Power of 2

Did you know?

The United Nations uses six official languages to conduct business: English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian and Arabic.

Notable quote

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein

A laugh a day


Expression of Interest

Project Extend @ Gippsland

BEFA would like to offer our after-school Mandarin extension program, Project Extend, to a cohort of interested primary school students in Gippsland.  We hope to start in 2017.  For more info, please write to Stella at info@befa.org.au



BEFA's 2nd Multicultural Kitchen

BEFA is hosting our second Multicultural Kitchen on Saturday, 4 June 2016.  Join us for some delicious food from around the world and make some new friends.  All are welcome.  Please bring a plate or donate.  There will be activities for the children.  For more info, please contact Stella at info@befa.org.au

Saturday, 4 June 2016
12 - 2 pm
Birralee Primary School Hall
Heyington Ave, Doncaster


Education Matters

Language learning in schools: Are we wasting our children's potential?

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.


Language Matters

Australians are too lazy to master Chinese

Australia needs far more speakers with at least a basic proficiency in Chinese if it is to make the most of growing trade and cultural links with the Asian giant.



Other Matters

The Bodleian treasures online – in pictures

Oxford’s Bodleian Museum has digitised its archive of rarely-seen book illustrations. Here we show highlights of the collection, chosen by Jonathan Jones.


Project Extend

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

Enjoying various sports on a rainy day!

Kids Corner