Our Chinese Program at Mildura West!

Hello Parents and Carers,

My name is Lisa Allen and I am very excited to be the LOTE (Language Other Than English)  Co-ordinator for MWPS. As we are working towards accreditation to become an International Baccalaureate (IB) school, one of the expectations is for students to learn a second language. We are very lucky to be able to offer the students Chinese as our second language at MWPS. Currently, all students at Mildura West from Grades 1-6, participate in a weekly 30 minute lesson of instruction in Chinese (Mandarin). The classroom teacher supports the Chinese tutor during these lessons. To extend this learning, the classroom teacher includes lessons around the culture, beliefs and values of China in later lessons. The aim of learning an additional language is to develop knowledge, understanding and skills so that students are open-minded and it encourages an enhancement of the student’s world perspective. We hope to include whole school activities in the future, such as a Chinese Day. If you have any further questions about our LOTE program please feel free to contact me at: allen.lisa.m@edumail.vic.gov.au or ring the school on 5023 1336.