“One of the many challenges for languages education in Australia and other English-speaking countries is the impact of the so-called monolingual mindset - where English dominates and demotivates. It feeds in to the way we view the world, ourselves and language education..” Taken from John Hajek’s abstract for his Speech at the AFMLTA Conference 2013
Hajek encourages teachers to burst the Anglo-bubble. Why? Because:
So what else are we and our children missing out on when we limit them to an English only environment?
What we can do? How do you go about bursting that bubble? Hajek suggests sharing clips of famous people speaking in other languages. Here are some examples:
Other participants at the AFMLTA Conference have been inspired too. Check out Fiona Boughey’s presentation on slideshare entitled Keep Calm and Get out of the Anglobubble A great resource. Thank you Fiona!