Teach Languages like a Linguist

Presented by: Rowena Bata

Event Information: 6 PD Hours 

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Linguistics is the scientific study of language, and many of the approaches used by linguists are useful in foreign language classrooms, yet they rarely feature in standard textbooks used in primary and secondary courses. This is an approach to language teaching which is particularly good for engaging students who prefer a more analytic style of learning.

In this workshop, participants will explore systematic ways to teach:

  • The sounds of the language, and by extension, spelling-sound correspondences.
  • The words of the language, and the way they are put together and how they relate to the words around them.
  • The socio-cultural aspects of language such a register and politeness.
  • The ways in which languages changes in place and time.

This is a practical workshop and participants will work with Rowena to develop activities that they can use with their classes immediately. Although the examples given in this workshop will come from French, the ideas presented are general in nature and can be applied in most Language classrooms, so teachers of all languages are encouraged to attend.

Participants will need to bring a laptop to take part fully in this workshop.

Event Details:


Thursday 22nd August, 2019

  9.30am - 3.30pm (Reg. from 8.30am)

Double Tree by Hilton
270 Flinders Street, Melbourne 

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Target Audience: All Language Teachers.

  $279.00 + GST

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About the Presenter

Rowena Bata has been a Languages teacher for 25 years and she has worked at schools in Victoria as well as in France, Papua New Guinea and Malaysia. She has held various positions of leadership and has taught students of all ages, from Prep to adult. Rowena holds a Master’s degree in Linguistics and she is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer. She is interested in bridging the gap between second language acquisition theory and what happens in a classroom, and she has a particular focus on the role that technology can play in the language learning process. Rowena has a wealth of experience that she brings to her presentations and her workshops are always practical and full of ideas for teachers to take away and use in their class immediately.

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