to nominate members for one of the following awards: 
    -AFMLTA Inc. Medal awarded for Outstanding Service to Language Teaching. This award is specifically for exceptional and outstanding contribution and service nationally over an extended period.
    -AFMLTA Inc. Certificate of Merit awarded for dedicated and effective contribution to the work of the AFMLTA Inc. or an MLTA/LTA over an extended period.
    Further details, including award criteria and nominations are available from the AFMLTA website. Please send completed nominations to secretary@afmlta.asn.au by Sunday 10 May 2020.

    AFMLTA Executive Positions: NOMINATIONS OPEN!

    AFMLTA is calling for nominations to the roles of Babel Editor, Treasurer and Information Officer.  Nominations from financial members of any MLTA/LTA affiliated with AFMLTA are welcome.  Nomination forms and further details are available on the AFMLTA website
    Please send completed nominations to secretary@afmlta.asn.au by Friday 5 June 2020.

    BABEL 

    Volume 54 Issue 3 of Babel was mailed to all 2019 MLTA members at the beginning of 2020.
    The final issue for 2019 included the following articles: 

    • The Horwood Memorial Lecture from the 22nd AFMLTA International Languages Conference in Hobart in July 2019:presented by Professor Jane Simpson, Chair of Indigenous Linguistics and Deputy Director of the Australian Research Council  from the Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL) at the Australian National University 
    • An article on Distance Education for languages by Yvette Slaughter, Annemaree O’Brien, John Hajek and Wally Smith.
    • A report on the findings of the AFMLTA member survey undertaken in 2018.
    • A book review on Talking north: The journey of Australian’s first Asian languages.

    Proposals for articles to appear in future issues of Babel are invited. For information on Babel article requirements please visit the Babel section of the AFMLTA website. 

    PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

    The FREE online PL events below are being offered by the Languages Teacher Development School in Western Australia, Willetton Senior High School.
    Languages teachers from across Australia are welcome to participate. 

    Languages P-10 Assessing the WA Curriculum: Languages (WAC:L)
    This session will share strategies for effective assessment of the WAC:L.  It will be appropriate for teachers of all languages P-10. Areas of focus will include Ways of Assessing and developing marking keys.  Specific examples will be shared.

    Target audience: K-10, Primary and Secondary Teachers
    Date: Monday, 25 May 2020
    Time: 4.00pm - 5.30pm Western Standard Time (check local times)
    Location: Online event in Webex
    Last enrolment date: Thursday, 21 May 2020 
    WA DoE teachers click here to enrol 
    All other teachers click here to enrol 
    Queries: nathan.harvey@education.wa.edu.au

    Languages Year 11-12 Assessing WACE Languages

    This session will share strategies for effective assessment of the WACE Languages courses.  It will be appropriate for teachers of all languages Years 10-12. Areas of focus will include assessment practices, designing assessments and maximising exam performance and preparation. 

    Target audience: Yr 11-12, Secondary Teachers, School Leaders
    Date: Monday, 15 June 2020
    Time: 4.00pm to 5.30pm Western Standard Time (check local times)
    Location: Online event in Webex
    Last enrolment date: Thursday, 11 June 2020
    WA DoE teachers click here to enrol
    All other teachers click here to enrol
    Queries: nathan.harvey@education.wa.edu.au

    Local and International Languages Conferences
    4-6 July 2021: AFMLTA International Languages Conference, Adelaide
    9-11 July 2021: NZALT Conference, Wellington
    6-8 September 2021: FIPLV World Congress. Warsaw, Poland 
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    President: Amanda Pentti
    President Elect: Nathan Harvey
    Vice President: Sherryl Saunders
    Secretary: Kylie Farmer
    Treasurer: Veronique Canellas
    Babel Editor: Andrew Scrimgeour
    Promotions Officer: Anne-Marie Morgan 
    Information Officer: Kati Varela
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  8. AFMLTA News in Brief February 2020
    The AFMLTA provides vision, leadership, representation, advocacy, professional learning and support for quality teaching and learning of languages.

