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Dunne, K. S. & Pavlyshyn, M. (2012). 'Swings and roundabouts: changes in language offerings at Australian universities 2005-2011', In J. Hajek, C. Nettelbeck & A. Woods (Eds.), The Next Step: Introducing the Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities: Selected Proceedings of LCNAU’s Inaugural Colloquim in 2011 (pp. 9-19). Australia: LCNAU.

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The selected proceedings of LCNAU’s inaugural Colloquium in 2011 - gathers many useful examples of research and scholarship in the languages and cultures disciplines. It is intended that they will strengthen the knowledge-base upon which colleagues are working, and to provide the stimulus for discussion and the exchange of new ideas which will enrich and empower the sector


In this study we report on changes in language offerings in Australian universities for the period 2005–2011, focusing on languages with small enrolments. We also give a progress report on collaborative arrangements that were introduced to ensure wider availability of language programs. These programs were surveyed most recently in the 2009 DASSH project on collaborative models for the provision of languages in Australian universities (Winter 2009). We find that there has been an increase in the number of less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) offered across the tertiary sector. However, it is not the case that all of these languages are institutionally secure, and we call for continued monitoring of the country’s linguistic ecology.

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LCNAU’s Colloquim