ASILE conference presentation:
Project Based Language Learning, what works and what doesn't?
An evaluation of the introduction of Project Based Language Learning (PBLL) units into the Indonesian language curriculum at St John’s Grammar school. PBLL aims to motivate students by allowing them more personal direction in their language learning and increasing the authenticity of the curriculum. It is aimed that through these units, students work collaboratively to address real life problems or scenarios so they can become empowered as citizens who can discuss, analyze and solve authentic problems in the target language . This presentation will discuss what worked and what didn’t in our schools context and how PBLL can be used to make language learning more relevant to our students.
Biodata My current role as Acting Head of Languages at St John’s Grammar School in the Adelaide Hills sees me teaching Indonesian to Stage 2. I have taught Indonesian since 2003 in Pt Pirie, Adelaide and Melbourne. As a language teacher, my focus has always been to bring my students as close as possible to the world and wonders of our closest neighbour.
I am passionate about facilitating quality learning that prepares students to be successful in their lives throughout the 21st century. For this reason, I am an advocate of second language acquisition, and, in particular, Bahasa Indonesia. I am inspired to lead students to become effective citizens who aspire to exist functionally in a global community.
In 2000, I was fortunate to be selected to participate in the ACICIS Intensive Language Study Program in Yogyakarta. This experience proved to become the foundation of my career journey thus far. I have since taught Bahasa Indonesia in South Australia and Victoria and volunteered as an English teacher in Bali, Medan and Yogyakarta.
In 2010, my involvement in a Collaborative Research Project culminated in the completion of a Masters of Education (Middle Years Literacy) at Monash University. Sponsored by Catholic Education Melbourne, the focus of the research was school wide literacy improvement. My contribution focused upon the impact of explicit reading techniques in languages to improve literacy outcomes in our school context.
An additional area of professional interest for me is student wellbeing. In 2012, I completed a Masters of Student Wellbeing at Melbourne University. My research paper analysed the Impact of differentiation on student wellbeing on the language classroom.
St John’s Grammar School