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Did you know?

Papua New Guinea has more languages than any other country in the world, with over 820 indigenous languages, but most have fewer than 1,000 speakers.

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The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it. – Chinese Proverb

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SBS National Languages Competition

What is the SBS National Languages Competition?

The SBS National Languages Competition 2017 is an exciting initiative to encourage and celebrate a love of learning languages in Australia. It’s a nationwide competition to engage school children and reflect on the cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity of Australia's multicultural society.

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Events

Sakura Picnic Day at Banksia Park

This community event will showcase Japanese cultural performances, traditional tea ceremony, martial arts demonstrations, activities for children and facilitated nature play activities amongst a mature cherry tree grove donated to Victoria by the Government of Japan.

Date: Sunday 15 October

Time: 11:00am ~ 2:00pm

Cost: Entry by gold coin donation

Bring along your picnic and enjoy the day under the beautiful blossom.

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Education Matters

Why students are turning away from learning foreign languages

Foreign language learning in Australia is in serious decline, as we are well into the second decade of the so-called Asian Century.

About 40 per cent of students studied a foreign language in the 1960s. That number is now closer to 10 per cent, including students who are native speakers of a language other than English.

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Language Matters

Languages don’t all have the same number of terms for colors – scientists ask why?

People with standard vision can see millions of distinct colors. But human language categorizes these into a small set of words. In an industrialized culture, most people get by with 11 color words: black, white, red, green, yellow, blue, brown, orange, pink, purple and gray. That’s what we have in American English.

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Project Extend

Project Extend is a new BEFA initiative aimed at giving interested students a genuine opportunity to learn a second language.

Project Extend 2017 - Term 4

Project Extend 2017 - Term 3



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