Jane Orton PhD, long term member of the CLTAV passed away on the morning of 31January 2020. Jane had overcome cancer a few years ago, but it unfortunately returned in recent months, leading to her untimely passing.
Jane had held the position of Honorary Fellow at The University of Melbourne since 2015, and continued to work tirelessly to support research, debate and professional learning for teachers of Chinese nationally and internationally. Before her ‘retirement’ she was Director of the Chinese Teacher Training Centre at The University of Melbourne, from 2009-2015, which operated as a national research and professional development centre for Chinese language teaching in Australia.
Jane’s passing has led to an outpouring of grief among practicing teachers of Chinese, many of whom recognise her as the inspiration for their teaching practice and a compassionate mentor and supervisor who always sought to assist teachers to see the classroom from the perspective of the learners themselves. She will be sorely missed for her tireless efforts to improve the quality and outcomes of Chinese language education locally, nationally and internationally.
The CLTAV acknowledges Jane’s tremendous support of Chinese teaching in Victoria and throughout the nation. We extend our deepest sympathies to her family and friends.
An event to celebrate Jane's life will be held in April. As details come to hand, these will be circulated.