Modern Language Teachers' Association of Victoria, Inc. (MLTAV)
JOIN IN! 5 x FREE MLTAV ICT Blended Learning Webinars PDF Print E-mail

The MLTAV will host 5 free webinars for teachers of languages this term (Term 4):

Tues 8 Nov 3.45 - 4.45pm Jaclyn Curnow
Multimodal Text Magic - Scratch

Webinar Description: Looking for a new, engaging way for students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills, that is free of charge? “Scratch” is a program that makes written and spoken texts engaging, as poems, comics, role plays and stories can be written, illustrated and feature sound effects. You can record your own sounds or import your own images or use the vast library of sounds and images. Scratch is a free online, programming language that fosters learners to become creators.  Access Scratch by going online Scratch is featured in the Department’s “The Digital Deck – eduSTAR.Many of the skills outlined in the Victorian Curriculum Languages’ Communicating and Understanding strands can be demonstrated using Scratch. Particularly the sub-strands, Socialising, Informing, Creating and Translating. When using Scratch, reluctance to learning fades, due to the excitement of working with this multimodal text.


About Jaclyn: Jaclyn Curnow has taught German in Melbourne for over a decade and a half, teaching students from Middle School to Senior School. Currently she is at Viewbank College teaching Middle School students. Her students enjoy using a range of digital resources which she embeds into the curriculum to engage and challenge them. As a long serving committee member of the AGTV and MLTAV, Jaclyn enjoys working with teams and being an advocate for Languages. Jaclyn has presented at regional, state and national conferences. She highly values conferences as they foster networking.

Archived Recording - The link to access the archived recording of this webinar is:  

Mon 21 Nov 3.45 - 4.45pm Catherine Spurritt - Providing Feedback 

Webinar Description: Video feedback provides an opportunity to provide richer and more detailed feedback to students of languages. Using a simple webcam, teachers can record comprehensive and specific feedback for individual students to allow them to improve their future learning. This session will act as a basic 'how to' tutorial and explore the benefits of a multi-modal approach when providing feedback to students. Please bring a laptop, iPad or smart phone to this session.

About Catherine: 
Catherine Spurritt is the Year 7 Coordinator and Senior French Teacher at Avila College. Previously, she was also Languages Curriculum Leader at the College. Catherine is passionate about empowering learners of a second language to notice the progress they are making in their learning, providing them with the language to talk about their capabilities and opportunities for critical self-reflection. She is currently undertaking a Masters of Educational Leadership ACU, with a particular focus on leading effective learning.

Archived Recording - The link to access the archived recording of this webinar is: 


Wed 23 Nov 3.45 - 4.45pm Jade Cleave - Creating interactive Presentations with Keynote

Webinar description: In Jade's presentation she will demonstrate to participants how the iPad application Keynote can be used to make interactive presentations to assist with student learning and engagement. Once she has demonstrated the capabilities of the app, she will assist participants in creating their own basic interactive Keynote presentation.

About Jade: Jade began studying Japanese as a secondary school student, anddeveloped a passion for the Japanese language and culture ever since. After graduating with First Class Honours in Japanese from Curtin University in 2011, she completed a Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education at Curtin University in 2014. At present Jade teaches Japanese and Humanities to Middle School students at Haileybury, where iPad use is a core element of every class. She has long been passionate about ICT from a personal and professional perspective, and is highly motivated to utilise technology in the classroom to enhance student learning and engagement.

Archived Recording - The link to access the archived recording of this webinar is:

Thursday 8 December 3.45 - 4.45pm Brianna Winsor - My iJourney; Creating valuable learning experiences through integrating iPads into the learning workflow

Webinar description: Do your students currently have iPads (or tablets) for learning? Is your school considering it? Does it all feel a bit owerwhelming? It did for me too! But don't worry. I would like to share my story of how in under 1 year I managed to transform the way my students and I use iPads in the Japanese classroom to enhance learning. I will discuss how I continue to integrate the use of iPads into my lesson workslow and the effects it has had on my pedagogy and my students' learning including improved student engagement and outcomes, extending learning beyond the classroom, freeing up more time for interacting and supporting students in class, and even reducing my own workload and stress! Students at Brisbane SHS participate in a BYOD iPad program. For almost two years, I simply used the iPads as a "tack on" to my regular program, which included the standard things like paper notebooks, textbooks, worksheets, MP3s etc. The iPad was basically a tool for playing script game apps, vocab quizzes, internet research and word processing. I basically used it as a "reward" after the "real classwork" had been completed. It was not until the start of this year that I started to realise the endless potential these devices offer and started utilising them as an integral part of the learning process. Come along as I share my transformational practice that includes activities for:
- sharing resources and defferentiating learning;
- regular formative assessment and data collection;
- giving students timely, detailed and meaningful feedback;
- facilitating collaborative group work and online peer feedback;
- creating online learning communities;
- flipping the classroom; improving pronunciation;
- practising speaking, listening and digital note-taking;
- building meaningful relationships with students;
- practising language and creating digital content in an authentic context.

About Brianna: Brianna currently teaches grades 7 - 12 at Brisbane State High School, QLD. This year, Brianna is participating in "Towards Transformation", a professional learning program in which educators strive to achieve best practice by trialing, testing and reflecting on vaiours digital innovations to enhance and evolve the way students learn. 

Archived Recording - The link to access the archived recording of this webinar is:

Thursday 15 December, 3.45 - 4.30pm - "Are you using Quizlet to its full potential?!" - presented by Rebecca Gregory

Presenter Bio

Rebecca Gregory is an Indonesian teacher and Language Department Head with a particular interest in using ICT in teaching. She holds a Master of Education focusing on Leadership and Blended Learning Environments and runs workshops for Language Teachers on using iPads and Mobile Devices in the classroom.

