Background and Rationale
Intercultural Language Teaching and Learning in Practice (ILTLP) is a new project commissioned and funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training under the Australian Government Quality Teacher Programme (AGQTP). It complements a range of national projects being undertaken by the Austrailan Government to support the implememtation of the National Statement and Plan for Languages Education 2005-2008.
The project aims to extend teachers’ understanding of and engagement with Intercultural Language Learning.
The key focus areas for investigation and development are long-term programming and developing assessment processes and ways of describing outcomes of intercultural language learning, as areas that are currently under-represented in both research and practice.
The project is being developed and managed by the Research Centre for Languages and Cultures (RCLC) at the University of South Australia.
Through participation in the ILTLP project teachers and school leaders will:
Timeline and Phases
The project, which runs from July 2006 to December 2007, will be delivered in four phases:
August 2006 – November 2006
Commissioned, supported school-based research focussing on long-term programming and assessment.
August 2006 – February 2007
Development of a set of professional learning materials and processes to support the delivery of the ILTLP programme in each state and territory.
February 2007 – November 2007
Delivery of the 5.5 day programme in each state and territory, establishing school-based research.
November 2007 – January 2008
Refinement of the ILTLP resources including documentation of school-based investigations.
Nationally, this highly collaborative project brings together languages educators from all sectors of education to strengthen intercultural language teaching and learning:
Project Advisory Group
Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training
Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations Inc.
Catholic Education South Australia
ACT Department of Education and Training; MCEETYA Languages Education Working Party
Practising languages teacher
Australian Primary Principals’ Association
Teresa de Fazio
Australian Federation of Ethnic Schools Associations
Research Centre for Languages and Cultures
The RCLC is located in the School of International Studies, within the Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of South Australia, as a dedicated languages and cultures research centre. The RCLC seeks to contribute proactively to the changing agenda of languages, cultures, and intercultural learning. We aim to achieve this through sustained collaborative research, quality teaching and consultancy, underpinned by an ethical and critical stance. The ILTLP is one of a number of projects with which RCLC is currently engaged.
Chantal Crozet (ANU)
Jo Carr (QUT)
Teacher Participants Phase 1