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Pennycook, Alastair – Babel, 2012
The first meeting to discuss the formation of what was to become the Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations (AFMLTA) was held on 22 August 1961. The AFMLTA then officially commenced on 1 January 1962, so in fact the AFMLTA is not too distant from its 50th anniversary. A particular feature of the AFMLTA is the Keith Horwood…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Multilingualism, Bilingual Education, Conferences (Gatherings)
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Pavis, Jose – Babel, 1989
Describes two experiments carried out with a class of foreign language learners in the Department of French studies at the University of Sydney. The first experiment involved keeping a learner's diary, and the second experiment focused on learner's self-assessment of their writing performances. (CB)
Descriptors: College Students, French, Higher Education, Second Language Learning
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Rivers, Wilga M. – Babel, 1988
Ten principles of interactive language teaching and learning link language pedagogy today with that of fifty years ago. Topics discussed include: (1) student as language learner; (2) language learning and teaching; (3) classroom communication; (4) knowledge and control of language; (5) testing; and (6) scope of language teaching. (MSE)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment, Communicative Competence (Languages)
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Mogridge, Basil – Babel, 1988
The dichotomy between culture and communication as second language teaching objectives is a false one. The division only signifies differences in emphasis in course design and classroom practice, which can be resolved through careful choice of classroom techniques and materials. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Communicative Competence (Languages), Course Content, Cultural Education
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Cardy, Michael – Babel, 1988
Popular language represents a desire for creative expression, and forms a common bond among people. The use and appreciation of popular culture in the second language classroom, while it should not take the place of "good" grammar and syntax, must not be discouraged. (MSE)
Descriptors: Language Attitudes, Language Styles, Popular Culture, Second Language Instruction
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Rivers, Wilga M. – Babel, 1988
Teacher education for language teachers must consider the ultimate educational objectives, and proceed to achieve them through curriculum, course design, and appropriate methodology. Specific objectives include: (1) language and international studies; (2) languages for specific purposes; (3) language and inter-community understanding; (4) the…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Communication (Thought Transfer), Curriculum Design, Educational Needs
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Mrowa, Colette – Babel, 1988
Justifies research in the use of English in foreign language instruction, based on previous research on classroom interaction, instructional methods, and the nature of communicative competence. Sample exercises that indicate the uses of English in a foreign language classroom are appended. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Classroom Techniques, English, Language of Instruction
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McDevitt, Damien – Babel, 1988
One teacher's experience using student-written texts as a basis for testing other students has become a good way of integrating the four language skills in a natural progression and in pinpointing students' language weaknesses. Using students' texts has also reinforced the importance of choosing visual materials carefully. (MSE)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Language Proficiency, Language Skills
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Kee, Poo-Kong – Babel, 1988
Reports the results of a survey in Adelaide (Australia) concerning public attitudes toward language diversity and the need to teach English and/or second languages to children in the schools. The survey analyzed responses on the basis of respondent's occupation, sex, income, and age, and found a high degree of support for language diversity. (MSE)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Bilingualism, Community Surveys, Cultural Differences
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Braendle, Max – Babel, 1988
The decline of German language and area studies worldwide is documented, and ten specific strategies for strengthening German language education in Australia are outlined. (MSE)
Descriptors: Area Studies, Change Strategies, Declining Enrollment, Educational Improvement
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Gatt-Rutter, John – Babel, 1988
Australia has a language paradox: great richness and great poverty of language resources. Despite its many cultures and immigrant groups, Australia emphasizes English-language assimilation and thereby endangers its chances for durable multilingualism. (MSE)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Cultural Pluralism, English, Foreign Countries
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McMenamin, Marilyn – Babel, 1988
Presents a model for studying the process by which students decide to continue with, or to terminate, their second language studies. Previous research in the area is discussed. (MSE)
Descriptors: Enrollment Influences, Foreign Countries, Language Enrollment, Models
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Rix, Alan; And Others – Babel, 1988
Describes the origins, design, and content of a Japanese course offered by the University of Queensland (Australia) for staff in the tourist industry. A breakdown of skills to be learned in each lesson, a sample lesson plan, and sample exercises are included. (MSE)
Descriptors: Course Content, Curriculum Development, Foreign Countries, Japanese
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Bostock, William W. – Babel, 1988
Documents the evolution of the Dutch and French languages. Policy and planning initiatives for both languages are discussed, and organizations responsible for planning initiatives for each language are described. (DJD)
Descriptors: Diachronic Linguistics, Dutch, French, Language Planning
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Menadue, John – Babel: International Journal of Translation, 1981
Explores the concepts of multiculturalism and multilingualism in Australia against the background of population growth and change, social policies, and regional relationships. Reviews steps taken to date to give these concepts a more positive shape. (EKN)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Cultural Interrelationships, Cultural Pluralism, English (Second Language)
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