Workshop Description

This workshop is for teachers who are both new to Quizlet, and those who may have been using it for a while but are not up-to-date with all its features. I have been using Quizlet since 2008, I have created over 200 sets, I’m a Quizlet Ambassador and needless to say I’m a huge fan! It is more than just flashcards. The people at Quizlet are always adding new features and in this workshop I will demonstrate all of them as well as some unique ways that I use Quizlet in my classroom for speaking activities, personalised learning and teamwork.
Archived Recording - The link to access the archived recording of this webinar is: 


The webinars will be conducted using Adobe Connect.

You don't need to register, just log in to your chosen session/s via the following  link:

Recordings of the webinars will also be available from the MLTAV website ( post the live webinar dates.


If you have not used Adobe Connect before, please go to this link for instructions on how to set up your computer/ device,


Any queries, please email Kylie Farmer  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

FREE 1-hour Webinar with Sarah Pavy on ' Strategies to Support & Manage Students with Special Needs' PDF Print E-mail
The Modern Language Teachers' Association of Victoria, Inc. (MLTAV) and the
Victorian School of Languages (VSL) are pleased to have collaborated to offer
Languages Teachers a FREE 1-hour webinar resource about supporting and
managing students with special needs in the Languages Classroom
(presenter, Sarah Pavy).

To listen to this webinar you will need to:

1. Ensure you have Version 10.1, or above, of Adobe Flash Playing installed on your computer / device.

 2. Listen to a recording of the webinar via the following link:

3. Once you have listened to the webinar, you will find a link (in the Chat Box) at the end of the recording, to a brief survey you need to complete in order for us to customise a certificate of participation for you for 1-hour of PL time. This certificate will be emailed to you so it is important that you include your correct and current email address in your survey responses. 

NOTE: you may have to have your computer / device volume set lower for the for the introduction and at the end and have it turned it up a little more for the duration of Sarah's speech. We were recording from two different locations so the volume does vary for both speakers.

Please also tell your colleagues about this resource as it is FREE to access and as an online webinar recording, flexible around busy schedules.

MLTAV letter seeking Clarification of the VIC Government's Policy on Languages Education in Victoria PDF Print E-mail
MLTAV Letter to The Hon James Merlino MP, Deputy Premier & Minister for Education, seeking Clarification of the VIC Government's Policy on Languages Education in Victoria 

A recent AGE newspaper article alerted MLTAV that the VIC government had changed its policy on Language Education in government schools. This news came as a surprise to the MLTAV and we sought urgent clarification on behalf of Languages professionals.

Both MLTAV's original letter, as well as a response letter received from The Deputy Premier / Minister for Education, will be published in the November editon of MLTAV's Journal, Languages Victoria.

Please click here for a copy of MLTAV's letter to The Hon James Merlino MP.

Please click here for a copy of the letter of response and clarification from The Hon James Merlino MP.

Andrew Ferguson President, MLTAV

DET Language Teacher Register PDF Print E-mail
The Language Teacher Register has been developed by the Department of Education and Training (DET) to assist schools to source qualified languages teachers to fill vacant language teaching positions in government schools.

The Language Teacher Register is open to graduating, graduate and currently employed language teachers who are seeking a language teaching position in a government primary or secondary school. Eligible language teachers can register using the online form at:

Given that many schools commence planning for the staffing of their languages program for the following year during Semester 2, it is opportune to remind language teachers and schools of the availability of DET's Language Teacher Register.

Language Teaching Job Vacancies PDF Print E-mail


ELTHAM College has been educating young women and men for the past 40 years. The College was conceived in 1973 as a new concept in independent, coeducational schooling. It was founded by a dynamic group of community members who were seeking schooling for their children that would look beyond average educational practice to education that fostered the talents, confidence, initiative and passion for learning in every individual.

Our location in the Nillumbik Shire, northeast of Melbourne, is no accident. Historically, this district has inspired free thought and innovation. For years, artists, writers and intellectuals have been drawn to Millumbik as a centre for inspiration. The notion of ELTHAM as one of Australia's few truly independent schools was founded within this creative culture.

The College has a strong committment to technology. All applicants should be able to demonstrate their strong desire to maximise the use of technology in an educational environment.

This is a full-time position commencing Term 1, 2018. We are looking for an exciting and innovative teacher who is able to teach Mandarin Chinese from Year 7 through to Yeaqr 12 level. ELTHAM College has a dynamic Mandarin program that offers both VCE and VET pathways.

Intending applicants are invited to submit a full curriculum vitae with names of three referees by Thursday, 19 October 2017 to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Click here for a flyer for this Job Vacancy

Mr Mike Brennin
Deputy Principal

ELTHAM College
PO Box 40

For more info visit the employment section of ELTHAM College's website at 


2017 & 2018 Job Openings at Haileybury

The Languages Department at Haileybury is looking for passionate Languages teachers for the following positions:

  • Chinese First Language Assistant (Term 3 – End of October) @ Keysborough
  • Years 7-10 French @ City (Starting late Nov 2017 - both FT and PT available)
  • Prep-Year 8 Chinese @ City (Starting Jan 2018)

* VCE experience is preferred, although not essential.

Applicants must hold full VIT registration.

Interested applicants should visit to submit an Expression of Interest. Please direct any questions to Stanley Wang, Head of Languages ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )



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