Government, community and industry

Advice

Members of the RCLC are frequently invited to provide advice to educational and other professional groups and to community agencies on matters pertaining to languages and cultures policy and professional practice in diverse contexts.

Members have undertaken numerous reviews of educational programs of educational systems, research programs of university faculties and on aspects of international education.

We welcome opportunities to engage in dialogue pertaining to evaluation, reviews and policy/program developments which entail consideration of the interplay of languages and cultures.

Recently, for example, members have provided advice on the development and implementation of:

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA): Shape Paper for Languages; Chinese Language Curriculum;  Indonesian Language Curriculum
Angela Scarino | Andrew Scrimgeour | Michelle Kohler

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is responsible for the development of the (national) Australian Curriculum.   Angela Scarino was invited to be the Lead Writer of the Shape Paper for languages in the Australian Curriculum.  This paper provides the foundation for the development of the curriculum (see http://www.acara.edu.au/home_page.html). She also has a lead role in the writing of language specific curricula. In addition, Andrew Scrimgeour is involved in the development of the Chinese curriculum, and Michelle Kohler is involved in the writing of the Indonesian curriculum and in the curricula across languages more generally. 

Development and Validation of the Mother Tongue Language (MTL) Proficiency Descriptors, Ministry of Education, Singapore 
Angela Scarino

Associate Professor Angela Scarino advised the Ministry of Education of Singapore on the development and validation of proficiency descriptions as part of the implementation of their new Mother Tongue Language Policy She was also invited to present a paper: Lessons learnt in the development of student language proficiency descriptions in the Australian context to Curriculum Planning Officers of the Ministry of Education, Singapore.

An investigation of the state and nature of languages in Australian schools & The current state of Indonesian language education in Australian schools
Tony Liddicoat | Angela Scarino | Tim Curnow | Michelle Kohler | Andrew Scrimgeour

A team from the RCLC were involved in the research and development of a report to the Australian Government about the state and nature of languages in schools throughout Australia.  Following this, Michelle Kohler was involved in a more specific report on the state of Indonesian in Australia.

Research Evaluation Committee (REC) for the Humanities and Creative Arts for Excellence in Research for Australia 

Professor Tony Liddicoat served as a member of the Research Evaluation Committee (REC) for the Humanities and Creative Arts for Excellence in Research for Australia in 2010 and 2012.

Impact

The RCLC's research aims to have a direct impact on practice through the implementation of our research. Some examples of the ways in which our work has influenced professional practice include:

Professional Standards Projects: Professional standards for teachers of Indonesian, Professional standards for accomplished teaching of languages and cultures, Professional standards professional development programme, Professional standards for lead teachers of languages
Tony Liddicoat | Michelle Kohler | Angela Scarino | Tim Curnow | Jonathan Crichton | Andrew Scrimgeour | Kathleen Heugh (and Jim Dellit, Anne-Marie Morgan, Kate Loechel, Nives Mercurio, Leo Papademetre, Kazuyo Taguchi)

Past and present members of the Centre have been involved for around 10 years in an ongoing series of projects around professional standards for language teaching, beginning in 2004 with the Professional standards for teachers of Indonesian.  These projects have been funded by the Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations (AFMLTA) and the Australian Government.  They have involved the development of generic professional standards for language teaching, plus standards for seven specific languages: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Indonesian and Spanish.  It has additionally involved designing professional development resources and implementing a professional development programme.  Most recently, standards have been developed for lead teachers of languages.

Guide to the Teaching Learning and Assessing of Languages in the 21st Century
Angela Scarino | Tony Liddicoat | Michelle Kohler | Andrew Scrimgeour | Jonathan Crichton | Tim Curnow (and Anne-Marie Morgan, Kate Loechel, Nives Mercurio)

This project, funded by the Australian Government, involved researching and developing a guide to the teaching, learning and assessment of languages, with additional language-specific web-based resources which exemplify the principles outlined in the Guide.

Intercultural Language Teaching and Learning in Practice Project (ILTLP)
Angela Scarino | Tony Liddicoat | Jonathan Crichton | Andrew Scrimgeour | Michelle Kohler (and Leo Papademetre, Jim Dellit, Jo Carr, Chantal Crozet)

This project, funded by the Australian Government, developed and delivered professional learning materials in intercultural language teaching and learning for over 400 languages teachers throughout Australia. In a four phase process, participant teachers planned and trialled units of work and long term plans as well as assessment procedures which were incorporated into the professional learning materials. The programme was delivered across Australia to languages teachers, school principals and sector representatives from all states and territories and school sectors.

SafeWork SA Migrant Workers (CALD) Project
Angela Scarino | Jonathan Crichton (and Maureen Dollard, Valerie O’Keefe, CAPR, UniSA)
This project for SafeWork SA is designed to establish how growing numbers of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) workers in the aged care industry disseminate, interpret, and understand OHSW information and carry out OHSW instructions. This research will develop guidelines for OHSW which may be generalisable to other industries where CALD workers are employed.

Areas of study and research

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