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    Hi

    Could anyone tell me what kids learn as a second language in Adelaide. There'd be little point in learning French, German and Spanish so do they learn Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, etc and does this start in infants or junior?

    Thanks

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    Guest soggy
    Hi

    Could anyone tell me what kids learn as a second language in Adelaide. There'd be little point in learning French, German and Spanish so do they learn Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, etc and does this start in infants or junior?

    Thanks

     

     

    I seem to bump into a lot of people who speak a little Mandarin so maybe this is the one.

     

    Simon

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    Guest Guest5035

    soon will be Afghanistan, iraq, iranian, somalian, with a bit of indonesian for the boat captains,

     

    stevo

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    Actually I think Spanish is an up and coming language and one of the most useful worldwide to learn.

     

    My friend says her 6YO has been learning Japanese for a year and he knows one word: pokemon!), when my DS was in school here he learned Indonesian... think all schools vary. But the South Australian curriculum framework requires they do LOTE (language other than English) from Reception. I think the extent to which schools take LOTE seriously varies greatly. Much of it is cultural stuff with the younger ones.

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    Guest back clan

    My daughter has been learning Japanese at school. Not only speaking which she is finding hard but more about the culture etc

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    Guest Nick11

    My son learns japanese at primary -he loves it.

    My daughter learns german at high school -she did 2 years of japanese at primary and hated every minute of it.

    At least now I can help her with her german homework as I did it at A'level. The only japanese word I know is hot doggo!!!!!!

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    Guest caoimhe

    All my kids are learning Chinese. At their school it starts from year 1 so my eldest who stated over here in year 6 is finding it tough trying to keep up with the rest of his class who have been doing it for a few years

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    Guest Here at last!

    My son is learning Italian at school, he also did Italian at kindy. We live in an area with a large Italian community.

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    Guest Kelly O

    The primary schools I have worked in as a relief teacher( Supply teacher) have had specialist teachers in Italian or German. My own boys are learning Italian at their school ad really enjoy it. I think only one school I have been to have taught French. I think the local community has a large bearing on what is the language focus. If you go to the DECS SA website you can find more info about a specific school with links to their own website. Also the recently launched national 'My School' website has a brief statement about the school's main areas and it is genearlly stated there which language is the school's focus.

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    Thanks for all the replies. The array of languages taught gets me off having to do an evening class here to be able to help my kids!

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    When we arrived here my kids were at primary school and initially the language taught was French, but with only one hour a week, the teacher said really it wasn't possible to teach a foreign language to any great extent, so they concentrated on culture, the French way of life, foods etc. When the French teacher left, they got a Chinese teacher so were taught Chinese for a couple of years. I did an evening class in spoken Mandarin which was great fun as well.

     

    At High School my daughter continued with Chinese for a year and a half, but was finding it so hard to learn all the characters that midway through the year she dropped Chinese and changed to French - a language I speak so am able to help her with homework a bit more, and also something that might be useful if she ever does the "gap year" thing and goes travelling in Europe. My son who has just started chose to study Latin. Languages on offer at their particular school are Italian, Chinese, Indonesian, French and Latin - but a lot of state schools specialise in just one language - I know it's Japanese at Modbury High, and I think Adelaide High School specialises in foreign languages specifically.

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    Guest soggy
    but a lot of state schools specialise in just one language - I know it's Japanese at Modbury High, and I think Adelaide High School specialises in foreign languages specifically.

     

    yes, my daugter has just finished 2 years at Adelaide High School and speaks Chinese like a native.:):)

     

    Simon

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    Guest Fly Away

    My daughters school teaches Italian from years 1-4 and Mandarin from years 5-7. Italian can be continued as an extracurricular activity in years 5-7.

     

    My daughter had learnt French and Welsh in the UK and started school in year 4 in Adelaide. She found Italian fairly easy to pick up after learning French and didn't struggle too much. She is enjoying Mandarin now.

     

    The younger a child is the easier it is for them to learn a new language. I can't understand the school which just taught French culture rather than actual French...

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