Joe Lo Bianco and Louisa Willoughby to present at MLTAV Conference View in browser 

LanguagesConnect #15

 November 2023

MLTAV updates in this issue:

Three days left to register: MLTAV Languages Conference registration closes at 5pm this Friday 24 November. Register here.

Conference Program announcements: Professor Joe Lo Bianco will present the plenary address and Associate Professor Louisa Willoughby will join the opening panel: Supporting Diverse Voices in Languages Education. Read more below and view the Conference Program here.

Pre-conference accommodation: Stay at the venue - more information below

Attend the AGM: Straight after the Conference - all welcome

Time to renew: 2024 membership now open

From our commercial members: Value Learning

Have you registered?

Registrations will close at 5pm on Friday 24 November.  

Join over 200 teachers of Languages already registered to attend this significant Professional Learning and Networking opportunity. Be inspired and informed through the 35 workshops as well as the opening panel and closing plenary sessions.

Discounted registration is available for teachers in government schools and in regional schools - click here for more details.

Date: Monday 4 December, 8:45am - 4:15pm

Venue: Catholic Leadership Centre, 576 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne

Conference Panel:

Supporting diverse voices in languages education

We are pleased to announce that Louisa Willoughby, Associate Professor in Linguistics at Monash University, will join the conference opening panel for a discussion on supporting diverse voices in languages education. Dr Willoughby has an abiding interest in the relationship between language, identity and social cohesion and the ways that people's attitudes about languages contribute to broader inclusion and exclusion. Much of her recent work looks at Deaf sign language users, but she also has a strong interest in migrant languages, especially for small and newly-arrived migrant groups.

Conference Plenary Address:

Rage against the machine?

In his plenary address, Professor Emeritus Joe Lo Bianco will challenge us to be at the forefront of the debate about machine/human communication and to lead the reconceptualisation of languages education.

Conference accommodation

MLTAV Conference attendees can stay in comfortable accommodation at the Catholic Leadership Centre, the conference venue. Accommodation for conference attendees is $160/night, including breakfast and a car space. 

Attend the AGM

Date: Monday 4 December 2023

Time: 4:30 - 5:15pm (following the MLTAV Conference) 

Venue: Catholic Leadership Centre, 576 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne. Straight after the MLTAV Conference.

Anybody interested in Languages education is welcome to attend. MLTAV members have voting rights.

The agenda was published in Languages Connect #13 October 

Please email Linton Roe, MLTAV Secretary ([email protected]) by 5pm on Friday 24 November for any details relating to the AGM, including apologies or matters for inclusion in Any Other Business agenda item. 

We hope you will be able to join us as we celebrate another successful year of MLTAV activities.

Time to renew...

2024 membership now open

Renew or join now to ensure you continue to access the benefits of MLTAV membership until the end of 2024.

You will be pleased to know that 2024 membership rates will remain the same as 2023.

For new members: your 2024 membership takes effect immediately so you can attend our 2023 Annual Conference at the member rate.

Benefits for individual members:

  • Professional learning - Enjoy member discounts for paid events and gain access to exclusive member events.
  • Networking opportunities - Connect with other language teachers to give and receive collegial support.
  • Stay connected and up-to-date - Receive regular email updates and advance access to Languages Victoria eJournal, as well as hard copy of AFMLTA's journal Babel (3 issues / year).
  • Contribute to your profession - nominate to join the MLTAV Committee, become a mentor, participate in online or in-person professional learning or write a journal article.

Benefits for school members:

  • Give your teachers the benefits of individual membership at a group price.
  • Ensure your language teachers have access to up-to-date quality professional learning and advice. 

Benefits for commercial members:

  • Reach language teachers throughout Victoria via MLTAV's online publications, social media, website and annual conference. See our website for more information.

News from our Commercial Members

Now is your time to get planning!

At Value Learning, we work with teachers and students of all ages to help them develop their intercultural skills. We offer:

  • Diversity, equity, inclusion & belonging workshops
  • Harmony Week workshops
  • Professional learning for teachers and leaders
  • Intercultural competence for students, faculty, educators and administrators
  • Pre-departure orientation for students going abroad

Contact us for a 10% discount on your next PD training for 2024:

[email protected]

PO Box 1027, Thornbury 3071

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