Additional languages taught at Brighton Primary are Italian and Mandarin Chinese. The learning of an additional language gives students the opportunity to gain an understanding of culture through language. It also works toward building a literacy learning community in which languages play a key role.
Our language program leads the students into an awareness of Australia as a multi-lingual and multi-cultural nation. It creates an atmosphere where students will experience another language as an alternative and valid means of communication. When learning another language, it enables students to make comparisons, and hence, enhances their understanding of the grammatical structure and vocabulary of their first language.
The Italian language program is taught from Prep to Grade 4 and Mandarin is taught in Grades 5 and 6. Each student receives 1 x 50 min. lesson per week.
Each year students are immersed in the culture and language of Italian through a Carnevale and Italian Day celebrations. Students have the opportunity to practice their skills in Italian through the Languages online website. Grade 4 are involved in a Lygon Street walk excursion and students in Grade 6 are given the opportunity to be involved in the VATI Performing Arts Competition. Every two years, the students in Grades 5 and 6 are offered the opportunity to take part in the Brighton Primary School Italian Tour. This experience enriches their learning of the Italian language and culture.
With the introduction of the Chinese language program to Grades 5 and 6, the students have been able to draw on their experience from previous learning of a language, and make comparisons between the Roman Alphabetical based language and the Character languages.
Students learn how Chinese characters are formed, how the sounds of Pinyin are articulated, and get to practice it through the use of their iPads. Grade 6 will be immersed in the culture and language of Chinese through a Chinatown and Chinese Museum Excursion, and a cooking session at school.