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The black hole of language learning

Our approach to teaching languages needs to change radically if we are to produce enthusiastic learners and fluent speakers. By Andrew Weiler. "We learned our first language by being attentive, by noticing relationships between sounds and actions, by noticing patterns ...

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The tech effect

IT-skilled teachers and technology-rich classrooms are producing highly motivated students. By Dallas Bastian. As the technology used in schools changes rapidly, there is a need for teachers to keep up-to-date with new developments. University of Southern Queensland professor of educational technology ...

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Where the local embraces the global

  This year’s AIEC Conference highlighted the challenges and rewards for local institutions in engaging on the international level.  By Kathryn Jones. Pull quote: The new Colombo plan is not just about education. It’s about Australia’s soft diplomatic capacity, our ...

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Concern over plan for sacking teachers

The Victorian government wants to give principals the power to sack staff, but the proposal has been met with anger and anxiety in some quarters. By Antonia Maiolo. In the latest shake-up of Victorian schools, principals will be given the ...

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NSW on track for reform

At this stage, teachers and independent schools are on board with the government as restructuring proposals near legislation. By Dallas Bastian. The NSW government is moving ahead with plans to restructure the way education is administered in the state, as ...

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Thumbs up for hands on

  A group of high school teachers in Queensland give full marks to an ICT course where the emphasis is on the interactive and the practical.  By Antonia Maiolo. Pull Quote: Straightaway, you have what you learnt and you can ...

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Ducks to water

  Delivery of NAP-CC online has wide-ranging benefits, not the least of which is great student engagement. By Dallas Bastian. The latest NAP sample assessments in Civics and Citizenship have been delivered online for the first time. The federal Ministerial ...

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Too many teachers?

More than 1000 initial education graduates are not working full-time; but a little context suggests it’s not time to panic. By Dallas Bastian. Recent reports have shown that the state of teacher graduates’ employability is similar to figures for graduates ...

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One Education reaches milestone

A leading not-for-profit program has seen 20,000 computers committed to Australian schools since the beginning of the roll-out last year. “Teachers are seeing the benefits that our program can bring to the classroom, and the increased levels of engagement by ...

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Engineering a science boom

  Universities and outreach programs are working to ensure that teachers are confident with STEM subjects, to combat slow uptake of many related courses. By Dallas Bastian. Senior high school students are not enrolling in maths and science subjects nearly ...

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