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Face to Face 6 hours Webinar 4.5 hours PD HOURS

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9.00am - 3.00pm - register or Log in between 8.30am and 9.00am Victorian Time

Melbourne (Venue to be advised) or Via Live Streamed Zoom Webinar

All Primary and Secondary Language Teachers, and anyone interested in teaching languages

$300.00 - $450.00 + GST

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No applications for this program will be accepted after all vacancies have been filled. Unsuccessful applicants will have any monies paid refunded in full. Cancellation made prior to the prior to 14 days from the event date will incur a 25% service charge per applicant. This program will be payable for in full for cancellations made within 14 days of the event or for failure to attend the program. Participants will be sent a Zoom link which is only to be used by the registered person, if any other unregistered person views the webinar without registration, they will be liable for the full registration plus an additional 25% administration fee. No attendance certificates will be issued until all monies are paid in full. Any cancellation must be made in writing and emailed to In the event of insufficient applications this program will not proceed, and registration monies paid will be fully refunded. Critical Agendas Pty Ltd will not be accepting liability for any other associated costs. Critical Agendas Pty Ltd reserves the right to vary the advertised program prior to commencement.

Creating better informed Language students – A must attend for all Language Teachers!

8.30am – 9.00am – Conference Registration/Log in.

9.00am – 10.30am – Rowena Bata –Reimagining Language Teaching with Artificial Intelligence 

In this session, the focus will be on putting some AI magic into teaching Languages with 3 easy to use tools.  Participants will learn how AI technology can function:

  • as an assistant teacher, helping with content creation and freeing a teacher’s time so you can focus on what matters – creating effective human connections with your students.
  • as a competent speaker of the language, providing students with conversation practice outside the classroom and allowing all students, especially the shy ones, to speak with greater confidence.

Artificial intelligence is not about replacing teachers but empowering them! Come and discover how AI will free up your time, enhance your lessons, and allow you to create more meaningful learning experiences.  Join us for an exciting, practical presentation that will reshape the way you teach Languages, and you will leave with a renewed sense of excitement about technology, ready to empower your students and transform your teaching.

10.30am – 11.00am – Morning Tea.

11.00am – 12.30pm – Maud Fugier-Sola – The wonders of metacognition and neuroscience in teaching and learning

In today’s multicultural world, expanding students’ horizons goes beyond vocabulary lists—it’s about fostering a deep connection to diverse cultures through the power of metacognition. In this workshop, discover how every student can take an active role in shaping their language learning experience. With metacognitive activities like mind maps at your fingertips, you’ll empower students to:

  • brainstorm
  • plan
  • develop higher order thinking skills

But that’s just the beginning! Incorporating visually stimulating aids such as infographics isn’t just about making lessons more engaging—it’s about nurturing critical thinking and preparing students for the professional challenges that lie ahead.

As language educators, we understand the importance of emotional engagement, constructive feedback, and enthusiastic teaching in driving student success. The key lies in understanding the neuroscience behind language acquisition.  In this workshop we will see how we can rewire the brain for resilience and growth in languages. Through reflection and metacognitive practices, students evolve into master communicators, equipped with the skills to thrive in an ever-changing world.

By unlocking the secrets of the brain, we can enhance:

  • retention
  • comprehension
  • motivation

Learning a second language involves more than just mastering grammar, it encompasses strengthening brain pathways and promoting cognitive growth through reflection and resilience. Let’s add to your toolbox ways to embrace the connection between neuroscience, metacognition and language learning and see how you can enhance both linguistic and cognitive abilities of your students. Let’s begin this transformative journey together!

12.30pm – 1.30 Lunch

1.30pm – 3.00pm – Ian Greenhalf – “Boosting motivation in the language classroom

Motivating language students is a key challenge, especially in the compulsory language learning years. This session offers a wide range of research-based activities designed to enhance student engagement and draws on the presenter’s extensive teaching experience in co-ed and single-sex schools to share strategies that can easily be integrated into lessons in all macro-skill areas. Participants will leave with a toolkit of practical ideas and resources to implement in their own classrooms.

Teachers of all languages are encouraged to attend. While examples will come mainly from French and EAL, these can readily be adapted to other languages.

3.00pm Seminar Close

NB: If minimum numbers for Face to Face are not met, this program will revert to a Zoom Webinar. If minimum numbers are not met for Zoom, and we have enough face to face registrations the program will be run as a Face to Face only.


Presented by Critical Agendas

Rowena Bata

Rowena Bata has been a Languages teacher for 25 years and she has worked at schools in Victoria as well as in France, Papua New Guinea and Malaysia. She has held various positions of leadership and has taught students of all ages, from Prep to adult. Rowena holds a Master’s degree in Linguistics and she is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer. She is interested in bridging the gap between second language acquisition theory and what happens in a classroom, and she has a particular focus on the role that technology can play in the language learning process. Rowena has a wealth of experience that she brings to her presentations and her workshops are always practical and full of ideas for teachers to take away and use in their class immediately.

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Maud Fugier-Sola

Since earning her Master’s degree in linguistics, literature, translation, civilisation and education, Maud has taught extensively in France, England and Australia (A&AS-Level, IB and VCE). For the past 15 years, she has held various leadership positions at a prestigious, award-winning independent school in Australia. Maud is a French teacher, published author and consultant, advising on educational material across the domain of languages.

In the last five years, Maud has combined her teaching and curriculum expertise with her enthusiasm for interacting with other educators. She has presented a variety of highly engaging and stimulating PD events with Critical Agendas. Maud’s passion lies in language teaching, curriculum planning, student engagement, mastery of the macro language skills and sharing successful strategies for quality teaching and learning experiences.

Maud has recently been announced as the  ‘recipient of the inaugural award for the French teacher of the year 2020 for Victoria’.

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Ian Greenhalf

Ian is a highly engaging and dynamic French teacher and presenter, with extensive experience coordinating languages and year levels in schools and training language teachers at university level. With a Masters in Education specialising in curriculum development, he enjoys implementing innovative strategies in his own classroom practice. Ian draws on his French-teaching expertise in both private and public secondary settings to blend modern technologies and established strategies into a vibrant learning environment for his students.

Ian’s passion for extending students’ learning beyond the classroom in meaningful contexts, has also led him to organise statewide VCE seminars and inter-school French camps for senior French students, as well as numerous student tours and exchanges to New Caledonia and France.

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Just a big Thank you for giving us the opportunity to attend the Critical Agenda Workshop yesterday.  David presented a great program, lots of handy strategies and he was very engaging and supportive. Highly recommended.  I was very happy we did not have to do any Role play’s. 

Tania The Geelong College

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