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Absalom, Matthew; Morgan, Anne-Marie; Scrimgeour, Andrew – Babel, 2015
2015 marked the 20th anniversary of the National Languages conference of the AFMLTA. The conference was held in Melbourne with a welcome reception at the Melbourne Immigration Museum and conference dinner in the iconic Eureka Tower. Almost 300 delegates attended the conference from around Australia, as well as a contingent from New Zealand and a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Conferences (Gatherings), Language Teachers, Professional Associations
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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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Cross, Russell – Babel, 2014
While there is much that Australia has done well with respect to languages education, many problems still persist in terms of mainstream provision of quality languages programs, attaining real outcomes and gains in language learning, and in relation to retention of students studying languages through to the senior years of school. The success of…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Course Content, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Ngo, Thu Thi Bich – Babel, 2014
Evaluation is an important aspect in communication in any language as it not only functions to express language users' evaluative stance but also to construct and maintain relations between interactants. In the teaching of languages in addition to English, paying attention to evaluative language contributes to an understanding of the…
Descriptors: Vietnamese, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, National Curriculum
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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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Caruso, Marinella; Brown, Joshua – Babel, 2014
"New Courses 2012" refers to a new course structure adopted by the University of Western Australia, which has established a three-year general Bachelor degree followed by professional degrees. Since its introduction, enrolments in languages have increased, in a context in which languages across Australia have found themselves "under…
Descriptors: Language Enrollment, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Italian
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Morgan, Anne-Marie; Absalom, Matthew; Scrimgeour, Andrew – Babel, 2014
The 19th biennial AFMLTA National Languages Conference was held in Canberra in July 2013. The conference, along with other professional learning activities conduced at a local level and for individual languages, aims to provide teachers of languages with the opportunity to work toward the professional learning outcomes outlined in the AITSL…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Needs, Needs Assessment, Conferences (Gatherings)
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Scrimgeour, Andrew; Foster, Marnie; Mao, Weifeng – Babel, 2013
This article explores some of the distinctive challenges in Chinese language education in schools and discusses how the development of the "Australian Curriculum: Chinese" has responded to these challenges. It details how the curriculum framework outlined in the "Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Languages" (ACARA, 2011)…
Descriptors: Chinese, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, National Curriculum
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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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Morgan, Anne-Marie – Babel, 2013
The More Leaps project provided leading languages teachers in Australia the opportunity to work with a suite of professional learning materials and with colleagues in a collaborative inquiry community, aimed at exploring models of mentoring and developing improved leadership skills. Each participant developed a mentoring inquiry project, and these…
Descriptors: Mentors, Models, Inquiry, Praxis
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Absalom, Matthew; Morgan, Anne-Marie – Babel, 2012
Professional learning (PL) is an essential ingredient in the professional and personal lives of contemporary educators. PL can take many forms but large-scale conferences remain a touchstone in many fields, including languages education. In this paper, we review the evaluation of the 18th biennial conference of the Australian Federation of Modern…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Needs, Educational Needs, Conferences (Gatherings)
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Hess, Cherie – Babel, 2011
In this paper, the literature related to the use of technology in the languages classroom will be explored. In relation to the teaching and learning methodologies and approaches past and present as well as current research, comparisons are made between the audio-lingual/visual classroom and the digital classroom by way of describing and comparing…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Second Language Learning, Language Laboratories, Second Language Instruction
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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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