The Western Australian Curriculum includes the teaching of Languages. Learning a language enables all students to communicate proficiently in a language other than English by providing students with essential communication skills in that language, an intercultural capability, and an understanding of the role of language and culture in human communication.
Language learning broadens students’ horizons to include the personal, social, and employment opportunities that an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world presents. The interdependence of countries means that people in all spheres of life have to be able to negotiate experiences and meanings across languages and cultures.
It has also brought the realisation that, despite its status as a world language, a capability only in English is not sufficient, and a bilingual or plurilingual capability is the norm in most parts of the world.
At our school students from Years 2 to 6 learn Chinese (Mandarin).
For 60 minutes a week, students from Years 2 to 6, have lessons with a specialist Mandarin Teacher, and also have the opportunity to engage in the following extra-curricular activities:
Students are selected to take part in competitions organised by the Perth Southern Chinese Language Hub and/or Chinese Language Teachers Association of WA (CLTWA) throughout the year. Participants receive additional training outside class time when required.
Selected Year 5 students participate in an event organised by CLTWA. It provides students with the opportunity to meet and get to know other learners of Chinese in WA, to use the Chinese language learned to communicate with others in a meaningful way and to participate in some fun Chinese cultural activities.
Year 6 students participate in “Engaging China” (subject to the availability of support from Australian China Youth Association of WA). This event allows students to enhance their knowledge and understanding about Chinese language and culture through hands-on experiences.