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Four languages, four stories


This week's article in Curriculum Leadership is adapted from a new Australian Government report, The Current State of Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese and Korean Language Education in Australian Schools: Four Languages, Four Stories. The report summarises findings from four separate reports on each language. It also notes that education in each of the four languages is distinct in terms of its history, scale of operation, support base and rationale, and also in the nature of its student group and the typical profile of its teachers. If students are to be engaged with Asian languages in Australian schools, these differences must be acknowledged and must inform planning.

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China's policy of Chinese as a foreign language

Hongqin Zhao, Jianbin Huang

Confucius Institutes, set up around the world with support from the Chinese government, are helping to meet the swiftly rising demand for courses in Chinese language and culture – Educational Research for Policy and Practice.

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Introducing: content and language integrated learning (CLIL)

Simone Smala

Bilingual immersion programs in Queensland are taking hold at a number of schools across the state – ACSA conference 2009.

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Where are they now? Ex-teachers tell their life-work stories

John Buchanan

The current working experiences of 22 ex-teachers are compared with those from their previous roles as educators – Issues in Educational Research.

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Formative assessment systems

Matthew Militello, Jason Schweid, Stephen G. Sireci

The fit between a program’s characteristics and a school’s goals are crucial when implementing a formative assessment system – Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability.

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