L.O.T.E. (Language Other Than English) Japanese

In the L.O.T.E. Japanese program, students develop Japanese language skills through their participation in a range of activities such as games, songs, dance and use of technology. Students learn to greet, introduce themselves, have simple conversations and use commonly used phrases to create role-plays. At Essendon Primary School, there is a strong focus on reading and writing Japanese characters. Every year, students write letters in Japanese and send them to our sister school in Japan.

The L.O.T.E. Japanese program at Essendon Primary School aims to enable students to;
- communicate effectively when speaking and writing in Japanese
- read and write some Japanese characters
- increase their understanding of the systematic nature of Japanese and of language in general
- appreciate and show awareness of a second culture (with respect to Gender and Equity principles)
- acquire cognitive, affective and sociocultural skills which may be transferable to other areas of learning
- further develop self-awareness and a sense of personal and cultural identity
- prepare for a broader range of experiences in their future use of the language and in social and cultural activities, including leisure, work and further study
- increase their awareness of the multilingual and multicultural nature of Australian and world societies
- develop communication strategies and decoding strategies
- seek out and understand factual information conveyed orally, visually or in writing and interpret, evaluate and use information for a specified purpose and audience
- express, discuss, clarify and respond to emotions, ideas, opinions, values and beliefs

Individualised and independent learning is achieved with students being encouraged to use a range of resources, such as books, dictionaries and the Internet. We cater for different learning styles through the use of technology, sports, making crafts and singing. Students learn about cultural traditions, such as food, festivals, arts, music and national icons. Students have an opportunity to experience authentic traditional Japanese clothing, toys and games. They also learn about Japanese modern culture, such as technology, fashion and cartoons.