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2 Making your school Languages Program work: models of provision for engaging students Andrew Ferguson (President, MLTAV)

3 The Role of Teachers Research into effective Languages programs clearly indicates the critical role that the teacher plays in motivating students and ensuring quality outcomes. As professionals in our field, we know how to deliver quality programs; first and foremost, any school Languages Program should empower us to do just this. Most Languages teachers have worked for too long under circumstances that hinder the delivery of quality programs.

4 ‘Quality’ Programs High quality programs must be properly resourced. Resources include adequate time with students. The Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) expects that schools provide Languages other than English (LOTE) from Prep to Year 10. According to the DEECD, a ‘quality’ program also offers classes for 150 minutes per week taught by a qualified LOTE teacher.

5 ‘Quality’ Programs (cont.)
Additionally, the MLTAV believes that a quality program: is delivered often and regularly, in a physical environment conducive to teaching and learning; and has support from school leaders who are actively involved in promoting the school’s Languages program. Coordination of programs between Primary and Secondary schools is desirable. Languages teachers should also be supported through appropriate employment conditions, quality Professional Learning and extensive career opportunities.

6 ‘Quality’ Programs (cont.)
Finally, quality Languages programs should develop proficiency in the use of Languages. Learning about Languages systems and intercultural understanding are essential components of any Languages program, but these aspects are learnt through the acquisition of a means of communication.

7 ‘Quality’ Programs (cont.)
Finally, quality Languages programs should develop proficiency in the use of Languages. Learning about Languages systems and intercultural understanding are essential components of any Languages program, but these aspects are learnt through the acquisition of a means of communication.

8 Models of provision for engaging students in LOTE
The following models and resources give examples of programs which have been successful under varying conditions and for various reasons: Montrose Primary School ‘Models of provision in Primary Schools’ Booklet Mill Park Secondary College Bendigo South East 7-10 College Caulfield Grammar School ‘Talking About Languages’ DVD

9 Models of provision for engaging students – Montrose Primary School LOTE
(Program Contact – Kari OGorman: Session length: 40 minutes per week Language: German Number of students: 430 Number of classes: 19 Ages: 5 years to 12 years Number of teachers: 1 Set-up: 1 dedicated classroom equipped with ample books, posters and stationery

10 Models of provision for engaging students – Montrose Primary School LOTE
2010 Program Highlights: Prep & Grade 1 - Evening German Winter Lantern Walk: songs in German & home-made soup involving 120 families Grade 2 - Hexenrap: Performance of a famous German poem sung as a rap song Monster Body Parts labeling and design: Body part memory game design; skipping and hopscotch for number learning Grade 3 & 4 - Orienteering Treasure Hunt: 2 parts blindfolded orienteering around chairs & reading directions to places around the school, searching for clues. Students created maps in the target language for this exercise

11 Models of provision for engaging students – Montrose Primary School LOTE
2010 Program Highlights (cont.): Grade 3 & 4: Clothing - Youtube quiz on clothing played weekly for 3 weeks. Fashion from Germany compared with fashion from Australia. Dress-up races: 2 students listening to instructions given by another student in the target language. Racing each other to dress in the clothing items named. Class ran entirely in the target language Grade 5 & 6: Poster design - “What is Germany famous for?” including brand names, dog breeds, inventions, music plus more

12 Models of provision for engaging students – Montrose Primary School LOTE
2010 Program Highlights (cont.): Grade 5 & 6 - Animal Rap song challenge: Students chose a level of challenge from Basic (nouns with article), Medium (translating a poem and rapping), to Super (create entire rap song in target language). Using computer software (Garage band) to record and create a beat, students created a CD to be distributed to all class members.

13 Models of provision for engaging students – Primary Schools
Teaching Languages in the Primary School: Examples from current practice

14 Teaching Languages in the Primary School: Examples from current practice

15 Teaching Languages in the Primary School: Examples from current practice

16 Models of provision for engaging students – Mill Park Secondary College LOTE
(Program Contact – Jaclyn Curnow: Mill Park Secondary College encourages all students to create their future. LOTE plays an important role as students learn about cultures and language. Students are offered the choice between two European languages: German and Italian. Students learn one language during Years 7 and 8. There are elective classes at Years 9 and 10 and VCE classes. LOTE is timetabled for 6 x 49 minutes over a fortnight for Years 7 and 8. For Senior classes there are 8 sessions.

17 Models of provision for engaging students – Mill Park Secondary College LOTE
Timetable: Mill Park Secondary College operates on a 10 day timetable to allow greater flexibility of subjects for students. Students alternate between a yellow week timetable and a green week timetable.

