The Research Unit for Multilingualism and Cross-Cultural Communication (RUMACCC) has long been actively involved in a number of research projects and consultancies. Here are examples of current and past projects and other research activities.
Intercultural health communication
RUMACCC is involved in interdisciplinary research with a focus on healthcare communication, undertaken in collaboration with health professionals and medical researchers.
Language education in schools
RUMACCC has long been involved in research projects and consultancies on language education in our schools.
Melbourne Address Projects
Most languages other than English have more than one pronoun of address, eg 'tu' and 'vous' in French. The choice of address pronoun and other ways people address each other is crucial to interpersonal communication as it both reflects and influences social relations and hierarchies.
Research colloquia and lectures
RUMACCC has organised a variety of research colloquia and workshops dealing with multilingualism and multiculturalism, linguistic diversity and language policy in Australia and elsewhere.
RUMACCC conducts research in collaboration with several institutions in Australia and overseas, and is part of various research networks.
The challenge of COVID-19
Engaging Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities in COVID-19 and pandemic health information