VietSpeech is a research project funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant and conducted by researchers from Charles Sturt University (2018-2020). The ARC Discovery Grant is titled Vietnamese-Australian children's speech and language competence (DP180102848).
VietSpeech aims to support Vietnamese-Australian children and families to maintain their home language, enhance speech skills in Vietnamese and English and equip English-speaking professionals to support multilingual children’s speech. A database of Vietnamese-Australian children’s speech acquisition and a Vietnamese-English speech program will be developed as part of the research. Expected outcomes include enhanced language maintenance and scalable prototypes for other languages. Since the Vietnamese community is one of Australia’s largest migrant groups VietSpeech should provide cultural, economic and social benefits for Australia including increased multilingualism, social cohesion, and enhanced capacity to participate in a globalized economy.
This project consists of four studies:
Multilingualism benefits individuals and societies: culturally, economically and socially. Australia is one of the most diverse multicultural countries in the world. Vietnamese is one of the top 5 languages other than English in Australia (along with Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Italian) and is spoken by 1.2% of the Australian population (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2017). The Vietnamese community, with the majority entering Australian in the 1970-80s, is at a key point in time in terms of the maintenance of their home language. A shift in language dominance among migrants has been documented to occur within three generations. Currently, many of Australia’s children are becoming predominantly monolingual English users around school entry. See Multilingual Children’s Speech for existing resources to support multilingual children.
The overall purpose of this Project is to (1) support Vietnamese-Australian children and families to maintain home languages, (2) enhance speech skills in Vietnamese and English (3) equip English-speaking professionals to support multilingual children’s speech acquisition.
Dr Van Tran, Vice Chancellor Andy Vann, Dr Sarah Verdon, Dr Ben Phạm, Dr Audrey Wang, Professor Sharynne McLeod.
Professor Sharynne McLeod, Dr Ben Phạm, Dr Van Tran, Kate Margetson, Online (Dr Sarah Verdon, Dr Audrey Wang).
The VietSpeech team delivering the SuperSpeech intervention program.