All-language Resources

Generic resources that may be useful for the teaching and learning of all languages.

Community Languages Teaching Program (Advanced)

Provider: Sydney Institute for Community Languages Education

Description:

The Community Languages Teaching – Advanced Program is a 60-contact-hour program for community languages teachers in NSW who have completed the Community Languages Teaching Program – Foundation or equivalent.

PROGRAM DATES FOR 2022

  • Thursday 5 -8 pm, 4 August – 8 December (17 weeks not including school holidays). Location: Inner Sydney High School, 244 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills
  • Sunday Intensive, 9 am – 4 pm, 28 August – 6 November (9 weeks not including school holidays). Location: University of Sydney, Education Building (A35)

The program will help you to:

  • plan units of work
  • develop advanced teaching skills
  • use technology in the classroom
  • mentor other teachers

For the assessment, your will research a topic of interest such as developing a school program or designing materials and resources that you will then present to other teachers in the program.

Enquiries email: karen.garlan@sydney.edu.au
Applications close 11.30 pm Sunday 17 July 2022

Start date: 04-08-2022

End date: No-end-date

Community Languages Teaching Program (Foundation)

Provider: Sydney Institute for Community Languages Education

Description:

The Community Languages Teaching – Foundation Program is a 60-contact-hour professional-learning program for teachers working in NSW Government-funded Community Languages Schools.  

PROGRAM DATES FOR 2022

  • Thursday 5 – 8 pm, 21 July - 24 November, 17 weeks (not including school holidays).  
  • Sunday Intensive 9 am – 4 pm, 14 August – 23 October, 9 weeks (not including school holidays).
  • A self-paced 17 week fully online distance mode of the Foundation Program will commence on 21 July, 2022.

The program will help you to:

  • understand how children learn and develop languages and how to teach them
  • engage and interest students in maintaining and extending their language and cultural abilities
  • plan lessons and assess student learning
  • develop resources and teaching activities that work with a range of students

The Foundation Program includes a visit to a mainstream school to observe teaching. This classroom learning is interactive and practical, giving you confidence and new ideas in working with young children, teenagers, and adults. A New South Wales Working with Children Check is a mandatory requirement for this component of the program. Assessment is practical and involves developing resources, behaviour management strategies and classroom activities.

The Foundation Program - Distance Mode is organised as a series of weekly online sessions. This program has some special features. You will cover one topic per week independently with compulsory attendance at three face-to-face workshops to provide additional help and guidance. Studying by distance is great because you can plan your time and work at your own pace, but it can be difficult without regular contact, so we want you to keep in touch with your tutor and with other students. This course is only recommended for teachers who have a strong understanding of English.

Enquiries email: karen.garlan@sydney.edu.au
Applications close 11.30 pm Thursday 30 June 2022

Start date: 21-07-2022

End date: No-end-date

Small HL (Heritage Language) Teaching

Provider: The Heritage Language Exchange

Description: A series of short instructional videos demonstrating "small but powerful" modifications to teaching practices that can greatly improve learning. This video series features bite-sized strategies for improving the teaching of Heritage Languages (Community Languages).

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End date: No-end-date

STARTALK Language Classroom Video Collection

Provider: STARTALK - A program of the National Foreign Language Centre at University of Maryland

Description: This video collection was compiled to provide real-life examples of teachers working to incorporate STARTALK-endorsed effective practices in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Persian, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu classroom settings. In these videos, you will find teachers interacting and engaging with students and encouraging them to engage one another. You will see the teachers utilize role playing to make students the center of the learning experience; make use of songs, videos, and other authentic materials in the target language; and, through the use of culturally rich activities such as meals, fully integrate the target language and culture into the classroom.

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End date: No-end-date

Engaging Language Learners

Provider: STARTALK - A program of the National Foreign Language Centre at University of Maryland

Description: A 5 minute video showcasing strategies language teachers implement to engage their students.

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End date: No-end-date

Sample Units of Work for Stage 4

Year group: 7-10

Description: A range of sample Units of Work across languages, addressing topics and concepts such as: Travel, "My Kitchen Rules" and Fantasy epics (Urdu). Units include language structures, suggested tasks and links to resources.

Sample Units of Work for Stage 3 (2)

Year group: ES1-6

Description: A range of sample Units of Work across languages, addressing topics and concepts such as: My heritage, Healthy eating, Seasons and Australian animals.

Sample Units of Work for Stage 2 (2)

Year group: ES1-6

Description: A range of sample Units of Work across languages, addressing topics and concepts such as: Celebrations, School, Travel and Weather.

Sample Units of Work for Stage 1 (2)

Year group: ES1-6

Description: A range of sample Units of Work across languages, addressing topics and concepts such as: Health, Maths, Time, Shopping and Cooking.

Sample Units of Work for Early Stage 1 (2)

Year group: ES1-6

Description: A range of sample Units of Work across languages, addressing topics such as: Identity, Storytelling, Telling the time and Farm animals.

Sample Units of Work for Stage 3 (1)

Year group: ES1-6

Description: A range of sample Units of Work across languages, addressing themes such as: Travel and Tourism, Cultural Connections, Pandemics, The Environment and Sustainability, Influencers and Comparing Cultures.

