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MELC supported projects for students

MELC projects are designed to support contemporary and innovative initiatives that engender experimentation and renewal in languages education, multicultural education and the internationalisation of education.

Each year MELC provides funding for contemporary and innovative school-based projects that provide opportunities for students to actively engage in and reflect upon linguistic and cultural diversity, and to consider their own linguistic, social and cultural practices and identities.

Schools from all schooling sectors are invited to apply to participate in MELC projects.

MELC projects are based on the principles of:

  • Engagement – fostering direct engagement with linguistic and cultural diversity
  • Learning in diversity - ensuring that students are engaged in experiences that promote learning about themselves/others and their learning in the context of diversity
  • Identity formation - ensuring that students are invited to reflect on their own perspectives, identities, belonging and to develop  self-awareness of their education and life experience in the context of diversity
  • Experience – are experientially focused
  • Imagination  - fostering imagination and creativity
  • Participation – inviting participation in early childhood centres, schools and the wider community
  • Opportunities – affording opportunities for participation of marginalised young people
  • Reflection – including opportunities for evaluating and reflecting on experiences of linguistic and cultural diversity

New projects

Applications are now open for two new projects:

  • Young Cultural Leaders program
  • My Journey project

Young Cultural Leaders program – ActNow Theatre

The Young Cultural Leaders program is designed as a theatre residency which brings a team of professional artists to work with groups of linguistically and culturally diverse young people in Years 10-12.

Students will actively participate in and reflect upon linguistic and cultural diversity, and consider their own linguistic, social and cultural practices and identities through a series of theatre workshops. The project aims to build and develop students’ intercultural capabilities, communication and leadership skills to enable them to become cultural ambassadors within the school and wider community.

Schools can apply for 2 projects designed for 2 separate focus groups:

  • focus group for project A: Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students
  • focus group for project B: Muslim girls.

Find out more about the young cultural leaders program (PDF 222 KB).

Use the application form and see the guidelines on how to apply.

Find out more about ActNow Theatre.

Applications close at 5pm Friday 29 September 2017.

My Journey – Elyas Alavi

The My Journey project designed for students to actively participate in and reflect upon linguistic and cultural diversity, and consider their own linguistic and cultural practices and identities through a series of visual art and poetry workshops with award winning visual artist and poet Elyas Alavi.

Students will explore art making techniques across a range of cultures; participate in storytelling, sharing their own languages, cultures and stories with one another; and express themselves creatively through visual art, poetry writing and performance.

This project will be made available to 20 students from two schools and is suitable for students in years 3–7 or years 8–12.

Find out more about the My Journey project (PDF 202KB).

Use the application form and see the guidelines on how to apply.

Find out more about Elyas at his website and on his instagram.

Applications close at 5pm Friday 29 September 2017.

Current projects

My Kitchen

The My Kitchen project encouraged preschool and junior primary students to investigate cultural differences and similarities using food as a metaphor.

Students investigated who works in their family kitchen, and learned about the kitchen’s place in different communities and cultures. Students developed visual art representations of their family kitchens and pantries.

The project is led by South Australian artist James Parker. You can find out more about James on his website or facebook page

Schools selected to be involved in the My Kitchen Project:

  • Campbelltown Preschool
  • Klemzig Primary School
  • Para Vista P-7 School
  • St Bernadette’s School

Due to the success of the project and the extent of interest from schools, the project has been extended to include the following schools:

  • Christ the King Catholic School
  • Flinders View Primary School
  • Marion Primary School

Youth Music Identity Profiles

The Youth Music Identity Profiles project aimed to increase cultural awareness and support positive identity building for secondary students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Students explored their most memorable encounters with music and how music best expresses their individuality. They used digital technology to develop an individual music identity profile.

The project is led by Dr Daniela Kaleva, music lecturer at UniSA. Project manager Dr Alison Elder and sound artist Philip Rene van Hout are also involved in the project. 

Schools selected to be involved in the Youth Music Identity Project:

  • Woodville High School
  • Paralowie R-12 School.

Due to the success of the project and the extent of interest from schools, the project has been extended to include the following schools:

  • Tenison Woods College jointly with North Mount Gambier School
  • Playford International College.

Previous projects

The Exquisite I

The Exquisite I, run by the SA Writers Centre, was a collaborative project where young people from diverse backgrounds engaged with and reflected on how they constructed their identity.

The participants illustrated and narrated their experiences through story and the written word, capturing a diverse range of languages and literacies and culminated with the production of a professionally produced anthology.

The Exquisite I teaching resource (PDF 122KB) is a guide to help educators who would like to run the project themselves.

Cultural and linguistic diversity: youth stories project

This experiential project run by Rosie Roberts of UniSA worked with one urban and one rural secondary school through a series of workshops. They developed young people’s autobiographical stories that represented everyday experiences of linguistic and cultural difference in contemporary Australia.

The youth stories project teaching resource (PDF 968KB) is a guide to running the program, as well as background and pedagogical information.

Contact

MELC Secretariat

Phone: 8226 1191
Email: decdmec [at] sa.gov.au