Sydenham-Hillside Primary School included an additional language in the curriculum in 1997 when it introduced Japanese as its language other than English.
Currently there are two fulltime teachers who teach Prep to Year Six students. There are designated classrooms for the teaching of Languages on both Campuses and students may receive their lessons in these rooms, or in their own classroom.
The teaching of an additional Language is a very important feature of the school and there is a very proud history of the Japanese language program. It is held in high esteem by the community. Many of the local Secondary Schools also teach Japanese and many of our students continue to learn Japanese throughout their Secondary school years.
Students acquire communication skills in Japanese. They develop understanding about the role of language and culture in communication. Their relflections on language use and language learning are applied in other learning contexts.
Learning languages broadens students' horizons about the personal, social, cultural and employment opportunities that are available in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. The interdependence of countries and communities requires people to negotiate experiences and meanings across languages and cultures. A bilingual or plurilingual capability is the norm in most parts of the world.
- contributes to the strengthening of the community's social, economic and international development capabilities
- extends literacy repertoires and the capacity to communicate; strengthens understanding of the nature of language, of culture, and of the processes of communication
- develops intercultural capability, including understanding of and respect for diversity and difference, and an openness to different experiences and perspectives
- develops understanding of how culture shapes and extends learners' understanding of themsevles, their own heritage, values, beliefs, culture and identity
- strengthens intellectual, analytical and reflective capabilities, and enhances creative and critical thinking.
The Languages curriculum aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to ensure that students:
- communicate in the language they are learning
- understand the relationship between language, culture and learning
- develop intercultural capabilities
- understand themselves as communicators.