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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 4 October, 2017
    AISWA have recently migrated Teacher Stories from the former AISWA Languages website to this new section. Here is the old 'Ecoutons!' page created in 2012 with valuable resources for senior secondary French students. We often get queries about these listening test items created for the old WACE courses but still extremely useful for the new courses (ie since 2015/16). Read more

    • Ideas for teaching
    • WACE Languages Curriculum

  • 13 April, 2015
    In the first of a series of Language Learning & Technologies workshops, presenter Penelope Coutas gave a ‘Show and Tell’ of tips and tricks for the classroom, particularly those where ICT access is limited. Read more

    • Ideas for teaching

  • 10 April, 2014
    It was a scene right out of My Kitchen Rules: Wooden spoons, mixing bowls and pots and pans flying around a kitchen. The only difference was the language that the chefs were using as they took on classic French dishes. Read more

    • Ideas for teaching
    • WACE Languages Curriculum

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