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Boulard, Florence – Babel, 2015
Despite the recent Australian Government commitment to supporting schools in growing students into global citizens, language educators cannot rely on this alone to attract new language students. The Young Language Ambassador Program is a new initiative that started in August 2014. The Young Language Ambassador Program is a partnership between…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Partnerships in Education
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Morgan, Anne-Marie – Babel, 2015
In this article, Anne-Marie Morgan, Deputy Head of School and a member of the English, Languages and Literacies Education team in the School of Education at the University of New England, and of the Languages, Literacies and Literature Research Network, presents highlights from the Summer AFMLTA National Languages Conference (20th, Melbourne,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Official Languages, Conferences (Gatherings), Multilingualism
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Orton, Jane – Babel, 2015
In recent debates about curriculum, Young (2008, p. 101) has proposed school learning must involve initiation into the "powerful knowledge" of the disciplines that underpin subject domains, thereby "giving students the tools to think the unthinkable". Opponents query whether such knowledge is available in subjects such as…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Modern Languages
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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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Morgan, Anne-Marie – Babel, 2015
University programs for preparing preservice teachers of languages for teaching in schools generally involve generic pedagogy, methodology, curriculum, programming and issues foci, that provide a bridge between the study of languages (or recognition of existing language proficiency) and the teaching of languages. There is much territory to cover…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Second Language Instruction, Communities of Practice
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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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Harbon, Lesley – Babel, 2014
The following is the text of the Horwood Address delivered by Associate Professor Lesley Harbon from the University of Sydney at the AFMLTA Biennial Conference in Canberra 2013. The focus of the Address is accomplished teaching of languages and cultures, known to us all through the AFMLTA's work on Professional Standards published in 2005.…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Foreign Countries, Speeches
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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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Harbon, Lesley – Babel, 2013
As they complete their teacher education degrees, Graduate Teachers should possess knowledge and skills to plan for, and manage, learning programs for their students. Their graduate competencies include designing lessons that meet the requirements of curriculum, assessment and reporting. As they embark on a teaching career that moves them forward…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Graduate Students
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Absalom, Matthew – Babel, 2012
In 2008, the Faculty of Arts at The University of Melbourne embarked upon a major overhaul of curriculum in nine languages: Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian and Japanese in the Asia Institute; and French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish in the School of Languages and Linguistics. This article details the changes to the beginners' Italian…
Descriptors: Italian, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
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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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Morgan, Anne-Marie – Babel, 2011
The Research Centre for Languages and Cultures (RCLC) at the University of South Australia hosts an annual symposium on current issues related to languages and language education. The hallmark of the RCLC symposia is that they intend to raise critical, current issues in the languages field for wider debate, include presenting cutting edge research…
Descriptors: Conferences (Gatherings), Geographic Regions, Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning
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Woods, Anya; Hajek, John; Nettelbeck, Colin – Babel, 2011
A look back at the first year of the Language and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU) highlights how great the need for such a network has been within the sector and how important LCNAU's role will be in ensuring the future of languages teaching and research in universities and beyond. LCNAU was established in early 2011 as part…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Reference Groups, Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning
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Sadeghi, Sima; Ketabi, Saeed – Babel, 2010
The controversy over the place of translation in the teaching of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) is a thriving field of inquiry. Many older language teaching methodologies such as the Direct Method, the Audio-lingual Method, and Natural and Communicative Approaches, tended to either neglect the role of translation, or prohibit it entirely as a…
Descriptors: Translation, Second Language Learning, Cultural Differences, Grammar Translation Method
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