Ten students from the French International School in Port Vila have come back from a study tour in Australia where they had been invited to attend the Young Language Ambassadors Conference 2018.
“Every year, since 2014, the College of Arts, Society and Education at James Cook University (Australia) organises an annual conference, which attracts hundreds of students from Queensland and beyond. The conference aims to promote language education and international-mindedness for our region. Participants are selected on the basis that they are high achieving students who demonstrate a strong passion for cultures and language education,” explained Dr Florence Boulard, YLA Conference Coordinator at JCU.
This year, the representatives of Vanuatu delivered two speeches in Sociolinguistics: one on Multilingualism and one on Languages and Identity.
“It has been a very successful learning experience for all our students. They had the great opportunity to go to JCU in Townsville and to attend classes at Kirwan State High School where our students were placed with homestay families,’’ said Ms Véronique Ruel, Language Coordinator at the French School.