Congress Program and Abstracts

Official Opening
VATI President: Ferdinando Colarossi
Console Generale d’Italia: Dott. Marco Matacotta Cordella
Dirigente Scolastico: Dott.essa Cristina Mignatti
On. Marco Fedi: Camera dei Deputati

Keynote address
David Howes: General Manager of the Curriculum Division of the VCAA
David Howes is the General Manager of the Curriculum Division of the Victorian Curriculum & Assessment Authority. The Division manages the development and supports the implementation of the Victorian curriculum from Prep to Year 12, including VCE and VCAL studies, and VET in Schools.
In this session, David will provide an update on plans for implementation of the Australian Curriculum in Victoria and the Victorian response to the ACARA Languages Shape Paper.

Workshops

1.1 How to plan a Primary Italian Curriculum
How to create an alternating two year curriculum program for Grades Prep through to Year 6, which incorporates the units of work you love to teach and your students enjoy, linked to the VELS LOTE standards across the levels. The session will focus on a practical approach outlining the planning process, templates and sample unit of work based on the Scope and Sequence Program developed at Ivanhoe Primary School.
Presenters are Lucy Garzarella and Maria Nedelkovski from Ivanhoe Primary School

1.2 CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning): Teaching Year 10 Geography through a LOTE
In 2010, Gwyn developed a 5 week Pilot unit teaching Geography through Japanese and implemented the unit with two Year 10 classes. He is now investigating the possibility of instituting a new Semester length Geography course to complement the current Japanese class offerings.
Presenter: Gwyn McClelland is the Japanese Coordinator at Xavier College since 2007, and has been teaching Japanese since 1995 in Victoria, although spent two years in Japan between 1998 and 2000. At Noble Park Secondary College, Gwyn developed a Partial-Immersion unit for teaching Japanese at Year 7 level. His hobbies include basketball and basketball coaching and Gwyn completed his Masters of Divinity in 2008, writing a minor thesis on "The Trial of God in Nagasaki".

1.3 and 2.3 Tagliatelle con ragu`: Facilitating student engagement with language learning
In the quest to create fun and creative language programs, Italian language teachers often find that students may still not actually engage with the content or the subject itself. This is demonstrated through students forgetting language already taught from week to week and taking a superficial approach to the activities set up by the teacher. Risultato: Un sughetto senza tanto sapore.
This session will investigate obstacles and challenges and how language teachers might overcome these. The session will explore how teachers might find ways to foster deeper level engagement and create learning situations where students actively participate in the content and the learning itself – creando un bel ragu`.
Presenter: Dr. Teresa De Fazio has worked in the area of language teacher education and professional development of educationalists for over 15 years as a university academic. She has worked with language teachers across both primary and secondary school sectors as well community and ethnic language groups to advise and assist in the development of curriculum resources, addressing classroom management issues, implementing language programs, increasing student engagement and community participation in language programs. She has presented numerous conference presentations and professional development seminars locally, nationally and overseas in the area of language teaching and aspects of multiculturalism. Teresa has a diverse publications record (from books and papers to reports) in the areas of language learning and teaching, academic preparation of students, online distance pedagogy and optimizing the student learning experience. She has been the recipient of various scholarships and grants and has studied both in Australia and overseas.

1.4 Mixed Ability Language Classrooms
How do we meet the needs of all students in our Language classrooms? It is a constant challenge for language teachers to find ways to stimulate stronger students and enhance their language skills, while also offering opportunity for success to weaker students struggling with the basics. There is no magic solution – but this session will provide examples to teachers of approaches to designing tasks and activities that cater to a range of abilities within the same class. The aim is to help teachers to go back to school feeling confident about some ways in which they can cater to the differences in ability that we see in all Language classrooms.
Presenter: Sarah Pavy is a teacher of languages (mainly French) and consults to schools in Melbourne and interstate in a range of areas related to languages learning and teaching. Previously Head of Languages at a secondary boys’ school, Sarah completed a Masters in Education that focused on engaging boys in languages and teacher role in motivation. In 2008 and 2009, Sarah facilitated a research project with the Association of Independent Schools, Victoria (Engaging Boys in Languages Learning) and is currently involved in a number of projects including vocational language learning, issues of retention (motivation and engagement), VCE and ICT in LOTE. Other interests include resource development, promotion of Language programmes across school communities, immersion programmes, teacher-student rapport and its link to student engagement and behaviour management, and focus on oral skills and student use of target language. Sarah also runs her own online business – The Happy Teacher - developing resources for teachers of languages.

