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Global experience for Blackwater High School language teacher.

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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Bruce Scott MP

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FEDERAL MEMBER FOR MARANOA 10 November 2003 Global experience for Blackwater High School language teacher Federal Member for Maranoa, Bruce Scott today announced that French teacher Mrs Monica Popa, from Blackwater State High School, will be among 125 primary and secondary teachers who will travel overseas to improve their language skills under a new $4 million Federal Government initiative. Announced in the 2003 Budget, the Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowships will strengthen languages teaching in our schools. “Mrs Popa will be joining a special group of Australian language teachers who will have an opportunity to improve their language and cultural skills through an intensive, in-country study programme,” Mr Scott said. “Based on the six languages most commonly studied in Australian schools, the countries in which the teachers will study are China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Vietnam. The study programmes will take place over a three week period in January 2004.” Mr Scott said primary and secondary school language teachers were invited to apply for the inaugural Fellowships with over 300 applications received indicating the significant interest in this important new initiative. “The Federal Coalition Government continues to play a strategic leadership role in the delivery of strong languages education in our schools,” Mr Scott said. “In the 2003 Budget the Howard Government committed $108 million over the next four years to continue the School Languages Programme and to introduce the Fellowship programme. “In addition, the Government is providing $1.2 million, through the Australian Government Quality Teacher Programme, for the professional development of Asian language teachers in Australia over the next two years,” Mr Scott said. The next round of Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowships will be advertised in June 2004. “I warmly congratulate Mrs Popa and wish her well in taking up an Endeavour Fellowship in 2004,” Mr Scott said. An overview of the 2004 Fellowships is at: Ends