Lan­guage cen­tre open space for learn­ing

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS -

IN a world of in­creas­ing cul­tural di­ver­sity, the abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate and col­lab­o­rate in­ter­cul­tur­ally is para­mount.

This is a no­tion Wes­ley Col­lege has taken on board, open­ing its new lan­guages cen­tre last month.

The cen­tre has been built as an open, col­lab­o­ra­tive space where stu­dents can explore dif­fer­ent zones and find an en­vi­ron­ment that best sup­ports their learn­ing.

Head of lan­guages Claire Leong, the driv­ing force be­hind the project, said the cen­tre fa­cil­i­tated pos­i­tive learn­ing in­ter­ac­tions.

“What we’ve no­ticed in the new cen­tre is that stu­dents who have more than one lan­guage and more than one cul­ture are hav­ing a strong in­put,” Mrs Leong said.

“Chi­nese stu­dents learn­ing French or In­done­sian will from time to time walk past d475987 stu­dents learn­ing Chi­nese and give in­put and guid­ance; it’s amaz­ing to watch that un­fold.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Anakin Ox­ford, Anya Wani­garatne, head of lan­guages Claire Leong, Robyn Hart­ley and Neo Robert­son.

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