MLTAV: 2017 Annual Conference (Draft Program avail!) and 70th Anniversary Award Celebration Dinner PDF Print E-mail

Date:   FRIDAY 5 May

Time: 8.45am - 4.40pm

Venue: Catholic Leadership Centre - Victoria Parade, East Melbourne


The program is always considered to be a DRAFT up until the day of the Conference, as due to circumstances beyond the control of the organisers, things may change prior to the event.

Conference Session Blurbs and Bios
(To view the session blurbs & bios, please click on the link on all presenter sessions detailed below)

Morning Keynote Speaker
Dr. Ted Gott, National Gallery of Victoria '
Vincent van Gogh: A man of languages and letters

Morning guest speaker - Thomas Caldwell, Shorts & Schools Programmer -
Launch of MIFF Schools 2017 Program - Cinema for Young People, sponsored by MLTAV

Session 3.1 Maree Dellora 'Assessment in the Victorian Curriculum: Languages' - TARGET AUDIENCE: ALL

Session 3.2 Susie May & David Menzies 'Discover how NGV Educators and specialist target Language Educators can enrich language acquisition and intercultural understanding using works of art in the Gallery' - TARGET AUDIENCE: ALL

Session 3.3 Elizabeth-Sian Turner 'Music through Language' - TARGET AUDIENCE: Primary & Secondary

Session 3.4 Anne McKelvie & Catherine Elliott 'Introduction to TRPS - Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Speaking' - TARGET AUDIENCE: ALL

Session 3.5 Linnea Donnelly & Will Harper 'Collaborative Activities = Increased Engagement' - TARGET AUDIENCE: Secondary

Session 3.6 Stanley Wang 'Injecting Positive Energy into your Languages Program' - TARGET AUDIENCE: Secondary

Session 3.7 Elena Pirovano 'Start small, CLIL big - Introducing a CLIL Program in a Primary School' - TARGET AUDIENCE: Primary

Session 3.8 Platinum Member Exhibitors 'Introduction to MLTAV Platinum Commercial Member Organisations (brief talk by six (6) Platinum Exhibitors - 8 minutes each to showcase products & services)' - TARGET AUDIENCE: ALL

Session 4.1 Andrew Ferguson 'Intercultural Languages Learning through the Arts: an innovative approach' - TARGET AUDIENCE: ALL

Session 4.2 Gabriella Bertolissi 'MLTAV - Membership Benefits including Professional Learning & Support Opportunities' - TARGET AUDIENCE: ALL

Session 4.3 Carlos Franco 'Establishing Proficiency Scales for our Language Programs' - TARGET AUDIENCE: ALL

Session 4.4 Jacquelyn Kirk 'Differentiation - Ideas to Challenge Diverse Levels of Language Skill' - TARGET AUDIENCE: Secondary

Session 4.5 Nathan Lane & Junko Nichols 'Assessment in Languages using the Assessment of Languages Competence (ALC) Tests' - TARGET AUDIENCE: ALL

Session 4.6 Jade Cleave 'Effective and Engaging Formative Assessment Through ICT' - TARGET AUDIENCE: ALL

Session 4.7 Anna Beilharz 'A German CLIL experience' - TARGET AUDIENCE: non-German speakers, secondary level

Session 4.8 Maria Dikaiou 'The VCE for Teachers new to Languages' - TARGET AUDIENCE: ALL

Afternoon Plenary Speaker

Joe Dale, International Languages Consultant
'  Bringing language teachers together through social media, hashtags, Twitter lists, Padlet and Storify'  ** Bring your own internet enabled device to this session 

Session 5.1 Jillian Symons 'Task-based Practice and Differentiated Instruction in the Languages Classroom' - TARGET AUDIENCE: ALL

Session 5.2 John Tuckfield 'Asian Languages: the Numbers don't lie (but they do tell a really interesting story)' - TARGET AUDIENCE: ALL

Session 5.3 Kathleen Duquemin 'The Power of PowerPoint' ** Bring own internet enabled device - TARGET AUDIENCE: ALL

Session 5.4 Elissa Gault & Siti Karjati 'Teaching a Language Through a Shared Text and Incorporating the Performing Arts' - TARGET AUDIENCE: Primary

Session 5.5 Holger Nord 'Critical Thinking - insights and ideas - TARGET AUDIENCE: ALL

Session 5.6 Bonnie Hermawan 'Enliven Language' - TARGET AUDIENCE: ALL

 Learning with School Partnerships with Global Collaborations' - TARGET AUDIENCE: ALL

Session 5.7 Lauren Gould 'CLIL with P-Plates: reflections and experiences of starting a new program in secondary' - TARGET AUDIENCE: Secondary

Session 5.8 Shun Yang Ch'ng 'Visible Thinking in the Languages Classroom' - TARGET AUDIENCE: Secondary

