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 Greek and Spanish Teachers’ Conferences

Greek Language teachers Conference 2016

Teachers of Greek are Invited to attend this state-wide conference and professional development opportunity for all teachers of Greek in government and non-government schools.

Teachers and student teachers can register on MyPL



Teachers of Spanish are Invited to attend this state-wide conference and professional development opportunity for all teachers of Spanish in government and non-government schools.

Teachers and student teachers can register on MyPL


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

My favourite pieces of Japan in Sydney

Are you visiting Sydney, or bringing students on excursion? Here is a map of my favourite places to go, all walkable distances from Town Hall/Central Station or Darling Harbour. (Art Gallery is a bit of a long, leisurely walk from Darling Harbour!) Just click on each location to learn more about each place.

Where are your favourite pieces of Japan in Sydney? Have you made a similar map for ‘pieces of Japan’ in your town/state? I would love to hear where I should visit when travelling interstate!

What would be your ideal professional learning session?

Teachers are expected to differentiate learning according to the needs and interests of individual students, yet when it comes to their own professional learning, teachers are often taught in an outdated fashion, and sometimes about topics that have little application in their specialty teaching area.

Leanne wants to hear from as many language teachers across Australia as possible. Please share this post far and wide with your language teaching friends.

If you could learn anything you like in a professional development session, what would it be?