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Primary Languages via Video Conferencing
07 August, 2019
For students at the small P-12 College in the farming community of Manangatang, an hour’s drive out of Swan Hill in north west Victoria, learning German may sometimes seem a little abstract. While the school is lucky enough to have its own language teachers, resources can be spread pretty thinly in a school of only 80 from Prep to Year 12. This is why they were so eager to join the VSL Primary Languages Program when it was launched in early 2019. Year 5 students participate in a German language program using a range of online tools – including an interactive presentation, video conferencing and self-marking vocabulary learning. Each student connects to the presentation using their own netbook computer, and is able to respond to teacher questions individually to demonstrate their understanding and progress. For each lesson, students receive a hard copy handout, to ensure that they are recording the language content of the lesson, practicing their handwriting and creating a resource they can access for revision at home. The Year 5 students are enjoying the program and are looking forward to continuing their study of German into Year 6 and beyond. And who knows where languages might take them?
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