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  • New support for Indonesian!

    The NSW Department of Education has just published their Indonesian support resources for the Modern Languages K-10 Syllabus at Languages resources 7-10 - Indonesian . The resource set includes: scope and sequences for Stage 4 (100 hours mandatory) and Stage 5 (200 hours elective) a fully-resourced Stage 4 unit of work - What do you want to buy?, including 47 downloadable activities and games and examples of brain breaks to reduce cognitive load, differentiated strategies and scaffolds to support all students student-facing infographics for the sample unit of work and sample scope and sequences, which are editable on Canva. We encourage all teachers, not just Indonesian teachers, to look at these resources as they can be adapted for use with different languages. Selamat bereksplorasi!

  • Are you subscribed to our YouTube?

    Language teachers in NSW - just a reminder that you can access recordings of past statewide staff meeting and resource launches at the Languages NSW YouTube channel. Why not subscribe, so you don't miss anything new? https://www.youtube.com/@languagesnsw

  • Games Boy JP

    Sean Murphy (M.C., educator and one-time Tokyo resident (website link) has gotten together with Japanese stand-up Takashi Wakasugi to create an all-new Games Boy JP, a curriculum-aligned comedy show + workshop for secondary schools. It’s about delving into language and culture far beyond the cliches of sushi and samurai, offering students a taste of teenage life in the Land of the Rising Sun. For more, check out a quick video trailer here + digital brochure attached.

  • Continuers text types - support documents

    The NSW Department of Education has updated its Stage 6 Continuers text types support documents. By using these guides, you can support your students to develop and refine their writing skills across a range of tasks. The guides contain advice on sample purpose, structure and language features. Click on the links below to access the document for your language: Arabic Continuers - text types Chinese Continuers - text types French Continuers - text types German Continuers - text types Indonesian Continuers - text types Italian Continuers text types Japanese Continuers - text types Korean Continuers - text types Modern Greek Continuers - text types Spanish Continuers - text types

  • Term 2 statewide staff meeting - recording now available

    At their Term 2 statewide staff meeting on 22 May, the Languages and Culture team looked at 'Assessment ideas for various contexts'. Here is the recording of the meeting. During the meeting, the team shared 8 assessment task ideas, aligned with the Modern Languages K-10 Syllabus, with variations to support different contexts and outcomes.

  • Term 2 statewide staffroom

    The Languages and Culture team's Term 2 statewide staffroom is coming up soon, on Wednesday 22 May, 4-5 pm. The team will be sharing assessment ideas for various contexts, including ideas for how to use them with different languages, outcomes/content and to engage all learners. To enrol, please go to MyPL and search for course code NR29242, then select the session Languages statewide staff meeting, Term 2 2024. Remember, if you have attended a SWS meeting before, it will say 'Completed'. Ignore that and click on the course, then select the upcoming meeting by clicking the circle next to its name. Then click the red 'Re-enrol' button at the top of the screen. Course code: NR29242 Session name: Term 2 statewide staff meeting - Assessment ideas for various contexts Date: Wednesday 22 May Time: 4-5 pm Venue: MS Teams - the link to the meeting will be emailed to you with your enrolment confirmation from MyPL Teachers from all sectors are welcome. 😊

  • Language-specific examples and grammar guides - Modern Languages K-10 Syllabus

    Did you know NESA has published language-specific examples (K-6 and 7-10) and grammar guides for 19 modern langauges, to accompany the Modern Languages K-10 Syllabus? You can access the support via the 'Teaching and learning support' tab in the digital syllabus.

  • Term 2 - full unit of work for Stage 4 Italian

    The NSW Department of Education has just published a full unit of work for Stage 4 Italian - 'Do you like school?'. The unit is aligned to new syllabus outcomes and content, and embeds examples of current language learning pedagogies. You can 'pick up and teach' the unit this term! 😊 It includes everything you need, including all resources - you'll just need to make refinements to meet student need in your context. Check it out now. To learn more about the unit, as well as the scope and sequence and embedded pedagogy and assessment, you can view the launch recording on our YouTube channel. (Edit 06.05.24: Post originally published with incorrect infographic. Correct version now displayed.)

  • NSW Indonesian teachers' workshop 2024 - register now!

    Registration is now open for the NSW Indonesian teachers' workshop 2024. The theme of the workshop is Connection, collaboration and revitalisation. Date: Friday 17 May Time: 8:30-3:30 pm Venue: 105 Phillip Street, Parramatta Cost: Nil (DoE teachers), $50 (non-DoE teachers) Presentations include: Indonesian resource sets for the Modern Languages K-10 Syllabus Assessment ideas for the new syllabus Listening tasks - Sudah tidak asing lagi di telinga murid kita! Sang Pemimpi - more than just a dream! Using success criteria in assessment tasks Years 7-12. This will be a wonderful opportunity to network. Please register using the registration form. For further information, please contact Coreena Allen, Languages Advisor on 0436 851 211 or at coreena.allen@det.nsw.edu.au. (NESA Accrediation for 5.5 hours pending.)

  • 2024 NSW Japanese Teachers’ Conference

    The Languages and Culture team is looking forward to hosting the 2024 NSW Japanese Teachers’ Conference and bringing together teaching colleagues from NSW and beyond, for a day of professional learning, collaboration and networking. A range of quality professional learning awaits with sessions suitable for teachers of all stages and contexts. This conference is suitable for beginning teachers through to experienced teachers – there is something for everyone. The conference theme is Empowering teachers, inspiring learners. Venue: Novotel Parramatta Sydney Date: Friday 3 May 2024 Time: 8:30 am-5:00 pm Attending the NSW Japanese Teachers' Conference 2024 will contribute 5 hours and 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD. To register or to find out more information, visit the conference website.

  • Term 2 - full unit of work for Stage 4 German

    The NSW Department of Education has just published a full unit of work for Stage 4 German, aligned to new syllabus outcomes and content. The unit showcases explicit teaching, and embeds examples of current language learning pedagogies. You can effectively 'pick up and teach' the unit - it's like a textbook chapter with matching workbook activities, designed just for Term 2 German. You'll find 46 resources, fun activities and games, as well as formative and summative assessment opportunities - you'll just need to make refinements to meet student need in your context. Check it out now at the department's German 7-10 web page. If you'd like to learn more, why not attend the launch? All sectors welcome. Enrol via MyPL. Date: Wednesday 27 March 2024 Time: 4-5 pm Course code: NR29242 Session name: Modern Languages K-10 Syllabus - launch of German support (The meeting will have the title 'Languages statewide staff meeting'. Please click on this link, click 'sessions' and you will then see the German support session. Then click on 'Attend session' to enrol.)

  • Carrousel Theatre - incursions

    Carrousel Theatre are touring NSW in May this year and still have availability for schools. These bilingual puppet shows are interactive, with language content adapted for each audience. They are aimed at students in primary or Years 7, 8 and 9. Puss in Boots is available in Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish. The Jungle Book is available in Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. Janguru bukku is available in Japanese. Contact info@carrousel.com.au for more information.

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