Italian Studies | Seminar – How might a multilingual and intercultural orientation support the teaching and learning of Italian language and culture in languages education in Australia?
Italian Studies seminar
How might a multilingual and intercultural orientation support the teaching and learning of Italian language and culture in languages education in Australia?
Assoc Prof Angela Scarino (Director, Research Centre for Languages and Cultures, University of South Australia)
Friday 26 May, 5pm (Sydney time)
In this presentation, I address the context of learning Italian language and culture in Australia, in a changing, diverse, tech enhanced, contemporary world. I then consider the response of the field of languages education to this contemporary reality, focussing in particular on a shift towards a multilingual and intercultural orientation towards language learning. I draw upon my experience of conceptualising the Australian Curriculum – Italian, which was intended to support this shift in orientation, to explore possibilities but also the limits of such national initiatives. Finally, I propose some of the kinds of learning experiences that might strengthen learning and engagement in Italian language and culture on the part of students.
About the presenter
Angela Scarino is Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics and Director of the Research Centre for Languages and Cultures, University of South Australia. Her research expertise is in languages education in linguistically and culturally diverse societies, second language learning and assessment within an intercultural orientation and second language teacher education, and has published widely in these areas. She has been a Chief Investigator on a range of research grants. She has worked in diverse contexts beyond Australia, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, France and New Zealand. She is currently a co-editor of the Modern Language Journal.
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