German will be taught through topics common to students’ everyday lives as well as drawing upon some of their past life experiences to develop vocabulary and understanding. Topics may also relate to units of work currently studied by the class in other subject areas. Lessons will build upon skill, knowledge and experiences gained in previous years. German culture and celebrations are also studied.
In Foundation, the focus will be on singing songs and playing language games to learn correct pronunciation of words. They match words to pictures and learn how to introduce themselves, greet and farewell the teacher. The students will follow simple classroom directions, listen to stories and learn how to identify the names of common nouns.
In Years 1 and 2, the focus will be on looking at text and beginning to write short sentences. Students will use basic adjectives to describe nouns. They will play language games and sing songs, speaking and reading in German. Students will also begin to read short stories. They will begin to identify what is different in their own and other cultures as well as being able to name familiar objects.
In Years 3 and 4, the focus will be on joining ideas when writing a sentence and substituting words to change the meaning of sentences. Students will increase their knowledge of adjectives and nouns. They will read short stories to the class or each other in German.
In Years 5 and 6, the focus will be on becoming independent learners, relying less on teacher models and focusing more on creating individual pieces of work. They will use iPads and computers to present work and research. Students will search using dictionaries/online translators and word lists, for words needed to express themselves when writing paragraphs and presenting work to the class. It is expected that they will confidently read paragraphs/text aloud.
The Mandarin program is designed to engage students in a wide range of learning experiences including music, dancing, art (Chinese ink painting and calligraphy), handcraft, sport and drama. The use of ICT will be highly integrated throughout the program to facilitate students’ exploration in their learning of language and culture.
In Foundation, students will focus on playing language games and singing nursery rhymes. Students will learn and use such terms as greetings, farewells, thanks, introducing themselves and responding to simple classroom instructions.
In Years 1 and Year 2, students will focus on playing interactive language games, learning high-frequency vocabulary, creating short sentences and conducting simple conversation with peers. They will use iPad applications to explore Chinese characters, such as recognising and constructing characters.
In Years 3 and Year 4, the learning focus will be on expanding vocabulary, creating simple sentences and simple conversation with peers and performing Chinese songs. Year 4 students will also focus on instructional language learning through a range of hands-on activities. Students will use iPads to record and film their speaking and performance.
In Years 5 and Year 6, students will keep expanding their vocabulary and developing a range of practical speaking skills through different topics. iPads applications will continue to be used for students to improve speaking and skills of Chinese character recognition and input (typing).