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Our Centre was formed in November, 2009 in the Faculty of Arts and Education to coordinate the delivery of courses across the School of Education (LOTE programs) and the School of International and Political Studies (Chinese, Indonesian and Arabic language programs). As such, it operates as a partnership hub to increase the supply of quality teachers to education systems in Australia and to support teaching practices and initiatives in schools.
The Centre also provides professional development and teacher re‐training courses and develops curriculum resources and materials to enhance the teaching of Asian languages and studies of Asia. It focuses on partnerships with a variety of stakeholders, including metropolitan and rural schools, Asian communities and community language schools, and international education partners, aspiring to become a centre of excellence in teaching Asian languages and cultures.
Members of the Centre are committed educators and experienced practitioners who believe that language education plays a key role in the development of democratic society. Our initiatives, projects and partnerships aim to contribute to the strengthening of positive community attitudes and recognition of difference, helping learners to appreciate the benefits of cultural and linguistic diversity, to value multiple perspectives, to understand cross-cultural connections and to participate in globalized economies more fully. We hope you will find our work both significant and interesting. I am pleased to welcome you to our Centre's website.
Associate Professor Ismet Fanany