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Hess, Cherie – Babel, 2011
In this paper, the literature related to the use of technology in the languages classroom will be explored. In relation to the teaching and learning methodologies and approaches past and present as well as current research, comparisons are made between the audio-lingual/visual classroom and the digital classroom by way of describing and comparing…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Second Language Learning, Language Laboratories, Second Language Instruction
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Morgan, Anne-Marie – Babel, 2011
Stories and storytelling have been used for millennia to entertain, challenge and educate. As a shared form of language interaction, storytelling has engaged communities in developing and perpetuating common understandings of both language and culture, as critical foundations to harmonious societies. Stories and storytelling provide a rich source…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Story Telling, Second Language Instruction, Poets
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Rossetto, Marietta; Chiera-Macchia, Antonella – Babel, 2011
This study investigated the use of comics (Cary, 2004) in a guided writing experience in secondary school Italian language learning. The main focus of the peer group interaction task included the exploration of visual sequencing and visual integration (Bailey, O'Grady-Jones, & McGown, 1995) using image and text to create a comic strip narrative in…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Visual Learning, Second Language Learning, Cartoons
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Lo Bianco, Joseph – Babel, 2011
This paper makes a link between two activities in which the author is engaged, i.e. between work on "saving" languages and work on "teaching" languages. Since it is an invited address, the Keith Horwood Memorial Lecture, the author begins by making further, and chronologically prior, to Keith Horwood. Then he addresses three themes of the…
Descriptors: Second Languages, Second Language Instruction, Language Maintenance, 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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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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Morgan, Anne-Marie – Babel, 2011
In this paper, I describe an early learners' (Years 1-3) Indonesian classroom interaction developed around the concept of intercultural understandings of ways of talking about oneself and about and to others, in Indonesian and Australian contexts. I explore planned interactions for scaffolded discussion about the language of self and others in…
Descriptors: Intercultural Communication, Interaction, Word Order, Indonesian
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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; Mercurio, Nives – Babel, 2011
In this paper we consider what happens at the "teaching-learning interface" in some Indonesian and Italian examples of classroom interactions within an intercultural orientation to languages teaching and learning. Using activities from textbooks as a starting point, we identify the underlying linguistic, cultural, and intercultural…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Critical Reading, Intercultural Communication, Second Language Learning
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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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Fielding, Ruth – Babel, 2011
For young bilingual students a feeling of connection to their background languages and cultures forms one important aspect of their developing identities. This paper addresses some of the findings from a larger study examining students' understandings of their identities as bilingual. The study involved students who are part of a bilingual program…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Foreign Countries, French, Bilingualism
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Mady, Callie – Babel, 2011
This study compares the willingness to communicate (WTC) of Canadian Anglophone and Francophone students to measures of their self-assessed, multiskilled second language proficiency and strategy use before and after a short-term intracountry bilingual exchange experience. The central question is whether a student's WTC exists before an opportunity…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Questionnaires, Language Skills, Language Proficiency
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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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Conway, Clare; Richards, Heather; Harvey, Sharon; Roskvist, Annelies – Babel, 2011
Many novice language teachers have difficulty putting into practice their developing knowledge of language teaching. This article focuses on one of seven case study teachers as an exemplar of those involved in a New Zealand in-service professional development program for teachers of languages (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish) in…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Class Activities, Learning Activities, Foreign Countries
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