Department of International Studies: Languages and Cultures

LCNAU Colloquium 2015

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LCNAU 2015 National Colloquium


Tertiary Language and Culture programs: 
Directions in Research, Teaching and Policy

25 - 27 November 2015
Hosted by the Department of International Studies: Languages and Cultures
Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University



Keynote Speakers

Professor David Nunan, Director of the David Nunan Institute for Language Education at Anaheim University, Chair of the Research Committee, Director of the MA TESOL Program at Anaheim University. Former Director of Research and Development, NCELTR, and Coordinator of Postgraduate Programs in Linguistics at Macquarie University, Sydney. Honorary Professor at the UNSW School of Education, former President of TESOL Inc., Professor Emeritus, the University of Hong Kong. His academic and student textbooks include publications by Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and Palgrave/Macmillan.

Professor Anne Pauwels, Dean of the Faculty of Languages and Cultures, SOAS, University of London, Professor of Sociolinguistics in the Department of Linguistics and Director London Confucius Institute. Professor Anne Pauwels is a leader in research into several areas of significance for the Colloquium, including maintenance of minority languages; gender, language and identity construction; and challenges presented by globalisation for language teaching and learning.

Professor Pauwels will deliver the Australian Academy of the Humanities 2015 Triebel Lecture as part of the LCNAU 2015 Colloquium Proceedings.

Professor John Simons, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic, Macquarie University
Professor John Simons started life as a classicist, but a change of plan took him to the University of Wales Aberystwyth where he put together an undergraduate programme in 'barbarian languages' comprising formal study of Old and Middle English, Old Norse, Old and Modern Irish, Medieval and Modern Welsh and some dabbling in Old High German, Gothic and Middle Cornish. His first two teaching posts were in Old and Middle English and Old Norse. Although he subsequently changed direction and now works in animal history he has never lost his interest in philology and the study of less well-known languages - foolishly studying the grammar of Old Prussian when he could be learning Italian. Last year he gave a paper (Animals and Saints - Mapping Celtic and Greek Hagiography) at the Australian Early Medieval Association conference which was his first formal outing in a philological related field for many years.



November 25th LCNAU Colloquium Reception
will host the presentation of the Patji Dawes Award.
This will be in conjunction with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language.
Australian author Robert Dessaix will present the award.

ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language



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Program and Abstracts

LCNAU 2015 National Colloquium Program (PDF)
Abstracts are in alphabetical order by first author.



Colloquium Themes

  • The Language-Culture Nexus: Teaching language, teaching culture, teaching literature
  • Research in Language and Culture Studies: Directions and challenges
  • Innovation in Language Teaching Methodology: Research and current practice
  • Internationalisation: Research and practice in developing meaningful exchange opportunities
  • Technology Enhanced Language Learning: Recent developments and current practices
  • Language Policy: National and international developments
  • Heritage Languages and the Tertiary Language Curriculum
  • Language Learning Beyond the Classroom: Research and development of placements and internships


Organising Committee

Professor Martina Möllering, Executive Dean Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University

Associate Professor Estela Valverde, Head of Department of International Studies: Languages and Cultures, Macquarie University

Dr Blanche Menadier, Lecturer, Department of International Studies: Languages and Cultures.

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Recommended Accommodation

Robert Menzies College Booking Form (Word file)
For booking accommodation with Robert Menzies College, please use the form above. You will need to use the password LCNAU to open the link.  
For more information please refer to University accommodation at Robert Menzies College

University accommodation at Dunmore Lang College

Castlereagh Boutique Hotel in Sydney CBD (train service to Macquarie University)

Hotel accommodation at the Travelodge Macquarie North Ryde

Hotel accommodation at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) North Ryde

Marriott Courtyard in North Ryde

Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney (Close to Sydney CBD and train service to Macquarie University)

Accommodation in Chatswood 

Chatswood is located 15 minutes by train from the Macquarie University campus, and the colloquium is a 10 minute walk across campus.

The Mantra, Chatswood

The Sebel, Chatswood

The Charrington, Chatswood

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Local Information

Macquarie University Campus

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Macquarie University is located about 16 kilometres north-west of the Sydney CBD, and the campus is set on extensive grounds which include natural bushland.

Campus maps - main page

Includes information like the following as well as an interactive map.

Campus Maps

Parking Maps

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The Australian Academy of the Humanities

LCNAU 2015 Collquium is hosting The Australian Academy of the Humanities Triebel Lecture, Thursday 26 November. "Transforming university language learning in the 21st Century: is there a special role for European languages?" Professor Anne Pauwels


The Croatian Studies Foundation

The Croatian Studies Foundation


The Modern Greek Studies Foundation


The Ian Potter Foundation