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.

  • 21 May, 2020
    The Covid-19 pandemic has been the greatest disruptor to education in our lifetime. Some see this as a circuit breaker to complacency and out-dated ways of teaching; a time for new beginnings and opportunities. No-one could argue that teachers have been forced out of their comfort zones to try new tools, strategies and approaches without being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Read more

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

  • 24 March, 2020
    Covid19 has made online teaching an essential aspect of our profession. However, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the range of options out there. If you are new to online learning and teaching via remote means, here are some tips: Read more

    • Ideas for teaching
    • Teacher professional development

  • 3 December, 2019
    Gamification using Classcraft links well to task-based language learning/teaching (TBLT) and provides a classroom management tool that is suited young adolescent learners. One participant mentioned, "this PL has opened my eyes and I feel reinvigorated about teaching Year 7 students next year". Read more

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

  • 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

  • 12 December, 2017
    Kelly Barron teaches primary French at Presbyterian Ladies College, where staff are encouraged to engage in and initiate research to improve understanding of students and learning. AISWA Languages Consultant, Kate Reitzenstein interviewed Kelly about her research and found that it has led to a desire for future research into language learning. Read more

    • Building sustainable language programs
    • Promoting Languages
    • Teacher professional development

  • 3 December, 2015
    In October AISWA held a series of language specific workshops for Arabic, Italian, Modern Greek, Spanish, Japanese, French, Chinese and Indonesian on the Australian Curriculum: Languages and the P-10 Western Australian Curriculum for Languages. More than 90 Languages teachers from AISWA member schools attended. Read more

    • Teacher professional development

  • 24 September, 2015
    AISWA recently held four planning workshops for Year 12 teachers of French, Indonesian, Japanese and Italian (Second Language) to prepare for implementation of Units 3 and 4 in 2016. Participants brainstormed a list of questions linked to the contexts and topics and these have been compiled into question banks which can be downloaded here. Read more

    • Teacher professional development
    • WACE Languages Curriculum

  • 26 June, 2015
    Guest speaker Nadine Fraize was back in 2015 and presented a series of whole day workshops titled “Powerful Ideas for Languages”. One of the highlights of her visit this year was the demonstration of a science lesson in French to participants who were predominantly non-French speakers. Read more

    • Teacher professional development

  • 22 January, 2015
    Teachers of the WACE Year 11 courses attended cross sector workshops in November 2014 and collaborated to create valuable resources for students and teachers of Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian and Japanese. Read more

    • Teacher professional development
    • WACE Languages Curriculum

  • 5 January, 2015
    Eight AISWA schools established partnerships with schools in the Xiacheng District Hangzhou during the 2014 China Study Tour in October. Read more

    • Teacher professional development

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