Language other than English
Japanese Language (L.O.T.E.) is taught to students from the foundation level to year 6 for 1 hour per week. It aims to teach students communication skills as well as intercultural understandings. The program is structured in order to improve students’ skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing over their 7 years. Students are engaged through stories, games, songs, role-play, realia, audio-visuals, ICT use, as well as various activities to promote cultural awareness.
Each weekly lesson aims to build on student’s prior learning and connect to other curriculum areas to enable students to make links and comparisons with learning. The Japanese written alphabets and characters are cumulatively taught.
The students receive a ‘My Passport to Languages’, provided by the Victorian Curriculum Association, at the start of their Foundation year which provides topics, skills and tasks within the document as a record of their sequential learning over their first 4 years. Students are encouraged to reflect and make comparisons of lifestyle and culture between Japanese speakers and their own culture as well as their Australian lifestyle.