Session 6.1 Andrea Truckenbrodt 'Using the Australian Curriculum: Languages to Develop a CLIL Unit' - TARGET AUDIENCE: Primary & Secondary

Session 6.2 Reg Smith 'The role of AFS Intercultural Programs as an Intercultural Partner' - TARGET AUDIENCE: ALL

Session 6.3 Kylie Farmer 'Mentoring Project Workshop (for project participants)' - CLOSED SESSION

Session 6.4 Catherine Spurritt 'From Visual Texts to Writing and Speaking' - TARGET AUDIENCE: ALL

Session 6.5 Maree Dellora 'Assessment in the Victorian Curriculum: Languages' - TARGET AUDIENCE: ALL - REPEAT SESSION - SEE 3.1

Session 6.6 Dr. Teresa De Fazio & Marie Pepin 'A Practical Approach to Developing Intercultural Literacy in the Classroom' - TARGET AUDIENCE: ALL

Session 6.7 Grace Wen 'Teaching Science through CLIL' - TARGET AUDIENCE: Foundation & Primary

Session 6.8 Rowena Bata 'Using Phonics to Improve Students' Reading and Speaking Skills' - TARGET AUDIENCE: ALL

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Tedd Gott, Senior Curator, International Art, National Gallery of Victoria. 

About Ted: Dr. Ted Gott is  Senior Curator of International ARt at the National Gallery of Victoria. After studying at the University of Melbourne, the British Museum, Northwestern University and the Art Institute of Chicago, he worked at the Robert Holmes-a-Court Collection, Heide Museum of Modern Art and the National Galler of Australia. He has curated and co-curated 25 exhibitions, including The Impressionists: Masterpieces from the Musee d'Orsay (2004), Kiss of the Beast: From Paris Salon to King Kong (2005), Modern Britain 1900-1960 (2007), Salvador Dali: Liquid Desire (2009), Napoleon: Revolution to Empirt (2012), Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great (2015), Degas: A New Vision and is currently curating Van Gogh and the seasons.

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HURRY AND REGISTER NOW to secure your attendance to this, not to be missed, Professional Learning and Networking opportunity! To register online, go to: If you have any questions regarding registration, please do not hesitate to contact Kerry O’Connor, Office Manager-   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it / 0437 130 976.

Conference Registration Fees - MLTAV is pleased to announce that the cost of attending the 2017 Annual Conference has been kept the same as last year! Registrations fees for the 2017 Conference are as follows:

  • Early-Bird Rate (up to 18 March): $200 (inc. GST)
  • Normal Rate (after 18 March): $230 (inc. GST)
  • Non-Member Rate: $350 (inc. GST)
  • 100 km from Melbourne CBD regional Government school teacher support (funding support provided by DET): $134
  • Student / Unemployed: $135
  • Presenter registration is covered by MLTAV


MLTAV 70th Platinum Anniversary Award Celebration Dinner - REGISTER NOW!

The MLTAV will also be celebrating its 70th Anniversary Awards Dinner on the evening of the Annual Conference - Friday 5 May 2017 - 6pm to 10pm - at the same venue (Catholic Leadership Centre, East Melbourne)

Please consider registering to attend this significant milestone for the Association and join in the Celebrations with the current MLTAV Committee, Life Members, past Committee Members, Colleagues and Award Recipients (past and present) in celebrating the significant achievements of individual teachers and the MLTAV over 70 years of supporting members and advocating for Languages Education throughout Victoria. It is also an opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of Languages Professionals to Languages teaching in Victoria over an extended period, who have significantly influenced the pattern and/or quality of language teaching and learning in Victoria in some beneficial way. We also encourage Single Language Associations to nominate colleagues in the category of active involvement in the work of the MLTAV or a Single Language Teacher’ Association (SLA). In exceptional circumstances, this award may also be made to someone who is not, or has not been and would not normally be expected to be, or to have been a member of the MLTAV of an SLA, or to have contributed directly to the MLTAV.

MLTAV also has a Life Membership Award. If any member wishes to discuss the process for nomination of a Life Member Award, please do not hesitate to contact Kerry O’Connor in the MLTAV Office for further information.

We encourage our members to consider colleagues they wish to nominate for an MLTAV Certificate of Merit Award. For full information and associated nomination forms, please refer to the MLTAV Website, / About Us / Awards section.

70th Anniversary Award Celebration Registration Fees (includes a 3-course meal, guest speaker TBC, entertainment, non-alcohol beverages (alcoholic beverages to be purchased at own expense):

  • Members - $95 (inc. GST)
  • Non-Member Rate: $145 (inc. GST)


Registrations to attend the MLTAV 70th Platinum Anniversary Awards Celebration Dinner can be done in two ways:


  1. If you plan to also attend the MLTAV 2017 Annual Conference on the same day, register for both the Conference and the Dinner via the online registration form,
  2. If you only wish to attend the Dinner event, (not the Conference), please email your contact details to Kerry O’Connor, Office Manager, MLTAV -   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it