Top 5 languages studied for HSC in 2019

NESA has released the snapshots of HSC study 2019. Do you know what the top 5 languages studied this year are?

Top 5 languages studied for 2019 HSC are Japanese, French, Chinese, Italian Spanish.

You can see all the data for Languages here.

To see other snapshots, take a look at https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/11-12/hsc/about-HSC/HSC-facts-figures

Be inspired by the new syllabus

Hurry – enrolments for the last workshop this year close tomorrow! Join us in Penrith, 7 November, as we learn to understand the intent of the new syllabus to enliven your programs and engage your students. Feel excited about what you are going to teach!

You will leave this workshop:

  • familiar with the content for stage 4 2nd language learners in the new syllabuses
  • equipped with thinking tools to see how programs need to change
  • inspired with new ideas to give an authentic focus to units
  • and with a clear timeline for making changes.

Register now.

New syllabus workshops – new dates announced!

How will

a more specific focus on the use of language in authentic ways

impact your learning design? Do you have the tools you need to analyse your existing stage 4 programs? Where do you begin to rewrite your units of work to meet new outcomes and mandatory content?

4 new dates have been announced for the workshop about the new K-10 syllabuses for Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish:

4 July 2018

26 September 2018

7 November 2018

Don’t miss out – enrol now!

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What’s new in these syllabuses? How will the syllabus affect how I teach my students language?

Leanne Smith works as an independent languages consultant, secondary Japanese teacher and delivers languages curriculum at Western Sydney University. Leanne will lead participants to:

°          Consider the reasons for learning a language.

°          Understand the structure of the new syllabus.

°          Explore the tasks provided in the new syllabuses.

°          Analyse own existing stage 4 program in light of the new outcomes.

°          Explore new opportunities to rewrite units of work with a focus on authentic language use.
This workshop will focus on the standard content provided for 2nd language learners in the Stage 4 syllabuses. The same approach can be applied by teachers looking at rewriting their stage 5 programs.

This workshop will be held in Penrith, NSW. Exact venue will be advised closer to the date of the workshop. Penrith is a central location, just 1 hour from Sydney and Katoomba, 90 minutes from Wollongong and Gosford.

Would you like Leanne to deliver this workshop in another area? Request a different location.

Ready to enrol now?– places are limited to small numbers to ensure participants receive the assistance they need.

 

New syllabus workshops – June 15 still has room for you!

How will

a more specific focus on the use of language in authentic ways

impact your learning design? Do you have the tools you need to analyse your existing stage 4 programs? Where do you begin to rewrite your units of work to meet new outcomes and mandatory content?

The workshop about the new K-10 syllabuses for Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish on May 30 is full, but there is still room for you in the workshop being held on Friday 15 June, so I have extended the application date to June 1. Don’t miss out – enrol now!

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What’s new in these syllabuses? How will the syllabus affect how I teach my students language?

Leanne Smith works as an independent languages consultant, secondary Japanese teacher and delivers languages curriculum at Western Sydney University. Leanne will lead participants to:

°          Consider the reasons for learning a language.

°          Understand the structure of the new syllabus.

°          Explore the tasks provided in the new syllabuses.

°          Analyse own existing stage 4 program in light of the new outcomes.

°          Explore new opportunities to rewrite units of work with a focus on authentic language use.
This workshop will focus on the standard content provided for 2nd language learners in the Stage 4 syllabuses. The same approach can be applied by teachers looking at rewriting their stage 5 programs.

This workshop will be held in Penrith, NSW. Exact venue will be advised closer to the date of the workshop. Penrith is a central location, just 1 hour from Sydney and Katoomba, 90 minutes from Wollongong and Gosford.

Would you like Leanne to deliver this workshop in another area? Register your interest!

Ready to enrol now?– places are limited to small numbers to ensure participants receive the assistance they need.

 

New languages syllabuses in NSW – support is here!

NESA has released support documents for the new K-10 Chinese and Japanese syllabuses. Teachers can download a sample scope and sequence and unit of work.

