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Harris, Kathy – Babel, 2015
Early years and primary teachers have a unique opportunity to apply their strong teaching practices, classroom management and understanding of childhood literacy development to teaching a language. This paper reports on a project from Independent Schools Queensland to increase language programs in schools by retraining classroom teachers.…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Programs, Preschool Teachers
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Fielding, Ruth; Harbon, Lesley – Babel, 2014
In 2009, the then State Minister for Education in New South Wales, Verity Firth, announced a plan to introduce bilingual education in four primary schools across the state for the National Asian Languages and Studies in School Program (NALSSP) priority languages: Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese and Korean. This paper reports on one aspect of a…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Course Content, Program Implementation
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Sims, Margaret; Ellis, Elizabeth M. – Babel, 2014
This paper presents results from a pilot project that sought to establish parental motivations for raising children bilingually in regional Australia in the absence of a co-located speech community. Cultural and linguistic diversity outside metropolitan areas is increasing as a result of Commonwealth Government incentive schemes, and one effect of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Bilingualism, Child Rearing, Cultural Differences
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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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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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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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Paolino, Annamaria; Lummis, Geoffrey W. – Babel, 2014
The use of songs and music in the Languages classroom is common practice. Research literature contains positive statements about music as a cognitive, linguistic and affective enhancer. Music and Languages risk becoming marginalised in the Western Australian curriculum due to curriculum pressures. Reduction of time in these learning areas could…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Italian, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Absalom, Matthew – Babel, 2014
One of the thorniest aspects of teaching languages is developing students' vocabulary, yet it is impossible to be "an accurate and highly communicative language user with a very small vocabulary" (Milton, 2009, p. 3). Nation (2006) indicates that more vocabulary than previously thought is required to function well both at spoken and…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Skene, Catherine – Babel, 2013
The "Australian Curriculum: Languages" is based on an intercultural orientation to the teaching and learning of languages. Reciprocal meaning-making, or interpreting self in relation to others as language users, is a key element in an intercultural orientation. The concept of reciprocating is embedded in the language-specific curricula…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, Self Concept
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Daly, Nicola – Babel, 2013
Several researchers (East, 2007, 2008; Villers, Tolosa & East, 2010) have identified a shortage of language teachers in New Zealand as a main limitation in the enactment of a learning area devoted to the learning of additional languages in the New Zealand curriculum (Ministry of Education, 2007). Thus it is important to consider the range of…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Language Teachers, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Scull, Janet; Bremner, Patricia – Babel, 2013
The development of oral language and specifically increased control over literate discourse is critical to students' ability to create and comprehend texts in the early years of schooling and beyond. For students with home languages that differ from the forms of language used in school, the development of oral language through carefully designed…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Literacy Education, Indigenous Populations, Intervention
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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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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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