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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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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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Lo Bianco, Joseph – Babel, 2009
In his examination of successful innovation and change in education in many settings, Fullan (2001) identifies the three broad options for effecting change that public authorities have at their disposal. They can seek to bring about change through imposing accountability (system-wide or targeted), or through providing incentives (either…
Descriptors: Policy Formation, Language Planning, Innovation, Accountability
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Moloney, Robyn – Babel, 2008
Language teachers are called upon to understand both the nature of students' intercultural competence and their own role in its development. Limited research attention has been paid to the relationship between the types of behaviour that language teachers model and the intercultural competence their students acquire. This article reports on a case…
Descriptors: Intercultural Communication, Focus Groups, Language Teachers, Cultural Pluralism
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Veque, Catherine – Babel, 2006
This article is the second part of a report on research that examined immersion language teachers' strategies to modify their speech in order to maintain use of the target language. As described in the first part in "Babel," Volume 40, Number 2 (Veque, 2005), this classroom-based research, undertaken at Methodist Ladies College (MLC) in…
Descriptors: Communication Strategies, Classroom Communication, Immersion Programs, Syntax
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Ferragina, Anna Maria; Mustica, Giuseppina – Babel, 2006
International Grammar School was founded twenty years ago on the belief in the benefits of immersion language learning for children. It offers immersion second language learning in German, Italian, French, and Japanese which continues through kindergarten into the high school years. With language as the medium and not the object of learning,…
Descriptors: Second Languages, Second Language Learning, Bilingual Education, Immersion Programs
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Esposito, Marie-Josee – Babel, 2006
In this article, the author describes the French immersion program at Meriden Junior School, an Anglican school for girls from pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 in Sydney. Four teachers (one of whom is the coordinator) and three assistants are involved in the program. They include six French native speakers and one non-French-born teacher who speaks…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Immersion Programs, French, Native Speakers
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Veque, Catherine – Babel, 2005
This article reports on strategies used by immersion teachers to modify their speech in order to maintain the use of the target language while sustaining interactive communication and the concomitant teaching of the content and the second language. This classroom-based research, undertaken at Methodist Ladies College (MLC) in Melbourne, sources…
Descriptors: Linguistic Competence, Immersion Programs, Teacher Student Relationship, Classroom Research
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Gearon, Margaret – Babel, 2004
Recent research by Swain (2000a, 2000b, 1998, 1995), Swain and Lapkin (2001, 1998, 1995) and Kowal and Swain (1997, 1994) has examined the role of collaborative tasks in focusing immersion students' attention on the need for explicit knowledge of grammatical forms and lexical items in the production (especially written) of French texts. This is…
Descriptors: Second Languages, Second Language Learning, Cooperative Learning, Cognitive Processes
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Read, Julia – Babel, 1999
Provides observations from a study of an attempt to introduce Indonesian in an Australian high school. Data collection was done through interviews and classroom observations. Classroom test results were used to compare achievement in subject content and language learning. Findings are discussed. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Bilingual Education, Classroom Observation Techniques, Comparative Analysis
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Birch, Gary; Matas, Cristina Poyatos – Babel, 1999
Discusses a research project that aims to study the grammatical development of two groups of language immersion students, one that is participating in an Internet project involving collaboration with learners in France and Canada, and another that is exposed to the teaching of grammar that has been integrated with content area studies. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Cooperation, Foreign Countries, Grammar, Immersion Programs
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de Courcy, Michele; Burston, Monique; Warren, Jane – Babel, 1999
Presents data on interlanguage development obtained from a storytelling exercise using a picture storybook for children in an Australian French-English immersion program. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, English, Foreign Countries, French
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Smedley, Lea; Gofton, Denise – Babel, 1999
Provides a dialogue that is a series of semi-structured interviews with a language educator who taught French for 4 years before becoming a full-time mother. After 9 years, she became involved in teaching in a French immersion program in Canada. The interviewer is a senior lecturer at Macquarie University in Australia. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, French, Immersion Programs, Interviews
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Tisdell, Mariel – Babel, 1999
Describes the German partial immersion program at St. Peters Lutheran College in Brisbane, Australia. The study confirms that content-based partial immersion teaching produces effective, communicative production in the language of immersion, and confident, competent language speakers even when the learners are quite young. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Foreign Countries, German, Immersion Programs
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De Jabrun, Pierre – Babel: Australia, 1997
Reflects on the achievement in math and science of Australian students in an immersion French program. The immersion math students outperformed mainstream students at a level not significantly different, and by the end of the first year, the science students performed as well as their mainstream counterparts, indicating that immersion students…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Comparative Analysis, Foreign Countries, French
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