Taking the plunge: Languages in the mainstream

There are lifelong advantages to learning another language. Languages in the Mainstream is a partnership project between the Modern Language Teachers Association of Western Australia (MLTAWA) and the Office of Multicultural Interests.

It comprises a year-long series of activities and initiatives to promote language learning and celebrate cultural and linguistic diversity.

The first event on the project calendar is a public information session. This event will feature a series of five speakers looking at the cognitive, health, social and economic benefits of language learning.

Come along to win a course in the language you've always wanted to speak!


  • From birth through school: Modern Language Teacher Association of WA President Kate Reitzenstein reveals the cognitive benefits of language learning.
  • University to future career: UWA Masters of Engineering student James Heath learned French at school.  He tells us why his motivation for learning languages has changed.
  • Working around the world: Currently teaching English as a Second Language, Athanassia Iosifidou’s multilingual skills have led her on a journey involving different cultures at home and overseas.
  • For the greater good: Economist, State Treasurer and Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests, The Hon. Dr Mike Nahan MLA discusses the economic and social benefits multilingualism can deliver to West Australians.
  • A better brain in old age: Senior Community Education Coordinator with Alzheimers WA, Heather Thorne shows us the health benefits of language learning in later life.

Key Details

  • Date: Tuesday 1 November
  • Time: 5pm - 7pm
  • Venue: State Library of Western Australia, 25 Frances Street, Perth
  • Cost: Free

Click here for more details or to register.

Published: 19/10/2016