Victoria’s community language school teachers and instructors came out in force at the 2015 Victorian State Community Languages Schools’ Conference on Saturday July 4, 2015 at RMIT Storey Hall.
Over 500 participants listened to the Acting Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino offer the Andrews’ Government support for languages education and for community language schools.
Inga Peulich Shadow Spokesperson for Multicultural affairs also spoke about the importance of languages in building communities and offered the State Opposition’s support.Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Finance Robin Scott sent a strong message of support.
An array of speakers including Dr Marian Gindidis – Monash University , Stefan Romaniw Community Languages Australia , Nic Abbey VICCSO, Dr Lynda Sydor Petkovic Geelong ECC,Dr Teresa De Fazio Coordinator of the Cert IV Program spoke about the future the challenges and the opportunities in the community languages education sector. Their presentations will be posted on our website as will a full wrap up of the conference.
Tassos Douvartzides Chair of AFESA offered a vote of thanks. AFESA Council members from throughout Australia alsoattended.
Also in attendance were OMI (WA) representatives Catherine Colvin and two teachers from WA community languages schools who were awarded bursaries to attend.
A wide range of workshops were presented by highly professional group of presenters.
Multicultural Arts Victoria provided the cultural entertainment. A highly successful conference supported by highly committed and dedicated teachers and instructors who work in their community for their community and for Victoria and Australia.
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