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.

  • 8 May, 2018
    Yiyili Community School has 70 students and is located half way between Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek, home of the Gooniyandi people. Gooniyandi language learning is compulsory at the school from Pre-primary to Year 10. The school is swiftly developing the structure of its Languages program to meet the 2 hours notional time as recommended by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority. Read more

    • Building sustainable language programs
    • P-10 Languages Curriculum
    • Promoting Languages

  • 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

  • 12 December, 2017
    Kelly Barron teaches primary French at Presbyterian Ladies College, where staff are encouraged to engage in and initiate research to improve understanding of students and learning. AISWA Languages Consultant, Kate Reitzenstein interviewed Kelly about her research and found that it has led to a desire for future research into language learning. Read more

    • Building sustainable language programs
    • Promoting Languages
    • Teacher professional development

  • 7 December, 2017
    Education Perfect has recently added Noongar to its list of languages. This is fantastic opportunity to create word lists derived from Sharon Gregory's Noongar Dictionary. Read more

    • P-10 Languages Curriculum

  • 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

  • 3 December, 2015
    In October AISWA held a series of language specific workshops for Arabic, Italian, Modern Greek, Spanish, Japanese, French, Chinese and Indonesian on the Australian Curriculum: Languages and the P-10 Western Australian Curriculum for Languages. More than 90 Languages teachers from AISWA member schools attended. Read more

    • Teacher professional development

  • 24 September, 2015
    AISWA recently held four planning workshops for Year 12 teachers of French, Indonesian, Japanese and Italian (Second Language) to prepare for implementation of Units 3 and 4 in 2016. Participants brainstormed a list of questions linked to the contexts and topics and these have been compiled into question banks which can be downloaded here. Read more

    • Teacher professional development
    • WACE Languages Curriculum

  • 26 June, 2015
    Guest speaker Nadine Fraize was back in 2015 and presented a series of whole day workshops titled “Powerful Ideas for Languages”. One of the highlights of her visit this year was the demonstration of a science lesson in French to participants who were predominantly non-French speakers. Read more

    • Teacher professional development

  • 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

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