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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 03 August 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 3 AUGUST 2019 23 OPINION Learning Greek is important for our future Studying at La Trobe University has been fundamental to unerstanding Hellenic culture ANTHEA BANOUSIS Understanding and communicating in another language is one of the most rewarding aspects of the human experience. It is a known fact that studying a second language can improve memory, decision-making, academic performance as well as deepen a person's understanding and connection with a particular culture. As a migrant growing up in Australia I never lost touch of with the Greek language. It is the first language I was exposed to. Growing up Greek in Australia was a challenge. Learning English as a second language required the extra effort to not lose the connection that I had with my first language, Greek. I stopped Greek school at an early age, yet I remained attached to the Greek language by using it as the primary source of communication with my immediate family. Studying at La Trobe University, I was fortunate to pursue two of my biggest passions: studying Law and Modern Greek. The Modern Greek Studies Program at La Trobe University provided me with the opportunity to study Greek at any of the three levels that I felt comfortable with. During class, we are exposed to contemporary literature and Studying a Bachelor of Arts and Majoring in Modern Greek Studies at La Trobe University is a rewarding and fulfilling degree, providing its students endless possibilities both in Australia and Greece”. “ Anthea Banousis expresses her love for the Greek language. Majoring in Modern Greek Studies at La Trobe University can enrich a student’s understanding of one’s culture and provide endless possibilities in the future. “ films, as well as grammar and oral activities. As students, we are also fortunate to be able to utilise the Dardalis Archives that are situated at La Trobe University, as well as the variety of cultural subjects that are offered that can accompany Greek Studies. I will forever be grateful to have been able to enrol in an enrichening yet challenging Major, that will further assist my future goals and endeavours. INGA LASS Australians have become much more diverse over the last few decades. In 2018, 29 per cent of Australians were born overseas, the most it has ever been since the late 19th century. This diversity has influenced who people choose to be in a relationship with. This year's Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey released data on inter-ethnic couples in Australia and found that in 2017, around one in four relationships in Australia were inter-ethnic. In fact, sociologists suggest that inter-ethnic partnering is a sign of social integration and cohesion. If this is the case, multi-ethnic Australia isn't doing so bad, with almost half of the migrant population choosing a partner from a different country, despite the challenges these relationships may sometimes bring. But before we talk about our findings, two caveats should be mentioned. First, country of birth is only a proxy measure for ethnicity since people born in the same country can be of different ethnicities, and people born in different countries can be of the same ethnicity. Second, due to the HILDA sampling design, people who migrated to Australia after 2011 have a very small chance of being included in the study. Australia's share of overseas-born people is among the highest in the OECD. And the range of birth countries of our overseas-born population has broadened. In the immediate post-war era of 1947, fewer than 10 per cent of Australians were born in a different country. And 79 per cent of these overseasborn Australians came from the UK, Ireland or New Zealand. Now, Australians stem from a larger variety of countries, with more people being born, for example, in China, The decision to Major in Modern Greek Studies opened up many possibilities. I was fortunate to form a close relationship with the tutors, especially the current Coordinator of the Program Dr Stavroula (Stephie) Nikoloudis. During my time as Co- President of the La Trobe University Greek Society and now the current ambassador of the Modern Greek Studies Program, myself, Dr Nikoloudis and the staff with the support of the Department of Languages and Linguistics, hosted a seminar on the Mycenaean period and the development of the Greek language as well as the 'Speak Greek in March' Podcast. By majoring in Modern Greek Studies and being a passionate advocate in promoting the Greek language, I am able to continue our important work, in raising awareness of the amazing opportunities that the Modern Greek Studies Program offers to its students. The Modern Greek Studies Program is structured to accommodate any student who wishes to undertake Greek as part of their tertiary education. It consists of three levels, beginner, intermediate and advanced, which students can choose based on their level of competence. Students can enrol in Greek as an elective, choose Greek as a Major in a Bachelor, complete Greek in a Diploma of Languages or study Greek from a different university in Victoria, as part of the cross–institutional subject. The Modern Greek Studies Program has made it accessible for students who desire to further their Greek education at a tertiary level. Thus, majoring in Modern Greek Studies at La Trobe University can enrich a student's understanding of one's culture and provide endless possibilities in the future. I am fortunate to be able to graduate with a degree in the language that I love, as well as be able to assist the Greek Studies Program to further encourage students to undertake Greek at La Trobe University. * Anthea Banousis is a current student at La Trobe University and the Ambassador of the Modern Greek Studies Program. La Trobe University Open Day which is on Sunday, 4 August 2019. All are welcome to visit the campus to learn more about Greek Studies and other subjects offered. For more information please visit the Facebook Page: facebook.com/GreekStud-iesLTU Language of love and inter-ethnic relationships inter-ethnic couples are made up of one Australian-born and the other born in a Main English-Speaking (MES) country – that is, the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada, the US and South Africa. Australia’s rate of inter-ethnic relationships show Australia is an open society that embraces its vibrant ethnic and cultural diversity. PHOTO: PIXABAY India or the Philippines. Still, around 75 per cent of Australian couples in 2017 consisted of partners who were born in the same country. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of these are couples where both partners were born in Australia, accounting for 56 per cent of all couples. Most The chances of partnering with someone from another country differ vastly by region. Australian-born people who live outside the capital cities are less likely to live in an inter-ethnic relationship than those in the capital cities. In contrast, overseas-born people outside the capital cities are more likely to live in an inter-ethnic relationship. Both findings have to do with the pool of potential mates people meet in their neighbourhoods. On average, fewer overseas-born people live outside the capital cities. This means both Australian-born and overseas-born people living in these regions are more likely to partner with an Australian-born. Surprisingly, there are also gender differences. Australian-born women are significantly more likely to live in an inter-ethnic relationship than males. Who your parents are matters too. Within the group of Australian-born people, those with at least one parent born overseas are more likely to live in an inter-ethnic relationship than Australian-born people with two parents that were born here. And a higher age, a higher educational qualification, progressive attitudes, and an openness to experience, also promote inter-ethnic relationships. Inter-ethnic couples not only connect two individuals, but entire families and communities of different ethnic backgrounds. They help break down boundaries and weaken prejudice and stereotypes. * Inga Lass is an Academic at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne. This article first appeared in The Conversation.
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