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Byron Bay High School

Byron Bay High School

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Languages (LOTE)

What languages are being studied at Byron Bay High School?

Byron Bay High School currently offers Japanese and Indonesian language classes for all years. Students will have the opportunity to engage in the study of other languages via the Distance Education Program.

Byron Bay High School will be offering an excursion to both of these countries in alternating years.

Why should students learn a language other than English?

Moving between countries, cultures and languages has become more commonplace because of globalisation, increased ease of travel and advanced information and communication technologies. High quality education in languages enables students to respond positively to the opportunities and challenges of their rapidly changing world.

The study of languages provides opportunities for students to become more accepting of diversity, more respectful of others and more aware of their place in the international community.

Contemporary research and practice have established a clear link between the learning of languages and improved literacy skills for both background speakers and second language learners. Even limited experience of the learning of languages is shown to increase metalinguistic awareness and enhance general cognitive development.

The process of teaching and learning languages focuses on linguistic systems and patterns. The need to move between linguistic systems assists students to develop enhanced mental dexterity.

Why Indonesian?

Indonesia is Australia's nearest Asian neighbour. The study of Indonesia and its national language, Bahasa Indonesia, is therefore relevant to Australian students. Bahasa Indonesia is spoken throughout the Indonesian archipelago. Furthermore, it is closely related to Malay and is understood in Malaysia and by Malay-speaking inhabitants of Singapore, Brunei and southern Thailand.

Indonesia's rich and diverse culture reflects its long history at the commercial and cultural crossroads of South-East Asia. The study of the Indonesian language provides access to an important part of the rich cultural tradition of South-East Asia and provides insights into the art, music, customs, beliefs and ways of thinking of the people of the Indonesian archipelago.

The ability to communicate in Indonesian enhances the positive features of Australia's culturally diverse society and helps to reinforce the ideals of mutual respect. It promotes understanding, harmony and cooperation between Australia and Indonesia.

Why Japanese?

The study of Japanese provides access to the language and culture of one of the global community i´s most technologically advanced societies and economies. It also introduces students to an important part of the rich cultural tradition of East Asia. Through experience of the Japanese language system and cultural history, students gain valuable perspectives on art, music, customs, beliefs and the ways of thinking of Japanese people.

Japanese has been identified as one of the priority languages in the Asia-Pacific region to be taught in Australian schools. There are sister city agreements between the two governments, providing Australian students with opportunities to host Japanese students, and to visit and study in Japan.

Both Australia and Japan are members of the Asia Pacific Economic Community. Japan is one of Australia's leading trading partners. It is therefore important for Australia's long-term economic and social future that its relationship with Japan continues to be enhanced.