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Translanguaging: Recognising, valuing and celebrating Aboriginal students’ language backgrounds in teaching and learning

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How do the diverse linguistic backgrounds of Aboriginal students impact on teaching and learning?  How can we promote equality in classrooms with students from different linguistic traditions? Many argue that Translanguaging is key to helping Aboriginal students succeed not just in the education system, but in the broader community.

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This 2-day conference is designed for teachers and academics alike, in the classroom and in research.  This is a chance to share stories and perspectives so that a better understanding of this important topic is gained by all.

2 sessions: Friday 18 and Saturday 19 May
Friday 11.30am – 5pm
Saturday 8.30am – 5pm
Curtin University, Bentley Campus, Building 500 and 501
Standard: $110 - $280*. Discounted student: $55 - $140*. *See registration page for price details. (Friday: afternoon tea provided. Saturday: morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided)

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Translanguaging is currently one of the hottest in Applied Linguistics around the world, and arguably a key issue in developing meaningful, respectful and effective improvements in cross-cultural classrooms.  But what is it?  How do researchers understand it? What does it look like in the classroom? But most importantly, how can it help improve Aboriginal students’ classroom experiences?

Teacher and educators of Aboriginal students at any phase of education who have a passion for bridging the gap will benefit from this conference.  Particularly for those who have an interest in the way languages are used in the classroom.  It is certainly not limited only to EALD teachers – we believe it can be transformational in any class or subject.

The first day of the conference will give a more academic and research-based foundation to this area, and the second day will look at how it comes together in classrooms.

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