Being innovative requires us to try something new. This may be our mode of delivery, the resources that we use, the organisation of learning in the classrooms or the inclusion of our learners as the partners in their learning.
Increasing fluency and oral competency in a primary school language program
At St Michael’s all year 1 and 2 students receive 15 minutes of French and Japanese on 7 days of the 10 day cycle. In these lessons teachers focus on oral language and use gesture methodology including short plays to increase fluency and oral competency.
In Japanese the ACTLAN approach is used and in French the AIM program has been adopted. This innovative approach to the teaching of Languages combined with the frequency of lessons is having a positive impact on students’ language learning experience and their confidence in speaking French and Japanese.
Inspiring Language learning through the use of ICT
This enthusiastic and experienced teacher of Japanese incorporates a range of ICT in her classroom to inspire and engage students in their language learning. She uses iPads, student response systems (“clickers”) listening pots, the interactive whiteboard and many other technology based learning tools to maximise the learning opportunities for students.
Supporting intercultural understanding through cross curriculum collaboration
The Head of English and Head of History at this Junior school are collaborating together to plan and implement the Australian Curriculum Cross Curriculum Priority: Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia. By reflecting on content in their current curriculum and identifying opportunities and resources to address this priority, staff at each year level have been supported and encouraged to explicitly teach this aspect of the curriculum and to work towards developing students’ Intercultural Understanding. Their approach is one which other schools may find a useful model.
The ICT in Languages program
The ICT in Languages Program is designed for pairs of Languages teachers from schools that are keen to build teacher capacity in the effective use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to support student learning in Languages. The program follows the peer-coaching model with each of the attendees providing professional learning for at least one other colleague in their school as one of the key outcomes of their participation. Taking on this coaching role assists participants with consolidation of their own learning and ensures the school’s wider teaching community benefits from the acquired skills.
The program includes 3 days of workshops over terms 2 and 3, a school visit by an ISV consultant and a series of online webinars to provide participants with a range of opportunities to explore and gain confidence in using ICT effectively in the Languages classroom.
One tool which will be introduced is Videoscribe – a unique way to create engaging animated videos quickly and easily, without technical or design knowledge. This clip may inspire you to see what’s possible with this technology and how you may use it in your Languages program.