Understanding Language

Saturday 28 November

Arts Building - Arts Lecture Room 4

  • On Campus

Event details


Date and time

  • Saturday 28 November
    9am - 3pm

Event type

  • On Campus


  • A secondary school career adviser or teacher
  • Professionals

Event Fee

  • $350


  • Registrations open
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Does your classroom offer the best possible environment for culturally diverse students? Do you know enough about language to be able to use this knowledge to build healthy relationships, foster leadership and create positive learning?

This one-day professional development workshop for WA teachers will provide you with the opportunity to workshop ideas and ask questions. Led by a team of accomplished, dedicated and successful linguists at The University of Western Australia and experienced Educators from the WA Department of Education, together, we will dispel myths and get each other thinking. 

Over the course of the professional development day we will cover some of the following topics:

  • Definitions of language and why these definitions are always political. 
  • Why are some languages seen as being ‘better’ than others?
  • How can we support students with linguistically diverse backgrounds?
  • What is the role of language in a person’s self-esteem and how can teachers help build it?
  • What’s different about learning to become competent and literate in one’s home language as opposed to becoming competent and literate in a new language?
  • How do differences between different varieties of English – e.g. Standard Australian English versus Aboriginal English – influence teaching and learning?
  • What is Aboriginal English and why is it important for my students? 

Registrations now open!