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Ingram, David – Babel, 2004
In this paper, the author looks back over some 43 years of involvement in language teaching and examines the progress educators have made as a profession. He also considers their present situation, given a Federal Government, which, at least until this year, has seemed antipathetic to languages education, and State and Territory Governments which,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language), Language Teachers
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Staddon, Sally – Babel, 2001
Describes a beginners' French Web site that aims to expose learners to the authentic French of native speakers and to the French produced by tutors and learners within the Web site itself. Provides information for incorporating Web-based instruction. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, French, Introductory Courses, Native Speakers
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Lo Bianco, Joseph – Babel: Australia, 1992
Describes the natures of changes in political structures that are leading to a new internationalism and economic interdependence and discusses Australia's readiness to meet the ensuing challenges. Effective international exchange requires the highest levels of communicative capability and reaffirms the rationale for the social purposes of language…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Change Strategies, Communicative Competence (Languages), Economic Factors
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Bloomfield, Noelene – Babel: Australia, 1992
Focuses on the effectiveness of the communicative approach to language learning, with particular reference to the new French syllabus in Australia. Concludes that although the communicative approach appears to be working for many students, there is a need for teachers to focus on grammatical structures and form for optimal learning to take place.…
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Communicative Competence (Languages), Foreign Countries, French
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Evans, Gareth – Babel: Australia, 1993
Defines diplomacy as the art of language, of avoiding misunderstanding on a global scale. Emphasizes that Australia's cultural vitality is the product of English and other indigenous languages of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander citizens, as well as European and Asian languages, and that the country's economic vitality depends on knowing…
Descriptors: Business Communication, Communicative Competence (Languages), Culture Contact, Economic Factors
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Clyne, Michael – Babel: Australia, 1994
Discusses language data from the Australian 1991 Census that indicates the vast resources available in languages other than English. Notes that two of the tenets of Australia's various language policies are language maintenance and the development of Aboriginal and community languages as well as the provision of opportunities for learning…
Descriptors: Australian Aboriginal Languages, Bilingualism, Census Figures, Change Strategies
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Campbell, Anne – Babel: Australia, 1994
Focuses on the difficulties involved in keeping abreast of changes in Australian language policy and in attempting to guess the next trend in language teacher education. The number of publications indicates strong government support for the concept of language education, a support backed by millions of dollars allocated for this area. There is a…
Descriptors: Change Agents, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
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Marriott, Helen – Babel: Australia, 1994
Discusses measures language teachers can use to maintain and develop their communicative language ability. Introduces strategies teachers can adopt and mentions ways in which educational systems and universities can assist teachers. The model presented is relevant to teachers of any language. (13 references) (Author/CK)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Communicative Competence (Languages), Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
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Smedley, Lea – Babel: Australia, 1994
This paper acknowledges the efforts of classroom teachers in preparing the next generation of language teachers; compares the roles of classroom and university teachers sharing the task of assisting a beginning teacher; and encourages teachers involved in teacher education to continue their involvement and invite others to join them. (three…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education
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Kirkpatrick, Andy – Babel: Australia, 1995
States that the difficult Asian languages such as modern standard Chinese, Japanese and Korean, should not be taught in primary or lower secondary schools to non-background speakers of those languages, that is, those whose mother tongue is related to the language being learned. Maintains that time should be spent in primary and secondary schools…
Descriptors: Asian Studies, Chinese, Cultural Awareness, Curriculum Design
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Crawford, Jane – Babel: Australia, 1995
Explores the impact of a change in status in language programs and the culture of second language learning in Australian schools, particularly in light of declared goals such as a language other than English for all and the integration of language teaching and learning with Australia's external political and economic priorities. (32 references)…
Descriptors: Change Agents, Cognitive Processes, Economic Factors, Elementary Secondary Education
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Edwards, Bill – Babel: Australia, 1995
Argues that universities in Australia have done little to assist in the preservation of Aboriginal languages. The article maintains that provision by the government of adequate financial support to universities would enable them to make a significant contribution to the cause of saving endangered languages from extinction. (Author/CK) (17…
Descriptors: Australian Aboriginal Languages, Change Agents, Educational Finance, Foreign Countries
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Howell, Faith – Babel: Australia, 1995
Discusses views of former students of the faculty with respect to the Chinese language program at an Australian university, including their needs and expectations of the program, suggestions for improving the program and perceived successful features and views on how well the program prepares students for China-related business dealings and…
Descriptors: Business Communication, Case Studies, Chinese, College Students
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Kinder, John – Babel: Australia, 1996
Presents a tongue-in-cheek monologue on the value of languages to the culture and economic life of Australia and its students. Touches on the number of languages spoken in Australia, the schools' role, languages other than English, student motivation, educational objectives, immigrants, and multiculturalism. (Author/CK)
Descriptors: Chinese, Cultural Pluralism, Economic Factors, Educational Finance
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Winn, Philip – Babel: Australia, 1996
Argues that the primary mode of expression of a significant proportion of contemporary literary and historical criticism (the stock in trade of Australian Arts faculties) is the French language. Emphasizes that knowledge of French prejudices and inclinations can only be gained by learning French. (two references) (Author/CK)
Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), Critical Thinking, Culture Contact, Foreign Countries
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