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National Community Language Conference 2023

September 22nd and 23rd, 2023 | Adelaide University, North Terrace

In late September, CLSSA hosted a two-day conference at the University of Adelaide campus. This was the first time since 2012 that South Australia had the honor of arranging the National Community Language Conference.

Across the conference we had 30 speakers, over 300 attendees and provided 10 hours of TRB approved professional development to more than 85 people. Across the conference we had 30 speakers, over 300 attendees and provided 10 hours of TRB approved professional development to more than 85 people. 164 attendees were from 53 South Australian CLSs, 67 were from interstate CLSs and governance structures. Over 15 mainstream schools were also represented.

Day 1 - The Academic Ideas Forum and Language Leaders Forum

Day 1 included a Ted-X style forum with 14 sector experts and academics sharing ideas and knowledge with 137 CLS leaders. Talk topics ranged from the use of anime in teaching Japanese through to developing multilingual capabilities in SACE.

Day 1 concluded with an evening of intercultural festivities with 147 people in attendance from CLSs, the South Australian Government and other multicultural organisations.

Rethinking the community language teaching structure Presentation (PDF)
Mark Yao – Principal, South Australian Chinese Community School

Swinging within Cultures: Hybrid identities and negotiating belonging Presentation (PDF)
Dr Nada Ibrahim – Research Fellow, Centre for Social Impact, Flinders University

Thriving through multicultural and multilingual capabilities in SACE Presentation (PDF)
Sally Letcher – Education Consultant, English and Languages Faculty, SACE Board

Creating positive solutions; working together Presentation (PDF)
Andrea Rivett – Principal Consultant, Course Development, Skills SA

Day 2 - The Language Educators Conference

The second day presented two keynote speakers and 13 workshops of which the 247 guests could choose up to 3 to attend. Workshops presented practical and interactive sessions, some topics including the benefits of intergenerational learning, protecting children through effective school governance and utilizing rap as a language learning tool.

Attendees spoke openly with CLSSA staff about the benefits of the conference in building their capacity to run CLSs, build effective curriculums and provide outcomes for their students.

Improving Student Learning through Emergent Experiences Presentation (PDF)
Dr Kathy Swinkels – Lecturer in Primary & Early Childhood Education

Building effective language curriculum Presentation (PDF)
And Handout (PDF)
Andréa Hughes – Principal, Brazilian Ethnic School of South Australia

CLSSA would like to thank our staff and all of the volunteers who made this event possible. We are so proud to have been able to provide such a successful couple of days to the sector.

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