All-language Resources

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

Hindi classroom teaching practices for Stage 3

Provider: Sydney Institute for Community Languages Education (SICLE)

Description: A one hour workshop focussing on effective and engaging teaching practices for Stage 3 Hindi. The presenter will be Alka Sood, an experienced teacher of Hindi. The workshop will be held on 25th September, 5pm-6pm.

Start date: 22-09-2021

End date: 26-09-2021

Modern approaches for teaching Greek to beginners: Ideas and implications

Provider: Sydney Institute for Community Languages Education (SICLE)

Description: A range of presentations by academics from the University of Western Macedonia on effective strategies for teaching Greek to beginners. Vocabulary teaching strategies, Utilising narrative and creative writing, activities in the digital gaming environment and more. This workshop will be held on Saturday 9th October from 4.30pm-6.30pm.

Start date: 15-09-2021

End date: 09-10-2021

Coalition of Community-Based Heritage Language Schools Annual Conference

Provider: Coalition of Community-Based Heritage Language Schools

Description: This online conference is for program directors and administrators of community-based heritage language schools; members of the language communities involved in these schools; and directors and leaders in public, private, and charter schools who are interested in working with community-based heritage language schools. Start: Friday 8th October 12.30pm. End: Saturday 9th October 6pm. Please note these times are for Washington, USA.

Start date: 03-08-2021

End date: 10-10-2021

Chinese Professional Learning Day

Provider: Sydney Institute for Community Languages Education (SICLE)

Description: Sydney Institute for Community Languages Education (SICLE) will be holding a Chinese Professional Learning Day on Saturday 25th September online via zoom for K-12 teachers of Chinese. There will be a range of teacher- led workshops on topics such as: Effective differentiation strategies; How to structure a balanced lesson; Teaching concepts in Chinese; Effective classroom management strategies; Walking through innovative Units of Work for Chinese; Recognising student creativity in the Chinese classroom. There will also be a Student Panel and a Principals’ Forum. All teachers of Chinese are welcome.

Start date: 15-06-2021

End date: 27-09-2021

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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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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International Conference on Community/Heritage Language Education

Provider: Sydney Institute for Community Languages Education (SICLE)

Description: This 2.5 day conference to be held at the University of Sydney features international guest speakers, renowned Australian researchers and experienced classroom practitioners and will explore community/heritage language education and its key role in maintaining and developing intergenerational linguistic and cultural understandings. The conference will bring together researchers, school leaders, teachers, community members, parents and students.

Start date: 11-11-2021

End date: 13-11-2021

Sample Units of Work for Stage 3

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

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

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

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.

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.