Step up with VCE Languages

VCE Languages conference
at Monash University
(Venue: Menzies Building)

Registration and payment for this event will close on Tuesday 4 July, 2017.

Monash Arts Languages invites all VCE languages students and their teachers to the first statewide conference on language, social and cultural studies, held at Monash University Clayton Campus on 14 July, 2017.


09:30 – 10:30: Opening session: Public speaking / dealing with nerves
Venue: Menzies Building H5
We invite Dr. Jane Montgomery Griffiths (Monash University Centre for Theatre and Performance, Faculty of Arts) to talk to us about the importance and techniques relating using our voices and body languages to feel assertive, engage the examiners and achieve a better result in the speaking examination.

10:30 – 11:30 Group session 1: Brainstorming research ideas
You will be in a tutorial room with 10 – 15 students to brainstorm and exchange research ideas. VCE Languages teachers and tutors will be there to guide you through the process of setting up and carrying out your detailed study in an efficient and effective manner.

11:30 – 12:00 Morning tea / break
This is a great chance for you to get to know with someone you would like to collaborate and pursue ideas with, or just stay in touch to help each other through the final stage of your VCE study, and beyond.

12:00 – 13:00 Mindfulness meditation for VCE Languages students
Venue: Menzies Building H5
Dr. Craig Hassed (Monash University Medical Faculty), a “pioneer for the use of mindfulness meditation within the medical world and beyond” (, para. 1), will guide us through how we may reduce exam-related anxiety and improve our mental wellbeing and academic performance.

13:00 – 14:15 Lunch + visit to Monash facilities
You will have an opportunity to visit various sites on Monash Clayton campus, including Japanese Manga Library and Centre for Ancient Cultures. This is your opportunity to explore resources and facilities that you will have an access to as a Monash University student pursuing Languages studies.

14:15 – 15:15 Group session 2: Making your project compelling
You will be back in the tutorial room again to continue the work you began in the morning, and start to work out how you can synthesise various types of data to structure a discussion that is informative, sophisticated and entertaining for the examiners.

15:15 – 15:45 Languages: the next three months, three years, and beyond
Venue: Menzies Building H5
To bring the day to closing, Dr. Beatrice Trefalt (Monash University School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics) and Mr. Satoshi Sanada (John Monash Science School) will discuss key attributes and skills required to be successful in VCE Languages examination, tertiary studies and careers involving Languages studies.

15:45 – Afternoon tea / end of the day

Who is the conference for?

This is a unique opportunity to showcase your Unit 3 & 4 detailed study project to a broader audience, and receive comments and feedback. Are you interested in sharing ideas with students and teachers from other schools, as well as university students and lecturers? Then, why don’t you bring your project to an exciting new set of workshops, designed especially for VCE languages students.

These workshops are designed to help you do the best you can do with your VCE studies, and to prepare you to excel in future studies and employment.

What will the conference involve?

Participating students and teacher will spend a day to brainstorm how they can carry out their VCE Languages detailed study in a way that is effective, engaging and meaningful. There will be opportunities to meet students and teachers from other schools to discuss what they do, and share some ideas about designing the research project, using various resources and carrying out the discussion.

How will students benefit?

Presenting to peers is a great way to improve your presentation skills and confidence, and to receive constructive feedback and suggestions. Conferences such as this are a great way to meet other students who are studying VCE languages and to share ideas, network and learn. University academics use conferences to not only receive constructive feedback for their current work, but also to meet new people and to acquire new knowledge. Many of the people you will meet may become your future friends and collaborators, and they will help you develop your detailed study project through discussion and feedback – by sharing with you something that you may not have thought about or could not have experienced yourself. This is your opportunity to enhance your detailed study project and therefore potentially improve your study score whilst also getting also a taste of university research culture.

How will teachers benefit?

Teachers can help their language students achieve more confidence in their research and presentation skills, and help them recognise ways to utilise their language skills at University. The best way to learn is to teach, and teachers can support their language students in this experience by encouraging them to ‘teach’ the audience about the detailed study research project they are developing for their VCE language oral exam.  Attending teachers will contribute to the workshops by being a supportive and constructively critical member of the audience, and be able to network with other VCE language teachers.

Register here

You can attend the conference either as a student presenter, a student spectator, or a languages teacher. The registration fee is $20 and will include lunch and refreshments. Payment will be required after confirmation of registration.