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Language learning – selling point, springboard or scratching for ideas?

Jill Wilson
Content Resources Manager, Education Services Australia

Schools establishing or re-establishing language programs face issues such as teacher availability, timetabling, what is taught at the neighbouring primary/secondary school, and the challenge of attracting students to senior elective classes. Some schools, however, are using their languages programs as the springboard for external promotion, with terms and tags such as ‘Trips, Tours & Exchanges’, ‘International Program’ and ‘Enrichment Opportunities’ appearing on their websites. The Language Learning Space (LLS) is a resource that supports schools and teachers looking to start or update language courses, and turn them into assets for the school. The LLS is targeted in particular to teachers and students of Chinese, Japanese and Indonesian. The site is accessed free of charge, and many professional learning resources are just a click away.

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Subject Headings

School partnerships
Language and languages
School and community