LOTE - Mandarin

The Language Other Than English program (LOTE) taught at Sandringham Primary School is Mandarin. The core focus of the program is to expose the students to learning and communicating in a language other than English and to develop intercultural knowledge and language awareness.

This awareness is boosted by a strong relationship with our sister school in Beijing, with whom we regularly communicate.

The major focus is to help students to see themselves as global citizens of the future with greater sensitivity and a deeper understanding of the Chinese people, their language and culture.

Students are encouraged to practice conversational language, and to identify and imitate culturally appropriate language. The students repeat words and learn to ask and answer questions related to themselves, building a personal profile in Mandarin. Students are also encouraged to join in songs, dances and art projects and be able to demonstrate awareness into the immersion of the Chinese language and culture.