The Applied Linguistics Conference will be held from 25-27 November at Curtin University, Western Australia.
The theme of the conference "Applied Linguistics and Language teaching: Making connections" provides an opportunity for discussion about how links can be made between the two areas within Australia and internationally.
Further information can be found on the Conference website. http://www.alaa-alanz2019conference.com/
Please view conference e-flyer below:
A snap shot of a great workshop. Also a quick reminder that 2019 Memberships are now open and 2018 memberships have expired, please ensure you log in and pay for your 2019 membership to get news on workshops such as these!
WILTA’s Term 1 Workshop was held on the 29th March at SIDE in Leederville. 38 members attended the workshop which is the largest attendance yet for the first workshop of the year. Hebat!
The workshop began with a presentation by Nadia Civa, president of MLTAWA. Nadia outlined the role of MLTAWA and spoke about the exciting events being held this year. Nadia was excited to announce that MLTAWA are offering four $1000 grants for members to attend the AFMLTA Conference in July. Further information about these grants and upcoming events can be found on the MLTAWA website.
Following Nadia’s presentation Sandra Jackson shed some light on creating relevant and effective assessment marking keys. Participants were provided with some sample assessment marking keys to identify how they align with the WA Curriculum achievement standards.
Next was Glenn Watson from Nelson Cengage who presented a new resource called BIMA. BIMA has an intercultural language learning focus and was written in accordance with the Australian Curriculum. Level 1 is currently available via Nelson Cengage’s website and consists of a student book with online access, a workbook and a teacher toolkit.
It was then time for a much-needed break. Workshop participants enjoyed catching up with one another and making new acquaintances over a yummy morning tea of coffee and jajanan kindly supplied by Ibu Emma.
Following morning tea Ibu Donna shared her RTV experience in Bali. As well as some funny stories, including one where the principal of the school insisted on an immediate massage at work to cure her masuk angin. Donna had some great teaching and cultural tips for those considering embarking on the program.
Pak Jeremy gave an insightful demonstration of ImmerseMe. ImmerseMe is an interactive language program where students engage in simulated ‘real-world’ conversations with native speakers. Participants had fun testing out the program and much hilarity ensued when it couldn’t quite detect a strong, Steve Irwin-style Aussie accent. See Warta WILTA Archives for more information.
The final part of the workshop consisted of current Indonesian teachers and a language assistant sharing their lesson ideas. A key feature of this session was the use of ICT and incorporation of STEM into language teaching. Ibu Sue demonstrated how she ‘hooks’ students into lessons using attractive PowerPoint presentations to stimulate conversation of the topic (in this example, food). Ibu Erin gave an informative presentation about using iBooks to enhance ICT in the classroom. Ibu Lorna delighted participants with her demonstration of using Bee-Bots digital technology. In this interactive session students challenged each other to follow a set of instructions using prepositions and directions to move the Buzz Bot to a pre-selected destination on the map. Lastly, Tiffany showed us a simple Indonesian dance which can be easily incorporated into existing language programs. She suggested using the steps of the dance to teach body parts and directions.
The workshop concluded with a tasty Nasi Kotak lunch and more opportunity for networking. Stayed tuned for details of the next workshop in Term 2!