National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program (NALSSP) and
School Languages Program (SLP)
Languages in Action 2011
Guidelines and Application Forms
Projects funded by the Australian Government
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
through the National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Programs (NALSSP) and/or
the School Languages Program (SLP).
Table of content
Grant Guidelines and Application Forms
1. Authentic Access
2. Collaborative Clusters
3. Cyber Communication
4. Effective Electives
5. In-Country Experience
6. Innovation in Languages
7. Intercultural Interaction
8. Lifting Languages
9. Meaningful Mentoring
10. Parental Polyglots
11. Retraining and Up-skilling
12. Spotlight on Languages
Please save a copy of your application form(s).
Send only the relevant pages of your application together with completed and signed pages 4 and 5 of these General Guidelines to: Wendy Godden
Grants Administration Manager
The Association of Independent Schools Level 12, 99 York Street
SYDNEY NSW 2000
Fax: (02) 9279 2206
All queries should be directed to AIS Languages Education Consultant, Merryl Wahlin:
Phone: 9299 2845
Closing date: Friday 24 September 2010
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The Languages in Action activities listed in these Guidelines aim to provide schools with an opportunity to enhance their language programs. They are funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations through the School Languages Program (SLP) and/or the National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program (NALSSP).
Please note: this round of grants is in addition to the standard Languages Program Grants offered
during Term 3 each year.
All sections of the application are to be completed with clarity and appropriate detail and submitted by the date specified, where applicable.
; all independent schools in NSW, registered for Languages grants with the AIS, are eligible ; all eligible schools may apply for grants in a number of Languages in Action activities
; schools with more than one DEEWR registration number will be defined as separate schools for
the purpose of these grants
; schools with more than one campus but only one DEEWR registration number will be defined
as ONE school for the purpose of these grants.
; schools cannot use the grant for capital purposes or for Languages programs where the content
is predominantly religious or political
; a school which has not fulfilled its 2009 reporting requirements (report and resources) is not
considered eligible until such time as these requirements are met in full
; a high school which has not completed the 2010 DEEWR data collection survey (request sent
by AIS on August 3, 2010) is not considered eligible until such time as this requirement is met.
The survey is available from: www.quia.com/sv/425524.html
Criteria for Assessment
Expert assessment panels will evaluate grant applications. While some grants require more specific criteria (based on the questions in the relevant application forms), most grants will be assessed using some or all of the following:
; evidence of how the activity will enhance the current Languages program in the school
; evidence of how the activity will enhance the teacher’s professional skills and knowledge
; level of detail provided regarding the nature of the activity
; appropriateness of time frame under which the activity will take place
; sustainability of the activity (it is expected that schools will continue to offer the language(s)
targeted in their grant application for a period of at least 12 months following the grant activity) ; relevance and quality of proposed resources to be produced through the activity if applicable
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; in the case where the school is also applying for a standard Languages Program Grant, the
proposed Language in Action activity must be different from the activity in the standard grant
; full support of the school authority must be stated and signed
; projects which successfully meet the criteria will be approved until the available funding is fully
The following conditions apply to schools successful in gaining a Languages in Action grant.
I. School Grant Offer Acceptance – A contractual agreement
Schools successful in obtaining a Languages in Action grant will be advised in writing. A
School Grant Offer Acceptance form will be attached to the letter from the AIS. The form, duly
signed by the principal, provides a contractual agreement between the school and the AIS that
the school intends to implement the Languages in Action activity as described and budgeted
for in the application.
In instances where schools are unable to continue to implement a specific Languages in
Action activity as intended, a request to vary the activity description and/or the budget
expenditure will need to be submitted in writing to Julie Thompson, Director: Professional
Development, AIS NSW as soon as possible.
II. Educational Accountability
Schools implementing a Languages in Action activity as submitted under the SLP or NALSSP
grants will need to monitor outcomes throughout the duration of the activity and provide the AIS
with an evaluation by Friday, 18 November 2011.
