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Absalom, Matthew; Morgan, Anne-Marie; Scrimgeour, Andrew – Babel, 2015
2015 marked the 20th anniversary of the National Languages conference of the AFMLTA. The conference was held in Melbourne with a welcome reception at the Melbourne Immigration Museum and conference dinner in the iconic Eureka Tower. Almost 300 delegates attended the conference from around Australia, as well as a contingent from New Zealand and a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Conferences (Gatherings), Language Teachers, Professional Associations
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Scrimgeour, Andrew – Babel, 2014
Until recently Chinese language learning in Australian primary and junior secondary schools has been characterised by programs primarily designed for second language learners who have had no prior knowledge of or exposure to Chinese language. Participation in such programs by Australian-born children who speak Putonghua (Mandarin) or another…
Descriptors: Chinese, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Curriculum Design
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Morgan, Anne-Marie; Absalom, Matthew; Scrimgeour, Andrew – Babel, 2014
The 19th biennial AFMLTA National Languages Conference was held in Canberra in July 2013. The conference, along with other professional learning activities conduced at a local level and for individual languages, aims to provide teachers of languages with the opportunity to work toward the professional learning outcomes outlined in the AITSL…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Needs, Needs Assessment, Conferences (Gatherings)
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Scrimgeour, Andrew; Foster, Marnie; Mao, Weifeng – Babel, 2013
This article explores some of the distinctive challenges in Chinese language education in schools and discusses how the development of the "Australian Curriculum: Chinese" has responded to these challenges. It details how the curriculum framework outlined in the "Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Languages" (ACARA, 2011)…
Descriptors: Chinese, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, National Curriculum
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Scrimgeour, Andrew; Wilson, Philip – Babel, 2009
The International Curriculum for Chinese Language Education (ICCLE) represents a significant initiative by the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) to organise and describe objectives and content for a standardised Chinese language curriculum around the world. It aims to provide a reference curriculum for planning, a framework…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Phonology, Translation, Second Language Learning