18 Models of provision for engaging students – Mill Park Secondary College Timetable
Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Subject Sessions per fortnight Sessions per fortnight English 10 Maths Humanities 6 7 8 Elective Science PE LOTE Visual Art/ Dance and Drama Visual Arts/ Music IT/ Material Technology Fabric Technology/ Food Technology Pastoral 4 2 Homegroup Every morning

19 Models of provision for engaging students – Mill Park Secondary College LOTE
LOTE staff use a range of e-Learning resources to engage students and improve learning outcomes. One favourite for students is Languages Online, as it allows students to progress through levels at their own pace and receive immediate feedback. A highlight for the College is LOTE Week. Students participate at lunchtime and recess in games and competitions which celebrate languages and cultures. Students enjoy participating in activities organised by the Single Language Associations AGTV and VATI. The staff attend PD provided by these Associations to extend their pedagogy and teaching resources.

20 Models of provision for engaging students – Bendigo South East 7-10 College LOTE
(Program Contact - Belinda Flint: General facts about LOTE program: 4 languages: Auslan, Chinese, German and Indonesian. Students joining the College choose which language they want to study and continue to study that language for at least two years. From 2011 all LOTE classes will run twice a week for 90 minutes (180 minutes of language learning per week)

21 Models of provision for engaging students – Bendigo South East 7-10 College LOTE
Measures put in place to support and complement students’ language learning: All students who choose to do LOTE in Years 9 & 10 are guaranteed their place in a class. LOTE is not timetabled against VCE Maths etc. When LOTE enrolment numbers have been low, classes have still run (e.g. in 2010 an Indonesian class of 10 students).

22 Models of provision for engaging students – Bendigo South East 7-10 College LOTE
Measures put in place to support and complement students’ language learning (cont.): BSE Virtual and BSE Learning: very strong use of ICT

23 Models of provision for engaging students – Bendigo South East 7-10 College LOTE
Exchange, competition, festival and excursion opportunities for LOTE students: Students are encouraged to perform in the Loddon Mallee Region’s ‘Students Celebrating LOTE Festival’ each year. The College is part of the Australia-Indonesia Bridge Program through which there are strong ties with schools in Indonesia for collaborative projects. Annual 6-week German Sister School Exchange for Year 10 German students Biennial study tours to China and Malaysia for Year 10 Chinese and Indonesian students Participation in the annual Goethe-Institut German and Loddon Mallee Region LOTE Film Festivals German students attend the annual Goethe-Institut/AGTV German Day Out in Melbourne and participate in the annual AGTV Poetry Competition German teachers organise and run local language trails for the Year 9 and 10 German students.

24 Models of provision for engaging students – Bendigo South East 7-10 College LOTE
Strategies to promote LOTE to the wider community: Regular articles posted on the College website to keep College community informed of the many LOTE events Language evenings for parents, including a restaurant evening run by language students Local media kept informed of activities, such as exchange programs and any awards that students win Posting of ‘exemplary’ student work on College website Work with primary schools to promote languages, e.g. older language students prepare lessons to teach to a group of primary school students.

25 Models of provision for engaging students – Caulfield Grammar School
(Program Contact - Andrew Blumbergs: Curriculum Review Undertaken to: Address issue of student uptake of language beyond compulsory years. Introduce a new approach to language instruction that is not linear and thematic in approach. Integrate language learning with content learning (i.e. Content-Based languages learning). Address student perception questioning relevance of learning European languages (i.e. Asian focus).

26 Models of provision for engaging students – Caulfield Grammar School
Why this Approach: Holistic language teaching and learning approach Interdisciplinary Incorporates high degree of Multimedia and ICT in Units Focus on student engagement Alternative approach to a traditional textbook approach Addresses a concern with student continuation of language learning Common Assessment Framework Links with Senior and VCE German

27 Models of provision for engaging students – Caulfield Grammar School
Outcomes: Fourfold increase in continuation of German language studies after introduction in first year from Compulsory Language Learning Years to Elective Language Studies from Year 8 into Year 9.

