NSW Cross-Sectoral Italian Conference – Innovating and Invigorating Italian

A statewide conference and professional development opportunity for teachers of Italian

in government and non-government schools will be held Friday, 12th August 2016.

Register here.

For more information, please contact Merryl Wahlin, Languages Consultant, at mwahlin@aisnsw.edu.au or Enri Parolin at enri.parolin@det.nsw.edu.au16_NSW Cross-Sectoral Italian Conference flyerFinal


NSW Japanese Teachers’ Conference 

 The Japanese teachers’ conference: Aspire to Inspire will be held at Rydges World Square on Friday 19 August 2016 from 8.30am until 4.30pm.

The Japanese Conference welcomes Japanese teachers from Kindergarten through to Year 12 from all sectors, including pre-service teachers. It is a valuable opportunity for teachers to unite, network and share best teaching practices and innovative ideas.Keynote speaker Kylie Farmer, AFMLTA President (2014-2016) and an experienced teacher of Japanese, will be presenting the newly released Japanese version of the AFMLTA standards and how these align to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. She will provide insights to how Japanese teachers may use these and other resources to build their Professional Development Plans.

Pip Cleaves, Head Teacher Learning Innovation, and Languages will be presenting on the future-focused Japanese classroom and sharing her expertise on how to engage 21st century learners.

Workshop sessions include future-focused learning (project-based learning, blended learning resources and collaborative tools), differentiation, HSC skills and strategies, Content and Language Integrated Learning and Aboriginal perspectives. The conference will also strengthen professional connections, update teachers in the implementation of Japanese syllabuses and deepen knowledge of Japanese language and culture.

The conference will contribute to six hours of QTC Registered PD addressing 3.4.2, 6.1.2 and 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

NSW DoE teacher $110

Non-DoEteachers $220

Register online through MyPL@Edu Event ID: 135296


Closing date: 12 August 2016

Teachers in non-government schools who cannot access MyPL@Edu, should access the instructions to register at https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/proflearn/areas/plp/mypl/community.html

What does learning a language mean to you?

A new competition launched by an SBS and Community Languages Australia (CLA) partnership is encouraging young Australians to learn a new language.


The competition is open to all CLA students in Australia aged four to 18. CLA is an umbrella body that unites over 1,000 community language schools, providing language maintenance in 69 languages to in excess of 100,000 school age children. CLA students aged four to seven are encouraged to draw a picture that illustrates what learning another language means to them, while the secondary primary and senior categories are to write their responses in language.

For more information, go to: sbs.com.au/nlc




Would you like a say in what forms NSW K-10 syllabus?

BOSTES is currently seeking feedback on the draft K-10 Languages framework.

This will inform the writing of the draft K – 10 syllabus for Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Modern Greek, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese.

It is important to provide your feedback now, as this affects what you will teach in the future. Visit BOSTES to learn more.

Federal budget cuts invaluable Language teaching training

At a time when there is a heavy push by the Australian Government on universities to improve teacher quality at the teacher training level, it seems ludicrous that the new budget would slash a program that delivered a significant increase in teacher quality.

The Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowships provided teachers and pre-service teachers the opportunity to live in-country and attend intense language study sessions in the January school holidays.

For many teachers, this opportunity was their first ever trip to the country they do or will teach about, or the first opportunity to study in-country. The fellowships gave teachers the chance to significantly increase their skills and understanding, the benefits of which flow on through their classrooms, to the students they teach.

With the release of Languages in the Australian Curriculum, we see a strong emphasis on the role and interdependence of language and culture. Intercultural understanding is one of the general capabilities, a key dimension across all areas of the Australian Curriculum. Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia is one of the three cross-curriculum priorities embedded in all learning areas. In-country experiences are the most effective way to develop the understanding necessary to effectively teach the Australian Curriculum to students, and to share professional learning with colleagues.

Has your teaching benefited from receiving one of the fellowships? Leave a comment below, then pop over to AFMLTA’s site to see what you can do to urge the Government to return funding to this worthwhile program.