1.5: Planning an excursion to the COASIT Museo italiano exhibition and cultural centre
Museo Italiano is the new exhibition in the Carlton precinct that explores the ways in which the Italian-Australian experience and culture is interpreted and re-interpreted and how these experiences and culture impact on Australia.
This workshop will provide teachers with information about the content of the Museo Italiano exhibition; the education kit produced and the staff-led programs which are available for students of Italian and History as part of a visit to the Carlton precinct.
During the session teachers will have an opportunity to also discuss in groups rich assessment tasks using the Museo Italiano education kit and a visit to the Museo Italiano exhibition as inspiration.
Presenter: Rosaria Zarro, Co.As.It Education Officer at Museum Victoria has been in this role for eight years producing Italian education resources and delivering programs in the Italian language at Melbourne Museum, Immigration Museum & Scienceworks. During 2009-2010 she was on the core team for the development of the exhibition Museo Italiano and has worked with fellow colleagues in developing and delivering the Museo Italiano education programs and resources.

1.6 and 2.6: Engaging Students with Emerging Web 2.0 tools
In this session, Andrew will showcase a range of interactive and engaging Web 2.0 tools that are guaranteed to add "coolness" to your classes. This session is a smorgasbord of websites and tools that are fun and easy to use. You are guaranteed to leave with something new that you are excited to take into class tomorrow and try with your students.
Presenter: Andrew Douch is a practicing teacher of 20 years, and is the ICT Innovations Leader at Wanganui Park Secondary College in Shepparton. In recent years he has won a number of awards for his work with emerging technologies in education, including an Australian Government Award for Quality Schooling, the Victorian Education Excellence Award for Curriculum Innovation, the Microsoft Worldwide Innovative Teacher of the Year and a Commonwealth Government Learning Impact Award. He is in demand as a keynote speaker, locally and internationally and enjoys showing teachers how they can easily use freely available tools to transform their classrooms into learning communities that engage Generation Y students.

2.1: VCE Examiner’s Report.
A discussion of the Oral and Written examinations 2010.
Presenter: Tiziana Dodds has had extensive experience in examinations and assessment. She has been the Chief Assessor for both the oral and written examinations in Italian. She has been an examiner for many years and has been on the review panel for the study design.

2.2: Italian teachers and e5.
This workshop will examine e5 as a potential tool for teachers of Italian to use to reflect upon and evaluate their current classroom practices with a view to improving these in the light of ways in which they engage with and challenge their students in learning Italian.
Presenter: Dr Margaret Gearon has recently retired from Monash University where she was a Senior Lecturer in languages education, responsible for the development of up-to-date languages teacher education in-service and pre-service programs. Her key interest is in the role of different types of content-based approaches in school languages

2.4: Managing Challenging Behaviours in Language Classrooms
This session will look at why Language classrooms present different classroom management challenges to other subject areas, difficulties faced by LOTE teachers, and possible reasons for student misbehaviour. There will be discussion of a range of strategies that can be used in the language classroom to help teachers to manage challenging behaviours, from planning and delivery of lessons to building of student-teacher rapport and individual student issues. This workshop aims to give teachers ideas of approaches that can help them to address areas of concern regarding student behaviour in their classrooms.
Presenter: Sarah Pavy is a teacher of languages (mainly French) and consults to schools in Melbourne and interstate in a range of areas related to languages learning and teaching. Previously Head of Languages at a secondary boys’ school, Sarah completed a Masters in Education that focused on engaging boys in languages and teacher role in motivation. In 2008 and 2009, Sarah facilitated a research project with the Association of Independent Schools, Victoria (Engaging Boys in Languages Learning) and is currently involved in a number of projects including vocational language learning, issues of retention (motivation and engagement), VCE and ICT in LOTE. Other interests include resource development, promotion of Language programmes across school communities, immersion programmes, teacher-student rapport and its link to student engagement and behaviour management, and focus on oral skills and student use of target language. Sarah also runs her own online business – The Happy Teacher - developing resources for teachers of languages.