28 Models of provision for engaging students – Caulfield Grammar School
German Studies Middle School 2010 – Course Features – Year 7: Using a Content-based language Approach. Interdisciplinary Focus. High use of ICT – particularly creative endeavours such as making films, creating expressionist artwork, planning healthy living. Year 7 - Semester 1: Alles über mich! and Expressionismus Year 7 - Semester 2: Germanen and Gesundes Leben

29 Models of provision for engaging students – Caulfield Grammar School
Year 7 Sample Unit Overviews: The Ancient Germans – Introducing Odaker & Life in the Iron Age Uses Content Based Language Instruction with a Strong Interdisciplinary Focus. Teaches Life back then vs. today – Fictional Story. Develops language, linguistic & historical competencies. Develops Text-Type and ICT competencies. Grade: Year 7; Periods: 2 x 65 Minutes per week; Term: 3; Duration: 8 – 10 Weeks.

30 Models of provision for engaging students – Caulfield Grammar School
The Ancient Germans – Introducing Odaker & Life in the Iron Age – Unit Overview Focus: Holistic Language Teaching & Strong Interdisciplinary Focus. Using Multimedia Resources; ICT in Language Learning. Students using IWB. Strong emphasis on communicating in LOTE - German. The Other – Germanic Society and Culture in the Iron Age. On extending vocabulary & using a Common Assessment Framework.

31 Models of provision for engaging students – Caulfield Grammar School
Year 7 - Sample Unit Overviews: German Expressionism Teaches through Art, Society & Culture, focusing on the Expressionist Art Movement of the Early C20. Grade: Year 7; Term: 2; Duration: 8 – 10 Weeks. Common Assessment/Framework Criteria: Vocabulary Recognition Tests; Reading Comprehension Task; Listening Comprehension Task; Language Assignments; Major Creative Artwork with Oral Presentation using ICT.

32 Models of provision for engaging students – Caulfield Grammar School
German Studies Middle School 2010 – Course Features – Year 8: Using a Content-based language Approach. Interdisciplinary Focus. High use of ICT – particularly digital film/green screen in creative endeavours such as making VODCASTS. Year 8 - Semester 1: Jobs, Leben und Tod im Mittelalter. Year 8 - Semester 2: Der blaue Planet und Naturkatastrophen.

33 Models of provision for engaging students – Caulfield Grammar School
Year 8 - Sample Unit Overview: Der Blaue Planet und Naturkatastrophen Teaches Geography, expanding student understanding of world around us and Natural Disasters caused by Plate Tectonics; duration 8 – 10 weeks. Common Assessment/Framework Criteria: Vocabulary Recognition Tests; Reading Comprehension Task; Listening Comprehension Task; Language Assignments; Major Creative Oral VODCAST with ICT.

34 German Language Program @ Caulfield Grammar School
Future Pathways VET Certificate II in German Module Approach Year 9 @ Art and Earth Sciences Senior Exchange - International Baccalaureate (IB)? German Language Caulfield Grammar School

35 Talking About Languages DVD
For school leaders, teachers and school communities: A summary of conversations, discussions, observation and interviews on the topic of language acquisition: Interviews with academics in Victoria and SA with a focus on different elements related to language acquisition. Interviews with principals, who discuss Languages programs in their schools, their beliefs, their experiences. Interviews with Teachers on Languages, cultural knowledge, technology, etc. Footage of class activities in Languages programs, in a variety of schools in Victoria, at all levels. Footage of immersion teaching from a bilingual program.

36 Talking About Languages DVD
DVD for the Principals Why? The role of principals is shifting from administrators of resources in schools to curriculum experts. In Languages programs, it is important that principals understand the importance of language acquisition in the modern curriculum in Australia and that they are able to assess the validity of a LOTE program.

37 Talking About Languages DVD
DVD for the Teachers Why? They are incredibly motivated and dedicated and deserve much more exposure in what they do. Will profit from listening to the academics in matters of pedagogy and methodology, especially Dr John Lando and Dr Margaret Gearon. Will be able to use segments of the DVD to promote Languages programs in their schools. Will be able to use suggestions and strategies from DVD. Will be better able to comprehend the vision of principals.

38 Talking About Languages DVD
DVD for the School Community Why? Presents overwhelming evidence to support why it is essential for Australian students to study additional languages (interviews with Professors Michael Clyne and Joe Lo Bianco). Highlights the essential link between cognitive development and literacy and languages (interview with Associate Prof. Angela Scarino).

39 Talking About Languages DVD
DVD Distribution (Contact Viviana Golding: All schools in the BSW Region and Loddon Mallee Region will receive a copy, free of cost. Schools outside these two regions are invited to purchase copies through the BSW and Loddon Mallee Regional Offices. The complete series of interviews with the academics will be available as addenda at a cost per CD (there may be a possibility of releasing the interviews on YouTube).

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