Currently more than 45 languages are taught in Victorian schools providing rich cultural experiences and developing global connections. Starting in 2014, the students at Glenroy West Primary School have been involved in the Indonesian language program. Students from Foundation to Year 6 participate in weekly lessons, and whole school activities take place each year.
The aims of learning an additional languages are to develop knowledge, understanding and skills so that students:
● are able to translate and communicate in the language they are learning
● understand the relationship between language, culture and learning (Cultural and language immersion)
● develop intercultural capabilities
● understand themselves as communicators.
This year in their studies of the Indonesian language:
Foundation students will become familiar with numbers (counting from 1-10), basic greetings, the Indonesian alphabet and colours.
Year 1/2 students will continue to learn about numbers (1 to 20), part of the face and body, simple classroom instructions, colours, days of the week, four seasons, likes and dislikes.
Year 3/4 students will build on their knowledge and extend further by learning about the PYP Learner Profile, school equipment and everyday objects, how to express themselves, furniture, school structures and related vocabulary, and hobbies.
Year 5/6 students will progress further, building on their experiences. They will be extended and supported as they develop skills in constructing Indonesian sentences and being able to speak, translate and read relevant written texts.