The Language Learning Space is a resource to support the teaching of Chinese language in Australian schools. It offers teaching materials and examples of best practice pedagogy, shown in short videos. Just as importantly, it offers students opportunities to practise their skills at home, to access a free tutoring service based in Beijing, and to explore resources designed to enhance and reinforce vocabulary leant in class. The student section of the site is designed to complement and expand existing teaching techniques, which are often very textbook-reliant. Taking advantage of digital learning objects, the site includes 30 learning pathways designed to immerse students in a language and intercultural journey that they can complete in class or at home. Each journey culminates in a graphic novel challenge that invites students to use their new-found language skills to solve an issue set in 'virtual China'. Over the next few months new materials will be published on the site to support the teaching of Indonesian and Japanese.
Year 7 students in Cairns have grown rice as part of their Japanese language studies, in a rich curriculum innovation combining the study of Japanese language and culture, local history, sustainability, biodiversity, inquiry and ICT – Primary & Middle Years Educator.