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Keynote speaker (Thursday):
Associate Professor Sophie Arkoudis

James Arvanitakis

Keynote speaker (Friday):
Professor James Arvanitakis

11th AALL Biennial Conference
New students, new learning: new challenges?

The 11th Biennial Conference of the Association for Academic Language and Learning was held at RMIT University, Melbourne, on 14 and 15 November, 2013 (with pre-conference workshops 13 November).

Conference themes

  • Demonstrating success -How do we best measure and communicate the success of ALL interventions and resources? Is data enough? What stories need to be told about our work? How are the measures likely to change in the changing wider tertiary context?
  • Pathways and intersections - What are the opportunities and challenges for ALL in the space that spans TAFE and University? Is university learning becoming more applied? How does ALL deal with expectations that students will be employment ready in their field of study? How might this change AALL practice and focus?
  • The literacies nexus: English, maths, academic skills -How do we manage and communicate the complex nexus between: language and academic skills development; maths and academic skills development; any content area and language and learning? What about visual, written and information literacies? What partnerships might we form to further this work?
  • Peer learning - How is peer learning addressing the interests and needs of students in existing and emerging learning environments? How do mentoring programs sit with tutoring/teaching? What issues are of particular interest in the peer learning environment?
  • Learners in TechnoWorld - How can we better use technology to enhance AALL practice and reach more students? Can the ALL needs of students be addressed via smartphones and other mobile forms of communication? What successful ‘quick and dirty’ online resources work with students and why? Is face-to-face learning passé?
  • The 6th dimension: TalkTank - What are some sticking points in our ALL work? What issues need to be explored in more depth? The Talk Tank is an opportunity to network towards a community of practice and some shared research projects that are both achievable and useful for the wider association.

Who should attend

  • Academic language and learning educators
  • Academic, administrative and professional development staff
  • Those who work with international students and/or in counselling careers and disabilities
  • Students
  • Learning support coordinators and aides
  • Senior education managers/executives