Dr Teresa De Fazio
Dr. Teresa De Fazio has worked in the area of language teacher education and professional development of educationalists for over 15 years as a university academic. She has worked with language teachers across both primary and secondary school sectors as well community and ethnic language groups to advise and assist in the development of curriculum, addressing improving student engagement, implementing language programs, increasing student engagement and community participation in language programs. She has presented at numerous conference and professional development seminars locally, nationally and overseas in the area of language teaching and aspects of multiculturalism. Teresa has a diverse publications record (from books and papers to reports). She has worked closely with schools and organisations to ensure quality language programs and positive student learning experiences.
Dr Hass Dellal OAM
Hass Dellal OAM is the Executive Director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation and Deputy Chairman of the SBS Board of Directors (currently Acting Chairman). He has over 25 years' experience in policy, management, community development and programming for cultural diversity.
Professor Mark Rose PhD M.Ed.Admin. B.A. DipT
Mark Rose is traditionally linked to the Gunditjmara Nation of western Victoria. With a thirty-year career in education Mark has contributed to a broad range of educational settings within the State, nationally and internationally.
I fully support this initiative. RMIT has a well established YAAD (Young Australian Ambassadors' Delegation) program started in 2001.
Testimonial 'Reviving your second language' I grew up studying English, Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin. At home other dialects, Cantonese and Hokkien, were also spoken. As a child , I didn't take learning my second and third languages seriously and I almost lost the ability to speak them having lived in Australia for over 30 years. But as the seeds of learning to speak another language was sown early in my life, I am now rediscovering the value in being able to communicate in a diverse Australian culture.
TESTIMONIAL: Coming from a monolingual/cultural, Anglo-Saxon Australian family, it wasn't until I learnt Languages at school that I had my first significant glimpse into other cultures. I was fortunate to gain an exchange scholarship to Germany after Year 12 and so began my ongoing love of this language, as well as a curiosity about others - I have also learnt some Indonesian and Italian. Through using Languages and living other cultures, many doors have opened for me. I have travelled and made good friends. I also continue to have many professional opportunities, both through teaching and working in other capacities for national and international organisations. My life is so much richer now that I am multilingual!
Dr. Maria Gindidis
Lecturer Languages Education, B.A Dip Ed. M.Ed.St. PhD
Brisbane boy, Jason Jang takes on K-pop in English and Korean. He is a pop star and language ambassador.
Richard is off to Japan on an prestigious award to further his nanotech skills. But he couldn't have done it without Japanese.
Imogen explains why having a second language is important for Australians, including herself. Learn a language and get out there!
Daisy talks about how enriching and enjoyable learning a language is. Shouldn't everybody enjoy the same benefits and pleasure?
Laura loves languages for different reasons. Italian is a part of who she is, and Spanish is just plain fun.
Lucy talks about how love of languages took her places (including Russia) and into a new life as a PhD students working on an Australian indigenous language.
Charlotte, a young university student, is mad for French - as a result of an exchange visit to France.
Brooke, an Australian student, talks about her love for German and what it means to her.
CEO and Managing Director, SBS
Bradley is bilingual! Star of Hangover 1, 2 and 3 speaks perfect French.
Sofía Vergara, star of 'Modern Family' is the world's most successful TV actress. She's also bilingual.
Julia's one of Australia's funniest women. TV and entertainment star, she is also fully bilingual and a great language ambassador.