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Stories of success
Caroline David
Head Teacher, Teaching and Learning
Smith’s Hill High School
• 120 students per year
 Year 8 – mandatory 100 hours
 - 45 students studying a second language
 Year 9 – 105 elective ...
 100 high school students were surveyed about their
motivation for learning language and ..
 1. Overseas Study Tours *
...
 Connect early
 First impressions
 Letter home with enrolment information
 Homestay program
 Overseas Study Tours
 I...
 Make the Principal look good
 Open invitation to visit Language classrooms
 Keep them up to date with happenings in La...
 Push for authentic representation at Exec level
 Year Adviser
 Curriculum team
 Mentor
 Camps
Be involved
Make engaging spaces
Curtains? Kimonos?
Library at lunchtime?
Going through the front foyer?
Going to Science??
More engaging spaces
 Use funds to buy things for all languages
 Support those departments that support you
for commercial groups
Play dress ups
 Exploit it
 Patrice the crepe man
 The Wind Rises
 Bratwurst cook-offs
What floats kid’s boats?
Media – here
and there and everywhere
 Open night – be interactive , visible and attractive
 Staff morning tea – bring exotic food
 Certificates signed by th...
 School open night
 In class
 Buy saucepans/crepe makers/utensils
 Get kids to bring ingredients
 Menu in target lang...
 Use Narrative
 Normalise bilingualism
 Many Language teachers
 are highly qualified
 Have higher degrees
 Have work...
Exploit your connections 1
Exploit your connections 2
 Endeavour fellowships
 Donation programs
 Travel posters
 Language Uni Days – free food!
Exploit freebies
 Set user generated content
 Inclusivity
 Show students you are a lifelong learner
 Do something with technology – don...
 Ask not
“Why is learning languages important”
but ask
“What’s in it for me?”
 Makes you smarter – higher performance in...
 Distance education
 Students enjoy a sense of achievement
 Make it realistic
 Second language speakers - gift of lang...
 Engagement for students
 Great sense of achievement
 Play it on loop at Open Night in the corridor
 Invite the Princi...
 Seed early
 Take late
 Only language students – not a Contiki tour but a Study Tour
 Early planning
 Clear and regul...
Smith’s Hill High School
caroline.david@det.nsw.edu.au
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  1. 1. Stories of success Caroline David Head Teacher, Teaching and Learning Smith’s Hill High School
  2. 2. • 120 students per year  Year 8 – mandatory 100 hours  - 45 students studying a second language  Year 9 – 105 elective students  Year 10 – 75 elective students  Year 11/12  French, German, Japanese Continuers  French, German, Japanese Extension  Italian Beginners My context
  3. 3.  100 high school students were surveyed about their motivation for learning language and ..  1. Overseas Study Tours *  2. Interesting classes  3. Passionate teachers  4. Sense of achievement  5. Choice of language  6. Contact with native speakers
  4. 4.  Connect early  First impressions  Letter home with enrolment information  Homestay program  Overseas Study Tours  In trust payments  Fundraising program  Smoke and mirrors?? Rapport and connection
  5. 5.  Make the Principal look good  Open invitation to visit Language classrooms  Keep them up to date with happenings in Language  Invite them down for ‘coffee’  Give them reasons to keep (or start!) supporting Language  ATAR bonus  National priority Start at the top
  6. 6.  Push for authentic representation at Exec level  Year Adviser  Curriculum team  Mentor  Camps Be involved
  7. 7. Make engaging spaces Curtains? Kimonos?
  8. 8. Library at lunchtime?
  9. 9. Going through the front foyer?
  10. 10. Going to Science??
  11. 11. More engaging spaces
  12. 12.  Use funds to buy things for all languages  Support those departments that support you for commercial groups
  13. 13. Play dress ups
  14. 14.  Exploit it  Patrice the crepe man  The Wind Rises  Bratwurst cook-offs What floats kid’s boats?
  15. 15. Media – here and there and everywhere
  16. 16.  Open night – be interactive , visible and attractive  Staff morning tea – bring exotic food  Certificates signed by the Principal for anything  Dress up and present anything to the Principal at assembly PR, PR and more PR
  17. 17.  School open night  In class  Buy saucepans/crepe makers/utensils  Get kids to bring ingredients  Menu in target language  Get Principal / Senior Exec to come and judge best dish Food, food, food
  18. 18.  Use Narrative  Normalise bilingualism  Many Language teachers  are highly qualified  Have higher degrees  Have worked overseas  Have worked outside schools  Didn’t become a teacher because they couldn’t do anything else Exploit your expertise
  19. 19. Exploit your connections 1
  20. 20. Exploit your connections 2
  21. 21.  Endeavour fellowships  Donation programs  Travel posters  Language Uni Days – free food! Exploit freebies
  22. 22.  Set user generated content  Inclusivity  Show students you are a lifelong learner  Do something with technology – don’t just use it for entertainment  Cloze task with a song / TV interview  Review of vocab learnt Exploit the digital native
  23. 23.  Ask not “Why is learning languages important” but ask “What’s in it for me?”  Makes you smarter – higher performance in other subjects  Bonus ATAR points  Comparative advantage in the job market  Can work overseas  Flexibility and choices later in life  Love?  Food? Why is learning languages important?
  24. 24.  Distance education  Students enjoy a sense of achievement  Make it realistic  Second language speakers - gift of languages  SSCL Pitching for achievement
  25. 25.  Engagement for students  Great sense of achievement  Play it on loop at Open Night in the corridor  Invite the Principal to Sydney for the finals MLTA film competition
  26. 26.  Seed early  Take late  Only language students – not a Contiki tour but a Study Tour  Early planning  Clear and regular communication  Teacher not Tour Guide so design is paramount  The book Overseas Study Tours
  27. 27. Smith’s Hill High School caroline.david@det.nsw.edu.au

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