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Lessons learnt in 2005

The importance of involving Languages teachers

Languages teachers can draw on their knowledge and skills of how to teach another language.

'I need to learn the language, basically [alongside] the community members.'

Karen Lane, Languages Teacher, Vincentia High School, 24/11/05
Karen Lane, Languages Teacher
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'As in any language we will need resources and again as an Indonesian teacher, I have had to develop games constantly to keep the kids engaged. So that’s nothing new to a LOTE teacher, it’s not like being a Maths teacher, you hand out a textbook and say do these exercises. You’ve always had to develop resources for LOTE anyway, so that’s not a great problem but its having the time to develop those resources and to develop them so that they are culturally acceptable.'

Karen Lane, Languages Teacher, Vincentia High School, 24/11/05

Languages teachers can help advocate within the school for the Aboriginal language program.

'For all Language teachers, in every language, it’s a challenge to convince teachers that it’s important, whether it be Aboriginal languages or Indonesian or French or whatever.'

Karen Lane, Languages Teacher, Vincentia High School, 24/11/05

'I hope there’s a level of commitment from the school. From the principal there is so far. I don’t know if it’s from the whole school. It would be interesting to sit down with staff, when we let them know that this is definitely happening next year and I would imagine there’d be opposition to it as well, but that doesn’t really matter because working in Languages, there’s always been opposition to Languages. And we’ve had to struggle for our place in the school forever so that’s nothing new to me.'

Karen Lane, Languages Teacher, Vincentia High School, 24/11/05

The Languages teacher should play an active role in the class, as a co-teacher, who can provide ongoing training for the Community Language Tutor.

'I certainly hope it doesn’t just become disciplinarian because that’s not what I see it as. I see my role as a co-teacher, I see it as working together closely. I don’t see me just sitting in the back corner and watching this person teach and wait for some child to play up and then discipline the child. I’m there to support the teacher; I’m there to reinforce what the teacher’s saying; to help the teacher out; to certainly help with resources and to work with the kids in groups if they’re split up into groups to help them out there. I think co-teaching is important. Even though that teacher is going to facilitate the language, I still see my role as a co-teacher.'

Karen Lane, Languages Teacher, Vincentia High School, 24/11/05

The Languages teacher can direct the programming and writing of units of work.

'The most immediate thing for me, … presuming we have our community members, is that we need to do, … in collaboration with them the units of work, well I’ve the done the programming for it but we need to have a look at the units; we need to decide which resources are going to be developed and we need to work really closely with Jutta [Besold] on the vocabulary and the linguistic side of things as well.'

Karen Lane, Languages Teacher, Vincentia High School, 24/11/05
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