    AFMLTA National Languages Plan & Strategy Project Announcement

    The AFMLTA is pleased to advise that it has successfully completed negotiations with the Australian Government for the development of a national plan and strategy to support languages education in Australia.  The AFMLTA acknowledges the Australian Government’s commitment of $500,000 in funding towards a national languages plan and strategy.
    It is timely recognition by the Australian Government of the need to develop a national languages plan and strategy.  
    The development of a national plan and strategy will involve wide consultation with key stakeholders, including Modern Language Teacher Associations (MLTAs) across the country, and will be based on national and international research on languages education.
    The AFMLTA is ideally placed to develop this work as the peak body for languages education and with a long history of engagement with key stakeholders, research and professional learning for teachers of languages within schools and beyond. 
    The AFMLTA commends the Australian Government for recognising the importance of Australia’s first languages, community languages, and additional languages learning.
    Given the rich linguistic and cultural diversity in Australian schools, the study of a home or additional language should be a guaranteed part of the curriculum provision for all students in primary and secondary schools.
    For further information contact:
    Sherryl Saunders, AFMLTA Project Director
    vicepresident@afmlta.asn.au  0409 878 091 



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    President Elect: Nathan Harvey
    Vice President: Sherryl Saunders
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  9. AFMLTA News in Brief Special Edition February 2020
    The AFMLTA provides vision, leadership, representation, advocacy, professional learning and support for quality teaching and learning of languages.

    Vale Jane Orton


    Jane Orton PhD, long term member of MLTAV, former member of AFMLTA executive, Editor of Babel, recipient of the AFMLTA medal, presenter of the Horwood memorial lecture and a passionate advocate for languages education and Chinese Language teaching and learning in particular, passed away on the morning of 31January 2020.  Jane had overcome cancer a few years ago, but it unfortunately returned in recent months, leading to her untimely passing. 
    Jane had held the position of Honorary Fellow at The University of Melbourne since 2015, and continued to work tirelessly to support research, debate and professional learning for teachers of Chinese nationally and internationally. Most recently she was involved as consultant to a number of Chinese CLIL and bilingual programs in schools. Before her ‘retirement’ she was Director of the Chinese Teacher Training Centre at The University of Melbourne, from 2009-2015, which operated as a national research and professional development centre for Chinese language teaching in Australia.
    Jane researched and published widely in areas related to the teaching and learning of Chinese as a Second Language, in Chinese teacher education and in intercultural relations. Her most recent publications included her book, Teaching Chinese as a Second Language: the Way of the Learner, co-authored with Andrew Scrimgeour, published in 2019.  She also published chapters in key works including Chinese Language Education: Teacher Training, in The Routledge Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Culture (2016)and on Teaching Content, and Developing Language in CLIL Chinese in the Routledge Handbook of Chinese Language Teaching (2019). She also authored the two highly commended and influential commissioned reports into Chinese language teaching in Australian schools in 2008, and 2016. These reports sounded the alarm for issues in the teaching of Chinese in Australia and set in train responses from governments and scholars throughout the nation.
    Jane was well known internationally and was a keynote speaker at conferences in Germany, the UK, and, most recently, Ireland. She was an active member of the board of the international Chinese as a Second Language Acquisition Research (CASLAR) Association and was on the editorial board of the CASLAR Journal. She was to present a keynote address at CASLAR6 in Washington DC in August 2020.
    Jane’s passing has led to an outpouring of grief among practicing teachers of Chinese, many of whom recognise her as the inspiration for their teaching practice and a compassionate mentor and supervisor who always sought to assist teachers to see the classroom from the perspective of the learners themselves.  She will be sorely missed for her tireless efforts to improve the quality and outcomes of Chinese language education locally, nationally and internationally. 
    An event to celebrate Jane's life will be held in April.
    Further details will be shared once confirmed.
     
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    President: Amanda Pentti
    President Elect: Nathan Harvey
    Vice President: Sherryl Saunders
    Secretary: Kylie Farmer
    Treasurer: Veronique Canellas
    Babel Editor: Andrew Scrimgeour
    Promotions Officer: Anne-Marie Morgan 
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  10. AFMLTA News in Brief December 2019
    The AFMLTA provides vision, leadership, representation, advocacy, professional learning and support for quality teaching and learning of languages.

    Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Education Declaration

    The new declaration of national goals for schooling in Australia, the Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Education Declaration was released by the Education Minister, the Honorable Dan Tehan on Friday 13 December. The declaration replaces the Melbourne Declaration, and is agreed to by the education ministers of all states and territories, as well as the Australian Government Minister.
    For a summary of key elements of the declaration in relation to Languages Education,go to the AFMLTA website. 
    The full declaration can be found here and more information is available at www.educationcouncil.edu.au.

    BABEL 

    The recent special double issue of Babel with a focus on Teaching and Learning Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages received positive feedback from members across Australia as well as from colleagues overseas.
    The next issue of Babel is currently with the Publisher and will be distributed to 2019 members in coming weeks.
    This issue includes a review of the book Talking North which is available to purchase from Monash Publishing . MLTA members can access a 20% discount on the book by entering the code PUBGEN20 at checkout (with free postage within Australia).