2.5 and 3.2: "Innovating and Growing a Language Program - Keeping Students Going beyond the Compulsory Years"
This workshop introduces and focuses on a successful and transformational interdisciplinary content-based curriculum model in a Middle School language program. It details how the introduction of an interdisciplinary content-based curriculum approach has positively transformed student attitudes to continuing language studies beyond the compulsory years in Years 7 and 8 and how this has had a marked impact on student retention in Year 9 and beyond with a fivefold increase in student numbers continuing their European language studies. An important focus of this presentation is also the introduction of a number of interdisciplinary content-based units from their conception to implementation in the classroom. In this regard this workshop also highlights features that this innovative curriculum approach brings to the language classroom's learning, teaching and assessment environment and how ICT is effectively used to enhance and enrich the language learning classroom.
Presenter: Dr. Andrew Blumbergs works at Caulfield Campus of Caulfield Grammar School as German Learning Area Leader. Has a strong involvement in modern languages focussing on interdisciplinary content-based language learning and teaching through an integrated curriculum and common assessment framework. Has developed and written interdisciplinary content-based curriculum units and courses for Years 7, 8 and 9. He also has a strong interest and focus on ways of improving the delivery of language courses in the Middle Years and into the senior years of secondary schooling.

3.1and 4.1: CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) and the Primary Language Learner
(may also be suitable for beginner year 7/8 students and teachers)
In this presentation Megan introduces the CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) approach and makes connections to other areas such as immersion and content-based teaching. The principles behind the CLIL approach will be summarised and suggestions offered for preparing and evaluating some units for use in the classroom will be offered.
Teachers will be provided with some notes explaining the relevance of CLIL for Victorian classrooms, some suggestions for wider reading and some samples of activities suitable for Primary or beginner secondary students will be demonstrated.
Presenter: Megan Morgan is an experienced teacher of French and German at both Primary and Secondary Levels and also works as a sessional lecturer and tutor in the Education Faculty at Monash University. She is also involved in teaching teachers in the courses offered for Community Languages Schools.
Megan is interested in innovative approaches to language teaching and in developing teaching materials. She wishes she could speak, read and write Italian but instead has to be content with enjoying Italian food and wine and planning her next trip to that beautiful country.

3.3: technoLanguages
Ideas and Resources for integrating technology into the Languages Classroom. In this session participants will be introduced to a range of ideas and resources that will help kick start their journey with ICT in the languages classroom. Web 2.0 tools and ideas for using them, ideas for and how to begin a collaborative project, and IWB ideas will all be shared. Note that there will be a lot of information in this session, but all links and ideas mentioned will be available to explore afterwards, so no need to take any notes.
Presenter: Jess McCulloch is a Chinese language teacher who lives in Melbourne (and on the internet). She is currently juggling motherhood, starting the Chinese program at Laurimar Primary School and working with the Chinese Teacher Training Centre at The University of Melbourne - where one of her roles is to run the ICT PD program for Chinese teachers. She has been using Web 2.0 and interactive technologies with students and teachers for the past four years and has no plans of stopping anytime soon. You can find Jess on Twitter @jessmcculloch or at her blog: http://www.technolote.com

3.4 Re-thinking Reading
Although it appears to be the ‘easier’ of the four skills, reading in another language can be a challenging, complex task for many students. It is also, however, the skill on which we tend to spend less time working, and for which we spend less time preparing classroom activities. This session looks at approaches to reading tasks in class that: engage students, help them to cope with unfamiliar vocabulary and encourage development of the essential skills involved in dealing with a written text for the first time. This is a hands-on, interactive workshop – teachers will be actively involved in example activities and will then be able to immediately and easily implement ideas in their classrooms.
Presenter: Sarah Pavy is a teacher of languages (mainly French) and consults to schools in Melbourne and interstate in a range of areas related to languages learning and teaching. Previously Head of Languages at a secondary boys’ school, Sarah completed a Masters in Education that focused on engaging boys in languages and teacher role in motivation. In 2008 and 2009, Sarah facilitated a research project with the Association of Independent Schools, Victoria (Engaging Boys in Languages Learning) and is currently involved in a number of projects including vocational language learning, issues of retention (motivation and engagement), VCE and ICT in LOTE. Other interests include resource development, promotion of Language programmes across school communities, immersion programmes, teacher-student rapport and its link to student engagement and behaviour management, and focus on oral skills and student use of target language. Sarah also runs her own online business – The Happy Teacher - developing resources for teachers of languages.

3.5: L'italiano - lingua globale, lingua locale: percezioni e spunti per una pedagogia del 21o secolo
In this session, we will explore perceptions of Italian as a local and/or global language and discuss how these conceptions impact on the teaching and learning of Italian. Matthew will also outline a series of considerations in repositioning the teaching and learning of Italian in the 21st century
Presenter: Matthew Absalom is a university teacher and researcher, professional linguist, translator, Italian language coach for opera singers and published author. He lectures in Italian Studies at The University of Melbourne, having previously held positions at the University of South Australia and the Australian National University. He holds qualifications in music, education, languages and linguistics, and his research interests cover Italian linguistics, computer-assisted language learning and languages education. Matthew is an active advocate of languages and regularly works with teachers of Italian and other languages.

