MyLanguage – serving multicultural Australia

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Publisher: The State & Territory Libraries of NSW, QLD, SA, VIC, WA, NT and ACT

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Year of Publication: 2011

Format: website

Description: This is an update of a 2005 portal site. The new website is extremely useful and broad-ranging. MyLanguage national manager, Brendan Fitzgerald, says the new MyLanguage is all about making life easier and more inclusive for Australia’s non-English speaking population. It aims to provide a hub where public libraries and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities can actively share information resources and programs to support culturally and linguistically diverse communities. The introduction to the site says: “The site is still in the beta testing phase but please send us back your feedback at the bottom of each page. Add your programs and events online and join in conversations across the site.

My Language is a joint partnership between the State & Territory Libraries of NSW, QLD, SA, VIC, WA, NT and ACT.

As a way of enriching Australia’s linguistic and cultural cyberspace, seven State and Territory Libraries created this portal in 2005 to enable people to search and find information on the internet in over 65 languages. Since then My Language has provided access to over six-million information links: search engines, web directories, government websites, digital library projects and syndicated news headlines.

My Language supports the social inclusion agenda of governments through building digital inclusion for CALD communities, especially with new technologies and Web 2.0 opportunities. As a result in 2010 an updated vision and new objectives marked a significant shift for the project as described below.

Vision

We will use information technologies to enable libraries to empower CALD communities to:

Achieve greater social inclusion; and,

Maintain and enrich cultural and linguistic identity.”

Audience(s): Trainers, non-Christians, mature Christians, ESL teachers, ESL students, Christian workers

Animist, Atheist, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Muslim

Language(s): Welsh, Vietnamese, Turkish, Thai, Tamil, Tagalog, Swahili, Spanish, Serbian, Russian, Romanian, Punjabi, Portuguese, Polish, Pashto, Norwegian, Nepali, Marathi, Mandarin, Macedonian, Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, Hindi, Hebrew, Greek, German, Gaelic, French, Finnish, Farsi, English, Dutch, Dari, Danish, Czech, Croatian, Chinese, Cantonese, Bulgarian, Bengali, Belorussian, Basque, Azeri, Arabic, Albanian, Afrikaans

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Web Address: http://mylanguage.gov.au/

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Comment: This is a vast and varied site full of useful resources and information.

What is Sharia?

Author: Barnabas Fund

Publisher: Barnabas Fund

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Year of Publication: 2007

Format: book

Description: This is a beginners’ booklet describing sharia, the legal means by which every aspect of daily life in an Islamic community is governed.

Audience(s): Trainers, mature Christians, ESL teachers, Christian workers

Muslim

Language(s): English

Where Obtained: Online at Barnabas Fund

http://barnabasfund.org/AU/Act/Order-free-print-media-resources/?&page=barnabasbooks&first=no&pages=4&startno=7

Web Address: http://barnabasfund.org/AU/Act/Order-free-print-media-resources/?&page=barnabasbooks&first=no&pages=

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My Friend Series

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Publisher: Anglicare Sydney

Price: $10

Year of Publication: 2010

Format: brochure

Description: A series of pamphlet style booklets which give a general overview of different cultures, to give ESL teachers and other Cross Cultural workers insight into the world from which migrants come. Easy to read, simple and general in nature. A must for every ESL class.

Audience(s): Christian workers

Language(s): English

Where Obtained: Anglicare Sydney

Phone 9895 8055

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Hope DVD

Author: Roof Breakers

Publisher: Mars Hill Productions

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Year of Publication: 0

Format: CD

Description: An interactive computer program for learning English. Can be used by the individual on their own or with the assistance of another person.

Audience(s): ESL teachers, ESL students

Animist, Atheist, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim

Language(s): English

Where Obtained: www.englishgift.org

Web Address: www.englishgift.org

Restrictions: can not sell

Comment: If necessary an organistation may recover the cost of creating copies for others by charging only the actual cost of duplication, plus 10% for handling, plus the actual cost of shipping if applicable.

