Did you know?
The five regions where languages are disappearing most rapidly are northern Australia, central South America, North America’s upper Pacific coastal zone, eastern Siberia, and Oklahoma and the southwestern United States. All have indigenous people speaking diverse languages, and their numbers are falling.
The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it. – Chinese Proverb
A laugh a day
Junny Ebenezer founded the first Indonesian community language school in Australia. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in education; her dissertation focusing on cross-cultural skills development. Writing from Singapore, Junny shares her thoughts on bilingual education and her observations of the educational and linguistic experiences of her children within the Singapore system.
Join the Astronomical Society of Victoria (ASV) for a stargazing evening at Westerfolds Park. ASV astronomers will be on hand with telescopes and demonstrators.
Friday 04 November 2016, 8.15 pm to 10.15 pm
Despite having one of the most multilingual societies in the world, rates of language uptake in Australian schools are low, with the number of Year 12 students studying a second language dropping in the past 50 years from 40 per cent to 12 per cent.
The people who have occupied south-west Western Australia for 30,000 years are determined to ensure the survival of their Noongar language.