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Did you know?

The country with the most official languages is the Republic of South Africa with 11.  These are: English, Afrikaans, isiZulu, isiXhosa, Sesotho, Setswana, Sepedi, Xitsonga, siSwati, isiNdebele and Tshivenda.

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Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. –  Ancient Indian 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

From Robe to Chinese Fortunes

An exhibition from the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, Chinese Fortunes explores the motivation, spirit, hardships and legacies of the Chinese miners through a historical timeline of key events, storytelling, artefacts and objects.

The exhibition will shine a light on the little known aspects of the Chinese diaspora during the high colonial period, providing a fresh view of the Chinese as pioneers and trailblazers of the Australian goldfields.

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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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