Do you know how your your own programs will need to change to enact the intent of the new K-10 syllabuses for Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish? Would you like support in getting ready to implement the new syllabuses for years 7 and 9 next year? Want to quickly understand the changes and follow a process to start rewriting your units of work? The K-10 language syllabuses – Rewriting stage 4 programs workshop is for you! The workshop will contribute 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 2.1.2, 6.2.2 and 7.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

K-10 language syllabuses - rewriting stage 4 programs

In this workshop, participants will:

°          Consider the reasons for learning a language.

°          Understand the structure of the new syllabus.

°          Explore tasks provided in the syllabuses.

°          Analyse own existing stage 4 program in light of the new outcomes.

°          Explore new opportunities to rewrite units of work with a focus on authentic language use.

This workshop will focus on the standard content provided for 2nd language learners in the Stage 4 syllabuses. The same approach can be applied by teachers looking at rewriting their stage 5 programs.

This workshop will be held in Penrith, NSW. Exact venue will be advised closer to the date of the workshop. Penrith is a central location, just 1 hour from Sydney and Katoomba, 90 minutes from Wollongong and Gosford.

Ready to enrol now?places are limited to small numbers to ensure participants receive the assistance they need. 30 May workshop enrolment has closed, but there is still room in the workshops on 15 June and 30 June.

New syllabus workshops – enrolment closing dates

New K-10 syllabuses are here for Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish. Are you ready to implement them? Enrolments for April 27 workshop close today.

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What’s new in these syllabuses? How will the syllabus affect how I teach my students language?

Leanne Smith works as an independent languages consultant, secondary Japanese teacher and delivers languages curriculum at Western Sydney University. Leanne will lead participants to:

°          Consider the reasons for learning a language.

°          Understand the structure of the new syllabus.

°          Explore the tasks provided in the new syllabuses.

°          Analyse own existing stage 4 program in light of the new outcomes.

°          Explore new opportunities to rewrite units of work with a focus on authentic language use.
This workshop will focus on the standard content provided for 2nd language learners in the Stage 4 syllabuses. The same approach can be applied by teachers looking at rewriting their stage 5 programs.

This workshop will be held in Penrith, NSW. Exact venue will be advised closer to the date of the workshop. Penrith is a central location, just 1 hour from Sydney and Katoomba, 90 minutes from Wollongong and Gosford.

Would you like Leanne to deliver this workshop in another area? Register your interest!

Ready to enrol now?– places are limited to small numbers to ensure participants receive the assistance they need.

 

New syllabus – rewriting stage 4 programs

New K-10 syllabuses are here for Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish. Are you ready to implement them?

workshops for NSW language teachers - rewriting stage 4 programs for the new syllabuses

A rescue plan from consultingleanne.com!

Leanne Smith works as an independent languages consultant, secondary Japanese teacher and delivers languages curriculum at Western Sydney University. Leanne will lead participants to:

°          Consider the reasons for learning a language.

°          Understand the structure of the new syllabus.

°          Explore the tasks provided in the new syllabuses.

°          Analyse own existing stage 4 program in light of the new outcomes.

°          Explore new opportunities to rewrite units of work with a focus on authentic language use.
This workshop will focus on the standard content provided for 2nd language learners in the Stage 4 syllabuses.

 

This workshop will be held in Penrith, NSW. Exact venue will be advised closer to the date of the workshop. Penrith is a central location, just 1 hour from Sydney and Katoomba, 90 minutes from Wollongong and Gosford.

Register your interest or enrol now – places are limited to small numbers to ensure participants receive the assistance they need.

 

Get set for listening and speaking

Do you still use a tape recorder or cd player for your listening and speaking tasks? By using Audacity®, you can free yourself of the burden of carrying those items around, as well as all the time wasted looking for the right spot!

A new listening/speaking workshop from consultingleanne.com!

Imagine your whole class completing speaking items at the same time. Imagine the right listening item, saved with the questions and starting at the click of a button. Imagine being able to easily create listening examinations, adapting the speed to a pace that suits your students abilities.

Audacity workshop announced

Get set for listening and speaking!

That’s right, in this workshop you will learn to:

  • record “interactive” speaking tasks
  • create listening items
  • convert all of those old tapes gathering dust in your storeroom
  • save and organise all of your files in iTunes
  • embed files directly in your PowerPoint presentations or IWB notebooks.

