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Key idea 5: Designing teaching and learning for languages

Together we need to develop a language education system which reflects the evolving contemporary world, and responsive to the needs and aspirations of students. This requires deep engagement from language teachers with each of the key ideas mentioned above, and a collective movement towards a new way of approaching languages in education. Hattie (2017) identifies collective teacher efficacy as having the largest effect size relating to student achievement.

Designing teaching for impactful learning in languages means asking:

  • What is the intended language-and-culture learning, and why is it important?
  • What do students bring (culturally, linguistically, conceptually) and how will it be used?
  • What does quality learning look like at each level of school?
  • How will teachers collect evidence of this learning?
  • How will teachers engage, challenge and support language-and-culture learning for all learners?
  • How will teachers design teaching which is high-cognitive-demand, culturally responsive and critically reflective.

Learning design needs to be founded on deep understandings of the Australian Curriculum and SACE languages frameworks. Transforming tasks, collaborative moderation and formative assessment form important elements of learning design for languages.

More discussions can be found on the key idea 5 forum.

Teaching and learning resources to support planning