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Ménager, Simone – Babel, 2015
In this increasingly interconnected world, the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with each other defines success in relationships, in the workforce and in one's personal pursuits. (AFMLTA More Leaps, 2012). There is an impetus in education, therefore, to improve the quality of language teaching and learning programs in schools and to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Improvement
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Scarino, Angela – Babel, 2013
Developing curricula for languages in the context of the Australian Curriculum is a complex undertaking that needs to address a number of demands. These include: the nature of language-and-culture learning for contemporary times within an increasingly diverse linguistic and cultural world; the goals of mainstream education and the…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Curriculum Development
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Hill, Kathryn – Babel, 2010
This article presents selected findings from an ethnographic study of classroom-based assessment practices in languages classrooms (Indonesian) in the final year of primary (Year 6) and the first year of secondary (Year 7), respectively. In particular, the paper focuses on differences between the respective year levels in how learning was assessed…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Program Effectiveness, Second Language Programs, Student Evaluation
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Ferragina, Anna Maria; Mustica, Giuseppina – Babel, 2006
International Grammar School was founded twenty years ago on the belief in the benefits of immersion language learning for children. It offers immersion second language learning in German, Italian, French, and Japanese which continues through kindergarten into the high school years. With language as the medium and not the object of learning,…
Descriptors: Second Languages, Second Language Learning, Bilingual Education, Immersion Programs
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Sullivan, Kirk; Kollberg, Py; Palson, Eva – Babel: Australia, 1998
Describes "Trace-it," a computer tool that traces the writing processes and makes accessible extra information about individual students' written second-language skills. A study of differences in revision behavior as Swedish students' written English ability improved determined that Trace-it found additional information about writing…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries
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Tanner, Clive – Babel: Australia, 1997
Focuses on model for implementing a primary language program in Australia. Parameters of this model were: an intensive beginners' course introduced at year 5 level; the language program be part of the mainstream curriculum and be allocated at least six hours per week; the language taught be Indonesian or French; and a maintenance program of at…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Curriculum Design, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
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Campbell, Ian – Babel: Australia, 1997
Argues that a better understanding of the workings of one's first language--English, for most Australians--can facilitate the acquisition and appreciation of another language. The article exploits the morphology and syntax of English in the following areas: liaison, emphasis, stress, separable and inseparable verbs, dental suffixes, weak and…
Descriptors: Culture Contact, Elementary Secondary Education, English, Foreign Countries
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Clyne, Michael – Babel: Australia, 1994
Discusses language data from the Australian 1991 Census that indicates the vast resources available in languages other than English. Notes that two of the tenets of Australia's various language policies are language maintenance and the development of Aboriginal and community languages as well as the provision of opportunities for learning…
Descriptors: Australian Aboriginal Languages, Bilingualism, Census Figures, Change Strategies
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Scarino, Angela – Babel: Australia, 1994
Addresses the question of the relationship between the "Australian Language Levels (ALL) Guidelines" and current directions in language teaching and learning in Australia. Presents observations about these guidelines and their current status and use and relates these observations to the current draft of the "National Statement and…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Guidelines, Language Planning
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Campbell, Anne – Babel: Australia, 1994
Focuses on the difficulties involved in keeping abreast of changes in Australian language policy and in attempting to guess the next trend in language teacher education. The number of publications indicates strong government support for the concept of language education, a support backed by millions of dollars allocated for this area. There is a…
Descriptors: Change Agents, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
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Marriott, Helen – Babel: Australia, 1994
Discusses measures language teachers can use to maintain and develop their communicative language ability. Introduces strategies teachers can adopt and mentions ways in which educational systems and universities can assist teachers. The model presented is relevant to teachers of any language. (13 references) (Author/CK)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Communicative Competence (Languages), Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
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Smedley, Lea – Babel: Australia, 1994
This paper acknowledges the efforts of classroom teachers in preparing the next generation of language teachers; compares the roles of classroom and university teachers sharing the task of assisting a beginning teacher; and encourages teachers involved in teacher education to continue their involvement and invite others to join them. (three…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education
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Martin, Anne – Babel: Australia, 1994
Australian enrollment statistics support the general trend that boys are more likely than girls to discontinue their study of languages and less likely to excel in the language class. The article argues that language teachers need to promote language learning for boys and work proactively on developing teaching methods that will suit boys and…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Trends
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Kirkpatrick, Andy – Babel: Australia, 1995
States that the difficult Asian languages such as modern standard Chinese, Japanese and Korean, should not be taught in primary or lower secondary schools to non-background speakers of those languages, that is, those whose mother tongue is related to the language being learned. Maintains that time should be spent in primary and secondary schools…
Descriptors: Asian Studies, Chinese, Cultural Awareness, Curriculum Design
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Crawford, Jane – Babel: Australia, 1995
Explores the impact of a change in status in language programs and the culture of second language learning in Australian schools, particularly in light of declared goals such as a language other than English for all and the integration of language teaching and learning with Australia's external political and economic priorities. (32 references)…
Descriptors: Change Agents, Cognitive Processes, Economic Factors, Elementary Secondary Education
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