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Japanese students view Hokusai exhibition
14 September, 2017
Recently, 22 of our distance education Year 11 Japanese students and their teachers spent the whole day at the National Gallery of Victoria. The excursion was organised to coincide with the gallery’s exhibition of Japanese woodblock print artist, Hokusai, whose famous work “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” is an iconic image recognised world-wide and the gallery owns its own copy. Although this exhibition was enjoyed as a cultural experience in itself, it also tied in well with our Year 12 course. Our Detailed Study topic in Year 12 is “Manga and anime” and Hokusai is considered a forerunner of manga artists. Students attended a language session first thing, followed by an introductory talk about the exhibition by gallery staff. They then had time to do a self-guided viewing of the prints. In the afternoon everyone enjoyed a session on manga drawing and one on creating anime with iPads- both presented by gallery staff. We discovered that we have so many artistic students and many masterpieces were created. In fact, the work of Daniel Petty has been selected to appear on the gallery’s official website!
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German Scholarship Winner
11 September, 2017
The VSL Distance Education Section congratulates Liryca Simpson who has been awarded one of the prestigious ‘Society for Australian German Student Exchange’ (SAGSE) scholarships in 2017. The scholarship will enable Liryca to travel to Germany for ten weeks over the Summer holidays, where she will live with a host family and attend a German school. Liryca has studied German with Distance Education since changing schools in Year 9 and is currently completing Unit 2 German. She also studies Japanese with the VSL. In 2016, Liryca also received a Distance Education Award for Academic Excellence in Accelerated 2 German. The German Department is very proud of Liryca’s achievement with the award of this scholarship, following an excellent tradition of winners over the last three years, with scholarships previously awarded to Astro Spiller (2016), Matthew Atherton (2015) and Michelle Roberts (2014).
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Urdu Promotion
06 September, 2017
In the month of August, the local Pakistani community held two large gatherings in Epping and Hoppers Crossing to mark the 70th independence day of Pakistan. At both these venues, the Urdu faculty of the VSL set up stalls to create an awareness of second language (Urdu) acquisition amongst the community members and to showcase the work being done by the VSL in the promotion of the language. Both the stalls were very successful and attracted a lot of attention from visitors who expressed keen interest in the information presented by the VSL teachers. The newly published Urdu text-books were also on display and were well received by the community members. The Pakistani High Commissioner, Naela Chohan, also visited the stall, appreciating the efforts of the VSL teachers in the promotion of Urdu.
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It’s not Pizza, its Ladenia!
05 September, 2017
Yes, we know it looks like a Pizza, however during otheannual Greek language immersion classes our South Oakleigh students realized that these delectable breads were actually Ladenies (feminine plural form of Ladenia – we covered the grammar as well). These quick breads were traditionally made during the family weekly bread making session on the islands of Milos and Kimolos. These islands lie on the outer zone of the volcanic arc of the Aegean. Ladenies were made to appease the hunger of the eager family whilst their bread was being baked. Our years 1, 6, 7 and 8 had the opportunity of rolling out the pastry, topping it with fresh vegetables and oil and finally baking their ladenia. There were however a number of persistently pesky pizza lovers who probed “where’s the meat?” they soon realized that Ladenies were vegan out of necessity. The poor households used simple ingredients such as tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic and oil. Meat was too special to be used on this humble fare. This engaging lesson was uniquely effective as it was a vehicle to learning, speaking and understanding Greek language and culture. Students discussed the current economic Greek crisis, the historical beginnings of bread, the average amounts consumed and food wastage, all while they created and consumed their mouthwatering breads. There was no food wastage during this lesson! All Ladenies were eagerly consumed.
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Being Bilingual
04 September, 2017
VSL Area Manager Antonella Cicero , recently gave a presentation at Blackburn English Language School to recently arrived migrants from Burma, Arabic and Persian speaking countries and Korea. The main focus of the presentation was on the importance of children maintaining their mother tongue whilst learning English. There has been extensive research conducted highlighting the advantages of being bilingual. It has been proven that bilingual students have a better understanding of English language structures, stronger literacy in both languages and increased analytical and thinking skills. The presentation was well received by the parents, appreciating the support that they receive from the VSL. The VSL would also like to thank the Migrant Information Centre in Box Hill and their settlement support workers for liaising with the VSL and assisting in the promotion of our language programs.
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