Learning a second language has been proven to have many benefits, including increased problem solving skills, memory, concentration and critical thinking.
The second language taught at Highfields State School is Japanese. Using the Australian Curriculum: Languages, every student from Prep to Year 6 learns Japanese. In the early years, we learn through games, play and song, introducing students to Japanese language and culture that they can use in their daily lives. In the upper primary, we investigate more complex topics, and students learn not only language to communicate, but also intercultural awareness and understanding.
Learning is enriched though our relationship with an elementary school in Japan, with letter exchanges and video calls to communicate with students in Takatsuki, Osaka. Periodically, we also have native speaker teaching assistants join Japanese lessons. When travel restrictions are lifted, we plan to once again offer a biennial study tour to Japan.
Learning a language gives our students the
chance to communicate across cultures
and experience the world in new ways.