I have found the use of this resource a little confusing and therefore I think a person who has little understanding of English will find it difficult to use alone.

Submitted by: Brendan Jones International Teams Australia’s Sydney Refugee Team

Getting to Know Your Chinese Neighbours

Author: Victor Tow

Publisher: Anglicare, Diocese of Sydney

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Year of Publication: 2010

Format: book

Description: This book should be read with “Background to Chinese Culture and Religions” by the same author.

Audience(s): Christian workers, ESL teachers, mature Christians, Trainers

Animist, Atheist, Buddhist

Language(s): English

Where Obtained: Anglicare Parramatta NSW

Web Address: www.anglicare.org.au/our-services/migrant-refugee-services/esl

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One God One Message. Discover the Mystery, Take the Journey

Author: Philip D Bramsen

Publisher: Rock International

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Year of Publication: 2008

Format: book

Description: This book teaches the reader to communicate with Muslims through a clear presentation of Biblical theology, from Genesis to Revelation.

Audience(s): mature Christians, ESL teachers, Christian workers, Trainers

Muslim

Language(s): English

Where Obtained: On Amazon, or through MECO Australia at

PO Box 136, Kerrimuir, Victoria 3129

Tel: (03) 9898 0077

Email: australia@aboutmeco.org

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Restrictions: None

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Rewa Hope

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Year of Publication: 0

Format: website

Description: This is a website designed for Tibetans who are interested to learn about Jesus.

Audience(s): non-Christians, Christian workers

Buddhist

Language(s): Tibetan

Where Obtained: Online at www.rewahope.com

Web Address: www.rewahope.com

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Comment: This is a very useful site for Tibetans, with links to the sections of the Bible already translated into central Tibetan, testimonies, interactive chat, and with downloadable scriptures and other resources. Most of the material is in Central Tibetan language. There are links to other relevant sites, as well.

Islam and Slavery

Author: Barnabas Fund

Publisher: Barnabas Fund

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Year of Publication: 2007

Format: book

Description: The European slave trade is well known, but that of Islam is not. The reader is shown details in this booklet so that he/she can have a balanced view of slavery, and not merely that Christianity is at fault.

Audience(s): Trainers, mature Christians, ESL teachers, Christian workers

Muslim

Language(s): English

Where Obtained: Online at Barnabas Fund

http://barnabasfund.org/AU/Act/Order-free-print-media-resources/?&page=barnabasbooks&first=no&pages=4&startno=7

Web Address: http://barnabasfund.org/AU/Act/Order-free-print-media-resources/?&page=barnabasbooks&first=no&pages=

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Assorted tracts for those working with Muslims

Author: Steven Masood

Publisher: Word of Life

Price: STG 0.5Pounds each, plus postage

Year of Publication: 0

Format: book

Description: Word of Life has tracts by Steven Masood entitled “Who is the Messiah?”, “The Bible is Changed – Really?”, “The Great Sacrifice” and “Who is God?”

They will help you to have good conversations with Muslim friends. They are available in English and Urdu.

Audience(s): Christian workers, ESL teachers, mature Christians, Trainers

Muslim

Language(s): English, Urdu

Where Obtained: Word of Life, Oldham UK. Email: info@word.org.uk

Web Address: www.word.org.uk

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Project Hope Co-Worker Training

Author: Sydney Refugee Team

Publisher: Sydney Refugee Team

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Year of Publication: 2007

Format: book

Description: Manual used by the Sydney Refugee Team to train church groups and individual volunteers who are wishing to engage in cross cultural ministry and particularly ministry to refugees.

Audience(s): Christian workers

Animist, Atheist, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Muslim

Language(s): English

Where Obtained: International Teams Australia 02 9890 2244

Web Address:

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Comment: submitted by: Brendan Jones International Teams Australia’s Sydney Refugee Team