At Newport Lakes Primary School, all students from Foundation through to Year Six engage in one hour of language learning each week. Teaching practices recognise the importance of authentic language and that aural language proceeds the written. Students are active in their learning, participating in songs, games, role-plays, story telling, reading comprehension and writing activities. Each year the school holds an Indonesian Cultural Day where students experience food and tradition of the archipelago.

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

Flora Lewis

Why study Indonesian?

Bahasa Indonesia is the national language of the Republic of Indonesia and it is very similar to Bahasa Malaysia, the language spoken in Malaysia. Some 210 million people in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Southern Thailand speak these almost identical languages. As Australia’s closest neighbour and ever-popular travel destination, Indonesia opens many opportunities in business, government, education and tourism.

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.