Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) commitment to strengthening its international status and embracing its near neighbors has again been evidenced with the University hosting the Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowships (ELTF).
The Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowships is a Department of Education, Science and Training and Asian Education Foundation funded three-week Indonesian language and cultural study program for teachers and trainee teachers from across Australia.
CDU is currently hosting the 2007 ELTF which will run from 2-19 January and will incorporate a variety of workshops and activities.
Dr Richard Curtis, coordinator and lecturer Indonesian studies, said the Australian Government initiative provides great opportunity for Australian language teachers.
‘It allows both trainee languages teachers in tertiary institutions and practicing languages teachers the opportunity to improve their language and cultural skills through an intensive short-term study program,’ he explained.
‘The participants are coming to Darwin from across Australia. Whilst here they will experience a number of cultural activities as well as participate in the language improvement classes.’
‘This initiative, in addition to the Indonesian garden fundraiser project, highlights CDU’s great relationship with the Indonesian community,’ he further added.
The Asia Education Foundation manages the Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowships program on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training.
Further information about the ELTF program is available at: www.endeavour.dest.gov.au/for_australian_language_teachers/