The ANU CHL Language Flagship Roundtable, Critical engagement with culture in globalized Asia Pacific language education, will explore intercultural dimensions in language education, with a focus on critical engagement with culture in globalised Asia-Pacific language education.
We examine this question amidst the ongoing corona virus epidemic in an era when traditional and contemporary multi-cultural/cultural performances and traditions are reinventing themselves in global cyberspace. In the light of these developments, we seek to explore how cultural traditions are being incorporated into language and culture education classrooms.
The Roundtable is the final event of the ANU School of Culture, History & Language's 2021 Languages Flagship Program, Intercultural dimensions in language education. Three interdisciplinary subprojects have run throughout 2021 to explore multiple dimensions and responses to this question.
1) Cultural diversity in Hindi language education (Lead - Peter Friedlander)
This sub-project has examined what forms of literature are being used in contemporary Hindi language education and how and why they are seen as representative of the cultures of Hindi speaking communities. It has explored what kinds of texts, such as short stories, novels, plays, films, etc. are used in Hindi classes across the region and why these texts are important, how the questions they raise are integrated into Hindi education and the availability of scaffolding supports.
2) Motivation and intercultural dialogue in advanced language learning (Leads: Carol Hayes and Toshiyuki Nakamura)
This sub-project has examined connections between motivations and advanced language learning engagement with cultural production in its many forms - literature, popular culture, performance, music, film, and visual arts. Project questions included: How does student interest in culture sustain their motivation for continued language study into the advanced levels. How do teachers draw on cultural and intercultural content in their teaching to promote critical engagement with the language and culture nexus so central to effective communication? What is the connection between studies courses and language courses in this space?
3) Multilingualism, culture-language maintenance and education in Asia and the Pacific (Leads: I Wayan Arka, Duck-Young Lee, Yanyin Zhang and Carmel O'Shannessy)
This sub-project will present the findings of their Symposium which examined the complex dynamics of multicultural/multilingual regions and countries in Asia and the Pacific have been of long-standing theoretical and empirical interest across different disciplines. Issues include the socio-cultural-historical-political-economic dimensions of the current multilingual/multicultural settings and the challenges they pose in the modern context in terms of inter-ethnic relations, peace and harmony, indigenous minority rights, culture-language interrelation, culture-language maintenance, language and education policy, and local/regional ethnolinguistic economic vitality.
Roundtable Speakers (Alphabetically)
• Professor I Wayan Arka (CHL)
• Associate Professor Peter Friedlander (CHL)
• Associate Professor Carol Hayes (CHL)
• Associate Professor Duck-Young Lee (CHL)
• Dr Toshiyuki Nakamura (CHL)
• Dr Carmel O'Shannessy (SLLL, CASS)
• Dr Yanyin Zhang (CHL)
Chairs: I Wayan Arka, Peter Friedlander and Carol Hayes