Australia’s engagement with Asia in trade, investment, immigration, tourism and education is increasing rapidly in the 21st Century. Global distances are fast being replaced by international opportunities. This requires all schools to be actively promoting Asian literacy and providing an education that includes Asian languages and experiences.

Here at Margaret River Montessori, students develop an in-depth understanding of the Japanese language, history, culture and geography. From 4 years of age students experience weekly, hourly lessons that focus on the spoken and written aspects of Japanese and allow them to experience cultural traditions while gaining a broad understanding of another country. Students are provided with personalised learning that aims to fulfil their diverse capabilities, while stimulating learning experiences focus on collaborative communication outcomes.

In learning a new language students begin to question, compare and understand their own language and culture in deeper ways. The process of absorbing a new language also heightens the memory capacity, increases cognitive function and widens the perspective of our students. Being able to relate to, and communicate across cultures will be a key advantage for children in the 21st Century to build a creative, prosperous and socially cohesive Australian community.

Karen Haslau
Specialist LOTE Teacher