The NALSSP (National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program) bring some latin flair to the holiday season with this Christmassy interpretation of the macarena, courtesy of jibjab.com. You can have some fun personalising a range of entertaining videos with your students at http://www.jibjab.com/holidays/christmas
The NSW Department of Education and Communities has released the
NSW DEC Scootle, where teachers can search for online resources across a range of subject areas, including Languages.
To access the NSW DEC Scootle, just log in to the Portal, then go to ‘My websites'. You’ll see the NSW DEC Scootle link at the top of the page.
Explore and enjoy!
This article is a little old, but it really helped me to think about where I would be placed on an imaginary Digital Native-Digital Immigrant continuum.
In order to gain approval for permanency as a community language teacher at the primary level, you must
have accreditation. To do this you must sit for the Community Language Teachers Test which is held at the University of NSW Institute of Languages (UNSWIL).
Teachers wanting to present for the test are required to send a written request to the Teacher Recruitment section of the Department on fax 9836 9767 or email Additional.Approval@det.nsw.edu.au
They should include their personal details, with their DEC approval number, current email, mobile phone number and the language they would like to sit for.
Teacher Recruitment will then send the detailsto UNSWIL (so that they are aware of the number of clients seeking assessment) and then send a letter to the teacher giving them contact details for registration with the University. They will send details about the next test together with an exemplar of the test.
The next test is scheduled for Thursday 27 March 2014.
VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia presentation tool that allows students to comment on images, documents and videos using text, video and audio files. Teachers can use this tool to set up lessons which
provide excellent language models and allow students to respond to content in a variety of ways. It can also be used to give feedback and assess student achievement. Embedding student presentations on a class blog makes authentic cross-cultural conversations possible.
Language teachers can use this tool to differentiate instruction by providing open-ended questions and a range of choices to demonstrate learning, engage in conversations and respond critically to the ideas of others. VoiceThread allows students to work through content at their own pace and is a great option for students who lack confidence or need extra time to compose their thoughts or rehearse their answers.
View some examples
- Poetry Voicethread: https://voicethread.com/?#q.b119840.i725907
- French fluency and history Voicethread:
- A Spanish vocabulary Voicethread:
- A simple activity using adverbs of frequency: http://icteas.wordpress.com/category/animated-doodling/
- Voicethread embedding video and animated doodles: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-9820559-2.html
I'm running a network meeting for all Central Coast DEC language teachers (primary and secondary) to discuss the BOS Languages Review 2-4 pm on Wednesday 11th December at Erina High School. I would encourage all language teachers to attend this meeting as the Hunter/Central Coast Regional Office will use the numbers of attendance at this meeting to potentially support a regular Central Coast language teachers network meeting into the future.
Please search the course code: NR05727
Enrolments in this course must be made by Friday 6th December.
Afternoon tea will be provided.
Languages Teacher/Aboriginal Education Coordinator
Erina High School
Telephone: 4367 7353
R/Japanese Language Officer (Tuesday/Wednesday)
Learning and Leadership
Telephone: 9266 8540
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