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Languages Other Than English

 

Since the 1970s, students in Queensland have been learning foreign languages. According to the Department of Education, Training and Employment, all state schools are required to teach mandatory languages for all Year 6, 7 and 8 students. Languages Other Than English (LOTE) is a compulsory subject and a Key Learning Area (KLA) just like English, Mathematics and Science. The common languages taught in most state schools are Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Indonesian, Italian and Japanese.

There are many advantages of learning a foreign language for students. It inspires interest in and the respect for other people’s language, culture and traditions. It also helps to develop social and cognitive skills that will help them in other areas of the curriculum, including improved English literacy.    

In Rangeville State School, we have been offering Chinese (Mandarin) for more than 20 years. Through weekly one and a half hours lessons students are taught the basics of Chinese language and to appreciate the rich culture and traditions of China dating back more than 5000 years.

Chinese (Mandarin) is a language that is used by more than 1.3 billion people and as China is Australia’s biggest trading partner it is beneficial for students to learn and understand the rudiments of Chinese language to enhance future career and employment prospects.