The Languages and Culture team (Secondary Education) is delighted to welcome Marcela Ayas to our team.
Marcela will be acting in the role of Language Officer until October 2019 and brings a wealth of experience to the role, as her substantive position is Head Teacher, Languages at Westfields Sports HS.
Fairfield West PS is seeking an Assyrian teacher for 3 days per week, for an immediate start.
Thank you to all the language teachers who joined us for yesterday's Adobe Connect session. Below please find a link to the recording, if you were unable to join us live.
The session includes information on the Languages and Culture team's eCourse, updates to our website and projects for 2019.
Adobe Connect recording: https://connect.schools.nsw.edu.au/prqsr6xnsw2i/
eCourse walk-through (5 mins): schoolsequella.det.nsw.edu.au/items/13001f92-f759-4e9e-a2d3-d7f5289fd2cd/1/eCourse%20overview.mp4?.vi=htmlFiveViewer (we were unable to play this during the Adobe Connect, so please take just 5 minutes to learn more about this professional learning opportunity)
Yammer is the department's social media platform – you can download the app to your phone or access it from the portal (under 'My applications').
From next week (Week 5), we will be available from 3:30-4pm every Monday and Thursday during term time to answer your questions, provide feedback or just have a chat about any concerns you may have about the new K-10 syllabuses. Join us in the Languages NSW (7-12) group.
You can join in live, or catch up on the action at a time which suits you.
The 2019 Chinese Language Teachers’ Conference is being organised for K-12 teachers of Chinese across NSW to support teachers in implementing the new Chinese K-10 syllabus, particularly in assessment and reporting, as well as to explore 4Cs activities (critical reflection, creative thinking, communication and collaboration) in the context of Chinese language learning to support students in thriving within school and beyond.
The conference will be held on Friday 18 October 2019. Further details regarding conference venue, agenda and registration will be made available in early Term 3.
All secondary language teachers are invited to participate in the Term 2 Adobe Connect webinar. As the webinar runs as a one-direction session, you will not need a microphone or be required to speak.
The webinar can contribute to 30 minutes of teacher-identified professional learning addressing Standards 6.2.2 and 7.4.2 of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
- K-10 syllabus familiarisation and planning eCourse (and why we recommend all secondary language teachers get involved in this professional learning opportunity)
- our website – what's new and what's planned
- project updates.
Join us online via the Secondary Languages Adobe Connect room on Wednesday 22 May from 3:30-4:00pm.
For participants new to using Adobe Connect, please see the attached how-to-guide below.
We look forward to meeting you in the Secondary Languages meeting room.
Over the last 12 months, the Languages and Culture team has been asked to present at school-organised networks, which support teachers and/or head teachers across a community of schools. These events are often on School Development Days.
In order to best support these networks, we would like to develop a database of what school-organised networks are operating. This is the information we have to date, but need to check its accuracy.
- HT Network Hunter, coordinated by Rebeca Tamas (for languages)
- HT Network Central Coast, coordinated by Michelle Stewart (for languages)
- HT Network Northern Beaches Secondary College, coordinated by Renata Grudic (for languages)
We're also aware of the Illawarra CNI, which is coordinated by Evia Kyriacou (for languages).
If you lead/coordinate support for a school-organised network, for teachers of languages and/or language coordinators and/or head teachers, please contact Maxine Acosta.
We will continue to support the 16 language teacher networks which run across the state.
Mentoring program for beginning secondary languages teachers 2019-2020 – VLMN – applications closing soon
The Languages and Culture team successfully established the Virtual Languages Mentoring Network (VLMN) in 2017 to support beginning and/or isolated languages teachers 7-12. A beginning teacher is one in their first 2 years of teaching in metro areas and up to 5 years in rural and remote.
Beginning and geographically-remote teachers of languages often work as the only language teacher in the school and have specific needs which cannot always be met at school level.
The VLMN includes a Language Officer, Evia Kyriacou, from the Languages and Culture team, 2 lead mentors, 2 beginning mentors and up to 15 school-based language teacher mentors (selected via expressions of interest) working to support the mentee teachers.
Expressions of interest are invited from early career/geographically remote teachers of languages 7-12 (mentees) who would like to join the second cohort of VLMN for 2019-2021.
The VLMN will:
- identify professional learning needs for mentees and mentors
- implement evidence-based mentoring practices to develop the capacity of mentees over an 18-month period
- support teachers of languages in working towards and maintaining accreditation at a range of career stages
- build the capacity of virtual and face-to-face language teacher networks.
The VLMN will begin with a centrally-located 2.5 day conference for both mentors and mentees. The Languages and Culture team will provide release to participants to facilitate mentoring support and to attend targeted professional learning.
Please complete the Google survey https://forms.gle/mQpQMMwZKdvb17Z48 and download the attached EOI form and submit by 5pm on Friday 10 May 2019 to Evia Kyriacou.
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