Audio Documentary Series (5 parts), Earshot on ABC RN (The Australian Broadcasting Corporation), November-December, 2019. Producers Masako Fukui and Sheila Ngoc Pham; Supervising Producer Claudia Taranto; Sound Engineer Andrei Shabunov. (If you’d like to download the episodes for teaching purposes, please contact me)
Australia has a monolingual mindset and a multilingual reality. What does this mean for how we go about our day-to-day lives? Masako Fukui and Sheila Ngoc Pham investigate.
GUESTS: Dr Ingrid Piller – Professor of Applied Linguistics, Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University; Yves Aquino; Kayoko Nishwaki; Dong Jun Ha (DJ); Dongbing Zhang (Mus); Zacha Rosen; Walter Mason; Thang Ngo
Every day, Australian families are bringing up their children in more than one language. It’s a huge challenge that’s taken on by individuals and communities. Is it worth the effort?
GUESTS: Zarlasht Sarwari, Ramin Sarwari; Triin Pehk, Rob Morris, Sofia Morris, Helena Morris; Dr Hanna Torsh – Research Fellow, Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University; Dylan Wynne, Cai Wynne; Alan Sila; Watcharee Newell
The Australian education system both values and devalues languages other than English. So schools play a crucial role in contributing to a multilingual Australia – or do they?
GUESTS: Anastasia Barr Berrocal (Ana), Elena Berrocal Capdevila, Joshua Barr (Josh); Sue Palmer – Japanese Teacher, Balgowlah Heights Public School, NSW; Dr Ken Cruickshank, Professor of Education, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney; Edward Demirdjian – Principal, Galstaun College; Armen Bekarian, Sonia Bekarian; Muhammad Alqudah, Ala Alqudah
Migrant languages tend to disappear by the third generation, and sometimes language loss can occur even more quickly. But is there a way to resist this trend towards being a ‘graveyard of languages’ and for us to hold onto language through the generations?
GUESTS: Teresa Cara, Alexia Cara, Gaby Cara, Bruno Cara, Lisa Cara; Alberto Barillaro; Dr Antonia Rubino – Associate Professor, Department of Italian Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney; Nii Laryea Tetteh; Eunice Andrada – Poet and Educator; Billy Jangala Williams; Rose Cara and members and friends of the Italian Made Social Motoring Club
In the final episode of Tongue Tied and Fluent, we explore our multilingual future. What will it look like?
Guests: Ray Ingrey – Chairperson, Gujaga Foundation; Kirli Saunders – Poet, Educator, Author; Shakthidharan Sivanathan (Shakthi) – Playwright and Director of Co-Curious; Irene Chiwara; Dr Sithembinkosi Dube (Thembi); The teachers, students and parents of the Ndebele and Shona Weekend Language School