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Chinese Immersion Program

What is an Immersion Program?

Immersion is learning in another language, not just learning the language.

Over the course of their study, students in this Immersion Program will:

• Gain a basic knowledge of Chinese language and culture
• Undertake simple communicative and interactive activities
• Gain an understanding and learn to speak words derived from Chinese characters
• Read and recognise words derived from Chinese characters
• Write words derived from Chinese characters

Traditional Model

Students from Prep –Year 6 are currently learning Chinese in dedicated lessons ranging between 30 minutes - 1 hour per week, depending on the year level.

Extended Model

• Students in the Prep Immersion Program will receive at least 60 minutes of their schooling each day delivered in Chinese with an expectation that this increase to two hours a day.
• Reading, Writing, Letter knowledge / Spelling and Mathematics will be delivered in English similar to all other Prep classes.
• Units of Inquiry which are Science / Humanities based will be delivered in Chinese.
Benefits for Students

• Proficiency in the most commonly spoken language in the world
• Enhanced  thinking skills, creativity and overall cognitive development
• Immersion students perform as well as, or better than, their peers in most subjects
• Increased understanding of how English and another language work
• Educational enrichment