This Chinese proverb translates as Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself. a lovely reminder that as teachers we endeavour to develop our students’ capabilities and inclinations to become independent learners. This can be quite a challenge and Phillipa Nock (Christ Church Grammar School) has risen to that challenge with the help of a NALSSP grant.
Christ Church Grammar School offers courses in Japanese, French and Chinese and received a NALSSP grant to support and expand the Chinese program in the school. Phillipa used the NALSSP grant to create self-access centre packages (SacPacs) for her Chinese language classes.
Need more information on sacpacs? See SAC What?
No matter which language you teach, Phillipa's advice and explanation of the process of planning, structuring and organising a sacpac is helpfully detailed and informative. There are three videos in the series:
Open the Door (Purpose) Phillipa explains why she decided to invest in developing sacpacs.
Open the Door (Plan) How do you plan a sacpac? Which topics are best suited to sacpacs? How are authentic texts used?
Open the Door (Build) Phillipa shows a range of task sheets, demonstrating organising features such as colour coding and lots of tips for task design and scaffolding. Generously, Phillipa has provided all the printed materials for an entire Sports sacpac for you to download. You'll find some great task ideas here to use with your own classes.