The Mandarin language program at St Francis Xavier is developed in accordance with the Victorian Curriculum guidelines, students’ interests and familiar content.

Students are exposed to oral and written language developing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Mandarin. The program is varied using songs, drama, poetry, ICT, games, arts and crafts to develop linguistic skills and cultural understanding. 

The language program develops skills in:

  • Communicating in a language other than English
  • Intercultural knowledge – celebrations of festivals and culture
  • Acceptance, understanding and celebration of other cultures
  • Language awareness – students become more aware of the structure of their own language and grammar

Students from Years Prep-Year 5 participate in 2 x 20-minute language lessons per week and Year 6 students have one 40 minute lesson. Classroom teachers participate in the lessons so students can practise their Mandarin skills between sessions.