Sample Units of Work for Stage 2 (1)

Year group: ES1-6

Description: A range of sample Units of Work across languages, addressing themes such as: Travel, Sport, Time, Weather, Indigenous Connections, Our bodies and The Environment.

Sample Units of Work for Stage 1 (1)

Year group: ES1-6

Description: A range of sample Units of Work across languages, addressing themes such as: Eating habits, Shopping, Leisure and entertainment, Seasons, Indigenous perspectives, School life, Fables, Identity and body image.

Sample Units of Work for Early Stage 1 (1)

Year group: ES1-6

Description: A range of sample Units of Work across languages, addressing themes such as: Identity, Storytelling, Celebrations and Culture, The things we use everyday, Our Needs and Introductions.

Programming advice

Year group: ES1-12

Description: Advice on how to develop a scope and sequence (yearly overview) and program a unit of work with links to sample units. This advice is provided by NESA.

Sample Scope and Sequence template

Year group: ES1-12

Description: A simple template that can be used to develop a term/year overview of language learning for each stage.

Unit of Work planning tool

Year group: ES1-12

Description: This planning tool can be used to develop an outline of a Unit of Work. It can be modified to suit your teaching context.

Sample Evaluation template

Year group: ES1-12

Description: An easy to use template that can be used to evaluate a sequence of lessons of a Unit of Work. This template can be modified to suit your teaching context.

Project-Based Learning: Background and Instructional Strategies

Year group: ES1-12

Description: Project-based learning (PBL) which includes curriculum, instructional materials, classroom activities, and assessment of learning is a proficiency-oriented approach to using and learning a language that supports language use in the real world. The Coalition of Community-based Heritage languages schools (USA) provide a handbook and a brief video by Dr. Maria Carreira (25 minutes long) that describe the key components of project-based learning, and a document with instructional strategies that teachers in community-based schools can use.

Sample learning sequences

Year group: ES1-6

Description: Sample learning sequences on the following topics: My favourite toy, My dream home, About me, Caring for the environment. These resources are samples that teachers may adapt to their language specific area to meet the needs of their students and local contexts.

Sample Unit of Work planning proforma

Year group: ES1-12

Description: Sample programming template that can be used for a Unit of Work or a sequence of lessons. Template can be modified to suit different teaching contexts.

Presentations from Chinese Professional Learning Day 25.9.21 (Part 2)

Year group: ES1-12

Description: Presentations from Chinese Professional Learning Day held online on 25th September, 2021 including: Classroom management strategies, theme-based teaching, programming approaches, multi-level teaching and innovative ways to teach characters.

Presentations from Chinese Professional Learning Day - 25.9.21 (Part 1)

Year group: ES1-12

Description: Presentations from Chinese Professional Learning Day held online on 25th September, 2021 including: Programming approaches, assessment strategies, differentiation, lesson structuring, ICT tools and more.

Free Digital Reading Resources for Multilingual Learners

Year group: ES1-12

Description: Multilingual Reading Resources is created to help multilingual learners with their reading skills, offering a huge variety of books and stories in many different languages from around the world.

Storybooks Canada - Online stories in many languages

Year group: ES1-12

Description: Storybooks Canada is a free open educational resource that promotes literacy and language learning in homes, schools, and communities. Part of the Global Storybooks project, it makes 40 stories from the African Storybook available with text and audio in English, French, and the most widely spoken immigrant and refugee languages of Canada, including: Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish and Turkish. Share and enjoy!

Presentations from Arabic Professional Learning Event - 29.8.21

Year group: ES1-12

Description: Presentations from SICLE Arabic Professional Learning Event held online on 29th August, 2021 including: Effective Assessment strategies, Explicit teaching in the Community Languages classroom and the keynote presentation by A/Professor Hakeem Kasem.

Folk Tales in 31 languages

Year group: ES1-12

Description: UK's Kids Out organisation has created this website where you can find famous Folk Tales from different countries in 31 languages and use them to help connect your students to their rich heritage. Appropriate for intermediate and advanced level students.

Assessment strategies and resources

Year group: ES1-6

Description: These resources and documents have been developed to support primary language teachers in their use of evidence-based assessment practices, including the five elements of effective assessment practice. By embedding strategies such as these throughout the teaching and learning cycle, language teachers ensure that assessment practices are linked to the learning experiences of students

Games4Esl- A Website that caters for every teacher

Year group: ES1-12

Description: A website full of ideas and activities for teaching English as an additional language. This direct link contains games templates that can be adapted to teach all languages. These games would suit Beginner and Intermediate language students.

Activity Choice Boards

Year group: ES1-12

Description: Sample of activity choice boards as a strategy to differentiate in a mixed level language class.

Explore 6 apps for language learning

Year group: ES1-12

Description: Students might like to create text in language using these apps. Explore how to use these apps via the QR codes.

Apps and online resources for language teaching and learning

Year group: ES1-12

Description: List of effective ICT tools and websites for languages teaching.

Independent language activities

Year group: ES1-6

Description: These independent language activities are designed to be completed when students are learning from home. They can also be adapted and given as homework over a term or set as independent classwork. Some activities may require some parental or guardian support. Developed by NSW Department of Education.