While the richness of Australian culture stems from its diversity, the profundity of Chinese culture is rooted in its long history. Culture is the shared root of a people, and a common language provides a cultural tie that transcends national boundaries. We hope that other children who are learning Chinese reach beyond the language itself and fall in love with the culture behind it.

At Cranbourne Carlisle Primary School, our language other than English (LOTE) – Mandarin subject endeavours to provide children not only with language skills, but also a cultural awareness of the Chinese speaking community.

This year, Mandarin is taught and practiced through a variety of topics for different Year level, such as:

Greeting and farewell Animals
Self-introduction Body parts
Family Colours
Numbers Sports
Dates Festivals

Through various classroom activities such as songs, raps, storytelling, gestures, games and many other activities, we aim to develop children’s language proficiency and promote intercultural understanding. What is more, our goal is to prepare our children with a global outlook, who have deepened knowledge and understanding of Australia’s engagement with Asia.

In LOTE we celebrate different traditional Festivals, such as the Spring Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival, and Mid-Autumn Festival. On Friday 16 August, we will have a Chinese Cultural Connectonz Day – The Dragon Dynasty Festival.

For more information read about LOTE from the Victorian Curriculum website