Learning languages:

· contributes to the strengthening of the community’s social, economic and international development capabilities

· extends literacy repertoires  and the capacity to communicate; strengthens understanding of the nature of language, of culture, and of the processes of communication

· develops intercultural capability, including  understanding of and respect for diversity and difference, and an openness to different experiences and perspectives

· develops understanding of how culture shapes and extends learners’ understanding of themselves, their own heritage, values, beliefs, culture and identity

· strengthens intellectual, analytical and reflective capabilities, and enhances creative and critical thinking.

Why do we offer a language?

At Manchester Primary School, we believe in fostering an inclusive and diverse learning environment for all our students. That’s why we proudly teach Auslan, the Australian Sign Language. Auslan is not just a language; it’s a gateway to communication, understanding, and empathy. By offering Auslan as part of our curriculum, we empower our students to break down barriers and connect with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Learning Auslan not only enhances communication skills but also promotes a culture of inclusivity, acceptance, and appreciation of our differences. Join us on this exciting journey of discovery and connection as we embrace the beauty of Auslan at Manchester Primary School.

Students from Foundation to grade 6 have the opportunity to : 

· improve their general knowledge about Auslan and how it functions

· learn to communicate their needs non-verbally

· enjoy playing games and singing songs in Auslan