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MELC supported projects for students

MELC supported projects for students are designed to support contemporary and innovative initiatives that engender experimentation and renewal in languages education, multicultural education and international education.

Each year MELC provides funding for contemporary and innovative school-based projects that provide opportunities for students to actively engage in and reflect upon linguistic and cultural diversity, and to consider their own linguistic, social and cultural practices and identities.

MELC projects are based on the principles of:

  • Engagement – fostering direct engagement with linguistic and cultural diversity
  • Learning in diversity - ensuring that students are engaged in experiences that promote learning about themselves/others and their learning in the context of diversity
  • Identity formation - ensuring that students are invited to reflect on their own perspectives, identities, belonging and to develop  self-awareness of their education and life experience in the context of diversity
  • Experience – are experientially focused
  • Imagination  - fostering imagination and creativity
  • Participation – inviting participation in early childhood centres, schools and the wider community
  • Opportunities – affording opportunities for participation of marginalised young people
  • Reflection – including opportunities for evaluating and reflecting on experiences of linguistic and cultural diversity

Applications open for 2019 projects

MELC invites applications from South Australian schools to have a MELC supported project in their school in 2019. All schools are eligible to apply. 

For more information on the application process, please read the application guidelines (PDF 141KB).

To apply, please download and complete the application form (DOC 1,161KB) and send the completed form to: education.mecs@sa.gov.au

Applications close COB Monday 27 August 2018.

2019 MELC projects

GoFilm!: Exploring cultural and linguistic diversity through filmmaking

Project provider: Felicity Arts

GoFilm!: Exploring cultural and linguistic diversity through filmmaking is an 8-week, film-based education program for students in years 3 – 7. Using the medium of filmmaking, students will discover, engage with, reflect upon and record linguistic and cultural diversity as part of a unit of study already being undertaken in their school. 

The GoFilm! project will enable students to explore their own and their peers’ cultural identities and learn how to create and communicate stories and document events using film production. Students will learn filmmaking skills and techniques to create digital stories in relation to linguistic and cultural diversity and identity.

GoFilm! can be taught across several curriculum areas including Art, History and Social Sciences.

For more information, download the GoFilm! information sheet and visit Felicity Arts’ website.

Their Stories Our Stories: Choir in Schools

Project provider: Russell Fewster and Christie Anderson

The Their Stories Our Stories project provides the opportunity for two secondary schools to be involved in a unique song-writing and communal singing project which invites students to actively participate in and reflect upon linguistic and cultural diversity through writing songs and singing together. Russell and Christie will work with students to write and perform songs based on their life experiences and social and cultural identity.

Towards the end of Term 3, the choirs from the two schools will come together for a public performance. The making of a 2-minute documentary highlighting pivotal moments in the creation of the choir will also be a part of this project.

For more information, download the Their Stories Our Stories information sheet

Performing Commedia

Project provider: Corinna Di Niro

Performing Commedia is a 10-week project where secondary school drama students and their teacher will learn the history and practice of Commedia dell’Arte - a 16th century Italian improvisation theatre form. Through learning about Commedia, students will reflect on their cultural and linguistic identity and build understanding of culturally and linguistically diverse theatre practices.

Commedia dell’Arte utilises masks as a tool for exploring identity and students will learn to develop characters and improvise scenes using masks and other props. Dr Di Niro will work with the students to develop a series of short comedy routines to be performed for the school community, family and friends.

For more information, download the Performing Commedia information sheet and visit Corinna’s website.

Young Cultural Leaders

Project provider: ActNow Theatre

In 2019, Young Cultural Leaders is specifically designed for a focus group of young women of Muslim background in Years 9 – 12. Students will actively participate in a special program of theatre workshops which will facilitate consideration of their linguistic, social and cultural practices and identities, and linguistic and cultural diversity more broadly.

The project aims to build and develop students’ intercultural capabilities, communication and leadership skills to enable them to become cultural ambassadors within the school and wider community. 

In the first phase of the project, a team of artists will support students to explore and express what is important to them in relation to linguistic and cultural identity. In the second phase of the project, students will share and present their learning and reflections with broader audiences through a performance.

For more information, download the Young Cultural Leaders information sheet and visit ActNow’s website.

My Journey

Project provider: Elyas Alavi

The My Journey project is designed for primary school students to actively participate in and reflect upon linguistic and cultural diversity, whist considering their own linguistic and cultural practices and identities through a series of visual art and poetry workshops. The workshops will be help with award winning visual artist and poet Elyas Alavi.

