At BSPS we believe that it is our responsibility to do whatever it takes to make individual success a reality. We only use the best educational practices, all of which are founded on scientifically-based research. This research shows us that, regardless of your child’s ability, learning another language can:
• Stimulate brain development Learning another language helps develop essential areas of children’s brains. It also helps them to think more creatively, connect ideas and solve problems more easily.
• Significantly enhance English literacy skills Learning another language means more than just memorising lists of words. Languages all use different systems. Children automatically compare and contrast the system of the new language they are learning with English. This gives them insight as to how English works, which can then accelerate their ability to read and write.
• Improve memory, concentration and numeracy skills Learning another language strengthens children’s memory for sequences and their ability to concentrate and build connections.
• Improve overall performance at school Learning another language is associated with excellent, long-term academic results. Studies show that in the world’s highest-performing school systems, all students in all year levels learn one or more languages.
• Encourage respect and understanding of other cultures
Our Bilingual Program is strongly supported by both the school and Italian communities. It allows the students’ first language and Italian to work in partnership to strengthen and enrich their repertoire of literacy practices – in other words, what we learn in one language helps us with any other languages we encounter.
At BSPS, all students from Foundation to Year 6 have ‘face-to-face’ Italian for at least 450 minutes each week. This meets the minimum expectations of bilingual education as outlined by the Department of Education and Training.
We use a range of instructional strategies including explicit teaching of the Italian Language and a Content and Language and Integrated Learning (CLIL) approach. This means that BSPS students are equipped with the knowledge and skills required for life-long learning, social development and active citizenship – all the while learning Italian language!
This short film is an introduction to the CLIL and explores the journey of four schools, including BSPS, that are trialing this methodology in the Victorian context.