Sandy Creek Primary School will begin trialling an innovative language program which connects students directly their Japanese sister school.
A State Government grant will help the school set up a weekly multi-media ‘broadcast station’ with their students and Japanese sister school to increase daily use of Japanese in the school.
The grant will expand upon the school’s existing world class Japanese exchange program. Since 1996, the school has had an intensive exchange program with sister school Minami Aiki.
Senior students are given the opportunity to travel between the schools, with each school alternating every year.
Sandy Creek is one of five South Australian public schools which have been awarded up to $50,000 each to support them to trial innovative approaches for improving the effectiveness, quality or sustainability of languages learning in the primary years.
Other successful projects to receive grants recipients include exploring augmented and virtual reality to teach Italian.
To qualify as innovative, the proposed projects had to creatively apply new knowledge, technologies, practices, pedagogies or structures to improve languages education.
“These grants will allow five of our primary schools to trial their innovative ideas to improve the learning of languages in the primary years,” said Education Minister John Gardner.
“Learning a language has become increasingly important in a globalised market, and it is also beneficial for students’ overall cognitive and academic development.
“We are delighted with the innovative thinking shown by our primary schools and their desire to implement new knowledge and practices in languages education.
“The Marshall Liberal Government remains committed to reinvigorating the study of languages in schools.
“Improving and advancing the way we teach languages in public schools will continue to ensure that we are delivering a world-class education system.”