Students will explore art making techniques across a range of cultures; participate in storytelling, share their own languages, cultures and stories with one another; and express themselves creatively through visual art, poetry writing and performance.

The project links to the curriculum areas of visual art, science, English and history.

For more information, download the My Journey information sheet and visit Elyas’ website.

This project was also offered in 2018, however due to the success of the project and the extent of interest from schools, the project has been extended. 

Schools involved in 2018 are: 
•    Norwood Morialta High School
•    Elizabeth Grove Primary School
•    Elizabeth Vale Primary School

Current Projects

MELC is undertaking the following projects in schools throughout 2018:

Young Cultural Leaders – ActNow Theatre

In 2018, the Young Cultural Leaders project was specifically designed for a focus group of young Aboriginal students. 

Students will actively participate in and reflect upon linguistic and cultural diversity, and consider their own linguistic, social and cultural practices and identities through a series of theatre workshops. The project aims to build and develop students’ intercultural capabilities, communication and leadership skills to enable them to become cultural ambassadors within the school and wider community.

Paralowie R-12 School is participating in Young Cultural Leaders in 2018.  

My Kitchen - James Parker

The My Kitchen project encourages preschool and junior primary students to investigate cultural differences and similarities using food as a metaphor.

Students investigate who does the work in their family kitchen, and will learn about the kitchen’s place in different communities and cultures. Students will develop visual art representations of their family kitchens and pantries.

The project is led by South Australian artist James Parker. You can find out more about James on his website or facebook page

This project was first offered in 2017, however due to the success of the project and the extent of interest from schools, the project has been extended to include the following schools:

  • Christ the King Catholic School
  • Flinders View Primary School
  • Marion Primary School
  • Playford College

In 2017 the My Kitchen project had the following schools participate:

  • Campbelltown Preschool
  • Klemzig Primary School
  • Para Vista P-7 School
  • St Bernadette’s School

iBook

An iBook was developed as an artefact from the project.

The iBook is narrated by two students from Klemzig Primary School and captures workshop activities, galleries of portraits, food and cooking utensils, games, investigation questions and reflections by students involved.

The iBook is available from the iTunes store and can be downloaded free of charge.

Youth Music Identity Profiles

Dr Daniela Kaleva

The Youth Music Identity Profiles project aims to increase cultural awareness and support positive identity building for secondary students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Students explored their most memorable encounters with music and how music best expresses their individuality. They will use digital technology to develop an individual music identity profile.

The project is led by Dr Daniela Kaleva and sound artist Philip Rene van Hout. 

Due to the success of the project and the extent of interest from schools, the project has been extended to include the following schools:

  • Tenison Woods College jointly with North Gambier School
  • Playford International College

In 2017 the Youth Music Identity Profiles project had the following schools participate:

  • Woodville High School
  • Paralowie R-12 School.

Celebration and exhibition

Each year there is a celebration of the MELC supported projects to publicly acknowledge the culmination and success of the projects.

2017 Celebration

An Exhibition of Innovative School Based projects –My Kitchen and Youth Identity Music Profiles was held on from Tuesday 25 July 2017 until 10 August 2017 at the Department for Education Gallery, Flinders Street, Adelaide. The Exhibition was part of the annual South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival.

Each participating school in the two projects contributed to the interactive exhibition which included digital, drawings, installations of dioramas, multimedia, sound and video mediums. Colourful posters provided information about the two projects. The Exhibition was curated by the two project providers.

Previous projects

The Exquisite I

Project provider: SA Writers Centre

The Exquisite I, run by the SA Writers Centre, was a collaborative project where young people from diverse backgrounds engaged with and reflected on how they constructed their identity.

The participants illustrated and narrated their experiences through story and the written word, capturing a diverse range of languages and literacies and culminated with the production of a professionally produced anthology.

The Exquisite I teaching resource (PDF 122KB) is a guide to help educators who would like to run the project themselves.

Cultural and linguistic diversity: youth stories project

Project provider: Dr Rosie Roberts and Larrissa Pick Pickalla

This experiential project run by Rosie Roberts of the University of South Australia worked with one urban and one rural secondary school through a series of workshops. They developed young people’s autobiographical stories that represented everyday experiences of linguistic and cultural difference in contemporary Australia.

The youth stories project teaching resource (PDF 968KB) is a guide to running the program, as well as background and pedagogical information.

Contact

MELC Secretariat

Phone: 8226 1191
Email: education.mecs [at] sa.gov.au