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Learning another language extends opportunity for communication and appreciation of differences.
Learning languages in addition to English extends student’s literacy repertoires and their capacity to communicate. It strengthens student’s understanding of the nature of language, culture, and the processes of communication.
St. Therese has commenced a different approach to teahing Bahasa Indonesian in 2020. Working with Catholic Education and following the latest research, which indicates that 45 minute lessons weekly, does not have the same impact as consistent short lessons.
So the school has undertaken an Immersion Program to include Indonesian 10-15 minutes each day.
This has been supported through personel and resources from CEM and also with staff taking on extra roles to ensure that this is regularly covered in the rooms. Teachers are co-learners in this approach and have been enthusiastic in taking on the conversational elements with their students. The words are accompanied by actions and the teachers then follow up with simple activities. This is a whole school approach and has proven to be a successful way of learning. Parents are very welcome to support and encourage this new way of learning a Language.
The Languages curriculum aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to ensure that students:
- communicate in the language they are learning
- understand the relationship between language, culture and learning
- develop intercultural capabilities
- understand themselves as communicators.
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