Language

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Alison Duncan

ED, Diplomatic Academy

Learning Streams

  • Country Studies
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Foreign Languages

Impact of COVID-19

Thank you for your patience during this time. In response to public health advice regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and our ongoing commitment to the health and wellbeing of staff and visitors, Language Immersion Courses and Language Discussion Groups are being held via virtual classroom during this time.

The Language Faculty

The Language Faculty builds and maintains the language capabilities that are integral to the department's and the Australian Public Service's work in advancing the interests of Australia and Australians internationally.

The Diplomatic Academy offers Discussion Groups and Immersion Courses to assist Australian/ACT Government staff to maintain a language proficiency. If you are not sure which level Discussion Group/Immersion Course to attend, it is recommended that you review the Australian Foreign Service Language Proficiency Ratings and attend a Discussion Group to discuss further with the tutor.

Lunchtime Discussion Groups

Purpose: Discussion Groups are designed to assist Australian/ACT Government staff in Canberra maintain their language proficiency in key topics related to the government's core areas of work. These discussions groups give staff a good opportunity to use and maintain their existing foreign language skills. 

Audience: Participants must speak the particular language in order to attend one or more of these groups as they are not language classes. Participation is open to staff from Australian government agencies and ACT Government staff. Tutors are available to assess your language skills at your first Discussion Group to ensure they are sufficient to attend the group (or to suggest a different level). 

IMPACT OF COVID-19:

All Discussion Groups are being conducted via online virtual classroom (Microsoft Teams). Due to COVID-19, the capacity of the facilities available, and to allow as many participants as possible to attend, all lunchtime discussion groups will be held online (via Microsoft Teams) for the foreseeable future. Delivering these sessions online also allows those, who have not previously had the opportunity, to take part and makes it easier for officers from other APS agencies to attend. 

Format: Discussion Groups are held on the same working day each week, from February to November inclusive. While participants are accepted on a 'first arrival' basis, DFAT participants are given priority.

Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm.

Location: Via Microsoft Teams.  

Cost: There is no cost to attend a Discussion Group.

Note: Attendance levels are monitored to ensure that language training resources are applied as effectively as possible. Where attendance is irregular or below minimal levels, discussion groups may be cancelled. 

Discussion Group Timetable 2021

Enrolment Process

To join a Lunchtime Discussion Group, click on the relevant class link in the attached Timetable. For queries relating to Lunchtime Discussion Groups, email CITSolLanguages@cit.edu.au

Immersion Courses

IMPACT OF COVID-19:

All Immersion Courses are being delivered face-to-face at the Diplomatic Academy. 

Purpose: Immersion Courses are designed to assist Australian/ACT Government staff maintain and improve existing language proficiencies.

Audience: Participants must speak the particular language, at the appropriate level, in order to attend the Immersion Course. If you are unsure of the Immersion Course level you should attend, it is recommended that you review the Australian Foreign Service Language Proficiency Ratings and attend a Discussion Group to discuss further with the tutor. Participation is open to staff from Australian government agencies and ACT Government staff, on a user-pays basis. 

Format: Courses require a full-time commitment of three days (note that a couple of select languages are only one day). They consist of formal and informal discussion, translation and interpreting, general discussion of contemporary news, print media and current affairs and including presentations from academics, colleagues and language specialists. There is no formal assessment as part of the Immersion Courses.

Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm.

Location: Diplomatic Academy, Level 1, 44 Sydney Avenue, Forrest ACT 2603. 

Cost: 1-day course = $220. 3-day course = $660.

Note: Non-attendance and cancellations within 48 hours of the start of the course may be charged at full cost.

Immersion Course Timetable 2021

[Note the Timetable was updated 4 May 2021]

Enrolment Process

To enrol, email the completed Immersion Course Enrolment Form to CIT Solutions (immersion@cit.edu.au) at least 4 weeks before the start of the course. Once you have received confirmation of enrolment from CIT Solutions, you will receive a credit card payment form from the Language Faculty. Payment will be processed at the time of the course.

Note:

  • If enrolment numbers are not adequate 4 weeks prior to the start of the course, it may be cancelled.
  • All withdrawals/cancellations must be advised to CIT Solutions by email (immersion@cit.edu.au) at least 48 hours prior to the start of the course. Non-attendance and late cancellations may be charged at full cost.
  • The enrolment process will be closed when the enrolment reaches the maximum number.