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Ngo, Thu Thi Bich – Babel, 2014
Evaluation is an important aspect in communication in any language as it not only functions to express language users' evaluative stance but also to construct and maintain relations between interactants. In the teaching of languages in addition to English, paying attention to evaluative language contributes to an understanding of the…
Descriptors: Vietnamese, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, National Curriculum
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Stott, Carolyn; Fielding, Ruth – Babel, 2014
There is sometimes an assumption among language educators that students find the transition from school to university language learning a challenging process (see for example Busse & Walter, 2011; Chambers, 2014; Macaro & Wingate, 2004). In this research we set out to explore this assumption through a small-scale study of first-year…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, College Readiness, College Preparation, Transitional Programs
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Scrimgeour, Andrew – Babel, 2014
Until recently Chinese language learning in Australian primary and junior secondary schools has been characterised by programs primarily designed for second language learners who have had no prior knowledge of or exposure to Chinese language. Participation in such programs by Australian-born children who speak Putonghua (Mandarin) or another…
Descriptors: Chinese, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Curriculum Design
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Moloney, Robyn; Harbon, Lesley – Babel, 2014
This paper reports on a small study of attitudes to tertiary language study amongst senior secondary language learners in three independent New South Wales schools. The study examines what elements of preparedness may be the most effective in supporting transition to tertiary study for this sample of languages students. An analysis of survey data…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, High School Seniors, Second Language Learning
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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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Caruso, Marinella; Brown, Joshua – Babel, 2014
"New Courses 2012" refers to a new course structure adopted by the University of Western Australia, which has established a three-year general Bachelor degree followed by professional degrees. Since its introduction, enrolments in languages have increased, in a context in which languages across Australia have found themselves "under…
Descriptors: Language Enrollment, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Italian
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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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Absalom, Matthew – Babel, 2014
One of the thorniest aspects of teaching languages is developing students' vocabulary, yet it is impossible to be "an accurate and highly communicative language user with a very small vocabulary" (Milton, 2009, p. 3). Nation (2006) indicates that more vocabulary than previously thought is required to function well both at spoken and…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Scarino, Angela – Babel, 2013
Developing curricula for languages in the context of the Australian Curriculum is a complex undertaking that needs to address a number of demands. These include: the nature of language-and-culture learning for contemporary times within an increasingly diverse linguistic and cultural world; the goals of mainstream education and the…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Curriculum Development
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Scrimgeour, Andrew; Foster, Marnie; Mao, Weifeng – Babel, 2013
This article explores some of the distinctive challenges in Chinese language education in schools and discusses how the development of the "Australian Curriculum: Chinese" has responded to these challenges. It details how the curriculum framework outlined in the "Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Languages" (ACARA, 2011)…
Descriptors: Chinese, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, National Curriculum
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Troy, Jaky; Walsh, Michael – Babel, 2013
The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has been developing language-specific curricula for a range of languages in the "Australian Curriculum: Language"s and has also undertaken development of a "Framework for Australian Languages", to provide guidance for the development of curricula for specific…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Foreign Countries
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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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Kohler, Michelle – Babel, 2013
The decision by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) to develop language-specific curricula marks an important shift for the teaching and learning of languages in Australia. This decision brings with it a number of important considerations in developing language-specific curricula. It is necessary, for example, to…
Descriptors: Indonesian, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Curriculum Development
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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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