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Cruickshank, Ken; Wright, Jan – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2016
The current discourse in Australian languages education is that if children study languages in the early years, then languages uptake in secondary schools will increase. There has been little coherent data collection and analysis, however, to support or challenge this discourse. This article draws on findings from an ARC Linkage study in NSW…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, Elementary Secondary Education, Urban Schools
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Zhang, Lawrence Jun – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2016
The teaching of writing in English as a second/foreign language (ESL/EFL) has been a challenging task for many teachers due to its multifaceted nature. This paper is a reflection on ESL/EFL writing teaching in three countries, namely China, Singapore, and New Zealand, with particular reference to professionalizing ESL/ EFL writing and ESL/EFL…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Writing Instruction
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Frank, Monica; Ilieva, Roumiana – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2015
The success of Canada's immigration policy is intrinsically tied to employment of an immigrant workforce. Teaching is the fourth largest profession among Canadian immigrants, yet immigrants whose occupations are in education are three times less likely to be employed in their matching profession. Failure to incorporate an immigrant workforce not…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professional Identity, Self Concept, Immigrants
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Dixon, Sally; Angelo, Denise – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2014
As part of the "Bridging the Language Gap" project undertaken with 86 State and Catholic schools across Queensland, the language competencies of Indigenous students have been found to be "invisible" in several key and self-reinforcing ways in school system data. A proliferation of inaccurate, illogical and incomplete data…
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Standard Spoken Usage, Foreign Countries, English
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Wigglesworth, Gillian; Billington, Rosey – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2013
There are now significant numbers of children who speak a language other than English when they enter the formal school system in Australia. Many of these children come from a language background that is entirely different from the school language. Many Indigenous children, however, come from creole-speaking backgrounds where their home language…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Creoles, English (Second Language)
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Scarino, Angela – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2012
In school languages education in Australia at present there is an increasing diversity of languages and learners learning particular languages that results from a greater global movement of students. This diversity builds on a long-established profile of diversity that reflects the migration history of Australia. It stands in sharp contrast to the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Student Evaluation, Context Effect, Rating Scales
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Elder, Catherine; Kim, Hyejeong; Knoch, Ute – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2012
While there have been a number of studies exploring the impact of time-on-task and language background on language achievement for both English and other languages, the Student Achievement in Asian Languages Education (SAALE) project constitutes the first systematic attempt to gather empirical evidence of these effects for four Asian languages…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Foreign Countries, Learning Experience, Expertise
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Scrimgeour, Andrew – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2012
While Chinese language learning in Australian schools is characterised by predominantly second language programs for learners who have had no prior exposure to the target language, there is increasing participation by Australian-born children who speak Putonghua (Mandarin) or another dialect at home. Curriculum and assessment frameworks and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Program Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning
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McKay, Graham – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2011
The use of Indigenous languages has been declining over the period of non-Aboriginal settlement in Australia as a result of repressive policies, both explicit and implicit. The National Policy on Languages (Lo Bianco, 1987) was the high point of language policy in Australia, given its national scope and status and its attempt to encompass all…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Language Planning, Language Attitudes, Bilingual Education
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Wigglesworth, Gillian; Simpson, Jane; Loakes, Deborah – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2011
The National Assessment Program--Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assessments are designed to assess literacy and numeracy of all Australian school children in years 3, 5, 7 and 9, and to act as diagnostics as to whether children are meeting intended educational outcomes. Tests began in May 2008, and have been run annually since then. Results of the…
Descriptors: Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling, Indigenous Populations
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Scarino, Angela – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2008
This paper addresses changing meanings attached to the concept of "community" in languages education in the school setting in Australia. The change consists of a shift from "community" as a necessary definitional category, created in the mid 1970s to mark the recognition of languages other than English used in the Australian…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Community, Second Language Instruction, Definitions
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Clyne, Michael – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2007
Language is crucial in our lives and to all disciplines. It affects our well-being individually and collectively and touches important sociopolitical issues. Linguists/applied linguists have exciting opportunities for interdisciplinary research and to work in contexts personally meaningful to them. While language is the concern of all people,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Responsibility, Applied Linguistics, Language Role
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Clyne, Michael; Fernandez, Sue; Grey, Felicity – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2004
This paper compares two sets of data from the same year, 2001--the numbers of students taking languages other than English at primary and secondary level, and census statistics for the home use of languages other than English. The data draws attention to languages that are taught principally in day schools and those taken mainly in after hours…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Language Maintenance, Day Schools, Foreign Countries