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- Chinese and Spanish support now available
Have you checked out the NSW Department of Education's support for Stages 4 and 5 Chinese and Spanish, aligned to the Modern Languages K-10 Syllabus? There is EVERYTHING you need to teach an entire term of work, so you can just 'pick up and teach'. You'll find teaching and learning activities, student resources, games and formative/summative assessment ideas. They have also published student-friendly scope and sequences and unit summaries, to engage students in the content. And don't forget, support is also available for French and Japanese.
- NSW Japanese Teachers' Conference 2024 - call for presenters
The Languages and Culture team at the NSW Department of Education has started planning their 2024 Japanese conference, to be held on Friday 3 May 2024 at Parramatta (venue to be confirmed). The theme of the conference is Empowering teachers, inspiring learners. The team is seeking expressions of interest from teachers who would like to present. Teachers from NSW public schools who are successful in the EOI process will receive 2 days’ relief (1 day to prepare and 1 day to attend the conference) and will have their conference fee waived. Teachers from independent schools (including Catholic schools) who are successful in the EOI process will have their conference fee waived. EOIs must be endorsed by your principal and submitted by 5 pm on Friday 9 February 2024. Further information can be found on the EOI form. For further information, please contact Shanelle Ingram, Language Officer on 0448 479 778 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Bilingual puppet shows
Carrousel Theatre have just announced their 2024 shows. These interactive, bilingual puppet shows are aimed at students in primary or Stage 4 (or beginners in Stage 5), with language adapted to suit each audience. The Jungle Book is available in Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian and Spanish. Puss in Boots is available in French, German, Italian and Spanish. Please see attached flyers for full details.
- New support materials for modern and classical languages
NESA has released support materials for: Classical Languages K-10 Modern Languages K-10 The materials include language examples and grammar guides for Classical Greek, Classical Hebrew and Latin.
- Upcoming Term 4 network meetings
It's almost time!! In 2024, we begin teaching with the new Modern Languages K-10 Syllabus, so we're at the pointy end of planning. It's exciting! 😎 The syllabus is much easier to use and plan with. Term 4 network meetings will be advertised over the coming weeks. Here are the ones which have already been advertised. Remember to enrol on MyPL - meetings are open to all sectors. Course codes are provided in brackets below. After school meetings - collaborating to develop activities for a learning sequence that meet the Interacting, Creating Texts and Understanding Texts outcomes: Illawarra - Monday 27 November (course code NR38472, then choose the venue) Queanbeyan - Wednesday 29 November (course code NR38472, then choose the venue) Far North Coast - Thursday 30 November (course code NR38472, then choose the venue) Full-day collaboration meetings: Sydney North West - Tuesday 21 November - assessing and the new syllabus (course code NR25838, then choose the venue) Virtual - Tuesday 28 November - creating an assessment task, with marking guidelines, and planning a unit of work for the new syllabus (course code NR25838, then choose the venue) Mid North Coast - Wednesday 29 November - adjusting units of work to align with the new syllabus and creating activities/assessment tasks that address the 'Interacting' outcomes (course code NR25838, then choose the venue) Sydney CBD/East - Thursday 30 November - making adjustments to units to align with the new syllabus, a discussion about Stage 6 resources, and an opportunity to collaborate in language-specific groups to create a scope and sequence for Stage 4 or Stage 5 for the new syllabus (NR25838, then choose the venue) Macarthur - making adjustments to units of work to align with the new syllabus, a focus on interacting in the classroom, and an opportunity to work in language specific groups to collaborate on a learning sequence for a unit of work for the new syllabus (NR25838, then choose the venue)
- Term 4 statewide staff meeting - recording and activity
At the Languages and Culture team's Term 4 statewide staff meeting, 'Ready, set, program!', the team took a deep dive into a learning sequence from one of their Stage 4 units of work for the Modern Languages K-10 Syllabus. Here is the recording of the meeting. During the meeting, teachers had the opportunity to work together to unpack some sample teaching and learning activities from the units of work, in order to: discuss language and communication skills students are using discuss the macro skills, focus areas and outcomes addressed align activities to content dot points discuss ways the activities can be adjusted for students with disability. Attached to this post is a document which summarises the collaborative activity. If you were unable to attend, you still have access to everything you need. And if you did attend, you can review the answers.
