Dr Lo Bianco is Professor of Language and Literacy Education, in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. He is Past President, Australian Academy of the Humanities. Current academic research and policy activities include:
UNICEF Research Director, Language, Education and Social Cohesion, Malaysia, Myanmar/Burma and Thailand; and Preparation of Peace Building National Language Policy, Myanmar; Academic advisor, National Research Centre for Foreign Language Education at Beijing Foreign Studies University; Research advisor for LUCIDE, an EC project on Languages in Urban Communities, completing in 2014 a 4 year research project on multilingualism at the municipal level in 12 European cities; Immediate Past and Inaugural President of the Tsinghua, Asia Pacific Forum on Translation and Intercultural Studies; 130 publications on language, policy and planning, language education, literacy, culture and identity.
Topic: Developments, directions and distractions: Modern Greek and language education policy
Abstract: Australian language education policy has more stops, turns, shifts and changes the Journey of Odysseus from Troy to Ithaca. This talk will trace some of these, especially the policy chopping and changing, and discuss what the prospects are for a more secure and enduring place for languages in the widest sense, community and heritage languages in general and Modern Greek in particular.
Nikos Bogiannidis Nikos Bogiannidis is the Dean of Learning Technologies at one of the largest private schools in Australia. His main role is to provide professional learning in the effective and innovative use of technologies in education. He is passionate about mobile learning, cloud computing, blended learning and the use of the iBeacon technology for teaching and learning purposes. Nikos is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and as a PhD candidate he is conducting research, through Monash University, related to 21st century learning spaces. Nikos is currently working on a research project related to smart adaptive classrooms. He speaks three languages and has 10 years of expertise in Bilingual Education. He holds a Diploma of Teaching, a Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies and a Master of Education from Monash University. Nikos has shared his expertise at a number of national and international conferences.
Abstract: Topic: The art of creating engaging 21st century language learning spaces This sessions will provide directions, strategies, tools, practical ideas and resources available to Modern Greek Language Providers for transforming traditional classrooms into exciting and engaging learning spaces where learning is visible and available 24/7.
Georgina is the Founder and Director of Edumazing. She is also our Specialist Education Consultant working in Primary, Secondary and Special Schools. Georgina has over 29 years of rich experience in educational leadership including curriculum innovation, ICT, progressive pedagogies, assessment and reporting. She has headed key government educational initiatives, developed successful learning, wellbeing and leadership programs, and consulted for the DEECD. Georgina is also an outstanding learning coach, working holistically with at risk students from preschool to Year 12 and their families.
Georgina is known internationally as an inspiring speaker, researcher, businesswoman, philanthropist and strong advocate for educators, young people and parents to ensure life long learning success. Georgina was previously an Assistant Principal in a two campus P-9 College and has worked in all sectors of education: Government, Independent, Catholic, Tertiary and Not-For-Profit in key leadership roles. Her passion for excellence in education has been recognised in state and national awards. Her presentations will leave you with a wealth of knowledge, resources and inspiration to make a difference to all you work with.
Sarah is a teacher of Languages who consults in a variety of areas relating to learning and teaching. Previously Head of Languages at a secondary boys’ school, Sarah completed a Masters in Educationfocusing on engaging boys in languages and teacher role in motivation. Sarah including Differentiation of the Curriculum, Behaviour Management, VET Languages, Boys Education, EAL in the Mainstream Classroom, iPads in Classrooms, Backwards Design Curriculum Planning, Inquiry Teaching and Learning, EAL students inthe mainstream classroom. Sarah facilitates short and long-term projects, tailoring objectives, workshops constantly reflect on, and enhance their approaches to teaching and learning. For the last couple of years, Sarah has been based in Jakarta, Indonesia, and has recently returned to Australia.
Topic: iPads in Languages Classrooms
Abstract: The iPad is a wonderful tool for developing students’ linguistic capacity. It can be used for introducing language, consolidating and advancing, as well as being an effective tool for improvement of students’ personal learning strategies. During this presentation, examples will be shown of ways to use iPads to encourage development of all skills. The focus will be not on language-specific Apps practising discrete items of vocabulary but rather on increasing student production of spoken and written language. This presentation will aim to provide teachers with ideas that can be used simply and effectively to engage students and enhance language skills.
Viviana Golding completed a Degree in Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Padova, in Northern Italy, acquiring the title of Doctor of Languages with a thesis about the Poetry of Emily Dickinson.
She further completed a Diploma of Education in LOTE/ESL at the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, in 1996.
Viviana has taught Italian, EAL and Gifted Education for over 30 years at all levels in Victoria, including tertiary level. In the last 10 years she has worked for Co.As.It and the Department of Education as the Languages Consultant for the former Barwon South Western Region in Victoria. Currently she is the Director of the ALC, Assessment of Languages Competence Program at ACER.
Viviana is also a well known presenter at International and NationalConferences and Workshops in relation to Languages Education; she is an author of resources for the learning and teaching of Italian (Primo 1 and Primo 2, published by Nelson Cengage) and EAL (Loescher-Zanichelli, Europe) and also a facilitator of International student exchanges between Italy and Australia.
In 2007 Viviana was awarded “Best National Achievement in Leadership in Education” by the Australian Government and the College of Educators in Canberra for her work in Languages Education schools in Victoria.
Topic: Approaches and techniques to maximise Languages Teaching and Learning
Abstract: Teaching languages is a complex task and the question that teachers ask themselves is always: how can I teach a particular topic/theme in the most effective way? Viviana will discuss different approaches and techniques in the area of Languages teaching, from Krashen's comprehensible input, to TPR, Total Physical Response, to sensory approaches, to CLIL, Content Language Integrated Learning and more!
Topic: Differentiation in the Languages classroom
Abstract: 'Differentiation’ is a way of thinking about the classroom with dual goals of honouring each student's learning needs and maximising each student's learning capacity.' (Tomlinson & Strickland 2003). It is also a philosophy, which recognises each student’s uniqueness and the importance of his/her contribution to the learning environment. To achieve a high level of engagement and maximising learning outcomes in Languages Education classes, teachers need to cater for diversity. During the workshop, teachers will learn how to differentiate classroom activities and tasks to suit individual students by adopting different strategies, which include the use of complex task systems based on the Revised Bloom's Taxonomy and Gardner's Intelligences.
Biodata Dr Andrea Truckenbrodt is an experienced Language teacher who has taught from Kindergarten to University. As Director of Bayside Teaching and Learning Consultancy, she works consulting with teachers and schools, helping them to improve their programs and the learning outcomes for students. Andrea is an experienced presenter whose current areas of interest include differentiation and CLIL as well as the integration of literacy, numeracy and thinking skills into Languages teaching. Andrea enjoys developing curricula and creating new teaching materials in all languages and across learning areas. Andrea also works at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education in the Masters of Teaching Internship and Language and Literacy programs.
Topic: Fun and games in the primary classroom
Abstract: Come along to this session and learn 10 new games and activities. Each activity has a clear language focus and is designed to get your primary aged students engaged and using the language.
Μαρία Πολυδοροπούλου Certificate 1V in Community Languages Teaching