Young language ambassadors meet at JCU

@JCU Young language ambassadors meet at JCU

Young language ambassadors meet at JCU


Some of the north’s most outstanding language students took part in the 2016 Young Language Ambassador conference at JCU in Townsville yesterday.

More than 200 students from years 5 to 12, and their language teachers, will be attending the conference Inspiring Others: The Languages of Leadership, organised by JCU’s College of Arts, Society and Education.

The selected language students came from across Townsville and the northern region.

The young ambassadors will hear from inspiring speakers including anthropological linguist Juliane Boettger, and Innocent Rwamuhizi (pictured above, with Kirwan State High School students), who spent 14 years in a refugee camp and is now in the final year of his degree in Social Work at JCU.

The Young Language Ambassador program involves more than 40 schools across the region. It is a collaboration between JCU and language teachers and is funded by the Department of Education and Training.

The conference aims to increase student retention in languages and contribute to the government priority of having at least 40% of Grade 12 students graduating high school with a second language by 2020.