- Collaboration day - Armidale
The Armidale language teacher network is looking forward to seeing as many teachers as possible at their full-day collaboration on Thursday 16 November. This meeting will include collaboration time with network members to prepare for the implementation of the new Modern Languages K-10 Syllabus, and to develop teaching and learning activities, assessment tasks and marking guidelines. Please enrol on MyPL. Course code: NR25838 Event: Armidale Network Collaboration Day Date: Thursday 16 November Time: 9:00–3:30 pm Venue: Armidale Secondary College, 182 Butler St, Armidale For more information, please contact the network leader Victoria Perrin-Baker.
- Term 4 statewide staff meeting
With implementation almost here, the Languages and Culture team is offering a deep dive into a learning sequence from their support for the new Modern Languages K-10 Syllabus. Statewide staff meetings are open to all teachers from all sectors. To enrol, please go to MyPL and search for course code NR29242, then select the session Term 4 statewide staff meeting - deep dive into a learning sequence from a unit of work for the new Modern Languages K-10 Syllabus. (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.) Date: Tuesday 31 October Time: 4-5 pm Venue: MS Teams - the link to the meeting will be emailed to you with your enrolment confirmation from MyPL
- New Modern Languages K-10 Syllabus - not sure where to start?
To summarise their support for the Modern Languages K-10 Syllabus, and to assist you with planning, the Languages and Culture team at the NSW Department of Education has created 2 'implementation journeys'. The first is for language teachers, and takes you through syllabus familiarisation, exploring how the syllabus is applied, planning for change, and reviewing and reflecting. The second is for head teachers supporting language teachers and leads you through preparing, exploring, planning and reviewing, with your faculty. Please download the journey which best suits your context. You can find them both at https://education.nsw.gov.au/teaching-and-learning/curriculum/languages/planning-programming-and-assessing-languages-7-10#Modern1
- New planning guidelines for modern languages
To support you with your planning and programming for the Modern Languages K-10 Syllabus, the NSW Department of Education has just published the following documents: Programming guidelines for the Modern Languages K-10 Syllabus (these were published in Term 2 but have been updated to reflect additional support) Unit of work guidelines and sample template for the Modern Languages K-10 Syllabus Assessment guidelines for the Modern Languages K-10 Syllabus. The guidelines are available on the Planning, programming and assessing languages 7-10 web page. This suite of resources provides comprehensive, step-by-step advice to support language teachers from all contexts across NSW to plan and program with the new syllabus. We recommend reading them in conjunction with a sample unit of work, so you can see the advice ‘in action’, for example French or Japanese - even if you don’t teach these languages, you can still review the sample units for contextualisation of the guidelines.
- Stage 6 Continuers - exam preparation
As the HSC written exams approach, Stage 6 students will be busy doing final preparations. The Stage 6 Continuers – answering listening and reading questions resource can assist teachers and students during this final preparation period. Students often demonstrate strong ability in the target language that is not necessarily reflected in their ability to answer listening and reading questions in English. This resource provides strategies to enhance students' ability to understand exactly what the exam questions are asking and explicit strategies to answer them appropriately. It unpacks the key words from NESA's A Glossary of Key Words that appear in listening and reading questions, from those requiring a literal understanding of the text to ones which require a deeper understanding. Although it is targeted specifically for Continuers students, the resource also applies to skills required of Beginners students in exams.
- Digital magazines for Stage 6 German
The Goethe-Institut produces Lingo digital German magazines. They are accompanied by teacher notes and student worksheets, and no subscription is needed. Suitable for Stage 6 Continuers and Extension.