LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH (LOTE) – CHINESE (MANDARIN)
Mernda Primary School strives towards developing their students for Global Citizenship. Teachers aim to include in the daily curriculum many intercultural opportunities in order to prepare students to work and live in a multicultural community with different cultures and customs.
With a large percentage of Australia’s import and export trade going to our Asian neighbours, Mernda Primary offers Chinese (Mandarin) as part of the core curriculum. The LOTE program at Mernda Primary school works to introduce students to conversational Chinese.
A dedicated LOTE lesson is part of our weekly timetable and includes verbal and written (pinyin and characters) Chinese lesson as well as exploring aspects of the Chinese History, Geography, Culture, Traditions, Festivals and Folktale. At Mernda Primary, a Chinese Tutor from ‘My Education Group’, based in Beijing, connects online with each class on a weekly basis to teach speaking and writing skills. Classroom teachers then present additional material to students to compliment the language component and topic of each lesson.
Each year the whole school celebrates a Chinese Cultural Week in Term 3 where they are able to have hands on learning experiences of the Chinese culture and compare these aspects to their own rich cultural backgrounds. Chinese Incursion and Excursion opportunities also assist to support student learning and engagement through hands on learning experiences.
In 2020, Mernda Primary aims to launch its first ever Year 5/6 Student Tour to China to complete their cultural experience through immersion learning.