; All resources produced as part of the Grant must be cleared for copyright and made available
for possible dissemination through the AIS. It is a requirement that the Australian Government
Assistance in the project be recognised. The following statement should be made evident in
the materials produced by your school: ‘This (document / video / audio-file / unit of work /
website etc.) has been produced by (Languages staff) at (name of your school) with
funds provided by the Australian Government through the School Languages Program
(or through the National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program in the case of
resources produced for Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese or Korean)’.
; The grant report forms will be available term 4, 2011 from: www.aisnsw.edu.au/languages.
III. Financial Accountability
School business managers will receive a Financial Accountability Statement in late January
2011 which will itemise all grants received by the school during 2010. The statement must be
signed by a qualified accountant after verifying the correctness of the amounts listed.
Notwithstanding the particular reporting requirements of the other grant categories that may
appear on the Financial Accountability Statement in respect of the 2010 Languages in Action
grants, the account must certify that an amount equal to the funds provided for that year under
each component has been spent (or committed to be spent) for the purposes of meeting
expenditure in accordance with the conditions specified in the Languages in Action grants
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Name of contact
Number of students expected in 2011 in the language(s) relevant to the application(s):
Language K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total
I confirm that the school will offer (fill blank space with the relevant language(s) in:
I fully support the attached application(s) and confirm that the school is applying for a total funding of $_____________________ under the Languages in Action grant(s) as indicated on page 2.
Principal’s signature: _____________________________________________
Applications which do not show the Principal’s signature cannot be processed. This page may be scanned for electronic mailing and sent together with page 5
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Please enter the amount requested against each of the activities
for which the school is applying:
Title Aim Funding schedule Funding request
To expose students to authentic language and up to $6,000 per 1. Authentic culture through the employment of a native language (max. $
Access speaker assistant. $12,000)
To provide language immersion opportunities 2. Collaborative for students of languages within the same up to $4,000 $
Clusters locality through the collaboration of schools.
To allow teachers of Languages to further 3. Cyber develop their ICT skills in order to make more up to $2,000 $ Communication effective use of technologies in the teaching
and learning of Languages.
To provide students of NALSSP-targeted Asian
4. Effective languages with the opportunity to continue their up to $10,000 $ Electives study of the language when student demand is
too low to form an elective class.
To support teachers in gaining deeper up to $4,000 per knowledge, understanding and expertise in 5. In-country $ teacher Asian languages and cultures. Experience
To support the development and 6. Innovation in implementation of an innovative Language up to $10,000 $ Languages project that has potential dissemination as a
best practice program.
To support teachers of the four NALSSP-7. Intercultural targeted languages in their understanding and up to $350 per Interaction $ implementation of the Intercultural Language teacher Teaching and Learning approach.
8. Lifting To support school-based special events
Languages highlighting the benefits of Languages up to $4,000 $
To bring together schools needing support in up to $3,000 9. Meaningful Languages with schools that can offer $ per school Mentoring guidance and expertise.
up to $4,500 + To enhance the support provided by parents to additional $4,500 10. Parental $ language learners and to build parental support for additional Polyglots classes
To increase the number of teachers for the four 11. Retraining and up to $20,000 $ targeted NALSSP Asian Languages. Up-skilling
Promoting languages through local celebrations. To encourage the collaboration of 12. Spotlight on schools within the same locality to raise the up to $5,000 $ Languages profile of language learning at school and community level.
TOTAL Languages in Action GRANTS $
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Authentic Access: employing a Native Speaker Assistant (NSA) Guidelines
; to expose students to authentic language and culture through the employment of a Native
Speaker Assistant (NSA)
; to support the development of activities and resources relevant to the language program
; to maintain the teacher’s proficiency in the target language.
Who can apply?
Schools with an existing program in the targeted language(s).
How much can schools apply for?
up to $6,000 is available to support the employment of (a) Native Speaker Assistant(s) for one language
up to $12,000 for two or more languages.
This funding includes release for one day of Professional Development for the teacher-in-charge of supervising the NSA (see Conditions)
What can the grant be used for?
