Living in Australia for an extended period of time offers opportunities for language learning, skills acquisition, and cultural exchange. In 2015, over 14,000 young German nationals embarked on a work and travel gap year, constituting the largest group of working holidaymakers from a non-English speaking background.
To investigate children’s linguistic knowledge, our researchers employ different kinds of experimental techniques but the experiments are always embedded in games that are fun for children.
People travel for all sorts of reasons and often find themselves in unfamiliar cultural settings. Increasing numbers of professionals are having to learn language skills that encompass far more than just verbal and written communication. Professor Lynda Yates investigates the nuanced ways in which we work and how difficult it can be to communicate in a culturally different workplace.