Celebrate Languages Week

Office of Multicultural Interests

Languages Week (7-14 August) is a fantastic opportunity to highlight the linguistic diversity of the WA community, while raising the awareness of the benefits it also brings. It also provides an opportunity to acknowledge the vital role of interpreters and translators in ensuring that government services are accessible by all members of the community. Did you know more than 270 languages and dialects are spoken in Western Australia?

This year, Languages Week is being driven by the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of WA (MLTAWA) and supported by the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) as part of Languages in the Mainstream—a

12-month partnership project to promote the benefits of language learning.

No matter what stage of life you are at, language skills are imperative in our globally connected world. Being multilingual is a huge advantage and opens up a wealth of opportunities, as well as delivering social and economic benefits to WA.

Learning a language encompasses much more than language proficiency. It is about understanding the culture behind the foundation of that language. It can also be a pathway to professional employment as an interpreter or translator.

Celebrated across WA, Languages Week will be marked by several events that will provide an opportunity to explore, celebrate and acknowledge the importance of language learning.

Together with OMI,  MLTAWA, has developed an online Languages Week handbook, which is available at www.omi.wa.gov.au. The handbook provides information on language learning in WA as well as ideas about activities you can hold in the workplace, at home and in the community.

Agencies are encouraged to use Languages Week to highlight the work they are doing to implement the Western Australian Language Services Policy.

More information about Languages Week, is available at www.omi.wa.gov.au and http://mltawa.asn.au