Ghislaine Barbe - The Devil's Advocate


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Ghislaine Barbe - The Devil's Advocate

  1. 1. Ghislaine Barbe AIS NSW
  2. 2. Dr Mona LingualHelluva University
  3. 3. The government doesn’t supportLanguages in thiscountry. We don’t even have a nationallanguages policy!
  4. 4. Look at kids today! They don’t want tolearn a language! They think it’s going to behard work and they’re not wrong either…
  5. 5. My resource budget is solimited… howcan I possiblymake language learning engaging?
  6. 6. There are so manyattractive elective subjectsto choose from on ‘our line’ … there’s no way we can compete against them!
  7. 7. It’s so hard toconvince them that what weare doing will be useful to them one day…
  8. 8. My students don’t feel like they’re making any progress. Nowonder, there are so few hours allocated to the course…
  9. 9. Kids aredropping out oflanguage study all over the world! Why would it be different in Australia…?
  10. 10. Boys aren’tinterested in learning languages…
  11. 11. Parents have so much influence on the kids’subject choices… and most don’t give a damn about language learning...
  12. 12. They’ll only want to study a language iftheir friends are doing it too…
  13. 13. Languages receive so little support from the executive staff… half the time, we’re not even recognised as a legitimate Key Learning Area…
  14. 14. THINK POSITIVELY !!!
  15. 15. Languages receive great that I It’s so little support have access to from the people on the executive staff… executive who half the time, will listen to me. we’re not evenI can really move recognised as a Languages legitimate Key forward in this Learning Area… school.
  16. 16. OK, THIS IS WHAT I’LL DO: •Build good rapport with executives who have a ‘language’ sensibility • Initiate things that aregood for Languages and good for the school• Volunteer for key positions as they become available • Work on my assertiveness •…
  17. 17. 1. Re-frame the statement on your table to turn it into a positive thinking statement2. List 2 or 3 initiatives you can undertake at your school to support your re-framed statement3. Write 1 and 2 on butcher’s paper or on the back channel
  18. 18.
  19. 19. Dear Ghislaine,Many thanks for contacting us with the below email.Although the translation software is still under development and a commercialization date has yet tobe decided, the glasses, equipped with different software, are scheduled to begin shipment in Japanlater this year.Please see the below announcement from October 2011 for more detail. we have any more detail on the translation software, we’ll be sure to make another announcement.In the meantime, please feel free to be in touch with any other needs.Best regards,Joseph---------------------------------------Joseph JasperNEC Corporate Communications DivisionEmail: +81-3-3798-6511Fax: +81-3-3457-7249---------------------------------------