    AFMLTA represented at ACTFL Convention, USA

    Amanda Pentti and Nathan Harvey represented AFMLTA at the 2019 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Convention in Washington, DC along with more than 8000 delegates from across the world.
    Amanda and Nathan presented a session at the conference on the work of the AFMLTA and also attended the President’s reception and other events which provided valuable opportunities to meet with ACTFL executive and staff members and identify strategic partnership opportunities.

     FIPLV International Award presented to John Hajek

    The AFMLTA was pleased to be able to present Professor John Hajek with the FIPLV International Award at the recent Languages and Cultures Network of Australian Universities (LCNAU) conference in Perth. It was wonderful to be able to recognise John's significant contributions to Languages education and to have the award presented by Anne-Marie Morgan (AFMLTA) and Jean Fornasiero (LCNAU). To read the award citation please click here.
    To find out more about other AFMLTA awards and past recipients, please click here  

    NSW Curriculum Review

    The NSW Curriculum Review Interim Report is now available. The recommendations include for students to:

    • develop a basic knowledge about, and appreciation of, Aboriginal languages, cultures and histories;  and
    • learn a language other than English from primary school.

    The AFMLTA supported MLTA NSW in the development of their response to the interim report and also submitted a response from AFMLTA. The full submissions are available on the AFMLTA website and an excerpt provided below: 
    The AFMLTA welcomes the recommendations in the NSW Curriculum Review Interim Report in relation to a common entitlement for students to curriculum content, and specifically in relation to entitlement to learn languages. Every student in Australian schools should be entitled to opportunities to learn languages including community and home languages, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and additional languages
    The final report of the NSW Curriculum Review is scheduled to be delivered in early 2020.

    Connecting CLIL teachers

     
    Special Interest Group (SIG) for teachers interested in Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)

    The Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations (AFMLTA) and the Association for Language Learning UK (ALL UK) have launched a Special Interest Group (SIG) for teachers engaged in/interested in Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL).
    The purpose of the CLIL SIG is to provide collegial opportunities for teachers in Australia, the UK and other countries to collaborate and share their experiences with CLIL. 
    The CLIL SIG will initially operate over a 6 month period via an online forum (Google Groups). It will run from October 2019 – April 2020 with questions posted fortnightly to generate discussion and collegiate conversations. 
    We are pleased to be able to provide this online forum to support sharing and collaboration between teachers of CLIL and look forward to receiving your applications to participate. 
    To find out more click here
    To request to join the SIG Google Group, please email Kylie Farmer: secretary@afmlta.asn.au                  

    2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages

    The United Nations General Assembly declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IY2019) to raise awareness of the crucial role languages play in people’s daily lives. In Australia, of the estimated original 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, only around 120 are still spoken.Of these approximately 90 per cent are endangered. IY2019 has been a wonderful opportunity to continue raising awareness and taking further actions to improve preservation and promotion of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.
    WHAT CAN YOU DO?
    Embracing and better understanding language is one way we can help maintain First languages and support First Nations people. Find below some ideas and resources that might help you do just that!
    Click here to access classroom resources to engage students with the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages
    Click here for a map showing events around the world, including in Australia. 
    Consider using this fantastic interactive map to learn and share with your students information about the many First Languages in Australia and maybe learn a few words in your local language. You might find the teachers notes useful as well.
    Watch the ABC series Mother Tongues which shares stories of First Languages from Australia. 
    Listen to the podcast Word Up which shares the diverse languages of black Australia, one word at a time.
    Be inspired by these Language Legends who work to preserve or revive First Languages in Australia. 

    Explore and share The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies exhibition Our Language: Keeping Us Strong

    AFMLTA Professional Standards

    Use them for planning for 2020...
    Remember the AFMLTA Professional Standards for Accomplished Teaching of Languages and Culture are available from the AFMLTA website  in a range of languages.These are aligned to the AITSL Standards and are a great resource for supporting schools and teachers with strategic planning for quality provision of languages.

    PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

    Local and International Languages Conferences
    15 May 2020: MLTAV Conference, Melbourne
    22-23 May 2020: MLTAT Conference, Launceston 
    3 July 2020: MLTAQ Conference, Brisbane
    3-5 July 2020: NZALT Conference, Wellington New Zealand more details
    7-8 August 2020: MLTAWA Conference, Perth
    4-6 July 2021: AFMLTA International Languages Conference, Adelaide
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    President: Amanda Pentti
    President Elect: Nathan Harvey
    Vice President: Sherryl Saunders
    Secretary: Kylie Farmer
    Treasurer: Veronique Canellas
    Babel Editor: Andrew Scrimgeour
    Promotions Officer: Anne-Marie Morgan 
    Information Officer: Kati Varela
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