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Prescott, Claudia – Babel, 2015
The idea of "powerful knowledge" has been developed by Young (2008; 2010; 2012; 2013), who argues for a subject-based curriculum. This notion has created widespread debate within the fields of sociology of knowledge and the sociology of the curriculum. Young's work takes a social realist perspective to describing the academic disciplines…
Descriptors: Chinese, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Curriculum
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Fielding, Ruth; Harbon, Lesley – Babel, 2014
In 2009, the then State Minister for Education in New South Wales, Verity Firth, announced a plan to introduce bilingual education in four primary schools across the state for the National Asian Languages and Studies in School Program (NALSSP) priority languages: Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese and Korean. This paper reports on one aspect of a…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Course Content, Program Implementation
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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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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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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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Baldwin, Jennifer – Babel, 2011
This article seeks to explore how various language policies may have impacted Year 12 language candidature in Victoria. Australian Federal and Victorian State Government language policies are but one of the influences yet, it may be argued, the most significant influence. These stand alongside waves of immigration, global events and conflicts, and…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Foreign Countries, Government Publications, Economic Factors
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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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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
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Ren, Guanxin – Babel, 2009
This article reports on a case study conducted in 2006-2007 which explores boys' motivation for choosing Chinese Second Language (CSL) as an elective in secondary school. The purpose of the study was to find out what factors encouraged or discouraged junior secondary school boys in their choice to continue CSL. 133 boys aged thirteen-fourteen…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Incentives, Motivation, Males
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Ren, Guanxin – Babel, 2007
Essay marking is a subjective intellectual exercise in which the score reliability can be influenced by many factors such as the test design, the marker's interpretation of the marking criteria, the procedure, and the method used in the marking process. After conducting a literature review this study investigated the reliability of essay marking…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Chinese, Reliability, Test Construction
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Molyneux, Paul – Babel, 2006
While Government commitments to supporting instruction in languages other than English have largely been honoured, bilingual education as a form of learning has not been widespread. Acknowledging the benefits of learning a language other than English, the most recent Australian national languages policy statement nonetheless makes no mention of…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Bilingual Education Programs, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Opportunities
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Kirwan, Leigh – Babel, 2005
The historical development of written Japanese has resulted in an extremely complex system. Modern Japanese is usually written in logosyllabic script consisting of a combination of "kanji," the Chinese characters, and "kana," the Japanese syllables originally formed from them. There are two types of "kana," the…
Descriptors: Nouns, Romanization, Foreign Countries, Reading Ability
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Ren, Guanxin – Babel, 2004
One of the difficulties secondary non-Chinese-speaking background (NCSB) learners are facing is to remember the characters learned in order to recall them when necessary. The traditional way of teaching secondary NCSB learners to remember Chinese characters is through mere repetition, e.g. writing out each single character by following its stroke…
Descriptors: Romanization, Foreign Countries, Chinese, Native Speakers
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Ren, Guanxin – Babel, 2003
Describes a personal journey in the teaching of languages other than english in the Australian tertiary context. Focuses on the approach known as independent deep learning and describes this in regard to the teaching of Modern Standard Chinese to non-Chinese speaking background learners. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Chinese, Foreign Countries, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Shen, Hui Zhong – Babel, 2003
Examines the experience of two young children learning Modern Standard Chinese (MSC) through playing in an unstructured home situation. Reports findings of their interaction with the software "The Language market." he research is the first phase of a longitudinal study of two young children learning MSC in a multimedia learning environment.…
Descriptors: Chinese, Family Environment, Foreign Countries, Longitudinal Studies
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