Jewell of Anstey


LOTE news is good news
May 14, 2011, 11:01 pm
Filed under: education, politics, Uncategorized, Victoria

Hallelujah

It is not often these days that I open the morning paper to welcome news. But this morning’s Sunday Age brought me something I am really happy about.
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/vic-schools-to-teach-bilingual-curriculum-20110514-1enlu.html

The Victorian State Government is planning to move language teaching beyond being only a subject to being also a medium of education. Subjects other than the language itself – such as maths and science – could be taught in a LOTE.

This approach to language teaching is vastly superior. Language learning requires time and exposure. The amount it has been getting is just nowhere near enough.

There is a vast body of research and experience that shows that students continue to learn the content of other subjects (such as maths and science) even when they are learning them through a second language. And they can also learn the second language in the process.

It would also be nice to see the demoralised LOTE teaching workforce get a bit of a boost.

Good news.

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