September 2017 Newsletter

ELFSC Research; Language Centre; Transition to Undergrade; Health & Safety

ELFSC Research News


VOLUME 4, ISSUE 1 out now. This Issue presents papers that explore widening participation (WP) within Australian contexts. The contributions discuss a diversity of activities, programs, disciplinary concepts, methodological approaches, challenges and opportunities in the field. However, all explore important issues relating to the contemporary challenges that policy, educational structures and dominant conceptual assumptions pose for access, equity and WP. Whilst situated in the Australian context, all contributions provide insights about issues that are important and challenging for WP across international contexts.


FRIDAY 22 SEPTEMBER - DIGITAL LITERACY SEMINAR: Time and venue to be advised

Join Jenny Stokes from UniSA for Designing a Digital Literacy Course for an Australian Enabling Program.


(Callaghan - MCG56, Ourimbah - tba)

As part of the Research(er) Development workshop series designed to support ELFSC researchers, Kate Hayes (Research Services) will be explaining how to use Research Professional to find grants, awards, fellowships, and other opportunities suited to your research interests.

Lunch provided – RSVP essential


Please make contact with ELFSC Research Manager Jo Hanley if you have any research news or project updates for future newsletters.

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Language Centre News

Callaghan Language Centre

UON Language Centre alumni Zhang Duanduan was the subject of a recent profile in the Newcastle Herald by journalist Alex Morris. The article cited the opening of NeW Space as heralding a higher visibility of the international student population for Newcastle residents, citing recent numbers which show that this cohort accounts for almost 20% of the total number of students enrolled at UON. Zhang references the Language Centre in the article and the importance of English as the most necessary component for making new friends during her time abroad. The Language Centre hopes that the profiles might become a regular piece as they are a great way for the city to become more aware of the work done at the Centre and the value that international students bring to the community.  Please click here to read the article.

The provision of short-term study tours to groups from Japan and Korea are an important aspect of the Callaghan Language Centre’s operations. Recently, 46 students from Japan’s Shohoku College finished a two week program with the Language Centre. The Language Centre’s relationship with Shohoku College is a longstanding one, extending across almost 20 years. Director Seamus Fagan thanked all staff involved with the tour and presented certificates to completing students at an event held on August 25th to mark the end of their time in Newcastle.

This month, the Language Centre welcomes back Intermediate coordinator Jacky Worsdell who has recently completed a stint of several months at Shohoku College in Japan. The role included a combination of teaching, lecturing to staff and students and being involved in PR activities. We look forward to hearing more about Jacky’s experiences upon her return to work.

The final Study Tour group of 2017 has already arrived, with 19 students from Japan’s Kanto Gakuin commencing a one week program. In total, almost 100 students from institutions in Japan and Korea have accessed the UON Language Centre for tailored short-term Study Tour programs ranging from 1 – 4 weeks.

Sydney Language Centre

This month staff have been arranging Peer Observation sessions. The catalyst for these sessions was the CPD workshop given by Sophie O’Keefe from English Australia during the July break. Sophie’s workshop was very enlightening and one of the recommendations was for staff to engage in peer observation in order to determine their PD needs and aims.  So far staff feedback has been very positive and the aim is to run peer observation 2 times a year.

The Sydney Student Engagement program continues with its Tea at Three program. Students from Fort Street High School visit the centre every Tuesday for afternoon tea with Intermediate students. Both groups benefit from the activity- the school students are able to complete their year 11 Volunteer program and the ELICOS students get to meet local Australians, practice their English and learn about Australian culture. The program has been extremely successful and feedback from both ELICOS and the school students shows the program is well worth while.

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“Your Next Move” – Transition to Undergraduate

Our enabling students were recently invited to attend “Your Next Move” sessions at both Callaghan and Ourimbah. These sessions are an important activity in better preparing and informing our students for the transition from enabling to undergraduate studies.

This series of sessions are run each year in conjunction with Faculty and Student Central staff. These information sessions are coordinated and managed by our Student Liaison Officers, Holly Dillon and Sharon Boyd. Each Faculty is represented.

At each session students are provided with information about specific degree programs, how they can prepare for the transition to undergraduate studies as well as details about the application process. A Q&A segment at the end of each session is also valuable and also ensures that students have contact details for any specific follow up if required.

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Health and Safety

Following a recent spot H&S inspection in the McMullin Building, it’s timely to remind staff to review their works space.  In particular please look out for cords, leads, bags/backpacks so that they do not pose a trip hazard. Please also avoid placing heavy objects on high shelves or cabinets.

If you have any surplus and/or redundant equipment hanging around (old printers, scanners, overhead projectors etc), please contact Lynette Dennis or An Chi Baxter so that we can arrange for appropriate disposal and write-off.

Health and Safety Induction reminder

A reminder for all staff to please complete the updated Health and Safety induction module in Discover. If you have been at the University longer than 12 months you need to log in and re-induct via the 20 minute online module, so that your knowledge of health and safety requirements is up to date.

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Items for the ELFSC Link Newsletter are always welcome. The newsletter is published early  each month, with items due 2 weeks prior to publication.  Please forward any items to Jenny Williams, Maureen Jones or Leah Hill.