At Cranbourne East Secondary College, our language other than English (LOTE) subject endeavours to provide students not only with language skills, but also a cultural awareness of the Chinese speaking community.
In 2020, the Year 7 students at the College will be studying Mandarin. More information is pending regarding Indonesian. A plan for 2021 is to allow both languages to be offered for a Semester and for Year 8 (2021), students to be able to select one language to continue studying.
At CESC, Mandarin is taught and practiced through a variety of topics, such as:
LOTE (Mandarin) is a compulsory subject at Years 7 and 8 . From Year 9, students can choose Mandarin as one of their elective subjects. Students have the opportunity to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
Through various classroom activities we aim to develop students’ language proficiency and promote intercultural understanding. What is more, our goal is to prepare our students with a global outlook, who have deepened knowledge and understanding of Australia’s engagement with Asia.
The Year 7- 8 LOTE curriculum can be viewed here.
“Languages contribute materially to the universal purposes of schooling and to the development of skills in thinking and reflection. They support the moral, social and economic initiation of young people into the culture and wider civilisation that surrounds them. Learning a language nurtures reflective, deep and creative thinking in specific ways, cultivates culturally distinctive fields of knowledge, and stimulates awareness of intellectual functioning. In unique ways, languages require learners to engage in self-reflection because effective communication in a new language requires the learner to move outside the norms, practices and acquired behaviours of their first language.”
Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority