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Liddicoat, Anthony J. – Babel, 2006
The Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations (AFMLTA) has recently developed a set of professional standards for accomplished language teachers. Standards of teaching are statements of values about the processes of teaching, learning, and knowing, and of the practices of those who teach languages and cultures. These standards…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Foreign Countries, Standards, Faculty Development
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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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Pavy, Sarah – Babel, 2006
In recent years, teachers and schools in Australia have been struggling to keep boys engaged in language programs, especially beyond the years of compulsory language learning. This is a concern not just for Australian educators, as very similar concerns have been raised in other English-speaking countries. The clearest indicator (i.e. the one…
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Foreign Countries, Males, Language Acquisition
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Vale, David – Babel, 2006
In this article, the author describes the genesis of the Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations (AFMLTA) and "Babel." With regard to the origin of the title of the journal, its name refers only indirectly to the Tower of Babel in Genesis. It comes in fact from the affectionate nickname that had been given to the…
Descriptors: College Second Language Programs, Foreign Countries, Modern Languages, Higher Education
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Boss, Bettina – Babel, 2006
This article reports on a cultural studies course about Switzerland conducted within the German Studies program at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in 2005. It discusses the pluricentric concept of "Landeskunde" of the German-speaking region which informed the design of the course seminars and presents the main themes which were…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, German, Postsecondary Education, Higher Education
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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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Harbon, Lesley; Browett, Julie – Babel, 2006
Intercultural education is a familiar concept to many involved with education, as it underpins the school curriculum in an increasing number of countries in the world. Distinctly separate to intercultural education is intercultural language learning (IcLL), a specific set of principles currently at the fore of what is occurring with languages…
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Language Role, Foreign Countries, Language Teachers
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de Courcy, Michele – Babel, 2006
Research has found that literacy in the first language of a student of English as a second language (ESL) aids in the acquisition of English, but there has been little exploration of the processes that underlie this. This pilot project investigates children's experiences of literacy in their first language (Hebrew), instruction in strategies…
Descriptors: Semitic Languages, Student Attitudes, Pilot Projects, Bilingual Schools
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Veque, Catherine – Babel, 2006
This article is the second part of a report on research that examined immersion language teachers' strategies to modify their speech in order to maintain use of the target language. As described in the first part in "Babel," Volume 40, Number 2 (Veque, 2005), this classroom-based research, undertaken at Methodist Ladies College (MLC) in…
Descriptors: Communication Strategies, Classroom Communication, Immersion Programs, Syntax
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Molyneux, Paul – Babel, 2006
While Government commitments to supporting instruction in languages other than English have largely been honoured, bilingual education as a form of learning has not been widespread. Acknowledging the benefits of learning a language other than English, the most recent Australian national languages policy statement nonetheless makes no mention of…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Bilingual Education Programs, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Opportunities
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Patel, Anita – Babel, 2006
In this article, the author gives a short account of her own perceptions about teaching and learning a second language in Australian schools. She emphasises that these are her own observations, which have been coloured by her conversations with language teaching colleagues and students over many years. In this respect her views differ from those…
Descriptors: Second Languages, Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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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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Farmer, Kylie – Babel, 2006
Over a period of twenty years, Japanese language teaching has firmly established itself within primary school programs in most Australian States and Territories. Today the question is how to develop Japanese language education further in innovative ways suitable for learners' needs in the 21st century. In this report, the author examines the…
Descriptors: Japanese, Bilingualism, Foreign Countries, Educational Needs
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Esposito, Marie-Josee – Babel, 2006
In this article, the author describes the French immersion program at Meriden Junior School, an Anglican school for girls from pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 in Sydney. Four teachers (one of whom is the coordinator) and three assistants are involved in the program. They include six French native speakers and one non-French-born teacher who speaks…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Immersion Programs, French, Native Speakers
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