Learning languages in addition to English extends student’s literacy repertoires and their capacity to communicate.
Going Global with Meg: Our Mandarin Program
Using video conference technology, our students connect to a China-based language instructor who is broadcast into the classroom at the same times each week for live and interactive lessons.
The program is also supported by our classroom teachers who get to develop their own Mandarin skills while the students get the excitement of speaking Chinese to a native speaker, live from China.
The use of live video-conferencing technology also means our students are able to see the streets of China in real time and have important context around why they are learning the language.
The Meg program is designed to inspire our students and staff to become contributing global citizens.
- Contributes to the strengthening of the community’s social, economic and international development capabilities.
- 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.
- Strengthens intellectual, analytical and reflective capabilities, and enhances creative and critical thinking.
Students acquire communication skills in Chinese. They develop understanding about the role of language and culture in communication. Their reflections 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.