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An electronic journal for leaders in education
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On board the Very Fast Train to China

Libby Tuckerman
Program Director Languages, Education Services Australia

The Language Learning Space is a resource to support the teaching of Chinese language in Australian schools. It offers teaching materials and examples of best practice pedagogy, shown in short videos. Just as importantly, it offers students opportunities to practise their skills at home, to access a free tutoring service based in Beijing, and to explore resources designed to enhance and reinforce vocabulary leant in class. The student section of the site is designed to complement and expand existing teaching techniques, which are often very textbook-reliant. Taking advantage of digital learning objects, the site includes 30 learning pathways designed to immerse students in a language and intercultural journey that they can complete in class or at home. Each journey culminates in a graphic novel challenge that invites students to use their new-found language skills to solve an issue set in 'virtual China'. Over the next few months new materials will be published on the site to support the teaching of Indonesian and Japanese.

Key Learning Areas

Languages

Subject Headings

Language and languages
China
Australia
Social life and customs
School principals