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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Australia's Language Potential

Michael Clyne
In last week's edition Curriculum Leadership presented the National Statement for Languages Education in Australian Schools. This week the journal publishes extracts from a recent book that passionately endorses the need for foreign language instruction in Australia’s schools. Australia's Language Potential examines the changing fortunes of language policy in Australia, and summarises a collaborative strategy for managing linguistic diversity. Challenging the 'myth of the overcrowded school curriculum that has no space for any language other than English', the author calls for Australia to develop its language potential to the fullest, extending students' cultural awareness and their cognitive communication skills. View Article...

How principals use research

Bruce Biddle, Lawrence J Saha
A survey of principals in Australia and the USA finds that education research is well respected and used by school leaders, contrary to many claims – Educational Leadership. View Abstract...

Professional knowledge and standards for language teaching

Anthony J Liddicoat
The process of developing professional standards for language teachers has highlighted a range issues for the discipline and for the broader teaching community – Babel. View Abstract...

An innovative program for pre-service secondary teachers

Neil Hooley, Rod Moore
The Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education at VUT offers a different approach to teacher education, abondoning distinct method subjects and drawing closely on school partnerships – AJTE.View Abstract...

Online communities

Rebecca Leech
Two teachers describe their use of blogs for individual professional reflection and dialogue with local and overseas colleagues – Teacher.View Abstract...