Learning a second language is a vital skill that gives you the opportunity to engage with the world in a more meaningful way. There are many cognitive benefits from learning languages including improved memory, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, enhanced concentration, multi-tasking, intercultural and communication skills.
Dandenong South Primary School runs an Indonesian program with the Foundation to Grade 2 students. They are taught to speak, write and read in the Indonesian language. (Bahasa Indonesia – in Indonesian). They also learn about the cultural aspect of Indonesia including traditional dance, musical instruments, games and arts. Indonesia is one of Australia’s nearest neighbouring countries and many Australians visit the country every year. It has one of the easiest and most accessible languages to learn and learning it will open up many opportunities for our students to travel and work in other parts of the world.
At Dandenong South Primary School, Bahasa Indonesia is taught and practiced through a variety of classroom activities including songs, role-plays, language games, stories, chants and dances. There are also whole-school events and incursions that involve students learning the language in a broader context.