3.6 and 4.6: Teaching in a Virtual Classroom
Elluminate is a complete virtual classroom environment, offering teachers and students the ability to talk and listen to each other, see each other's webcam, draw on a virtual Interactive whiteboard, show PowerPoint slides, chat in text, engage in small-group discussions in breakout rooms, and much more. Elluminate is an exciting way to allow interaction between students and teachers outside the classroom. It's also a great way to bring visitors into your classroom and has enormous potential for resource-sharing between schools.
Presenter: Andrew Douch is a practicing teacher of 20 years, and is the ICT Innovations Leader at Wanganui Park Secondary College in Shepparton. In recent years he has won a number of awards for his work with emerging technologies in education, including an Australian Government Award for Quality Schooling, the Victorian Education Excellence Award for Curriculum Innovation, the Microsoft Worldwide Innovative Teacher of the Year and a Commonwealth Government Learning Impact Award. He is in demand as a keynote speaker, locally and internationally and enjoys showing teachers how they can easily use freely available tools to transform their classrooms into learning communities that engage Generation Y students.

4.2 Getting Year 8’s to learn their verbs
Padua College is a Catholic school located in Mornington. Italian is compulsory for all year 7 and 8 students and students use the Ecco Uno textbook. In Term 1, we teach our Year 8’s a unit on saying what they do in their spare time. An important part of that unit is learning to conjugate verbs. We would like to present our course, teaching ideas, the IT we use, the work the students produce and assessment tasks to you.
Presenter: Elsa Hodgins has been teaching French and Italian since 2000 in Ireland and England and Italian since 2007, in Australia. She has been Head of LOTE at Padua College since 2008.

4.3 Enhancing Group Work With ICT
This session will discuss the benefits of group work in the languages classroom and how it can be enhanced by using different types of ICTs. Jess will draw on what she is currently doing in her classroom in regards to group work, how students can be divided into groups, ideas for group work activities, and further resources.
Presenter: Jess McCulloch is a Chinese language teacher who lives in Melbourne (and on the internet). She is currently juggling motherhood, starting the Chinese program at Laurimar Primary School and working with the Chinese Teacher Training Centre at The University of Melbourne - where one of her roles is to run the ICT PD program for Chinese teachers. She has been using Web 2.0 and interactive technologies with students and teachers for the past four years and has no plans of stopping anytime soon. You can find Jess on Twitter @jessmcculloch or at her blog: http://www.technolote.com

4.4 Authentic Resources
“Is it real? Do people actually say that? Do these really exist?” Bring your classroom to life by providing students with ‘real’ resources in the target language. This session looks at ways to get students working with real-life language, exposed to rich and meaningful structures, analysing texts and gaining an insight into the target language culture. Teachers will see examples of ways of developing intercultural awareness as well as linguistic capacity – while using resources that engage students immediately with their authenticity.
Presenter:
Sarah Pavy is a teacher of languages (mainly French) and consults to schools in Melbourne and interstate in a range of areas related to languages learning and teaching. Previously Head of Languages at a secondary boys’ school, Sarah completed a Masters in Education that focused on engaging boys in languages and teacher role in motivation. In 2008 and 2009, Sarah facilitated a research project with the Association of Independent Schools, Victoria (Engaging Boys in Languages Learning) and is currently involved in a number of projects including vocational language learning, issues of retention (motivation and engagement), VCE and ICT in LOTE. Other interests include resource development, promotion of Language programmes across school communities, immersion programmes, teacher-student rapport and its link to student engagement and behaviour management, and focus on oral skills and student use of target language. Sarah also runs her own online business – The Happy Teacher - developing resources for teachers of languages.

4.5 VCE Statistical Moderation and Study Score
This session will assist you to understand the reason why the statistical moderation process is needed, how it is applied and what are the key things you need to know in order to maximise the opportunities for your students. Building on this knowledge we will then look at how the study score is calculated focusing on the key messages you can share with students.
Presenter: Barbara Elvin has spent 25 years in government schools both as a teacher and administrator, for several years she was Principal in two secondary colleges. Barbara joined the VCAA in 2010 to administer Statistical Moderation for the state.

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