The Patji Dawes Language Teaching Award
In 2023 the AFMLTA and the Language and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU) proudly assumed responsibility for the Patji Dawes Award which was an initiative of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL).The purpose of the Patji Dawes Language Teaching Award is to honour outstanding achievements in teaching languages by an accomplished practitioner or team of practitioners in Australia.
This year’s recipient of the Award is Matt Absalom Lecturer in Italian Studies, School of Languages and Linguistics, Faculty of Arts, the University of Melbourne. Matt was nominated by his student, Margaret Oravecz, who commented: “Matt’s classes catapulted me into a new world of language learning. He engendered trust in his unique approach with his enthusiasm, energy and engaging manner.” She also said, in relation to his approach: “Through storytelling, reading and reflection, I embarked on the most transformative language experience of my life.”
Presidents Gillian Cordy (AFMLTA) and John Hajek (LCNAU) were pleased to present Matt with his award at the 24th AFMLTA International Languages Conference in Perth in July.