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Harris, Kathy – Babel, 2015
Early years and primary teachers have a unique opportunity to apply their strong teaching practices, classroom management and understanding of childhood literacy development to teaching a language. This paper reports on a project from Independent Schools Queensland to increase language programs in schools by retraining classroom teachers.…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Programs, Preschool Teachers
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O'Meara, Gary – Babel, 2014
In language learning, there is much evidence to suggest that heritage language (HL) learners exhibit learning needs and profiles that are distinct from non-HL learners. In the case of Chinese language teaching in Victoria, this issue is particularly pronounced because of the loose eligibility criterion that divides students into the streams of…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Chinese, Second Language Learning, Mixed Methods Research
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Skene, Catherine – Babel, 2013
The "Australian Curriculum: Languages" is based on an intercultural orientation to the teaching and learning of languages. Reciprocal meaning-making, or interpreting self in relation to others as language users, is a key element in an intercultural orientation. The concept of reciprocating is embedded in the language-specific curricula…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, Self Concept
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Moloney, Robyn; Genua-Petrovic, Rosalba – Babel, 2012
It is increasingly common for schools to form partnerships with schools in the countries of languages learned in the classroom. While there has been substantial investigation of language and culture learning in the context of tertiary study abroad, there has been limited research attention to pedagogical interventions which may support learning in…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Exchange Programs, Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning
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de Courcy, Michele; Smilevska, Jovanka – Babel, 2012
Research holds that, for bilingual children, a strong establishment in one language not only develops skills in that language, but also facilitates the development of a second language. The participants for this research were six nine-year-old children who were being educated in their first language, Macedonian, and also in English. This research…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Writing Strategies, Children, Bilingual Education
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Conway, Clare; Richards, Heather; Harvey, Sharon; Roskvist, Annelies – Babel, 2011
Many novice language teachers have difficulty putting into practice their developing knowledge of language teaching. This article focuses on one of seven case study teachers as an exemplar of those involved in a New Zealand in-service professional development program for teachers of languages (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish) in…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Class Activities, Learning Activities, Foreign Countries
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Mason, Shannon – Babel, 2010
The success of languages education in Australia depends on a dedicated force of proficient and qualified teachers. The reality, however, is that we are losing our teachers at an alarming rate. While teacher attrition across Australia has been widely researched, little investigation has been conducted specifically into the post-graduation…
Descriptors: Teacher Persistence, Employment Patterns, Foreign Countries, Faculty Mobility
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Oguro, Susan; Moloney, Robyn – Babel, 2010
In late 2008, the Australian Government announced funding for a national collaborative project to develop a curriculum framework for courses of study in Chinese (Mandarin), Indonesian, Japanese, and Korean for "heritage speakers" of these languages at the senior secondary school level. This article examines some of the issues surrounding…
Descriptors: Linguistics, Foreign Countries, Mandarin Chinese, Teacher Attitudes
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Pasfield-Neofitou, Sarah – Babel, 2009
Despite research suggesting that teachers highly influence their students' knowledge and use of language learning resources such as dictionaries (Loucky, 2005; Yamane, 2006), it appears that dictionary selection and use is considered something to be dealt with outside the classroom. As a result, many students receive too little advice to be able…
Descriptors: Dictionaries, English (Second Language), Case Studies, Electronic Learning
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McLauchlan, Alastair – Babel, 2009
This paper addresses the complicated issue of attribution of gender in French nouns. Firstly, it presents a range of views on how native speakers address noun gender allocation, plus some insight into why they are accurate with most, but by no means all, gender attributions. Secondly, the paper explains some of the inconsistencies in noun gender…
Descriptors: Nouns, French, Native Speakers, Second Language Learning
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Moloney, Robyn – Babel, 2008
Language teachers are called upon to understand both the nature of students' intercultural competence and their own role in its development. Limited research attention has been paid to the relationship between the types of behaviour that language teachers model and the intercultural competence their students acquire. This article reports on a case…
Descriptors: Intercultural Communication, Focus Groups, Language Teachers, Cultural Pluralism
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Thomas, Bonnie – Babel, 2007
In 2003, the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at The University of Western Australia (UWA) underwent a major restructure involving the move from eight-point units to six-point or twelve-point units. For the discipline group of European Languages and Studies this redistribution of points resulted in the creation of a new series of…
Descriptors: African Culture, Social Sciences, Foreign Countries, French
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Tognini, Rita – Babel, 2006
This study reports on the findings of a survey of preservice education provided for language teachers at a number of universities across Australia. The survey was undertaken as part of the development of Standards for Teachers of Indonesian Project, carried out by the AFMLTA and the Department of Education, Science, and Training. The survey…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Foreign Countries, Course Descriptions, Language Teachers
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McLaughlin, Megan; Liddicoat, Anthony J. – Babel, 2005
Intercultural language learning is developing as a key direction in languages education both in Australia and elsewhere. The teaching of culture in language classes is, however, not new to language teaching, and rationales for language teaching have regularly included issues related to cultural understanding (Liddicoat, 2004). However, culture has…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Intercultural Communication
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Schmidt, Gabriele – Babel, 2001
Demonstrates recent curriculum developments in the German Studies Program at an Australian University by describing a case study as an example of the integration of literature into an advanced German course. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Advanced Students, Case Studies, Foreign Countries, German
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