At Newport Lakes Primary School, all students from Foundation through to Year Six engage in one hour of learning a language other than English each week. This year the school chose to implement Auslan as our LOTE subject. We are using a program from Auslan Education Services. This is a comprehensive program designed as a step towards bridging the communication gap between Hearing and Deaf Australians. The program is delivered in video form and signed by a variety of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people. It is a wonderful opportunity for both students and teachers to learn alongside each other. The program aims to work towards breaking down barriers and extending Auslan to the greater community, to provide a more accessible future for the Deaf Community.

“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.”

Flora Lewis





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The incredible benefits of LOTE subjects.

Learning a second language is critical for young brains. Research has shown that learners develop a deeper understanding of their own language, which in turn improves performance in English literacy. Furthermore, studies in a second language foster interest and respect for other cultures, encourage critical thinking and open up future career prospects.