Academic journal article Babel

Editorial

Academic journal article Babel

Editorial

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As Robert Burns famously wrote 'the best laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft a-gley" It is with this sentiment that I introduce this double issue of Babel, my final as Editor. 2011 was a very successful and busy year for the AFMLTA with our biennial conference in Darwin in July being a resounding success, thanks to the combined efforts of the AFMLTA and our colleagues in LTANT We also saw some progress in the development of the Australian Curriculum: Languages with the release of the revised shape paper. In this issue of Babelwe report on two other initiatives relating to the teaching and learning of languages in Australia. Anne-Marie Morgan provides an in-depth review of the annual symposium of the Research Centre for Languages and Cultures at the University of South Australia. Anya Woods, John Hajek and Colin Nettelbeck detail a new initiative on the languages scene: the establishment of the Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities with a run-down of its inaugural symposium held in Melbourne in September 2011.

This issue boasts a diverse mix of contributions looking at the learning and teaching of languages from different angles. Cherie Hess reminds us of the different theoretical models for approaching languages education and compares the current digital classroom with its precursor, the language lab. …

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