At Cranbourne East Secondary College, our language other than English (LOTE) subject endeavours to provide students not only with language skills, but also a cultural awareness of the Chinese speaking community.

At CESC, Mandarin is taught and practiced through a variety of topics, such as: 

  • Greeting and farewell
  • Self-introduction
  • Family
  • Numbers
  • Jobs
     
  • School life
  • Hobbies
  • Festivals
  • Food
  • Travel and transportation

LOTE (Mandarin)  is a compulsory subject at Years 7 and 8 .From Year 9, students can choose Mandarin as one of their elective subjects. Students have the opportunity to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

Through various classroom activities we aim to develop students’ language proficiency and promote intercultural understanding. What is more, our goal is to prepare our students with a global outlook, who have deepened knowledge and understanding of Australia’s engagement with Asia.

The Year 7- 8 LOTE curriculum can be veiwed here.

Why LOTE?

 

“Languages contribute materially to the universal purposes of schooling and to the development of skills in thinking and reflection. They support the moral, social and economic initiation of young people into the culture and wider civilisation that surrounds them. Learning a language nurtures reflective, deep and creative thinking in specific ways, cultivates culturally distinctive fields of knowledge, and stimulates awareness of intellectual functioning. In unique ways, languages require learners to engage in self-reflection because effective communication in a new language requires the learner to move outside the norms, practices and acquired behaviours of their first language."

Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

 

LOTE (Mandarin) Curriculum

Year 7

Year 8

Term 1 Ni Hao Mandarin

  • introduction to Mandarin Chinese
  • Basic greetings

Term 1 My School Life

  • subjects & class schedule
  • our class
  • school facilities
  • Chinese education method

Term 2 Self-introduction

  • name
  • nationality
  • age
  • numbers
  • year level

Term 2 My Leisure life

  • leisure life activities
  • activity locations
  • likes and dislikes
  • popular Chinese leisure activities

Term 3 My Family

  • family members
  • family introduction
  • Chinese family hierarchy

Term 3 Chinese Food

• fruits • drinks

  • main food
  • Chinese food culture

Term 4 My Community

• Family occupation • Workplaces
• Confucius

Term 4 Travel in China

  • cities & countries
  • famous tourist attractions • transportation

 

Nelson      Asian Studies 2015

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