The final report on the Flourishing in a Second Language (FL2) project has been officially published, and is available for download from the Australian Department for Education and Training website: http://www.olt.gov.au/project-helping-first-year-students-flourish-through-languages-integrating-positive-psychology-trans
The FL2 team will attend the LCNAU Colloquium in Adelaide. On Monday, 27 November, Prof. John Hajek will launch Positive Psychology approaches to the teaching and learning of Italian in Australia -- a special issue of the Australian Review of Applied Linguistics guest-edited by Antonia Rubino, Antonella Strambi and Vincenza Tudini. The volume contains a report on the FL2 project, in addition to other relevant papers contributed by colleagues working in Australian universities.
Join us for the launch:
Monday, 27 November, 6.45pm
The University of Adelaide, Foyer, Level 1, Napier Building
Antonia Rubino and Antonella Strambi, from the FL2 Team, have just finished guest-editing a special issue of the Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, together with Vincenza Tudini (University of South Australia). The special issue includes 5 papers contributed by colleagues across Australia, showcasing Positive Psychology approaches to the teaching of Italian. The papers are prefaced by an introduction to the field of Positive Psychology in language teaching and learning written by Sarah Mercer, one of the world-leading researcher in this area.
As the first phase of the FL2 project draws to an end, the FL2 Team have been busy writing the final report, which has been submitted to the Australian Department of Education and Training. The report is undergoing review and final editing, and is expected to be published by the end of 2017.
The FL2 team are excited to announce that colleagues teaching Spanish language at Flinders University and at the University of Western Australia have expressed interest in translating some of the FL2 activities and trialing with their students in semester 2, 2017. Once the trial is completed, the Spanish FL2 activity sheets will be released on this website, and evaluation data will be made available through publication in an academic journal.
The first 18 FL2 activities developed in English and Italian are now available for download from the Activity database page. Please do let the FL2 team know if you plan to use the activities for your teaching, or have any feedback on them. We look forward to hearing about your experiences with the FL2 resources, and to sharing the results of trial implementations with the FL2 Community of Practice.
A video recording of the FL2 online seminar (webinar) held at the end of 2016 is now available from the Workshops page, together with some of the handouts we distributed at the face-to-face workshops.
As a result of another OLT-funded project, a team based at the University of Melbourne has developed a full suite of resources for academics wishing to "develop policies, curriculum and teaching and learning environments that better support student mental health". The project website offers learning modules covering curriculum design and teaching strategies, as well as tips for looking after one's own wellbeing, and much more.
The Greater Good centre at the University of Berkeley recently published an article titled "How to Nurture Empathic Joy in Your Classroom", which offers some easy-to-implement strategies. While the article focuses on school teaching, most of the content can be applied to University teaching as well. The article concludes by reminding us that it is important to look after ourselves, as well as our students, and to practice self-compassion and self-care.
If learning more about supporting your students' and your own wellbeing is part of your new year's resolutions, then you'll have many opportunities to achieve your goals in the coming weeks. In addition to the "Reading for Wellbeing" course (starting on January 30th), which we mentioned in a previous post, there are at least two other relevant MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) being offered: Monash University is offering "Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance", starting on February 6, for 6 weeks. The "Science of Happiness" MOOC offered by the Greater Good Centre at the University of Berkeley is a self-paced course, and can be joined at any time.
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Support for this project has been provided by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching. The views in this project do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching.