In our first post, we looked at implementation and syllabus content and outcomes.
In our second post, we looked at target language use in the classroom and the three learner groups.
In our third post, we looked at learning across the curriculum content and programming.
Today we're looking at Program Builder and the role of language and culture objective.
We will continue this series in Term 4.
Q: Need training in using Program Builder.
A: Program Builder is very intuitive to use. There is also a range of “how-to” videos on the Program Builder site, for example:
- - how to create a program
- - how to edit a program
- - how to create a unit
- - how to edit a unit
- - how to customise a unit template.
Q: When will Program Builder be ready for other languages?
A: Program Builder is close to release in the remaining 6 languages. Make sure you’re subscribed to NESA News so you know when they become available. Subscribe at http://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/about/news/newsletters
The role of language and culture
Q: Are principals aware of the cultural aspect of the new syllabus?
A: In the 2003 syllabus documents, students developed knowledge of the culture of [Language]-speaking communities as part of the Moving Between Cultures objective. In the new syllabuses, students understand and reflect on the role of language and culture in the exchange of meaning, and consider how interaction shapes communication and identity through the role of language and culture objective. There has been no formal announcement via NESA or the department regarding the culture-related objective in the syllabus. Individual teachers are encouraged to discuss these changes with their principals, including the implication for timetabling non-language teachers on to classes.
Q: Our school has done research tasks in English in 7 and 8. Can these still work in the new system?
A: They should work. Given the open nature of our syllabuses (no prescribed topics), they should support both research tasks and project-based learning, as long as the research tasks incorporate the intended learning (dot points) of the syllabus.