Modern Language Teachers' Association of Victoria, Inc. (MLTAV)
AFMLTA - News-in-Brief September 2017 PDF Print E-mail
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Enquiry into the Education of Gifted and Talented Students - Report & Response PDF Print E-mail
Enquiry into the Education of Gifted and Talented Students - Report and Response

Final Report

The final report for the Inquiry into education of gifted and talented students was tabled in Parliament on 20 June 2012.

The report can be downloaded from the link below.

pdf Final report on the Inquiry into the education of gifted and talented students (PDF, 1.93 Mb)

Government Response

The Government Response was tabled on 11 December 2012.

Download a copy of the pdf Government Response (PDF, 592.43 Kb)

2011 Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the Education of Gifted and Talented Students
The Modern Language Teachers' Association of Victoria (MLTAV) was invited to respond to the 2011 Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the Education of Gifted and Talented students. The MLTAV welcomed the opportunity to make a submission as part of the Inquiry into this area which, whilst not ‘core business’ of Languages educators, is of high interest and importance to us. All submissions to the Inquiry are published online here:

In addition to the MLTAV response being available in pdf format, the MLTAV is pleased to share a doc WORD version. Please note that use of any parts of the text for not-for-profit, educational purposes is freely given with acknowledgment of the MLTAV and the author, Rita Felder.

Please also note the MLTAV Terms of Use for information from our website.
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

GET INVOLVED: MLTAV / NGV Language Support Educators Collaboration - 2017 PDF Print E-mail
The MLTAV is delighted to continue its exciting Language Support Educators Program collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria, throughout 2017!
The following programs have been developed by the National Gallery of Victoria in collaboration with the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Victoria (MLTAV). Sincere thanks to MLTAV’s Language Support Educators for their critical voluntary support of, and contribution to, this collaboration (refer to p.6/7 if you may be interested in training to join our wonderful team of voluntary Language Support Educators).
Van Gogh and the Seasons, NGV International, Ground Level, Temporary Exhibitions
28 Apr 17 to 9 Jul 17 - Open 10am - 5pm daily
The seasons had profound meaning for Van Gogh: they represented the circle of life within nature – birth, bloom, maturity and death. For the artist, this ongoing cycle represented the greatness of nature and the existence of a higher force. Van Gogh repeatedly painted scenes that richly evoke the sensory pleasures or deprivations particular to each season – spring-time, with its blossoming orchards and flowering meadows; summer, with fields of ripe wheat shimmering under the hot sun; autumn, with bountiful harvests and solitary figures sowing seeds as dusk approaches; and winter, with peasants digging potatoes out of frozen fields, or sharing a meagre meal by candlelight.
The exhibited works depict places that were the setting for many defining moments in the artist’s tumultuous life – the Dutch region of Brabant, where Van Gogh was born in 1853 and lived for much of his early life; Arles, where the artist experienced his most defining period of creativity; Saint-Rémy de Provence, where he was treated for mental illness in the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum; and Auvers-sur-Oise, where Van Gogh committed suicide in 1890.
Van Gogh and the Seasons features works lent by leading international museums, including the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam and the Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo which respectively hold the largest and second largest collections of works by Van Gogh in the world. Drawing extensively from Van Gogh’s letters and from research into his deep interest in literature and nature, Van Gogh and the Seasons explores the influences and themes that dominate much of this visionary artist’s work.

Student Programs
French connection
All levels
An introductory talk exploring the fascinating world and art practice of Van Gogh with particular emphasis on his connection with France, where he reached the height of his career. Twenty minutes of the talk will be presented by a Language Support Educator. They will focus on a Van Gogh work depicting one of the seasons to engage students in some simple French language activities appropriate to the level of the group.
Cost: $14 per student (60 mins followed by self-guided exhibition viewing)
Optional Language workshop
Inspired by themes in the exhibition, the workshop will include word games and an art activity designed to develop the students’ French speaking and listening skills. Language Support Educators will conduct part of the session in French language appropriate to the level of the group.
Cost : $8 per student (60 minutes)
A French language resource focusing on the exhibition will be available online.

NGV International Permanent Collection
Student Programs
Living Languages - language, culture and learning
Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Modern Greek , Spanish
All levels
Bring alive the history and culture associated with the students’ language of study in a Gallery tour including group analysis and discussion of related works of art from different times.
On request, twenty minutes of the session can be presented by a Language Support Educator in the relevant language. They will focus on a particular work in the collection to engage students in some simple language activities appropriate to the level of the group.
Cost: $8 per student (60 minutes)

Optional Language workshop
All levels
Inspired by works viewed and discussed in the Gallery, the workshop will include word games and an art activity designed to develop the students’ speaking and listening skills in their language of study. Language Support Educators will conduct part of the session in the relevant language appropriate to the level of the group.
Cost: $8 per student (60 minutes)
Language Support Educator Program Background
An exciting new collaboration between MLTAV and the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) was forged in 2015 with a significant increase in demand throughout 2016.
The Languages Support Educators (LSE) Program was developed to offer Languages classes an opportunity to enhance intercultural understanding through participating in an Exhibition introductory talk. These sessions were presented by an NGV Educator together with an MLTAV volunteer Language Support Educator, using target language with students for part of the talk.
The opportunity to deliver part of the talk in a diverse range of Languages was made possible by the overwhelmingly positive response from part-time / retired Languages teachers.
This program offered benefits to: MLTAV Volunteers, by enabling them to integrate a love of Art with a passion for Languages as well as keeping them active in their profession; NGV Educators, who were able to expand their offering of tailored programs; teachers and students of Languages who could experience a dynamic and informative introductory talk which included a target language component focusing on a special selected work in the exhibition.
Everyone who participated in the 2015 and 2016 program bookings were delighted with, and inspired by, the wonderful experience.
CALL NOW OPEN for Expressions of Interest for
NEW Language Support Educators
Given the demand for Language Support Educator (LSE) bookings throughout 2016, the MLTAV and NGV are pleased to put a call out for part-time / retired Languages Teachers who are interested in becoming part of this wonderful program as a Language Support Educator.

We are planning an LSE Training Session at the National Gallery of Victoria on Friday 31 March 2017 from 1.30pm - 5pm.
If you are interested in being trained as an LSE and being involved in this program throughout 2017, please complete an online expression of interest form via the following link:
Being involved in this program as an LSE, is a wonderful opportunity! If you are passionate about Languages Learning and Art (and a qualified Languages Methodology Teacher) who is either working part-time, retired, or training as a Languages teacher - we are very keen to hear from you!
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.


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