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Smala, Simone – Babel, 2015
Queensland second language immersion programs have been in existence for three decades, and are part of a growing number of additive bilingual education programs in Australia. Most prominently, many new Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) programs have been established particularly in Victoria over the past few years. This focus on…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Language of Instruction, Teaching Methods, Course Content
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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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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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Stott, Carolyn; Fielding, Ruth – Babel, 2014
There is sometimes an assumption among language educators that students find the transition from school to university language learning a challenging process (see for example Busse & Walter, 2011; Chambers, 2014; Macaro & Wingate, 2004). In this research we set out to explore this assumption through a small-scale study of first-year…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, College Readiness, College Preparation, Transitional Programs
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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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Moloney, Robyn; Harbon, Lesley – Babel, 2014
This paper reports on a small study of attitudes to tertiary language study amongst senior secondary language learners in three independent New South Wales schools. The study examines what elements of preparedness may be the most effective in supporting transition to tertiary study for this sample of languages students. An analysis of survey data…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, High School Seniors, Second Language Learning
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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 Saint Léger, Diane; Storch, Neomy – Babel, 2012
Tasks can vary in terms of difficulty and implementation conditions, and these in turn may affect the nature of the language produced by the learner. There have been a large number of studies which have investigated the effects of these task properties and implementation conditions on the language the learner produces. To date, results have been…
Descriptors: French, Oral Language, Conversational Language Courses, Comparative Analysis
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Beykont, Zeynep F. – Babel, 2012
Teacher quality is a central issue in the provision of languages. This paper reports on a study that examines teachers' perceptions of the obstacles to creating a well-prepared and wellsupported languages teaching force. In one-on-one interviews, teachers of Turkish in Australia identified the essential knowledge base, understanding, and skills of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Effectiveness, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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East, Martin; Tolosa, Constanza; Villers, Helen – Babel, 2012
As a consequence of a substantially revised national curriculum in New Zealand, all schools are now required to provide opportunities for students in school Years 7 to 10 (age 11+ to 14+) to learn an additional language. There are, however, very few intermediate school (Years 7 and 8) teachers who are additional language 'subject specialists'.…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Spanish, Foreign Countries
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Morgan, Anne-Marie – Babel, 2011
Stories and storytelling have been used for millennia to entertain, challenge and educate. As a shared form of language interaction, storytelling has engaged communities in developing and perpetuating common understandings of both language and culture, as critical foundations to harmonious societies. Stories and storytelling provide a rich source…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Story Telling, Second Language Instruction, Poets
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Rossetto, Marietta; Chiera-Macchia, Antonella – Babel, 2011
This study investigated the use of comics (Cary, 2004) in a guided writing experience in secondary school Italian language learning. The main focus of the peer group interaction task included the exploration of visual sequencing and visual integration (Bailey, O'Grady-Jones, & McGown, 1995) using image and text to create a comic strip narrative in…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Visual Learning, Second Language Learning, Cartoons
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Mady, Callie – Babel, 2011
This study compares the willingness to communicate (WTC) of Canadian Anglophone and Francophone students to measures of their self-assessed, multiskilled second language proficiency and strategy use before and after a short-term intracountry bilingual exchange experience. The central question is whether a student's WTC exists before an opportunity…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Questionnaires, Language Skills, Language Proficiency
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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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Cohen, Yaier – Babel, 2009
The following refections are little more than that: they represent the idiosyncratic experiences of a schoolroom novice in a German class, together with an attempt to view these experiences in light of published research and theoretical considerations. However, it would be surprising if the remarks below represent no more than an isolated case,…
Descriptors: Advanced Courses, Foreign Countries, German, Native Speakers
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