Teaching South Asian Languages in 2020

About this Event

The many tumultuous and globally consequential events of 2020 have encouraged educators to reconsider resources, methods, and practices in their foreign language classrooms. While many online and global discussions on these topics are broadly applicable to classrooms teaching any language, this group endeavours to highlight those topics which are of special interest to those involved in teaching the classical and modern languages of South Asia in Australia and globally.

In response to the challenges posed by COVID-19, this online symposium is organized under the “Global Festival of Asia-Pacific Language and Culture Education” flagship program organized by members of the School of Culture, History and Language in the College of Asia & the Pacific at the Australian National University.

Format and Delivery

The ongoing discussion of this workshop will continue over two distinct events. First, we will collect recorded interviews of the invited participants. Interviews will be conducted by members of the ANU Bhasha team and will be posted to this website for other participants and viewers. The interviews will be conducted between 17 August and 26 August, 2020.

The main event of this symposium will be two sets of roundtable discussions that will be held between 17 and 18 September, 2020. We will hold two panels, one on each day. On one day, we will hold a roundtable for our Sanskrit and Classical language specialists, who have their own particular concerns in the field of language teaching in tertiary education. On the other day, we will hold a roundtable discussion for those participants involved in teaching Hindi-Urdu and other contemporary vernacular languages.

Though the roundtables will be closed discussions, there will be a provision for the general public (students, colleagues, enthusiasts) to watch and ask typed questions via a streamed version of the Zoom webinar. More information about the “live” event will be posted in the “roundtable” page of this website.