Ja­panese @ Miallo

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - @SCHOOL -

SINCE 2016 all Miallo State School stu­dents learn Ja­panese from Prep right through to Year 6.

The cur­ricu­lum in­cludes speak­ing Ja­panese, read­ing and writ­ing Hi­ra­gana and learn­ing about Ja­panese cul­ture.

Miallo Prin­ci­pal Ms Anet stated that the re­search was very clear around the cog­ni­tive ad­van­tages of learn­ing a sec­ond lan­guage, but just as valu­able was the so­cial as­pect of stu­dents learn­ing to un­der­stand and re­spect a cul­ture dif­fer­ent to their own.

Mrs Hiromi Wall, the Ja­panese teacher said, “it is ex­cit­ing to see stu­dents as young as Prep en­joy learn­ing and us­ing an­other lan­guage.

“There has been much pos­i­tive feed­back from par­ents as well and I look for­ward to shar­ing more about the Ja­panese life­style, school­ing, cul­ture and lan­guage with all stu­dents”.

“Ni­hongo de kaitari hanashitari shi­masu. Su­goi yo!”, said Nikita M (“We get to learn how to speak and write Ja­panese. It’s great.”)

A cou­ple of char­ac­ters: Han­nah and Nikita

Pic­ture: Pic­ture: Pic­ture:

Shan­non help­ing Prep stu­dents Hay­ley and Zami­rah make oni­giri (Ja­panese rice balls)

Dakota and Dante

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