Exploring augmented and virtual reality to teach Italian and creating a weekly broadcast station with a Japanese sister school are just some of the ways the study of languages will be innovated as part of the Innovative Language Program Grants.
Five South Australian public schools have been awarded up to $50,000 each to support them to trial innovative approaches for improving the effectiveness, quality or sustainability of languages learning in the primary years.
The five schools to share in the grant funding are Athelstone Primary School, Goodwood Primary School, Leigh Creek Area School, Sandy Creek Primary School and Seacliff Primary School.
To qualify as innovative, the proposed projects had to creatively apply new knowledge, technologies, practices, pedagogies or structures to improve languages education.
The successful projects are:
- Athelstone Primary School will explore the potential of augmented and virtual reality to provide connected and experiential language learning by providing immersive experiences in Italian within a virtual platform.
- Goodwood Primary School will produce a digital resource library to bring Mandarin language into the mainstream classroom by linking it to other learning areas in the curriculum.
- Leigh Creek Area School will employ Culturally Responsive Pedagogies and collaborate with community, on Country, to build, strengthen and learn Adnyamathanha, the local Aboriginal language.
- Sandy Creek Primary School will create a weekly multi-media ‘broadcast station’ with their students and Japanese sister school to increase daily use of Japanese in the school.
- Seacliff Primary School will work with parents and students to develop community guided Content and Language Integrated Learning programs in the mainstream classroom and across learning areas (e.g Japanese in Science).