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french teachers network in central victoria

French Teachers Network in Central Victoria

Jane Leahy

AFTV Conference 2011

  • History of sporadic contact, awareness of others
  • Some collaboration on past projects eg Bastille Day ,Petanque , Art Gallery PD, Multicultural Festivals, Interloters PD, French Club, native speakers
  • Marlene Dingle. LOTE Project Officer 2007 List
  • Assistant Program 2004+ Common link, joint applications, 7 schools, 8 successive years, Welcome BBQ, reputation of care. ongoing bonds and visits.


Sarah 2008

Kate 2009

Loic 2010

Sarah 2008

Julie 2005

Laurette 2011

Raphaelle 2006

Marie 2007

Monica 2004

what works for us
What works for us
  • COMMUNICATION: email, email, regular email.
  • Able to quickly and efficiently disperse information through contact list
  • Casual, coffee, cafe, camaraderie, support, debrief, common concerns Only 4 meetings.
  • Practical Best practice
  • Social events: BBQ, soiree Assistante, Bastille Day, TAFE Training French Dinner , Art Gallery, Noel,
  • Inclusive: All teachers Primary Secondary, all sectors
  • Sharing Tasks; varying skills-writing, organisational, applications, musical, I.T, FB ,cultural, social, ideas
why network
Why Network?
  • Stronger identity and presence. Voice. Advocacy
  • Support –only LOTE teacher in school.
  • Resource sharing of ideas in a convivial environment
  • Distance
  • Students access quality opportunities-camp, film
  • Challenges/issues/successes
  • Encourage- applications, study, Endeavour Fellowship,
  • Staffing
  • Best Practice share
  • PL- TPL, peer support
how network
How Network
  • 43 members on email list, average 12 attending
  • 4 meetings only a year usually 1st week of Term
  • Agenda, minutes sent
  • Disperse info via email
  • Open forum, all contribute
  • Relaxed environment
  • Can network with only 2,3 more ...teachers
initiatives and projects
Initiatives and Projects:
  • LOTE Encouragement Awards at Speech Night
  • Multi school “LOTE Fantastique” events 3 years
  • Film Sortie Cinema Bendigo.
  • Bastille Day/ Dinner at TAFE
  • Crepe Makers
  • Soiree Singalong
  • PD through Art Gallery. Marlene,
  • Joint Year 10 Camp at Eppalock
  • Languages Concert
  • Student Film Festival
encouragement awards
Encouragement Awards

Sortie Cinema

Bastille Day

Eppalock Year 10 Joint schools French Camp

Celebration of Languages Concert

quality performances
Quality Performances

L’Amourest Bizarre

Les Batons Francais

resource sharing
Resource Sharing
  • Assistant share
  • Books, Kits, IT, IWB, DVD,CD, songs, personal Resource files
  • Halls for theatre - Girton and CCB
  • Crepe Makers
  • Staff
  • Methodology
  • Best practice
  • Info and directives
professional learning
Professional Learning

Tailored to our specific needs

Golden Age of Couture

The Impressionists

French Trail

Camera on the Somme

Sarah Pavy


  • DEECD - varies
  • AFTV subsidies, PD
  • MLTAV-country subsidy for Annual conference
  • Hospitality CRT
  • Student Awards
using media
Using Media
  • Promote French learning in Region
  • Press Releases. Write own
  • Email, phone
  • Links with journalists possible.
  • Send photos and text
  • Newsletters
  • WIN TV, Bendigo Advertiser,
  • Bendigo Weekly, Miner

Celebrating Languages Concert

Capital Theatre

local organisations
Local organisations
  • Festivals
  • Bendigo Art Gallery: PD, Education Officer, French Collection, Trail
  • Cultural Development COGB
  • Continuing Education courses
  • Star Cinema Euro Films
  • TAFE Training
building links
Building Links

*Regional Project Officer: information, funding, insights, promoting LOTEs,

  • AFTV
  • Membership encouraged
  • Could see benefits; teachers students
  • Delphine: Country Liason, known, guided protocol
  • PD, funding, encouragement, support, letters
  • Guidelines; proforma, feedback, timelines
  • Phillippe, Frances, Emilie
  • Language Maintenance Courses
  • Sortie Cinema
  • Ning
facing challenges
Facing Challenges
  • 2010 Languages review in DEECD Bendigo schools. Aug “French Under Fire”
  • Quickly work together on action plan
  • Mobilise contacts
  • Use strengths/expertise of individuals eg Union, letter writing, media, Politicians,Interloters
  • Sharing load, Facebook
  • Re-enforcements: AFTV,
  • DEECD funding report Dec.
  • AFTV Grants- Performances, PD, Film. Reports to Carrefours.
awareness of current issues in languages education
Awareness of current issues in Languages Education.
  • Project Officer
  • AFTV
  • Discussions at meetings
  • Email article links
  • Newspaper articles
  • New Pedagogy
  • Ning, AFTV Funding- Dolly G Jane Mac
  • Dip Ed for ex Assistants collaboration. ACU Ballarat, VIT
  • PD ongoing opportunities
  • Promotion of French in region – media use
  • IT Skype
  • “French language rocking in regional Victoria.”