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Under the Strategic Partnerships Program (SPP) of the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD), the MLTAV is running two Professional Learning projects in the 2012-14 triannium:
"Mentoring for Beginning Teachers of Languages"
"Bilingual Schools"
The MLTAV is most grateful for the financial support provided by the DEECD for these projects, as it has allowed us to provide quality, work-place based, ongoing Professional Learning for Languages teachers in Victoria.

The above two networks are for the following priority areas:

• Bilingual Schools – this network will target teachers involved in, or interested in, implementing Bilingual Programs. It will provide an opportunity for teachers to engage in PL targeted directly to meet the specific needs of bilingual school teachers. The network will facilitate the sharing of effective teaching practices and strategies, as well as resources, through both online and face-to-face interaction, including collegiate classroom visits. In 2012 our workshop series is entitled "A Focus on Literacy: Improving Student Learning Outcomes in Bilingual Programs".

• Mentoring for Beginning Teachers of Languages – this project will identify Languages teachers who are in their first five years of service and who are not able to access Language-specific, expert assistance in delivering their programs. The beginning teachers will be matched with
accomplished teachers of Languages (through reference to the National Standards for Accomplished Teaching of Languages and Culture). The PL/mentoring will be facilitated primarily online as well as through collegiate classroom visits. Over 3 years, this project will deliver 2 x 18-month programs to cater for two cohorts of beginning teachers.

Both of the proposed networks will involve teachers in action-research based PL, enabling workplace-embedded activities through expert facilitation. Both proposed networks build on the successful experiences of the action-research projects run by the MLTAV supported by SPP funding 2006 - 08 and 2009 - 2011

The MLTAV is currently calling for Expressions of Interest to participate in the Mentoring for Beginning Teachers of Languages Professional Learning Opportunity.

You are invited to participate in this Professional Learning Opportunity which will match Beginning teachers of Languages in their first five years of teaching with Accomplished Languages teachers.

During this 18 month Mentoring project, Languages teachers will have the opportunity to:
  • participate in quality Professional Learning to update and extend their knowledge and skills of Languages teaching;
  • network and collaborate with other teachers of Languages across Victoria using the Professional Standards for Accomplished Teaching and Learning of Language;
  • undertake collegiate classroom visits to observe their partner's teaching and seek feedback/guidance to support further development; and
  • be stimulated by reflecting on professional knowledge and practice and develop self-evaluation skills using a framework for effective mentoring and incorporateing the use of ICT.

CRT funding is provided to cover attendance at the full day workshop on Friday 13 Setpember 2013, a collegiate classroom visit in Term 4, 2013 and attendance at the MLRAC Conference in Many, 2014.

Some funding is available to support travel and accommodation for regional participants.

Click here for an Experssion of Interest form, complete return it by Friday 9 August to the Project Manager, Kylie Farmer, via email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or fax to: 03 9349 5859 or post to: Kylie Farmer, MLTAV, Statewide Resources Centre, 150 Palmerston Street, Carlton VIC 3053.

You will be informed of the outcome of your application by Friday 30 August.

If you have any queries about this project, please email Kylie Farmer, MLTAV Mentoring Project Manager: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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Under the Strategic Partnerships Program (SPP) of the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD), the MLTAV is running two Professional Learning projects 2009-11:

"Mentoring for Beginning Teachers of Languages"
"Interdisciplinary Learning in LOTE from Years K-6"
The MLTAV is most grateful for the financial support provided by the DEECD for these projects, as it has allowed us to provide quality, work-place based, ongoing Professional Learning for Languages teachers in Victoria.

We are very pleased that so many Languages professionals have take this opportunity to be involved in a vibrant Professional Learning community - not only will they work to improve professional knowledge and practice, but they will become active members of networks of dedicated LOTE teachers in Victoria.

SEEKING MENTEES - are you a NEW LOTE TEACHER, with only up to five years' experience in the profession? DO YOU NEED A MENTOR to assist you?
If so, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  to receive information about joining our 'Mentoring for Beginning Teachers of Language' Professional Learning project.


The following four Action-Research projects were funded through the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development's Strategic Partnerships Program 2006-08:

Interdisciplinary Learning in Languages Other Than English for Languages teachers in Prep to Year 6
Intercultural Language Learning P-12
LOTE in VELS 7-10
Assessment for, as and of Learning
Interdisciplinary Learning in Languages Other Than English for Languages teachers in Prep to Year 6
Project Officer: Kylie Farmer

These 6 schools have been involved in this MLTAV Action Research Project and have developed an excellent range of resources and materials. If you are interested in finding out more, please use the email contact provided.
Bialik College

Mira Amos, Ravit Epstein, Irit Fichman, Dalia Gurfunkel, Nitzan Levison, Soni Levinson 

  1. Hebrew Literacy Skill Development
  2. Assessment

 

 

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Camberwell PS

Janet Gale, Donald Madden

  1. French Early Years Literacy Program
  2. Assessment

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Footscray PS

Chau Cong

  1. Benchmarking of Reading in Vietnamese

 

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Kennington PS

Lorraine Morton

  1. Auslan Resources CD
    • VELS
    • Reporting Camberwell PS & Assessment
    • Resources

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Huntingdale PS

Kylie Farmer, Yuko Ikeda, John Powell, Eiji Nishikubo, Yukiko Shoya

  1. Japanese Scope & Sequence Planning

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Lalor Nth PS

Mirjana Andovska, Jovanka Smilevska,

  1. Macedonian Assessment Maps
  2. Annotated Work Samples

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Intercultural Language Learning P-12
Project Officer: Megan McLaughlin

This program will assist and support Languages teachers in designing and implementing classroom activities which take into account the principles of Intercultural Language Learning (ICLL) within the framework of the VELS. Follow this link to download a summary of the PROJECT REPORT.
LOTE in VELS 7-10
Project Officer: Megan McLaughlin

This program will assist and support Languages teachers in designing and implementing Units of Work which take into account the Principles of Learning and Teaching and incorporate the dimensions of the LOTE domain of VELS. Elements from the Physical, Personal & Social Learning and Interdisciplinary Strands will also be considered.  Follow this link to download a summary of the PROJECT REPORT.

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Assessment for, as and of Learning
Project Officer: Judy Hadju

Teachers will be encouraged to to prepare a range of assessment tasks to cater for their learners, rather than relying on the "one task suits all" approach. This project will directly address the DoE Assessment Advice, along with Principles of Learning and Teaching, taking into account current pedagogical developments in Literacy, Numeracy and Middle Years as per the expectations set by the LOTE Progression Measures and Standards. Follow this link to download the full FINAL REPORT and PROJECT SUMMARIES.