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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 23 January, 2014
    At Scotch College, learning a language helps to prepare students for a global community. Read more

    • Promoting Languages

  • 1 November, 2013
    As she prepared to graduate, Headgirl of St Mary's Anglican Girls' School, Ms Lianne Leung spoke movingly and with humour and insight about life lessons learned from her studies of Italian, Japanese, French and German. Read more

    • Promoting Languages
    • WACE Languages Curriculum

  • 23 October, 2013
    How is successful language learning achieved? Dr Lindy Norris from Murdoch University developed a visual representation of six factors that, her research indicated, enabled successful language learning in a school context in Australia. Read more

    • Building sustainable language programs
    • Promoting Languages

  • 14 October, 2013
    Community perceptions are key to supporting your languages program. Does your community have access to up-to-date information about language learning today? Read more

    • Promoting Languages

  • 3 September, 2013
    AISWA staff has created two literacy support documents in order to improve AISWA’s consultancy to schools. We hope these two documents offer a coherent message regarding what is meant by literacy, debunk some myths about languages learning and give some simple strategies to support the teaching of literacy. Read more

    • Promoting Languages

  • 3 September, 2013
    “One of the many challenges for languages education in Australia and other English-speaking countries is the impact of the so-called monolingual mindset - where English dominates and demotivates. It feeds in to the way we view the world, ourselves and language education..” Taken from John Hajek’s abstract for his Speech at the AFMLTA Conference 2013 Read more

    • Promoting Languages
    • Teacher professional development

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