AISWA Languages Teachers' Stories

AISWA Languages is all about teachers sharing their stories to inspire, encourage and support the learning and teaching of Languages. We would love to hear stories on innovative programs and teacher and student achievement. Please contact our Languages Consultant if you would like to contribute an article or story below.

  • 8 October, 2019
    Language awareness is an important part of language learning and is included in the aims of the Western Australian Curriculum. Read more

    • Ideas for teaching
    • P-10 Languages Curriculum

  • 3 October, 2019
    AISWA recently ran two half-day workshops for early childhood language teachers. Participants included a mix of qualified early childhood teachers, as well as those who have been trained in primary or secondary and have found themselves teaching in the early years. Read more

    • Ideas for teaching
    • P-10 Languages Curriculum
    • Teacher professional development

  • 17 June, 2019
    We congratulate the wonderful colleague Claire Leong for being nominated for the 2019 Australian Education, Department Head of the Year Award. Claire is currently Head of Languages at Wesley College and has been leading the way in Languages education throughout her career. In the new Wesley Languages Centre, the Wandjoo Miya, the Languages team are guided by Claire's leadership and vision to prepare boys to become 'world ready'. Read more

    • Building sustainable language programs
    • Promoting Languages

  • 9 April, 2019
    The VET Certificates II and III in Applied Languages are nationally recognised qualifications in the study of a language. These courses can be delivered in schools from Year 9 if schools establish an auspicing partnership with a Registered Training organisation (RTO). They are a great way of providing language pathways between the middle and senior years of school. Read more

    • Promoting Languages

  • 26 March, 2019
    One topic that school leaders and language teachers often inquire about is the amount of time allocated to the teaching and learning of a second language, and whether or not the allocation is mandated? Read more

    • Building sustainable language programs
    • P-10 Languages Curriculum
    • Promoting Languages

  • 15 November, 2018
    Iona Presentation College student, Rya Hwight, recently wonfirst place in the Senior Division of the NAILA Awards. Read about her thoughts and journey of learning Indonesian. She is one of the foundation students of Iona's new Indonesian program under the guidance of teacher Tundi Gosselink. Read more

    • Promoting Languages

  • 3 August, 2018
    “Languages” is the current state and nationally agreed term for the learning area that was formerly referred to as “LOTE” (Languages Other Than English). “Languages” has been in use for over a decade and is reflected in state and national curriculum documents including the 2008 Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australian, the Australian Curriculum and the Western Australian Curriculum. Yet the old nomenclature is still being used in many of our schools. Read more

    • Promoting Languages

  • 8 May, 2018
    Yiyili Community School has 70 students and is located half way between Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek, home of the Gooniyandi people. Gooniyandi language learning is compulsory at the school from Pre-primary to Year 10. The school is swiftly developing the structure of its Languages program to meet the 2 hours notional time as recommended by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority. Read more

    • Building sustainable language programs
    • P-10 Languages Curriculum
    • Promoting Languages

  • 14 February, 2018
    Education Perfect has developed a flexible assessment tool is freely available for all Australian teachers to use with their classes during Term 1 of 2018. Read more

    • Ideas for teaching

  • 2 February, 2018
    Recently Annie Folk from the Language Centre showed some fun resources for any language classroom. Watch this short video to see a sample of the resources being demonstrated. Read more

    • Ideas for teaching

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