Community and volunteer involvement in language learning

Today we ran our second oral conversation session for the year. We provide three languages:
Arabic
Italian
Vietnamese
Our conversation sessions are a big part of the program and we value the support of our local community members.

Meryem was one of mums here taking a small Arabic group. They were learning “I like…” and “I don’t like…” I was most impressed with just how quickly the students were able to pick up the phrases.

Hoo-oo, hoo-oo, can I follow you?

Our students have been learning songs from different cultures and lands. Zoë, our Song Room teaching artist has supported our three language areas: Vietnamese, Arabic and Italian. Here is a lovely version of the Italian song Angellare by Kavisha Mazzella

You can listen here:

Angellare 3:4s

“Hoo-oo, hoo-oo, can I follow you? Hoo-oo”
sings the owl to the moon
“Hoo-oo, hoo-oo, can I follow you? Hoo-oo”

the moon glows in the night
the moon is yellow and white
where does the moon go?
the owl wants to know…

Angellare ba boom, Angellare boom ba
Angellare ba boom, Angellare boom ba

the stars live up in space
shooting stars come to some place
where do the stars go?
the owl wants to know…

Angellare ba boom, Angellare boom ba
Angellare ba boom, Angellare boom ba

“Hoo-oo, hoo-oo, can I follow you? Hoo-oo”
sings the owl to the moon
“Hoo-oo, hoo-oo, can I follow you? Hoo-oo”

when owls grow up they go
mum says “you need to find your own home”
the owl, the stars and the moon
are leaving very soon
to the water, behind the sea
and there they all sing for me –

“Angellare ba boom, Angellare boom ba”
“Angellare ba boom, Angellare boom ba”
“Angellare ba boom, Angellare boom ba”
“Angellare ba boom, Angellare boom ba”

We look forward to a possible visit from Kavisha in the future.

Thank you to our beautiful singers and Zoë.

Language Learning with fun!

When we introduced our languages program, we knew it was going to be fun, but we had no idea just how good the program was going to be!  We use Rosetta Stone to deliver part of the program.  This is an online program that builds skills through-

  • Interactive speaking activities.
  • Milestones at the end of each unit which simulate real-life conversations.
  • Interactive grammar and spelling activities that reinforce lessons.

Our students, with the support of their families, get to choose the language they would like to study.  This helps to create a more pesonalised approach to language learning that also connects with their community language.  The three languages are –

  • Arabic
  • Vietnamese
  • Italian

We also offer English for our new arrivals.

Arabic with Zakiya and Asha

Another part of our program is the Oral Conversation times.  Our whole school splits into language focus groups with mixed year levels.  We have community volunteers who are native speakers or accomplished speakers in the language, coming in to engage in some fun conversations.

Each week we have more and more community volunteers offering their help.  If you would like to help too you can contact the school.