AISWA Languages Teachers' Stories


  • 27 June, 2013
    AISWA scholarships enabled nine teachers of French to undertake professional learning in Lyon and Paris in April 2013. Read more

    • Teacher professional development
    • WACE Languages Curriculum

  • 15 December, 2011
    The Leading in Languages Youth Summit brought together teams of students from schools across Western Australia to share their experiences learning Asian languages and to plan related projects in their schools. Read more

    • P-10 Languages Curriculum
    • Promoting Languages

  • 22 December, 2011
    At Ocean Forest Lutheran College in Dalyellup, Hilary James, Brooke Gray and Yumiko Schindler faced that perennial problem, How to get kids to practise at home? We have all thought of the obvious answer: get parents to help. But how? The way these dynamic teachers got parents onside has lessons for all language teachers. Read more

    • Promoting Languages

  • 7 June, 2012
    Often referred to as SACPacs or SAC-Pacs, Self-Access Centre Packages are organised collections of texts and tasks that are used by students to develop their language skills. Working within guidelines that outline minimum requirements and deadlines, individual students select tasks and determine the sequence of learning activities. Read more

    • Differentiated learning
    • Ideas for teaching

  • 29 June, 2012
    Whose opinions matter more to secondary students? Their parents’? Their teachers’? We’d like to think so, but it’s often the opinion of peers that is so influential. That’s why Linden Davis (Peter Moyes Anglican Community School) and Kate Reitzenstein (Scotch College) enlisted former students to tell their stories of studying and getting great jobs using their Indonesian language skills. Read more

    • Promoting Languages

  • 13 July, 2012
    Between 2009 and 2011 the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia (AISWA) selected twelve schools to receive grants from the National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Project (NALSSP) to trial innovative approaches to learning and teaching Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese and Korean. Read more

    • Promoting Languages
    • Teacher professional development

  • 21 August, 2012
    Woodchips aren’t the only wealth that Albany sends to Japan. Great Southern Grammar regularly offers students of Japanese two different educational visits to include in their curriculum. Read more

    • Promoting Languages

  • 22 August, 2012
    There is a famous Chinese proverb that states "teachers open the door but you must enter by yourself". This is a lovely reminder that as teachers we endeavour to develop our students’ capabilities and inclinations to become independent learners. This can be quite a challenge and Phillipa Nock (Christ Church Grammar School) has risen to that challenge with the help of a NALSSP grant. Read more

    • Differentiated learning
    • Ideas for teaching

  • 23 August, 2012
    At St Hilda's Anglican School for Girls, Languages teachers use the interactive whiteboard to encourage active student participation in their learning. Read more

    • Ideas for teaching

  • 27 November, 2012
    Language teachers and assistants from AISWA and CEOWA schools collaborated to plan, film, edit and share video resources at a recent workshop organised by Cherie Hess, Consultant for Languages from the Catholic Education Office of WA. Read more

    • Teacher professional development

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