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Acknowledging that Japan is the second largest trade partner to Australia and that Japanese is the most popular foreign language taught in Queensland schools, this program was designed for English language teachers in Japan and Japanese language teachers here in Queensland.
25 educators from diverse teaching and cultural backgrounds were shortlisted to participate. Some were experienced school leaders and others were new to teaching, but they all shared a common motivation, which was to successfully teach a language within a pandemic.
- The multi-themed and multi-platform virtual program saw some participants attending, even during school lockdown in their local areas.
- Participants not only received professional training, they also hosted and visited each other’s classes and interacted with international students.
- The program provided a communication platform for teachers to become acquainted with each other and build meaningful professional connections.
- The program showcased a number of field experts from both Queensland and Japan to share their insights.
This fellowship program allowed teachers from both countries to explore their unique international connections and develop new skills to reposition themselves for the post-pandemic education environment.
The program consisted of 2 upskill workshops, a forum and a virtual classroom visit.
The learning outcomes of this program were based around 3 key skills. These stand to advance a teacher’s performance, during and post-pandemic:
1. Inquiry based learning
- Fosters curiosity and independent learning
- Improves performance especially for STEM subjects
- Promotes a positive attitude to failure and resilience
2. Online and remote teaching
- Strengthens blended teaching
- Supports the transition to a post-Covid teaching model
- Promotes teaching and learning agility
3. Cross-cultural competence
- Global collaboration and cooperation
- Encourages teachers to expand their learning horizon
- Builds confidence to future learning mobility
Upskill workshop: Developing competence in effective online and remote teaching
A skill-based workshop to develop the competence of online and remote teaching.
This virtual workshop was presented by Mr Glenn Watt and Ms Kara Vaughan from IMPACT Centre, Queensland. Mr Watt and Ms Vaughan shared strategies to:
- strengthen the effectiveness of online or remote teaching
- support transition to post-COVID teaching model
- promote teaching and learning agility.
'I was prompted to use an "Inspire" moment today to begin my lessons with my Year 5 classes. It worked well!' – Elizabeth Hewett, Japanese teacher, Queensland.
Upskill workshop: Inquiry based learning (IBL) teaching method
A skill-based workshop to build knowledge and confidence using Inquiry-based Learning (IBL) teaching method. This can apply to conventional teaching or an online teaching setting.
This virtual workshop was presented by Ms Gae Nastasi, Metropolitan Region EAL/D Coordinator for the Department of Education Queensland.
Ms Nastasi shared strategies to:
- apply IBL in language teaching
- foster curiosity and independent learning
- develop resilience in student learning.
'Thank you very much for your teaching. It was a great learning opportunity. IBL is a new and effective approach in classroom teaching for me. Having students at the centre of learning will spark their curiosity. I also thought it is a mind changing opportunity for teachers to put “Theme/Context” based teaching when creating a language curriculum.' – Toshie Ueda, English teacher, Japan.
Collegial X-Change Forum
Teaching in a cross-cultural environment with confidence.
The Collegial X-Change Forum is a horizontal learning approach allowing participants to showcase their successes and experiences. It is facilitated in a virtual colloquium style to allow participants to share their language teaching experience and learn from each other. This discussion helped participants develop their practical cross-cultural competence by comprehending the classroom differences between Australia and Japan.
- Professor Tamotsu Fujita, Deputy Director, Centre for Language Education and Research, Sophia University, Japan.
- Ms Vicki Caldow, Principal, Ms Luisa Battye, Head of Curriculum and Ms Akiko Nishi, Japanese Teacher at Wellers Hill State School, Queensland.
- Ms Julie Peel, Principal and Ms Margaret Sockhill, Experienced Teacher EALD at Milpera State High School, Queensland.
Fellowship participants had the opportunity to visit a Queensland or Japanese classroom.
Teachers were able to observe their host’s class and work with them to deliver a short cultural presentation to their students.
Students also benefited from interacting with Japanese and English-speaking educators.
Below are just some examples of how the Australia-Japan Teachers Upskill Fellowship has impacted participants from both countries:
'I joined Kiyomi’s classroom. She had a small evening class of 7 12 year olds. It was very interactive and informative. I loved how she practiced pronounciation and built their confidence before they spoke with me, practicing their questions.'
– Angela Owen, Japanese Teacher in Queensland
'I had a great time visiting Kara’s classroom. It was a rewarding experience for me. Angela also visited my classroom. The students tried really hard to talk to her in English! I was very impressed. Thank you for giving me this great opportunity.'
– Kiyomi Hasegawa, English Teacher in Japan
'Thanks so much for arranging this PD! It has been great to learn new skills, be reminded of effective skills and most importantly, develop tools to be a more effective teacher.'
– Kara Olver, Japanese Teacher in Australia
'I had a wonderful experience during your programs. I hope to put the knowledge to practical use in my English lessons.'
– Naoko Kaji, English Teacher in Japan
The Australia-Japan Teachers Upskill Fellowship was made possible through the
Australia-Japan Foundation Grants Program.
For more information on the 2021 Australia-Japan Teachers Upskill Fellowship, please contact:
Senior Program Supervisor
Education Queensland International