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Boulard, Florence – Babel, 2015
Despite the recent Australian Government commitment to supporting schools in growing students into global citizens, language educators cannot rely on this alone to attract new language students. The Young Language Ambassador Program is a new initiative that started in August 2014. The Young Language Ambassador Program is a partnership between…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Partnerships in Education
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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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Orton, Jane – Babel, 2015
In recent debates about curriculum, Young (2008, p. 101) has proposed school learning must involve initiation into the "powerful knowledge" of the disciplines that underpin subject domains, thereby "giving students the tools to think the unthinkable". Opponents query whether such knowledge is available in subjects such as…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Modern Languages
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Morgan, Anne-Marie – Babel, 2015
University programs for preparing preservice teachers of languages for teaching in schools generally involve generic pedagogy, methodology, curriculum, programming and issues foci, that provide a bridge between the study of languages (or recognition of existing language proficiency) and the teaching of languages. There is much territory to cover…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Second Language Instruction, Communities of Practice
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Ménager, Simone – Babel, 2015
In this increasingly interconnected world, the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with each other defines success in relationships, in the workforce and in one's personal pursuits. (AFMLTA More Leaps, 2012). There is an impetus in education, therefore, to improve the quality of language teaching and learning programs in schools and to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Improvement
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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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Harbon, Lesley – Babel, 2014
The following is the text of the Horwood Address delivered by Associate Professor Lesley Harbon from the University of Sydney at the AFMLTA Biennial Conference in Canberra 2013. The focus of the Address is accomplished teaching of languages and cultures, known to us all through the AFMLTA's work on Professional Standards published in 2005.…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Foreign Countries, Speeches
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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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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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Harbon, Lesley – Babel, 2013
As they complete their teacher education degrees, Graduate Teachers should possess knowledge and skills to plan for, and manage, learning programs for their students. Their graduate competencies include designing lessons that meet the requirements of curriculum, assessment and reporting. As they embark on a teaching career that moves them forward…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Graduate Students
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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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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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