Learning languages ƒenriches our learners intellectually, educationally and culturally and also enables our learners to communicate across cultures and contribute to social cohesiveness through better communication and understanding

In learning a language, students develop communication skills and knowledge to understand social, historical and familiar relationships. They also learn aspects of the specific language and culture of the speakers of the language they are studying. Learning a language contributes to the development of skills in thinking and reflection and the development of inter-culturally aware citizens.  

A range of different experiences and activities are provided in the LOTE Language Program to engage and develop the knowledge and skills of students.

Skills developed include:
·   Repeating teacher-modelled use of language
·   Participating in choral use of language
·   Identifying the names of visible objects and items from aural/visual cues
·   Introducing themselves, greet and farewell the teacher
·   Following simple classroom directions
·   Recognising some culturally specific gestures and body language and                demonstrating how these are used
·   Observing the process of interpreting and perform some of its features                using single words/phrases
·   Recognising the different sounds of similar letters
·   Identifying letter- sound relationships, copying and tracing letters
·   Demonstrating an understanding of some of the differences in how people eat and dress, gesture, write and         say things
·   Identifying some of the relationships between selected letters, sounds and tones of Italian language                      compared to English
·   Identifying cultural icons, geographic features, famous buildings or cultural practices

Through the LOTE program the students will gain a better understanding and appreciation of another country’s culture and features that make it special.