Employment of a native speaker to:
; assist in lesson preparation with adequate time given for collaborative planning
; assist teachers in:
o team teaching
o conversations (one-on-one / small group)
o class activities which cannot be done as well or as easily by the teacher
; assist teachers with the development of resources (e.g. listening items for assessment)
; help maintain the target language proficiency of the Language teacher.
Please read further information on page 2.
Schools must plan for:
; attendance of the teacher-in-charge at an AIS Professional Development course on best practice
in the use of a NSA. The course will be advertised in the AIS 2011 Calendar for term 1.
; the use of a Native Speaker Assistant with students other than only those in Stage 6
; adequate lesson time and resource development time for the Native Speaker Assistant
; formal interaction in the target language between the teacher and the NSA
; the language teacher working alongside the NSA in the classroom.
An AIS evaluation form, to be completed by students, must accompany the Educational Accountability report.
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Introduction to the effective use of a Native Speaker Assistant
In a recent study conducted in partnership with AISNSW, Dr Robyn Moloney, from the Macquarie University Department of Education, examined the use of Native Speaker Assistants in a number of independent school classrooms. Dr Moloney enhanced her analysis of the practice she was able to observe with understanding from the wider research literature. A detailed monograph publication by Dr Moloney will be made available to schools at a later date.
The following background notes are provided to strengthen your planning for 2011.
The use of a Native Speaker Assistant is beneficial to students in several areas:
; Practice of the language for effective communication. This includes authenticity of the language
(pronunciation, use of idiom) and the opportunity to use the language in a different way from
usual classroom interactions
; Awareness of the nature of language and appreciation of the correct application of linguistic
structures and vocabulary
; Development of intercultural knowledge and understanding as students are in direct contact with
someone whose culture differs from their own.
Ideally, Native Speaker Assistants should be recent arrivals to Australia and make as little use of English as possible (if any).
It is expected that AIS will produce a support document available to all successful applicants by the end of 2010. All teachers-in-charge of the NSA will be expected to attend an AIS Professional Course relating to best practice in the employment of a NSA. The course will be held in term 1, 2011 and announced on the AIS website as well as in the 2011 AIS course calendar.
Suggested activities for the use of a Native Speaker Assistant
Please note that the following list is neither prescriptive nor exhaustive. Its purpose is mainly to provide some examples of the use of
a NSA. It is expected that more than one activity, including some in the classroom with the language teacher, will be undertaken by
; Plan and implement team-teaching communicative activities
; Develop drama/video productions by students in the target language
; Develop oral/aural tasks and resources with the integration of ICT
; Investigate and assess websites to support learning in the target language
; Participate in language immersion events for students
; Support the development of assessment tasks and examinations
; Support the implementation of a language event
; Conduct tutorials and seminars for members of the target language staff
; Provide support information re-school exchanges and excursions to the target country
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Authentic Access: employing a Native Speaker Assistant (NSA) Application Form
Name of school:
Name of teacher-in-charge of the NSA(s):
Position in school:
1. Please refer to your school’s language program. For each language, please indicate the various
contributions to be made by the NSA to the program and the benefits it will bring to the students
of this language. More rows may be added to the table if necessary.
The NSA will: (e.g. improve students’ working (e.g. acquire the tools necessary to work Students will:
knowledge of technological terminology) with technology in the target language)
2.1 NSA one-on-one sessions with the classroom teacher for maintenance of language skills.
Name of Number of hours of Proposed payment Language classroom teacher NSA one-on-one for NSA
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2.2 NSA time with students.
Year Number Number of Proposed LANGUAGE(S) Group(s) of NSA hours payment for
students per group NSA
2.3 NSA preparation of departmental resources.
LANGUAGE(S) Number of hours Proposed payment
3. Please add the NSA salary figures in Questions 2.1 to 2.3. What is the total budget requested for
this activity? (Do not exceed amounts specified in the guidelines).
Total funding requested $
END OF APPLICATION FORM FOR AUTHENTIC ACCESS
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