 

As a school holiday special you can enrol now for the special discounted price of only $169.40.

Workshop cost is usually $220 – a saving of $50.60.

See some innovative listening ideas that have used Audacity® as a base for creating the sound file.

How to successfully teach Languages via video conference

More and more, schools are harnessing the power of technology to provide their students with Language learning opportunities, that would have been otherwise impossible. Schools are connecting classes to run elective classes that have too few numbers to run independently, or to share the expertise of a Language teacher with other schools that do not have a qualified teacher for a particular language, as well as connecting their students with overseas students.

 Teaching Languages via video conference is most successful when:
* The teachers are highly adept at operating the equipment
* The delivering teacher is well presented, vibrant and energetic
* The delivering teacher has developed a rapport with the students and receiving teacher
* The receiving teacher participates enthusiastically – engagement is contagious!
* The lesson materials are of the highest intellectual quality – visually stimulating and sufficiently challenging
* The lesson includes a variety of activities emphasising student participation
* The lessons are followed up with consolidation lessons in the classroom and learning activities, that students complete independently.

NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre has released a professional learning resource to support schools considering a blended learning program:

Putting a teacher in front of a camera and linking to a class is not enough. The best lessons are created by a team of consultants, directors, principals, teachers, parents and students working together. A committed team and investing time in professional learning and material development ensure success.

Do you teach via video conference? What do you think is essential for success? Leave a comment below.

ACARA Languages update

All Languages teachers should get ready to provide feedback on the draft curriculum Italian F-10 and the draft curriculum Chinese F-10 that are due to be released for consultation from December 2013. This is our opportunity to provide feedback on the issues of the design of Languages curriculum. Read more at: http://www.acara.edu.au/acara_update_06112012.html

Innovative listening items

For those of you that can’t make it to the TeachMeet for Languages today, here is my presentation:

 

Want to know more? Click on the links below to go to the mentioned sites:

Audacity®

TraitR

Languages Online

Watch as I make a YouTube and Google Docs form listening item

Would you like a full day workshop exploring these ideas and more?

Connected classrooms in NSW

Asia Education Foundation (AEF) has released a report on what works to build demand for Asian languages. NSW has successfully stimulated student demand and made language learning possible for students in schools where the language was not previously offered by supporting teachers in delivering languages via video conference and online software sharing. Importantly, it is not just a case of switching on the technology and students will learn! Read more about what made the initiatives successful in the AEF publication: “Connected classrooms” in NSW.

ACARA Australian Curriculum: Languages update

ACARA has released the languages for which Australian Curriculum will be developed by the end of 2013. One language (can you guess which one?) will have all three learner pathways developed (background language learner, first language learner and second language learner). For the other languages listed, only one pathway will be developed by end of 2013 – either a background language learner or second language learner pathway.

Consultation on the draft F-10 curriculum for Chinese and Italian second language learner pathways will occurr from September 2012. Be sure to have your say – the future of language learning in Australia is in your hands.

You can read more at the ACARA website.

Kerpoof

Kerpoof is a suite of online multimedia software to create original artwork, animated movies, stories, greeting cards and more. It is owned by the Walt Disney company and has a section dedicated for educators. Check out the teachers’ guide, provided lesson plans or dive straight in at http://www.kerpoof.com/
Scripted languages work in Make a movie and Make a picture but not in the other sections. However, you can use the pencil in Tell a story to draw the script and use the text box below to enter the meaning – a nice way for students to build their own kanji/hanzi reference book. You can also use script by using Create a doodle in Make a card to draw your message using the pen.

ToonDoo

ToonDoo is an online comic-creating tool. You can sign up for free, or pay for an educational version.

To create comics in foreign languages, simply choose the text bubble that looks like this:

Find these and other great manga style characters under the ‘special’ tab (indicated by stars) in the ToonDoo maker.

This site also has the option to create your own cartoon characters, calledTraitR. What a fun way to explore describing what people look like in other languages. Students could create their own characters, then describe what they look like, or create a character from the description the teacher provides. Students could use it for self description too, as you can upload a photo as a reference – I had lots of fun creating a cartoon of myself!