Middle School – Indonesian
Language learning broadens students’ horizons in relation to the personal, social, cultural and employment opportunities that the world presents. The interdependence of countries and communities means people are required to negotiate experiences and meanings across languages and cultures and a capability in English only is no longer sufficient. A bilingual or multilingual capability is the norm in most parts of the world.
Through learning languages, students acquire:
- communication skills in the language being learnt
- an intercultural capability, and an understanding of the role of language and culture in communication
- a capability for reflection on language use and language learning
Learners use Indonesian in a range of classroom interactions and experiences. They read and listen to texts, apply modelled language in creating their own texts and develop grammatical knowledge and language awareness. Learners observe fundamental concepts of Indonesia such as the diversity of peoples, religions, geography and languages. They explore the notion of Australia and Indonesia being neighbours, and compare aspects of environment, lifestyle and practices in both cultures (Australian Curriculum, 2018).
The one semester introductory course for includes: introducing self, greetings, expressing preferences (likes-dislikes) in hobbies and food.
Students choose a full year of Indonesian or French.
Class text: Saling - Saling Book 1
Includes: Describing people, counting up to 100, sharing about friendship and school-life, daily activities, and comparing cultural practice between Australia and Indonesia.
Year 9 (Elective Subject)
Class Text: Saling – Silang Book 2
Topics include: Discussing about family, planning holiday activities, shopping, and reflecting on festivals and important dates between Australia and Indonesia.
Students consolidate their knowledge and understanding of Indonesian language and culture through various learning tasks and assessment types. These include:
- Narrative Writing
- Persuasive Writing
- Short films