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Symposium - 30th Anniversary of the National Policy on Languages

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Room 230, Kwong Lee Dow Building

234 Queensberry St

Melbourne Graduate School of Education

The Univeristy of Melbourne, Victoria 3010

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The National Policy on Languages (NPL), written by Joseph Lo Bianco and passed by parliament in 1987, was the first comprehensive national language policy in an English speaking country. It was adopted by the Australian government as an inclusive national plan to cover Australia's language needs and interests including: English and English literacy, deafness and sign language, indigenous languages rights, community and Asian languages, cross-cultural and intercultural training in professions, extensions to translating and interpreting services, multilingual resources in public libraries, media, support for adult literacy and English as an Additional Language (EAL).

The NPL resulted in significant investment at national and state level and the development of new policies on language and literacy. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the NPL, this seminar, co-hosted by Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) and the Research Unit for Multilingualism and Cross Cultural Communication (RUMACCC) at the University of Melbourne, will focus on its significance in language planning and ways of moving forward.

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  • Professor Joe Lo Bianco, MGSE, The University of Melbourne
  • Professor John Hajek, RUMACCC, The University of Melbourne
  • Professor Lesley Farrell, MGSE, The University of Melbourne
  • Professor Tim McNamara, School of Languages & Linguistics, The University of Melbourne
  • Professor Gillian Wigglesworth, School of Languages & Linguistics, The University of Melbourne
  • Mr Adolfo Gentile, Monash University
  • Dr Janine Oldfield, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, Alice Springs
  • Ms Maree Dellora, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

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Room 230, Kwong Lee Dow Building

234 Queensberry St

Melbourne Graduate School of Education

The Univeristy of Melbourne, Victoria 3010

Australia

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