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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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Ascione, Judith; Bramley, Nicolette – Babel, 2012
The primary objective of this study is to identify the effect of reducing teaching hours from five to four face-to-face teaching hours in a beginners' Japanese course at the University of Canberra, Australia. The results of 2007, 2008 and 2009 cohorts of Japanese students' results are compared to consider the effect of the reduction in classroom…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Faculty, Teaching Conditions, Faculty Workload
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Takimoto, Masato; Hashimoto, Hiroko – Babel, 2011
The paper examines the appropriateness of translation and interpreting tasks for language teaching. To this end, it analyses an advanced-level Japanese language subject taught at an Australian university, utilising the concept of intercultural language learning (ICLL) as a theoretical framework. The study also investigates the learning experience…
Descriptors: Translation, Japanese, Learning Experience, Second Language Learning
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Hasegawa, Hiroshi – Babel, 2011
It is quite common for Australian schools introducing Japanese as a foreign language to engage native Japanese volunteers to assist in the classroom using a collaborative team-teaching approach. These volunteer Japanese assistant teachers, commonly referred to as Japanese Assistant Teachers (JATs), are an indispensable asset to school language…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Statistical Analysis, Japanese, Teaching Methods
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Gamage, Gayathri Haththotuwa – Babel, 2011
This longitudinal qualitative study investigates how cultural experiences of staying in Japan may affect attitudes and self-directed learning of kanji among learners of Japanese as a foreign language. Six beginner learners pursued semester-long weekly kanji learning sessions and their diachronic behaviours were observed and recorded for attitudes…
Descriptors: Independent Study, Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries, Japanese
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Baldwin, Jennifer – Babel, 2011
This article seeks to explore how various language policies may have impacted Year 12 language candidature in Victoria. Australian Federal and Victorian State Government language policies are but one of the influences yet, it may be argued, the most significant influence. These stand alongside waves of immigration, global events and conflicts, and…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Foreign Countries, Government Publications, Economic Factors
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Cooper, Damon – Babel, 2010
In 2008 the New South Wales Board of Studies included Hayao Miyazaki's film "Spirited Away" as the prescribed text for the Higher School Certificate Japanese Extension course. A study of the film in this context requires students to engage with the text in three distinct ways: through language, cultural symbolism and relevance, and…
Descriptors: Criticism, Films, Foreign Countries, Japanese
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Oguro, Susan; Moloney, Robyn – Babel, 2010
In late 2008, the Australian Government announced funding for a national collaborative project to develop a curriculum framework for courses of study in Chinese (Mandarin), Indonesian, Japanese, and Korean for "heritage speakers" of these languages at the senior secondary school level. This article examines some of the issues surrounding…
Descriptors: Linguistics, Foreign Countries, Mandarin Chinese, Teacher Attitudes
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Stephens, Meredith – Babel, 2010
Due to the global momentum of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF), Anglophones may perceive that there is less urgency for them to learn other languages than for speakers of other languages to learn English. The monolingual expectations of English speakers are evidenced not only in Anglophone countries but also abroad. This study reports on the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Oral Language, Asian Culture, English
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Pasfield-Neofitou, Sarah – Babel, 2009
Despite research suggesting that teachers highly influence their students' knowledge and use of language learning resources such as dictionaries (Loucky, 2005; Yamane, 2006), it appears that dictionary selection and use is considered something to be dealt with outside the classroom. As a result, many students receive too little advice to be able…
Descriptors: Dictionaries, English (Second Language), Case Studies, Electronic Learning
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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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Kawano, Mikiko – Babel, 2007
A key consideration in course planning and teaching is motivation, which is sometimes considered the single most important factor in the practical realisation of language teaching in the classroom. The motivation students have for attending recreational courses can be somewhat different from that of students in school and university programs.…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Minicourses, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Mackerras, Stephen – Babel, 2007
This article seeks to explore how a sociocultural approach to learning can change pedagogy in the teaching of second language literacy. As a first step, the changing notions of first language literacy are acknowledged. Vygotsky's notion of everyday and schooled concepts is then used to understand research data gathered in a Year 9 Japanese…
Descriptors: Japanese, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Literacy
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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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