Languages other than English

LOTE involves the study of other languages and cultures. Children learn to communicate in another language and to understand and value other cultures. The development of these skills is important if children are to function effectively in our diverse society.

Children are involved in:

  • Learning to communicate in LOTE in a social setting with family and friends.
  • Listening, speaking, reading and writing in LOTE.
  • Developing an appreciation of and respect for other cultures
  • All children learn Mandarin.

 Click here to read the Asia Education Foundation report on Doncaster Gardens' use of ICT.


DGPS participated in the National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program (NALSSP) ICT research project in 2010 and 2011.  The project investigated using Web 2.0 and ICT devices to engage students to learn Chinese language, as well as to encourage other teachers to use ICT tools, and make connections with communities.


In the second phase of the NALSSP project, Chinese teacher, Ms Kerry Law investigated the effect of iPads and online collaborative learning tools such as the Ultranet on Chinese language learning.


One of our students, Emily and her father came from China, where they brought with them a very well known statue, Guan Gong. In this video, Emily and her father discuss facts about Guan Gong and explain why it was important to bring the statue to Australia.

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