- 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 now being conducted via WebEx (teleconference). There will be no face-to-face discussion groups held until further notice. The language tutor (CIT Solutions) will host these meetings via telephone and provide regular participants with the details to join the meeting. If you are a new attendee, please email languagestudiesunit [at] dfat.gov.au (languagestudiesunit)@dfat.gov.au or CitSolLanguages [at] cit.edu.au (CitSolLanguages)@cit.edu.au and let us know which group you wish to join so we can provide you with the relevant details.
Format: Discussion Groups are held on the same working day each week between 4 February and 27 November 2020. While participants are accepted on a 'first arrival' basis, DFAT participants are given priority.
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm.
Location: Via WebEx.
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 2020
|Arabic||1 - 2||Wednesday||47||Mohanned Qassar|
|Arabic||3 - 4||Thursday||47||Wafa Alhait|
|Bislama||1 - 4||Tuesday||36||Tari Seru|
|Cantonese||1 - 4||Thursday||48||Mimi Zhang or Sharon Cui|
|Farsi||1 - 4||Thursday||51||Nusha Faizi|
|French||3||Tuesday||47||Adeline Marty or Sylvie Formont|
|French||4||Thursday||55||Adeline Marty or Sylvie Formont|
|German||2 - 4||Wednesday||48||Katrin Matthews|
|Hindi||1 - 4||Thursday||38||Shailesh Kumar Diwedi|
|Indonesian||1 - 2||Wednesday||51||Yuni Ryan|
|Indonesian||4||Tuesday||48||Prapti McLeod or Jekson Kulla|
|Italian||1 - 4||Tuesday||51||Emanuele Pierotti|
|Khmer||1 - 4||Thursday||37||Lay Seng|
|Korean||1 - 4||Thursday||57||Jeong Yoon Ku|
|Lao||1 - 4||Tuesday||38||Ouphaphone Phomma or Kanya Souksakoun|
|Malay||1 - 4||Wednesday||53||Raimy Che-Ross|
|Mandarin||1 - 2||Tuesday||53||Lin Zhao|
|Polish||1 - 4||Thursday||56||Adam Rustowski|
|Portuguese||1 - 4||Wednesday||57||Cristina Morgado|
|Russian||1 - 2||Thursday||35||Kyle Wilson|
|Russian||3 - 4||Tuesday||57||Elena Govor|
|Spanish||1 - 2||Tuesday||56||Cecilia Tiberti|
|Spanish||3 - 4||Friday||55||Jorge Salavert|
|Tetum||1 - 4||Thursday||33||Adelaide Lopes|
|Thai||1 - 4||Wednesday||55||Numtip Lyons|
|Tok Pisin||3 - 4||Tuesday||38||Matilina Gendua (from 12 February)|
|Turkish||1 - 4||Friday||51||Ela Ozdemir|
|Vietnamese||1 - 4||Thursday||58||Dung Van Do|
Please email languagestudiesunit [at] dfat.gov.au or CitSolLanguages [at] CIT.edu.au for WebEx details.
IMPACT OF COVID-19:
All Immersion Courses are now being conducted via WebEx (teleconference). There will be no face-to-face immersion courses held until further notice. The language tutor (CIT Solutions) will host these courses via telephone and provide regular participants with the details to join the meeting.
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: Via WebEx.
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 2020
|Language||Level to Achieve||Dates|
|Arabic||3||27 - 29 July|
|French||2||2 - 4 November|
|French||3||6 - 8 April|
|French||4||20 - 22 July|
|Indonesian||2||12 - 14 October|
|Indonesian||3||6 - 8 July|
|Indonesian||4||2 - 4 March|
|Italian||3||26 - 28 October|
|Japanese||3||15 - 17 June|
|Japanese||4||31 August - 2 September|
|Korean||3||7 - 9 September|
|Mandarin||2||16 - 18 March|
|Mandarin||3||18 - 20 May|
|Mandarin||4||10 - 12 August|
|Portuguese||3||9 - 11 November|
|Russian||3||14 - 16 September|
|SI Pijin||3 - 4||21 October|
|Spanish||2||24 - 26 February|
|Spanish||3||25 - 27 May|
|Spanish||4||17 - 19 August|
|Tetum||3 - 4||13 May|
|Thai||3 - 4||4 - 6 May|
|Tok Pisin||3 - 4||10 June|
|Vietnamese||3||22 - 24 June|
To enrol, email the completed Immersion Course Enrolment Form to CIT Solutions (immersion [at] 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.
- 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 [at] 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.