Thursday, 30 July 2015

Patji-Dawes Award for language teaching

Contact: Piers Kelly, The ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language
p: (02) 6125 6122   e:

Date: Nominations open now          RSVP: Deadline 20 August 2015
Location: Nationwide

Intended Audience: Employees of the Department of Education and their networks

The purpose of the Patji-Dawes award is to honor outstanding achievements in language teaching by an accomplished practitioner in Australia. It reflects our belief that achieving proficiency in other languages is one of the great learning experiences in the human condition, that this happens all too rarely in contemporary Australian society, and that there is unfilled need for public recognition of those who defy our national mediocrity in this arena.

The teaching may take place in any setting – school, university, private language school, government department, Indigenous community – provided that the learner is led, by the teacher's inspiration, to a high level of mastery in the chosen language. Nominations are made by someone who has achieved a very high level of fluency in their chosen language and would like to honour their teacher by setting out what it was about their practice which inspired and enabled them to unlock the rewards of learning another language despite all the difficulties involved.

The name commemorates the teaching-learning partnership which underlay the earliest documented language learning in Australia's history: that between a young indigenous Eora woman, Patyegarang (Patye or Patji, pronounced Pat-che), and Lieutenant William Dawes. Their close and humane relationship, resulted not only in an exceptional mastery of the Sydney language by Dawes, but in a relationship of cross-cultural understanding that has been all too rare in Australia's history.

For full details on the nomination process please see the attached flyer of visit: