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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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Ménager, Simone – Babel, 2015
In this increasingly interconnected world, the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with each other defines success in relationships, in the workforce and in one's personal pursuits. (AFMLTA More Leaps, 2012). There is an impetus in education, therefore, to improve the quality of language teaching and learning programs in schools and to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Improvement
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Lane, Nathan – Babel, 2015
Languages teachers are all aware of the significant advantages and benefits learning a language provides, and believe in the importance of second language acquisition. However, why is it that languages teachers need to justify learning a second language and work hard to encourage more students to see the importance of learning a language and to…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Second Language Learning, Multilingualism, Language Attitudes
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Erlam, Rosemary – Babel, 2014
Over the past 20 years task-based language teaching (TBLT) has become a dominant approach to teaching in many contexts, including schools in New Zealand and the Flemish speaking region of Belgium (East, 2012; Van den Branden, 2006), but there are challenges for teachers in adapting their teaching to this approach. This paper reports on a study…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Task Analysis, Language Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education
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Scarino, Angela – Babel, 2013
Developing curricula for languages in the context of the Australian Curriculum is a complex undertaking that needs to address a number of demands. These include: the nature of language-and-culture learning for contemporary times within an increasingly diverse linguistic and cultural world; the goals of mainstream education and the…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Curriculum Development
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Troy, Jaky; Walsh, Michael – Babel, 2013
The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has been developing language-specific curricula for a range of languages in the "Australian Curriculum: Language"s and has also undertaken development of a "Framework for Australian Languages", to provide guidance for the development of curricula for specific…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Kohler, Michelle – Babel, 2013
The decision by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) to develop language-specific curricula marks an important shift for the teaching and learning of languages in Australia. This decision brings with it a number of important considerations in developing language-specific curricula. It is necessary, for example, to…
Descriptors: Indonesian, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Curriculum Development
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Díaz, Adriana – Babel, 2013
Intercultural understanding is one of the seven General Capabilities identified by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority in the national curricular development currently underway. Conceiving languages education as "an endeavour focused on the development of intercultural understanding" (Liddicoat & Kohler,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Teachers, Faculty Development, Intercultural Programs
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Mady, Callie – Babel, 2012
With a view to bridging the gap between elementary (primary) and secondary school second language teachers and researchers, the study reported in this paper identified differences in language register, educators' lack of access to research articles and lack of shared space for researchers and educators to communicate as causes of the gap. There is…
Descriptors: Teacher Researchers, Language Teachers, Alignment (Education), Questionnaires
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Hasegawa, Hiroshi – Babel, 2011
It is quite common for Australian schools introducing Japanese as a foreign language to engage native Japanese volunteers to assist in the classroom using a collaborative team-teaching approach. These volunteer Japanese assistant teachers, commonly referred to as Japanese Assistant Teachers (JATs), are an indispensable asset to school language…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Statistical Analysis, Japanese, Teaching Methods
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Hill, Kathryn – Babel, 2010
This article presents selected findings from an ethnographic study of classroom-based assessment practices in languages classrooms (Indonesian) in the final year of primary (Year 6) and the first year of secondary (Year 7), respectively. In particular, the paper focuses on differences between the respective year levels in how learning was assessed…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Program Effectiveness, Second Language Programs, Student Evaluation
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Liddicoat, Anthony J. – Babel, 2006
The Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations (AFMLTA) has recently developed a set of professional standards for accomplished language teachers. Standards of teaching are statements of values about the processes of teaching, learning, and knowing, and of the practices of those who teach languages and cultures. These standards…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Foreign Countries, Standards, Faculty Development
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Ferragina, Anna Maria; Mustica, Giuseppina – Babel, 2006
International Grammar School was founded twenty years ago on the belief in the benefits of immersion language learning for children. It offers immersion second language learning in German, Italian, French, and Japanese which continues through kindergarten into the high school years. With language as the medium and not the object of learning,…
Descriptors: Second Languages, Second Language Learning, Bilingual Education, Immersion Programs
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Cunningham, Denis – Babel, 2004
Transition or continuity in language learning from primary to secondary schooling did not become an issue for action until the early 1980s. This raises the question of a definition of continuity, a term used variously. A simplistic view is the continuity of learning the same language. A deeper interpretation is pragmatic continuity in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, Developmental Continuity, Politics of Education
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Kohler, Michelle – Babel, 2003
This paper describes a project that set out to explore teachers' engagement with the issue of continuity in teaching, learning, and assessment as a central dimension of transition. The project revealed that teachers are deeply concerned with questions such as what progress students are making and how to maximise students' learning in the short and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Developmental Continuity, Second Language Instruction, Academic Achievement