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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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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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Paolino, Annamaria; Lummis, Geoffrey W. – Babel, 2014
The use of songs and music in the Languages classroom is common practice. Research literature contains positive statements about music as a cognitive, linguistic and affective enhancer. Music and Languages risk becoming marginalised in the Western Australian curriculum due to curriculum pressures. Reduction of time in these learning areas could…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Italian, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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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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Daly, Nicola – Babel, 2013
Several researchers (East, 2007, 2008; Villers, Tolosa & East, 2010) have identified a shortage of language teachers in New Zealand as a main limitation in the enactment of a learning area devoted to the learning of additional languages in the New Zealand curriculum (Ministry of Education, 2007). Thus it is important to consider the range of…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Language Teachers, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Scull, Janet; Bremner, Patricia – Babel, 2013
The development of oral language and specifically increased control over literate discourse is critical to students' ability to create and comprehend texts in the early years of schooling and beyond. For students with home languages that differ from the forms of language used in school, the development of oral language through carefully designed…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Literacy Education, Indigenous Populations, Intervention
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Daly, Nicola – Babel, 2011
Researchers have identified the importance of understanding language teacher identity in order to understand more about language teacher education (Johnson, Pawan, & Mahan-Taylor, 2005; Varghese, Morgan, Johnston, & Johnson, 2005). This paper reports on themes from semistructured interviews conducted individually with six inservice…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Teachers, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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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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de Courcy, Michele – Babel, 2006
Research has found that literacy in the first language of a student of English as a second language (ESL) aids in the acquisition of English, but there has been little exploration of the processes that underlie this. This pilot project investigates children's experiences of literacy in their first language (Hebrew), instruction in strategies…
Descriptors: Semitic Languages, Student Attitudes, Pilot Projects, Bilingual Schools
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Farmer, Kylie – Babel, 2006
Over a period of twenty years, Japanese language teaching has firmly established itself within primary school programs in most Australian States and Territories. Today the question is how to develop Japanese language education further in innovative ways suitable for learners' needs in the 21st century. In this report, the author examines the…
Descriptors: Japanese, Bilingualism, Foreign Countries, Educational Needs
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Shield, Margaret – Babel, 2005
One of the challenges facing primary school language teachers is the adaptation of the language syllabus to suit the needs of all of their learners, including those with special educational needs. Research into inclusion of such learners in the regular classroom has shown that adequate support for both child and teacher is essential if a child is…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Disabilities, Special Needs Students, Inclusive Schools
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Browett, Julie – Babel, 2003
While language teaching and learning offers students essential skills and understanding in the realm of intercultural competence, both students and teachers operate within the context of the wider curriculum. Primary language specialists, for instance, often work within a collaborative environment with their generalist classroom colleagues. In…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cognitive Structures, Culture, Second Language Instruction
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Mangubhai, Francis; Dashwood, Ann; Howard, Barbara – Babel, 2000
This article deals with part of a project set up to investigate the assumptions and beliefs about communicative language teaching of a group of primary language teachers in the Darling Downs Region of Queensland, Australia. The project was conducted by a questionnaire, interviewing six randomly-selected teachers, and videotaping the six teachers'…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Classroom Observation Techniques, Communicative Competence (Languages), Elementary Education