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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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Prescott, Claudia – Babel, 2015
The idea of "powerful knowledge" has been developed by Young (2008; 2010; 2012; 2013), who argues for a subject-based curriculum. This notion has created widespread debate within the fields of sociology of knowledge and the sociology of the curriculum. Young's work takes a social realist perspective to describing the academic disciplines…
Descriptors: Chinese, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Curriculum
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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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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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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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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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Absalom, Matthew; Morgan, Anne-Marie – Babel, 2012
Professional learning (PL) is an essential ingredient in the professional and personal lives of contemporary educators. PL can take many forms but large-scale conferences remain a touchstone in many fields, including languages education. In this paper, we review the evaluation of the 18th biennial conference of the Australian Federation of Modern…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Needs, Educational Needs, Conferences (Gatherings)
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Beykont, Zeynep F. – Babel, 2012
Teacher quality is a central issue in the provision of languages. This paper reports on a study that examines teachers' perceptions of the obstacles to creating a well-prepared and wellsupported languages teaching force. In one-on-one interviews, teachers of Turkish in Australia identified the essential knowledge base, understanding, and skills of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Effectiveness, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Stracke, Elke; Houston, Marina; Maclean, Ian; Scott, Mandy – Babel, 2011
Many reports over the past 40 years have investigated aspects of language education in Australia. While the majority of these reports have made recommendations to improve Australia's national language capability, few, if any, seem to have been implemented effectively. In this paper we attempt to gauge the impact of a 2007 Australian Council for…
Descriptors: Official Languages, Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods
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Daly, Nicola – Babel, 2011
Researchers have identified the importance of understanding language teacher identity in order to understand more about language teacher education (Johnson, Pawan, & Mahan-Taylor, 2005; Varghese, Morgan, Johnston, & Johnson, 2005). This paper reports on themes from semistructured interviews conducted individually with six inservice…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Teachers, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Morgan, Anne-Marie – Babel, 2009
In this article, the author reports on a new symposium series which aims to provide a forum for dialogue across different interest groups of the languages field as a basis for considering a viable, encompassing language education policy; and, to position the languages community to address the important development of a national curriculum. Four…
Descriptors: Conferences (Gatherings), National Curriculum, Educational Policy, Applied Linguistics
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Liddicoat, Anthony J. – Babel, 2006
The discussion of standards in this article reveals a number of common features. First, they all focus on macro-level statements about teachers' professional work rather than attempting to detail what that work may be based on. Second, they do not make specifications about the nature and standard of relevant disciplinary knowledge (as would be the…
Descriptors: Discipline, Cultural Context, English (Second Language), Language Proficiency
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Tognini, Rita – Babel, 2006
This study reports on the findings of a survey of preservice education provided for language teachers at a number of universities across Australia. The survey was undertaken as part of the development of Standards for Teachers of Indonesian Project, carried out by the AFMLTA and the Department of Education, Science, and Training. The survey…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Foreign Countries, Course Descriptions, Language Teachers
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Yule, Dawne – Babel, 2006
Information communication technology (ICT) outcomes have been incorporated into the current New South Wales (NSW) Teaching Standards document which informs all NSW teachers of the standards they are expected to meet in their schools. In order to qualify to teach and to meet these standards as graduates, preservice teachers must demonstrate a range…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Foreign Countries, Beginning Teachers, Teaching Methods
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Ingram, D. E. – Babel, 1973
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, Inservice Teacher Education, Language Fluency, Language Instruction
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