The Language Partnership Program (LPP) continues to grow with 12 new schools starting their language learning journey with OAC this year, and consequently new teachers joining the team.
Whole classes of school students are team taught language by the OAC language teacher and the school’s class teacher. Students have two language lessons a week; one online in real time and the second lesson with the class teacher. Language teachers visit their respective schools once per term or semester as appropriate.
All LPP teachers have been very impressed with the enthusiastic start their classes and partner teachers have made to the new year.
The program provides access to an intercultural approach to language learning and targets primary age students and some middle years students. The Language program is aligned to the Australian Curriculum with particular focus on the Languages and Literacy continuums.
The program is designed to:
- facilitate students’ learning of language
- develop students’ understanding of language as a system
- enable students to understand the intercultural nature of language
- develop a global perspective of languages and culture by exploring and reflecting upon one’s own and new cultures
- function within a flexible learning context that is responsive to the interests, abilities and needs of students.
This year there have been many schools continuing their learning journeys from previous years as well as many new schools joining the program. Currently there are 8 schools studying Indonesian, 12 studying Japanese, 8 studying Spanish and 5 studying Chinese. Schools involved include both country and metropolitan locations.
Comments from principals, staff and students from new and continuing schools on their perspective about the LPP include:
- ‘We are super excited to get started’ (New school)
- ‘It’s great that the children can continue learning Indonesian and build on what they have learnt last year’ (Continuing school)
- ‘It’ll be interesting to see how it goes. It’s different but we’re willing to give it a go and look forward to getting started’ (New School)
- ‘Having the opportunity to expose our children to another language and culture is something that we could not offer as we have a real lack of LOTE teachers here’ (Continuing school)
- ‘It is a new, fun and interactive way to learn a language and can be really rewarding without any technical difficulties’ (Continuing school)
- ‘Give it a try! The children are the ones to benefit and you don’t need to know the language’ (Continuing school)
Read more about OAC's Language Partnership Program.