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EMR LOTE E -Newsletter Issue 10 | November 2010

Languages Learning for the 21st Century: The Victorian Languages Strategy • Languages Learning for the 21st Century: The Victorian Languages Strategy has been launched • The strategy aims to increase student participation, engagement and achievement in languages education over the long term to 2020. • It identifies 17 actions for implementation in the short term and priority areas for the medium to long term under four strategic directions: o strengthening engagement and flexibility o enhancing and supporting the workforce o building commitment to languages education o support for the revival and reclamation of Aboriginal Languages. • Implementation of the strategy will commence immediately and many initiatives will involve a bid-in process for schools. • The strategy supports school leaders to build commitment to their languages programs and to make use of innovative technologies and partnerships with other schools, languages providers and languages champions from business and industry in order to deliver effective programs. • The strategy supports languages teachers to deliver effective programs, develop their professional skills and share their expertise. • You can download the document from: nguagesstrategy/ Please promote the strategy at your school and share it with your leadership teams.

EMR Podcast Play Competition 2010 The Eastern Metropolitan Region (EMR) is pleased to announce the winners of the Languages other than English (LOTE), Podcast Play Competition 2010: Primary School Category 1. Syndal South Primary School, The FIFA World Cup 2010 Japan & Australia, Japanese ($300 book voucher) 2. Mitcham Primary School, The FIFA World Cup, Indonesian ($200 book EMR LOTE E-Newsltetter

Celebrate outstanding achievements and special events in LOTE in this newsletter. If you would like to share your stories of success, please contact: Outstanding Achievements Congratulations to Harrison Watt, a student from Heathmont College for receiving a prestigious scholarship by the Society for Australian German Student Exchange. After a rigorous interview process, Harrison Watt has been awarded a most prestigious scholarship by the Society for Australian German Student Exchange he will be sponsored by the

voucher) Secondary School Category 1. Blackburn High School, Fußball Weltmeisterschaft Show, German ($ 300 book voucher) 2. Camberwell High School, Piala Dunia Ha Ha!, Indonesian ($ 200 book voucher) 3. Blackburn High School, Fußball ist sehr gut, German ($100 book voucher) EMR would like to congratulate all students and teachers from winning schools. The EMR Podcast Play Competition aimed to: • •

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encourage students to draft, plan and write plays in a LOTE develop the students’ ability to plan, script and rehearse and think about the way they speak and consider the ways speech can be used to entertain, inform and influence others challenge and extend students’ speaking skills in the LOTE help students investigate the language use of effective communicators develop the students’ ability to use ICT for sound editing help students investigate the use of sound effects and music in podcast plays.

We are hoping that more schools will participate next year. Details about the podcast play competition will be sent to schools in Term 1 next year.

Talking About Languages DVD This DVD for schools and school leaders focuses on matters related to languages education and especially on the pedagogy related to second language acquisition. It provides examples of good practice in languages teaching and learning and contains interviews with principals and academics about what contributes to the success, quality and sustainability of languages programs in Australia. Contents:

AGTV to spend 10 weeks in Germany at the end of this school year, and will stay with a host family. Our college has boasted two previous recipients of this scholarship, in 1998 and 2000. Very few students in government schools are fortunate enough to win these scholarships, so the German teachers at Heathmont are extremely proud of his efforts. In four weeks, eleven of Heathmont College's Year 10 German students will travel to Germany with twelve students from Vermont SC to spend a month at our sister-school in Kaufungen in central Germany. We have had this successful partnership since 1996 and have maintained the exchange annually since that time. Such is the strength of our programme that we are even at the point where host parents are being invited to the weddings of students who have lived with them during the exchange! Lynette Tonkin LOTE Co-ordinator (German and Indonesian) Heathmont College

• Principals talk about languages programs • The languages classroom • Academics talk about second language

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acquisition, research and good practice: - Professor Jo Lo Bianco, The University of Melbourne - Assoc. Professor Michael Clyne, The University of Melbourne - Assoc. Professor Angela Scarino, University of South Australia - Dr Margaret Gearon, Monash University - Dr. John Lando, Australian Catholic University.


Cultural Diversity Quest The Cultural Diversity Quest 2011 is now open to all schools across Victoria. The closing date for entries is 23 February 2011. Schools are encouraged to send in their entries as soon as they are completed. The Quest is a great opportunity for schools to showcase the work they are doing around the themes of cultural diversity and global and multicultural citizenship. Here is the Quest website: Have a look at the examples of entries from previous years on this wikispace: Some examples of possible entries could include LOTE films entered into various language specific film competitions this year.

Articles SHINE The latest edition of Shine has a few articles that might be of interest to you: How learning a language can improve literacy skills (p.22) Languages Strategy (p.49) Master Chef Promotes Asia Literacy (p.44) THE AGE Push to get students into the world of languages

Asia Gap Year Programs For year 12 students looking to develop Chinese or Japanese language skills and build a career foundation in Asia, Asia Literacy offers an excellent starting point with these Asia Gap Year Programs. Designed to be flexible and affordable these programs include in-country language tuition, employer referrals, initial accommodation and advisory support from the association. For further information follow these links: China Gap Year: Japan Gap Year:

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Reports on the current state of Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese and Korean Language Education in Australian School All reports can be downloaded from this website:

Web Resources - makes free crosswords, word searches and more. - lets you set up interactive posters. – Ideas for sparking up your LOTE lessons with technology. A useful site that contains links to all sorts of curriculum materials for Asian languages and more: Examples of programs you can use for digital story telling: Cool tools for schools lists a great collection of Web 2.0 tools: EDUSTAR: se_id=63 There are currently over 80 software applications available on the eduSTAR software list.The broad range of applications cover: • • • • • • • • • • • •

animation concept and Mind Mapping digital video and image creation drawing and painting interactive curricular resources logic and problem-solving 3D modelling and game-making presentation and multimedia tools sound and music making thinking skills typing tutors web authoring tools

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Virtual Conferencing- Elluminate You can access recorded sessions presented by Jess McCulloch last term by clicking on the links below. NOTE: Your computer needs to be set up for Elluminate. You will need to visit the Virtual Conference Centre prior to the first session to setup your computer. This process needs to be completed only once. For further information on how to prepare for virtual conferencing go to : tart.htm There you can find step by step instructions and the link to the Training room where you can test if Elluminate is working on your computer. Collaborative Projects In Lote id=2007026 Using Web 2.0 Tools In Languages Classroom id=2007026 Enhancing Group Work With Ict In The Languages Classroom id=2007026

Certificate II in language (Japanese and German) delivered as VET Read about it here:;ID=1lmgvkk2xjvtz

Professional Reading All Languages Education newsletters are saved on this webpage:

Indonesian Suzannah Walsh and Kate Hill, both Indonesian LOTE teachers in Melbourne founded 'IKAN' this year - an online community that connects Indonesian LOTE teachers in Victoria and International Indonesian tertiary students. This space helps teachers connect with native speakers and at the same time allows native speakers to promote their language/culture/make connections in Melbourne etc. The space can be found at : You will need to request a membership.

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