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Cross-Sector Languages Workshop #1: Exploring current trends and implementation in Languages education

PL # 14163

  • Starting on 30 May 2024
  • Cancellation permitted until 22 May 2024
  • Event registrations closed on 24 May 2024

Delivery Format : In Person

Event registration is Closed


A full-day cross-sector workshop for language educators, brought to you by AISWA in collaboration with CEWA with presentations on current trends and implementation strategies in languages education.

Respected Auslan Educator, Karen Bontempo, will lead a session on inclusion and differentiation. Drawing from her extensive experience at Shenton College, Karen will share insights gained from team-teaching Auslan alongside a deaf educator to diverse classes of hearing and deaf students from Years 7 to 12. Her presentation will be accessible for both hearing and non-hearing educators across all languages.

Later sessions will focus on Maximising Learning Opportunities through AI-Supported Teaching and Developing IEPs for Languages using AI, followed by a time to discuss, explore and plan in small groups.


Clare Slyth (AISWA Staff)

Consultant | Teaching And Learning

Clare Slyth <span>(AISWA Staff)</span>

Clare is one of our Teaching and Learning Consultants for Languages.  She provides support, advice and professional learning to schools on teaching strategies, curriculum, and resources. Prior to this role, Clare taught Mandarin for 6 years in a primary context, with experience in using and training others in the WA Curriculum. Previously, she worked as an EALD teacher in Shanghai, China. Apart from Mandarin, she has learned to speak French, Thai and Romanian. Clare is passionate about sharing effective teaching practices and methodologies with teachers and seeing them succeed in their language teaching.

Marisa Schiavi

Marisa Schiavi

Marisa Schiavi currently holds the role of EAL/D & Languages Team Coordinator at CEWA and has significant experience working in the field of Multicultural and Multilingual Education. This includes various teaching and leadership roles in Primary and Secondary Schools and Tertiary Institutions, Intensive English Units and bilingual schools teaching migrant and refugee students, as well as domestic and international students in Australia and abroad. In addition, Marisa has worked in the corporate sector as Director of Multicultural and Multilingual Services. In her current role, Marisa provides support and guidance on multicultural and multilingual education matters across all CEWA schools.

Karen Bontempo

Karen  Bontempo

Karen Bontempo is an educator and curriculum leader for the Auslan Program at Shenton College Deaf Education Centre in Perth. With over 35 years of experience, her expertise covers Auslan teaching, interpreting, and academic research.

She has played a pivotal role in shaping national curriculum standards, contributing to the Australian Curriculum: Languages – Auslan, and adapting the VCE syllabus for Year 11 and 12 Auslan in collaboration with SCSA. Additionally, she has lectured at TAFE for over 20 years, developing future Auslan practitioners and interpreters.

Karen has qualifications in psychology, linguistics and education and holds a PhD from Macquarie University where she serves as an Adjunct Fellow. She is also a NAATI national interpreting examiner and trainer in Auslan. Her scholarly contributions include over 20 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, covering topics such as sign language interpreter aptitude, identification of skills gaps in interpreters; and best practice pedagogy in the sign language teaching/interpreter training sectors.

Through her dedication and expertise, Karen is a key and influential player in the field of Auslan education in Australia. We are thrilled to have Karen present at our professional learning on inclusion and differentiation in Languages.

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Cross-Sector Languages Workshop #1: Exploring Current trends and Implementation in Languages Education

Date / Time

30 May 2024 Starts: 08:30 Finishes: 15:00

Delivery Format : In Person

AISWA Training Room Suite 1


Suite 1, 41 Walters Drive
Osborne Park WA 6017

Parking bays are available on Walters Drive (max. fee is $5.00 p/day). To use these bays, you will need to first download the EasyPark App on your phone. When you arrive you can scan the QR code on the parking meter to pay for your parking using the app. Please note that the meters are no longer accepting cash or card payments. Alternatively, public transport is available via train & bus: Joondalup Line – Stop at Glendalough Station. Bus transfers: Bus no. 407, Bus stop: 25350

PL Hours : 6.50

Learning Area

  • Languages

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